Kinesiology is the study of the human body as it relates to movement.  Sports, recreation, medicine, health and nutrition are all founded on the fundamental principles discovered in the study of Kinesiology.

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Kinesiology is an integrative discipline that focuses on the various components and processes of human movement related to physical activity and sport, incorporating the areas of human anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, biochemistry, biomechanics, psychology, history and sociology. Students then apply these skills and are introduced to topics related to exercise such as the physiology of the body, nutrition, injury prevention, and health enhancement. The program serves all students, regardless of age, fitness level, or previous experience. Activity classes are designed not only to provide for physiological and skills development but also to educate students about the principles involved in this diverse and useful area of study.

Program Length

In consultation and cooperation with the Kinesiology programs of the California State Universities (CSUs), the AA-T in Kinesiology can be completed in four fulltime semesters. Students should work with an IVC Counselor on building their Individual Education Plan, but sample schedules can be found in the Kinesiology Major’s Handbook.

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The AA-T in Kinesiology is among only 23 degrees at IVC that guarantee admission to the CSU system.  In addition, IVC has a transfer agreement to the premier local private school program in the discipline at Chapman University, while the AA-T is also recognized by the rapidly growing program at Concordia University and is considered favorably in the application process at UC Irvine for those interested in their B.S. in Exercise Science.

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Sample Academic Plans

  • This is only a sample academic plan. Some CSU majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleGE Area/MajorUNITS
WR 1College Writing 1A24
COMM 1Communication FundamentalsA13
MATH 10*Introduction to StatisticsB4 & Major3
KNES 99Introduction to KinesiologyMajor3
HLTH 1Health EducationE3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleGE Area/MajorUNITS
WR 2College Writing 2 - Critical Thinking A34
BIO 11Human AnatomyB2/B3 & Major4
KNES Major**Movement-Base: Dance, Fitness, Individual Team or Team SportsMajor1
CHEM 4Introduction to General & Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry B1 & Major5
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleGE Area/MajorUNITS
ArtsArts GE Course C13
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleGE Area/MajorUNITS
KNES Major**Movement-Base: Dance, Fitness, Individual Team or Team SportsMajor1
BIO 12Human PhysiologyMajor4
HIST 20 or HIST 21American History CourseC23
HLTH 6Health and Social JusticeD3
HLTH 2First Aid: Reponding to Emergencies E3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleGE Area/MajorUNITS
KNES Major**Movement-Base: Dance, Fitness, Individual Team or Team SportsMajor1
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE CourseC1 or C23
KNES 97Social-Cultural Issues in SportD3
HLTH 7Global HealthD3
NUT 1Principles of NutritionE3
  1. Students can take math 10 or any other math course that meets the CSU transfer math requirement in CSU GE area B4.
  2. Students will need to complete three units minimum selected from three different movement base areas of Dance, Fitness, Individual Sports, and Team Sports.

*Students may be eligible for one or more AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees if they complete a GE transfer pattern, have specific courses, and have 60 transferable units. Please see a counselor for degree options and advisement.

  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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