Kinesiology & Athletics

Associate Degrees for Transfer

A.A.-T. in Kinesiology

This Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer provides a path to students who wish to transfer to a CSU campus in Kinesiology and serves the diverse needs of students who wish to obtain a broad and an in-depth understanding of the field. Additionally, this degree allows students to learn the fundamental principles and practices of Kinesiology in order to create a solid foundation for their future personal and academic endeavors.

The Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system.

The Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer (AA-T) may be obtained by the completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program outlined below (earning a C or better in these courses), and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education‐Breadth Requirements.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
BIOL 430 Anatomy and Physiology 5
BIOL 431 Anatomy and Physiology 5
KINES 300 Introduction to Kinesiology 3
A minimum of 8 units from the following: 8
BIOL 310 General Biology (4)
CHEM 305 Introduction to Chemistry (5)
   or CHEM 400 General Chemistry I (5)
   or CHEM 309 Integrated General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (5)
PHYS 410 Mechanics of Solids and Fluids (5)
   or PHYS 350 General Physics (4)
STAT 300 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
Select three courses, each from a different category listed below.
Dance:
DANCE 340 Ballroom Dance (1)
DANCE 341 Ballroom Dance II (1)
DANCE 342 Ballroom Dance III: Club Dancing (1)
DANCE 343 Ballroom Dance IV: Latin (1)
DANCE 344 Ballroom Dance V: Swing (1)
DANCE 345 Ballroom Dance VI: Tango (1)
DANCE 348 Ballroom Challenge: Competition and Performance (1)
Fitness:
FITNS 303 Dance Aerobics (1)
FITNS 306 Aerobics: Cardio-Kickboxing (1)
FITNS 307 Aerobic Mix (1)
FITNS 308 Step Aerobics (1)
FITNS 321 Core Conditioning (1)
FITNS 325 Pilates (1)
FITNS 380 Circuit Weight Training (1)
FITNS 381 Weight Training (1)
FITNS 392 Yoga (1)
FITNS 400 Body Fitness (Walking or Jogging) (1)
Aquatics:
FITNS 310 Aquatic Fitness I (1)
FITNS 316 Lap Swimming (1)
FITNS 440 Swimming I (1)
FITNS 441 Swimming II (1)
FITNS 442 Swimming III (1)
FITNS 443 Swimming IV (1)
Combatives:
FITNS 412 Taekwondo I (1)
FITNS 414 Tai Chi (1)
Individual Sports:
PACT 300 Archery I (1)
PACT 310 Badminton I (1)
PACT 350 Golf I (1)
PACT 351 Golf II (1)
PACT 390 Tennis I (1)
Team Sports:
TMACT 300 Soccer, Indoor (1)
TMACT 302 Soccer - Outdoor (1)
TMACT 320 Basketball (1)
TMACT 330 Volleyball (1)
TMACT 331 Volleyball II (1)
TMACT 333 Volleyball III (1)
TMACT 352 Softball, Slow Pitch (1)
TMACT 370 Water Polo (1)
Total Units: 24

The Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • recount the historical evolution of physical education/kinesiology.
  • evaluate current theories, philosophies, and trends in the field of kinesiology.
  • identify key aspects of personal fitness as it relates to physical fitness programs.
  • construct a philosophy of kinesiology that includes goals for lifetime fitness.
  • discuss how sociological, historical, and philosophical factors influence the field of kinesiology.
  • outline the basic principles of current accepted nutritional standards for physically active individuals.
  • describe the basic structure of the human body and how its various systems respond to exercise.

Career Information

This degree is designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university in Kinesiology. Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, kinesiology instructor, exercise physiologist, athletic trainer, strength and conditioning coach, athletic coach, personal trainer, physical educator, and corporate fitness director.

