Measuring athletic performance

The term kinesiology means "the study of movement," and the academic discipline of kinesiology comprises the subdisciplines of exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport and exercise psychology, athletic training and sports medicine, sports administration, physical education, and fitness and health promotion. The overall objective of the programs in kinesiology is to improve the lives of students by providing insight, education, and practical experience in exercise, sport, and physical activity. Programs in kinesiology open doors to relevant and rewarding professional careers.

The Department of Kinesiology is composed of a cohesive, creative, and dynamic group of well-educated faculty with a wealth of practical and professional experience. Students are engaged in educational and clinical research programs and practical experiences which incorporate leading-edge technology and best practices. The curriculum and associated instruction provide a solid foundation for future learning and professional growth. The program incorporates many opportunities for professional certification through prestigious national organizations and governing bodies. Students become experts in exercise, fitness, performance, and wellness.

What You Can Do

Kinesiology students move towards careers in teaching, coaching, allied health, athletic training, and/or in the fitness/wellness industry.

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Fitness and Wellness
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Teaching/Pedagogy
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Evaluation of Athletic Injury/Illness
  • Rehabilitation of Athletic Injury/Illness
  • Variety of Activity Classes

What You Can Learn

The Athletic Training Major provides instruction in academic areas designed to prepare students for careers athletic training. Classes include athletic injury/illness evaluation and rehabilitation.

The Exercise Science Option prepares students for graduate study and professional careers in fitness, wellness, health promotion, human performance, and preventive and rehabilitative sciences.

The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Option offers National and State standards-based curricular emphasis in physical education pedagogy, movement development and analysis, teaching strategies, and application of physical activities designed for students with professional goals to teach physical education.

The General Option is designed for students interested in professional careers that are not specifically addressed by the other three options in Kinesiology. As such, students select from one of three specialized emphases, including Coaching, Personal Fitness Training, and Sport Administration.

About the College

The College of Health and Human Services offers a broad range of fully accredited post-secondary and graduate educational programs to more than 2100 students each year. The College includes the Departments of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Gerontology, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration, and Social Work Education.

Residents and communities in the Central California region continue to face serious issues within the health and human service environment that will require continuing generations of well-prepared health and human service professionals.

College Contact Information

2345 E. San Ramon
M/S MH26
Fresno CA 93740-8031

Phone: (559) 278-4004

FAX: (559) 278-4437

Department Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Kinesiology
California State University, Fresno
5275 N. Campus Drive - M/S SG28
Fresno CA 93740-8018


South Gym 111


Phone: (559) 278-2016
FAX: (559) 278-7010