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 four emphases:

  • Athletic Training: Leads to a profession in allied health that is responsible for the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
  • Fitness, Nutrition, and Health: Leads to a profession in allied health that is responsible for preventive and clinical fitness programs within corporate, commercial, community, and school settings.
  • Physical Education: Prepares graduates to become teachers in public and private schools (specializing in either elementary or secondary education) with the ability to teach sports and enhance fitness through physical activities. Accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • 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 Web site 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.