Associate Degrees

A.A. in Dance

This degree provides an educational and practical foundation for students pursuing a professional career in dance. It is designed to create avenues toward further study and employment in educational dance, choreography, cultural dance, and dance performance. Topics include cultural dance forms, intermediate dance technique, performance studies, and nutrition. Students interested in transferring to a four-year college should meet with a counselor to determine the appropriate coursework.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
Cultural:
A minimum of 2 units from the following: 2
DANCE 300 Diverse Cultures in Dance (1)
DANCE 301 Belly Dancing (1)
DANCE 302 African Dance (1)
DANCE 304 Polynesian Dance I (1)
DANCE 305 Hawaiian Dance I (1)
DANCE 306 Polynesian Dance II (1)
DANCE 307 Hawaiian Dance II (1)
DANCE 326 Ballet: Variations and Combinations (2)
DANCE 352 Urban Hip Hop II (1)
DANCE 353 Urban Hip Hop III (1)
DANCE 360 Tap Dance I (1)
Technique:
A minimum of 8 units from the following: 8
DANCE 312 Jazz Dance II (1)
DANCE 313 Jazz Dance III (1)
DANCE 314 Jazz Dance IV (1)
DANCE 315 Jazz Dance V (1)
DANCE 316 Jazz Dance VI: African Jazz (1)
DANCE 321 Ballet II (1)
DANCE 322 Ballet III (1)
DANCE 323 Ballet IV (1)
DANCE 324 Ballet V (1)
DANCE 325 Ballet VI (1)
DANCE 332 Modern Dance II (1)
DANCE 333 Modern Dance III (1)
DANCE 334 Modern Dance IV (1)
DANCE 335 Modern Dance V (1)
DANCE 336 Modern Dance VI (1)
DANCE 341 Ballroom Dance II (1)
DANCE 342 Ballroom Dance III: Club Dancing (1)
DANCE 343 Ballroom Dance IV: Latin (1)
DANCE 344 Ballroom Dance V: Swing (1)
DANCE 345 Ballroom Dance VI: Tango (1)
DANCE 361 Tap Dance II (1)
DANCE 362 Tap Dance III (1)
DANCE 363 Tap Dance IV (1)
DANCE 365 Tap Dance VI: Rhythm Tap (1)
DANCE 377 Musical Theatre Dance I (2)
DANCE 390 Contemporary Dance I (1)
DANCE 400 Floor Barre (1)
DANCE 401 Pre-Pointe and Conditioning (1)
Choreography:
A minimum of 2 units from the following: 2
DANCE 402 Elements of Choreography (1)
DANCE 403 Choreographic Studies (2)
Production:
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
DANCE 415 Dance Production: Rehearsal and Backstage Organization (3)
DANCE 416 Dance Production: Choreography and Costumes (3)
DANCE 417 Dance Production: Studio and Stage (3)
Performance:
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
DANCE 430 Jazz Dance Performance Group (3)
DANCE 431 Performance Group: Master Hip Hop Crew (3)
DANCE 432 Dance Performance: Contemporary Dance Alliance (3)
Total Units: 18

The Dance Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • describe the basic structure of the human body and its potential for movement
  • recount the historical and personal significance of cultural dance
  • list the educational requirements for employment as a dance educator
  • compare the standards of class etiquette required for participation in ballroom, urban Hip Hop, modern, and ballet dance courses
  • discuss the level of training and commitment required for a concentration in dance performance
  • evaluate current trends, philosophies, and companies in professional dance
  • examine twelve areas for improvement in performance level
  • justify the importance of visualization, creativity, and critical feedback in dance education
  • demonstrate the necessary technique and performance skill for audition into a four-year institution or application to entry level employment in a professional dance setting
  • notate choreography and transpose from video into movement

Career Information

This degree is designed for those pursuing a career in professional dance. It prepares dancers for entry-level positions and for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.


A.S. in Physical Education

This degree provides an educational and practical foundation for students interested in multiple professions in the area of physical education. It also provides coursework required for transfer in physical education majors. Topics include introduction to physical education, care and prevention of athletic injuries, CPR, psychology, nutrition, dance, fitness, recreation, and sport. Students who work closely with their counselor can use this degree to prepare for majoring in kinesiology at a four-year college.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
BIOL 300 The Foundations of Biology (3) 3 - 4
   or BIOL 310 General Biology (4)
   or PSYC 310 Biological Psychology (3)
HEED 310 Community CPR and Adult AED (1) 1 - 1.51
   or HEED 311 CPR and Pediatric First Aid (1.5)
KINES 300 Introduction to Kinesiology 3
KINES 330 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
NUTRI 300 Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 302 Nutrition for Physical Performance (3)
PSYC 300 General Principles (3) 3
   or PSYC 305 Psychology Applied to Modern Life (3)
   or KINES 307 Mental Skills for Sport Performance (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
HEED 300 Health Science (3)
OR three units from any of the following: DANCE, FITNS, PACT, SPORT, or TMACT.
Total Units: 19 - 20.5

1If student has Community CPR certification through the American Red Cross, or Basic Life Support certification through the American Heart Association, the HEED 310 or HEED 311 requirement may be waived.

The Physical Education Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • list various occupations in the field of physical education
  • identify basic bones, muscles, and ligaments of the human body
  • compare key aspects of personal fitness as it relates to physical fitness programs
  • construct a philosophy of physical education that includes goals for lifetime fitness
  • evaluate current theories, philosophies, and trends in physical education
  • recognize current job opportunities in the field of physical education
  • summarize the education requirements for employment as a professional physical educator
  • evaluate common athletically-related injuries in the field of physical education
  • outline the basic principles of current accepted nutritional standards for physically active individuals
  • discuss the role of physical and psychological health as it relates to physical education
  • recount the historical evolution of physical education
  • demonstrate skills needed to meet the minimal certification standards when performing first aid and CPR as required by a nationally recognized organization

Career Information

This degree is designed for those pursuing a career in coaching, health and fitness, personal training, and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.


