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BS Kinesiology

Offered at the Temecula Campus


The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Health Science Option covers the science and effect of movement and the promotion of positive health changes that impact individuals and communities. Learn about the physiological response to exercise, anatomy and physiology, how to teach movement-related skills, the mechanics of movement and much more.

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New cohorts begin every fall semester.

Application and document deadline:

  • Fall 2021: April 7, 2021

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Fall 2021 Application

  • Cohort program

    Benefit from immediate peer support, individualized attention, guaranteed placement in courses, guaranteed time to completion, small classes and more

  • Prepare for your dream job

    Prepare for a career in public health, fitness education, wellness coaching, health research, community health advocacy and graduate work in public health, nursing, kinesiology and health science

  • Range of topics

    Program topics include motor control, exercise fitness, nutrition, anatomy and physiology for kinesiology, healing practices, analysis of weight training, bioethics, health promotion and more

  • Hands-on learning

    Learn and conduct research in the new human performance lab, participate in evidence-based research and conduct group projects and exercises

Program Details


    How to Apply

    Admission Requirements

    • Completion of the equivalent of 60 transferable semester units (or 90 transferable quarter units)
    • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA from all transfer coursework
    • All courses already taken for the major must be completed with a C or better


    CSU lower-division general education requirements must be completed prior to admission to CSUSM.

    • Area A1 Oral Communication GEO 102
    • Area A2 Written Communication GEW 101
    • Area A3 Critical Thinking LTWR 115, MATH 110, PHIL 110 or PSYC 110
    • Area B4 Mathematics, Any CSU B4 Math

    Program prerequisites:

    • BIOL 104: Principles of Biology: Human Emphasis or its equivalent

    Please note: the four pre-kinesiology core courses required prior to application/admission to our stateside program are provided during the two-year cycle and are NOT required prior to application/admission to this program.

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    Cost Breakdown
    Semester Units* Subtotal**

    Fall Semester 1

    14 $6,286
    Spring Semester 1 17 $7,633
    Summer Semester 1 9 $4,041
    Fall Semester 2 16 $7,184
    Spring Semester 2 15 $6,735
    Total 71 $31,879

    *Unit rate for this program is $449

    **University semester fees not included. View complete breakdown of Extended Learning fees. Semester tuition subtotals based on sample program sequence. All quoted tuition rates are based on previous academic years and are subject to change without notice.

    Funding and Financial Aid

    • This program is eligible for financial aid
    • Visit the Extended Learning funding page or call 760-750-4850 to learn more about your funding options
    • Cal Grant can be used for this program
    • Federal VA educational benefits can be used for this program (not eligible for Cal Vet fee waiver)
    • Active duty military, veterans and dependents should visit the military services page or call 760-750-8705

    View course descriptions and specific program requirements on the Kinesiology - Health Science Catalog Page

    Please note: This program has a set schedule of courses that you are expected to follow as part of your cohort.


    Program Requirements

    This program is designed to be completed in five academic terms, including one summer. The pre-kinesiology core may be completed prior to admission, but will also be provided during the first three terms if you choose to begin without these courses.

    Plan of study inlcludes:

    • Required pre-kinesiology core courses
    • Kinesiology courses in the health science option
    • Required upper-division general education courses
    Required Upper-Division General Education Courses
    Course (area) Course (units)
    BIOL 323 (BB) Biology of Nutrition and Disease (3)
    PHIL 345 (CC) Bioethics and Medical Ethics (3)
    ANTH 301 (DD) Culture and Medicine - Healers and Healing Practices (3)

    Additional University and Required Graduation Courses
    Course (area) Course 
    HIST 130 or HIST 131 (American Institutions) U.S. History (1500-1877) or
    U.S. History (1877-Present)
    PSCI 100 (American Institutions) U.S. Government and Politics

    These required courses are not included in the plan of study and it is preferred they be taken prior to admission.

    Sample Schedule

    Example Semester
    Semester Course (units)

    Fall Semester 1

    BIOL 177 (4) - Pre-Kine Core

    KINE 202 (3) - Pre-Kine Core

    KINE 303 (3)

    KINE 305 (4)

    Spring Semester 1

    BIOL 178 (4) - Pre-Kine Core

    HD 350 (3)

    KINE 301 (4)

    KINE 316 (3)

    KINE 336 (3)

    Summer Semester 1

    ANTH 301 (3) - DD

    BIOL 323 (3) - BB

    PHIL 345 (3) - CC

    Fall Semester 2

    CHEM 105 (5) - Pre-Kine Core

    KINE 311 (4)

    KINE 326 (4)

    KINE 404 (3)

    Spring Semester 2

    KINE 405 (3)

    KINE 406 (3)

    KINE 407 (3)

    KINE 426 (3)

    KINE 495 (3)

    Schedule is subject to change.

  • FAQ

    What is a cohort?

    A cohort is a group of students who work through a curriculum together to achieve the same academic degree. Because they are accepted into the same program, take their classes together and graduate together, students in cohorts tend to form a strong support system and professional network that benefit them during their degree program and beyond.

    What is the difference between the two kinesiology options: movement science and health science?

    In both programs, you will learn the fundamentals of kinesiology, the science of movement that integrates the biological, physical, behavioral and social sciences in the study of physical activity and how that affects people throughout their lives.

    Both the movement science and health science options cover topics including movement anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition, epidemiology, motor control, statistics and much more. Both programs require an internship where you will gain hands-on experience working in the field of kinesiology.

    Movement Science

    • Understanding the mechanics of how the human body moves
    • Location: San Marcos
    • Duration: Accelerated, 16-month program
    • Topics: Care and prevention of athletic injuries, social and emotional health, biomechanics of human movement and more
    • Potential careers: Physical and occupational therapy, fitness education, physical training, nutrition consulting, etc.

    Health Science

    • Understanding the effects of health issues on the individual and community
    • Location: Temecula
    • Duration: Five-semester program
    • Topics: Human anatomy and physiology, physiology of disease, bioethics, health promotion, drug education and more
    • Potential careers: Health and wellness education, public health, community and health advocacy, epidemiology, etc.

    What services do you offer to active military, veterans and dependents?

    Please visit our military and veteran services page to learn how we can help.


“The small class size at Cal State San Marcos is very conducive to learning and thriving as a student. You get a unique, one-on-one experience that you can’t get at a larger university. I’ve recommended this program to many people!”

– Christina Drumm


– Christina Drumm

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