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Prospective Students

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 Fitness and Personal Training. 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 Sport Science. 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, Disease Epidemiology, Pathophysiology and Exercise, Sport and Gender, and Neuroanatomy. 

Still curious about the study of kinesiology? 

American Kinesiology Association (link opens new tab)

SHAPE America (link opens new tab)

American College of Sports Medicine (link opens new tab)

Society of Public Health Education (link opens new tab) 

American Physical Therapy Association (link opens new tab) 

American Public Health Association (link opens new tab)

IDEA Health & Fitness (link opens new tab)

National Strength & Conditioning Association (link opens new tab)


Career Services can help you explore career options, prepare for your internship/job search, connect with employers, and more!  Please visit their website for information on the services and resources they provide.



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