A.S. in Sports Medicine

This degree is designed to prepare students for transfer in the area of athletic training, exercise science, kinesiology, and other sports medicine related fields. Prevention, identification, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries are emphasized.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
BIOL 430 Anatomy and Physiology 5
BIOL 431 Anatomy and Physiology 5
CHEM 305 Introduction to Chemistry (5) 5
   or CHEM 400 General Chemistry I (5)
NUTRI 300 Nutrition 3
KINES 330 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
KINES 334 Practical Applications in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine 3
PSYC 300 General Principles 3
Total Units: 27

The Sports Medicine Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • list the minimum requirements to become a certified athletic trainer
  • identify normal musculoskeletal anatomy
  • evaluate common athletic-related injuries
  • demonstrate proper wrapping and taping skills needed to protect commonly injured joints
  • develop a diet for an active individual that is based on current accepted nutritional values
  • create treatment protocols for common athletic-related injuries
  • develop basic rehabilitation protocols for common athletic-related injuries
  • manage the daily athletic training room set-up and break-down for fall and spring sports
  • discuss how injuries affect the psychological health of the injured athlete

Certificate of Achievement

Fitness Specialist Certificate

This program prepares students for employment in the health and fitness industry and equips them with the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to begin a career in the dynamic field of fitness. Upon completion of this certificate, the students are prepared to take national certification exams such as the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), or the American Council of Exercise (ACE).

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
KINES 400 Applied Physiology of Exercise 2
KINES 401 Applied Kinesiology 2
KINES 402 Nutrition for Fitness (2) 2
   or NUTRI 307 Nutrition for Fitness (2)
KINES 403 Fitness and Exercise Assessment 2
KINES 404 Identification and Management of Fitness Injuries 2
KINES 405 Effects of Exercise on Special Populations 2
KINES 406 Techniques of Strength Training Instruction 2
KINES 407 Techniques of Group Fitness Instruction 2
KINES 408 Administration of Fitness Programs 2
A minimum of 1 unit from the following: 1
WEXP 498 Work Experience in (Subject) (1 - 4)
Total Units: 19

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • design, implement, and analyze fitness programs for a diverse population.
  • critique and explore various health and fitness job opportunities.
  • demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to pass national certification exams such as NASM, ACSM, and ACE.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Fitness Specialist Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

The fitness certificate program is ideal for anyone desiring an entry-level position as a personal trainer, fitness center or health club employee, group exercise instructor, or strength and conditioning coach.

Certificate

Senior Fitness Certificate

This program prepares students for employment as a fitness leader for seniors and equips them with the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to begin a career in the growing field of fitness for older adults.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
FITNS 351 Exercise, Balance and Mobility 1
GERON 205 Validation: Theory and Practice 0.5
GERON 230 Motivating Older Adults to Stay Active 0.5
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
GERON 378 Body Mechanics and Safety 0.5
GERON 380 Nutrition and Aging 0.5
HEED 310 Community CPR and Adult AED 1
KINES 403 Fitness and Exercise Assessment 2
KINES 405 Effects of Exercise on Special Populations 2
KINES 406 Techniques of Strength Training Instruction 2
KINES 407 Techniques of Group Fitness Instruction 2
A minimum of 1 unit from the following: 11
WEXP 498 Work Experience in (Subject) (1 - 4)
Total Units: 16

1One unit of work experience is required in one of the following environments: recreation center, senior center, senior community, assisted living facility, or another site for seniors.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • recommend beneficial exercises for seniors and individuals with disabilities or medical conditions.
  • behave responsibly at work, exhibiting initiative and self-management in situations where it is needed.
  • create an individualized fitness plan to promote functional independence throughout the remainder of life.
  • analyze how nutrition plays a part in overall health and aging.
  • compare and contrast different self and group motivational techniques for staying active.
  • identify and respond to life-threatening conditions (including breathing emergencies, cardiac emergencies, and severe bleeding).
  • evaluate physical activities relative to risk factors.
  • design and lead a group exercise activity, and provide modifications and variations to exercises when necessary.
  • identify basic principles of body mechanics and posture.
  • design an individualized exercise prescription program that includes muscular strength and muscular endurance development.
  • explain the normal aging changes and analyze how lifestyle choices influence the aging process.
  • demonstrate Validation techniques.

Career Information

The senior fitness certificate program is ideal for anyone desiring an entry-level position as a fitness leader for seniors in a recreation center, senior center, senior community, assisted living facility, or another site for seniors.