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Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

The B.S. in Kinesiology is a broad-based program offering students training in the multiple sub-disciplines of Kinesiology (Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Health, Motor Behavior, and Sport and Exercise Psychology/Sociology). The curriculum and coursework is designed to prepare students to be leaders in the fields of physical activity, health, and disease prevention and treatment.


All undergraduate students will complete a common curriculum that incorporates the scientific and clinical knowledge of exercise science, health promotion and nutrition as applied in preventative, clinical, commercial fitness, public health and educational settings. Students can then choose to follow one of three concentrations that are designed to meet eligibility for pursuing certification in different areas – a) exercise science, b) health promotion and c) sport science concentration

General Questions about the B. S. in Kinesiology program may be addressed to Dr. Kris Jankovitz email: kjankovi@calpoly.edu

BS in Kinesiology Program Learning Objectives - 2018- 2024

  1. Describe the relationship between physical activity participation, quality of life, acute and chronic disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
  2. Evaluate the underlying scientific foundations of physical activity including human movement, physiology and metabolism.
  3. Apply principles of quantitative and qualitative research to the study and practice of physical activity.
  4. Explain the sociocultural dimensions of physical activity including diversity and inclusion in physical activity and health.
  5. Apply principles of exercise prescription and the national physical activity guidelines to develop effective physical activity programs.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking through written and oral communication.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

The BS in Public Health at Cal Poly will provide students with the best of the Learn by Doing philosophy with knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to meet current public health challenges to promote health and prevent disease. The program offers a broad foundation in multiple areas of public health, that include opportunities for hands-on application of in classes, field experience, and through undergraduate research opportunities where students collaborate with faculty on research projects.


Community and Public Health, Culture and Society in Health Science, Physical Activity in Public Health and Worksite and University Health Promotion.

The degree program aligns with the criteria approved by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health for undergraduate programs in Public Health (aspph.org). The curriculum prepares students to meet the professional practices standards as developed by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC.org) to qualify for the certification exam for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES).   The BS in Public Health can be a springboard to graduate programs such as the Masters in Public Health and allied health professions such as Nursing, Physician’s Assistant, Occupational Therapy, etc.

General Questions about the B. S. in Public Health program may be addressed to Dr. Kris Jankovitz email: kjankovi@calpoly.edu

BS in Public Health Program Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the history, philosophy, and core functions of public health in the U.S. and globally.
  2. Analyze factors that affect human health and contribute to health disparities including socio-economic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and systemic factors.
  3. Develop, implement, and evaluate public health programs that improve population health outcomes and promote health equity.  
  4. Apply epidemiological and public health research methods to assess community health needs, assets, and outcomes.
  5. Communicate public health information in oral, written, and visual forms through a variety of media.
  6. Describe the legal, ethical, structural, and economic dimensions of health care and policy, and the role of different governmental entities in public health.

Minor in Exercise and Sports Studies

The purpose of the Exercise and Sport Studies Minor is to prepare students for entry-level positions in coaching at the youth, club/interscholastic, or college/university levels. Students who complete this minor will also be prepared to take the California Subject Examination (CSET) for physical education as a means to enter a single subject credential program to teach physical education. Students who complete this minor could also explore other career options related to exercise, physical activity, and sports. Additionally, students who complete this minor will be better prepared to apply to graduate programs in sport psychology and potentially become a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

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