Kinesiology is the study of physical activity as it relates to enhancement of human functioning, especially with regard to health, physical skill, and fitness. The professional, whether in a laboratory, school, clinical or business setting, is ultimately concerned with improving the health and well being of people. Kinesiology includes courses that explore human movement as it affects and is affected by physiological, psychological, developmental, socio-cultural, and mechanical phenomena.

Program Overview

Students majoring in Kinesiology at SDSU can focus on one of three emphases:

  • Exercise Science Generalist: Leads to careers in private and public sectors concerned with the fitness and health of employees. There are also career opportunities for employment in the business sector to include fitness and wellness, and community programs.
  • Fitness Specialist: Leads to a profession in developing exercise programming in fitness and health settings in corporate, community, clinical and, commercial fitness industries.
  • Pre-physical Therapy: Prepares students to meet academic requirements necessary for entry to postgraduate education for physical therapy, chiropractic, and podiatry schools.

Visit the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences website to obtain more information about specific programs and offerings.

Special Features


ENS Laboratories and Clinics:

  • Biomechanics Laboratory
  • The Fred W. Kasch Exercise Physiology Laboratory
  • Exercise Physiology Laboratory
  • SDSU Motor Control Laboratory
  • Exercise and Sport Psychology Laboratory
  • Physical Education Teacher Education Laboratory
  • Athletic Training Laboratory
  • Fitness Clinic for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Kinanthropometry Laboratory
  • Student Computer Laboratory

Student Organizations/Clubs:

  • Future Athletic Trainers' Society (FATS)
  • Future Physical Therapy Society (FPTS)

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Kinesiology program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.