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Welcome to the Kinesiology Department at Cal Poly! 

Kinesiology is an exciting, growing field of study and Cal Poly is a challenging, collaborative, and supportive institution at which to begin both your academic and professional career.

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But what is kinesiology, exactly?

According to the American Kinesiology Association, kinesiology is the academic discipline which involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life. 

So what does this mean for me?

After being accepted into the kinesiology program, students take classes, enroll in labs, and participate in research projects that prepare them for a broad range of careers in areas such as Exercise Science, Health Promotion, Sports Management, and Occupational Therapy. See more Career Options

What opportunities does the department offer?

The department offers both a bachelor's of science and master's of science degree. Undergraduates can choose to follow one of three concentrations: Exercise Science, Health Promotion, or an Independent Course of Study. Each concentration is specifically tailored to give students both the scientific fundamentals and critical real world experience necessary to be a successful graduate. Courses offered by the department include Biomechanics, Drug Education, Chronic and Communicable Disease Prevention, Pathophysiology and Exercise, Sport and Gender, and Neuroanatomy. 

Still curious about the study of kinesiology? 

American Kinesiology Association (link opens new tab)

American Alliance for Health, Phyiscal Education, Recreation, and Dance (link opens new tab)

California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (link opens new tab)

American College of Sports Medicine (link opens new tab)



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