Kinesiology & Sports Science

Our Health and Human Performance (HHP) department offers two different degrees, as well as many individual courses for students interested in physical education for personal wellness or as a career.

The Kinesiology AA-T degree is intended for students who want to transfer to a university to pursue further study in fields such as exercise science, kinesiology, physical education credential programs, athletic training, sports medicine, sports administration, and other health related fields. 

Our Sports Science AA degree focuses on the principles of physical education, fitness and sports. It develops understanding of the impact of sports in society, as well as provides an introduction to sports psychology, basic first aid, injury prevention and treatment, and organization of physical education, fitness and athletic programs.

Core Sports Science classes may include:

  • Introduction to Kinesiology
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Introduction to Sports Management
  • Movement-based Activity Courses (HHP)

Related electives include:

  • Health and Fitness Education
  • Sports Psychology
  • Women's Health Issues
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Safety and First Aid Education

Kinesiology & Sports Science Majors go into a variety of careers. Some examples are:

At the Associate's Level:
At the Bachelor's Level:
At the Master's/Doctorate Level:
Rehabilitation Aide Athletic Trainer Physical Therapist
Personal Trainer Sports Information Director Athletic Director
Group Fitness Instructor Sports Agent/Scout Exercise Equipment Design
Prep for Massage Therapist K-12 Athletic Director Sports Psychologist
Sports Camp Leader  Recreation Coordinator Occupational Therapist
Youth Sports Coach Sports & Activities Program Director Recreational Therapist
Fitness Center Manager or Owner Exercise Physiologist Ergonomist

Please see a counselor for major preparation and general education that will best meet your specific goals.

AA-T/AS-T = Associate of Arts/Science Degree for Transfer Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a transfer general education pattern, and a total of 60 transferable units that would be the typical first two years of a 4-year degree; provides a clear transfer pathway to CSU.
AA/AS = Associate of Arts/Science Degree Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a general education pattern, and a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
COA = Certificate of Achievement Formally recognizes a student’s competence in a program of study and prepares students for employment in a career/technical field. Also available for completion of a General Education Pattern for transfer. Will appear on the student’s academic transcript.
SAC = Skills Attainment Certificate Prepares students for employment with experience in specific career/technical fields. Do not appear on official transcripts.
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