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The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Movement Science Option covers the science of movement. It combines the biological, physical, behavioral and social sciences into the study of physical activity and sport, and examines their effect on the fitness and quality of life for people across their lifespan.

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Program Details


    How to Apply

    Admission Requirements

    • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA from all transfer coursework
    • Completion of the equivalent of 60 transferable semester units at a community college or university


    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 included in the program*:

    • BIOL 177: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Kinesiology I
    • BIOL 178: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Kinesiology II
    • CHEM 150 or 105: General, Organic and Biochemistry for Life
    • MATH 125: Pre-Calculus

    *You may apply without these or transfer them in if already completed. 

    Program prerequisites not included in the program:

    • BIOL 104: Principles of Biology: Human Emphasis
    • PSYC 100: Introduction to Psychology
    • KINE 200: First Aid and Safety
    • KINE 201: CPR and AED
    • KINE 202: Introduction to Kinesiology

    View Catalog Page


    Pre-kinesiology core classes built into the program

    Semester Units* Subtotal**

    Fall Semester 1 - Block 1

    5 $2,245
    Fall Semester 1 - Block 2 8 $3,592
    Spring Semester 1 - Block 1 4 $1,796
    Total 17 $7,633

    Cost for matriculated students who met the pre-kinesiology core classes

    Semester Units* Subtotal**

    Fall Semester 1 - Block 1

    3 $1,347
    Spring Semester 1 - Block 1 4 $1,796
    Spring Semester 1 - Block 2 7 $3,143
    Summer Semester 1 - Block 1 6 $2,694
    Summer Semester 1 - Block 2 6 $2,694
    Fall Semester 2 - Block 1 7 $3,143
    Fall Semester 2 - Block 2 7 $3,143
    Spring Semester 2 - Block 1 7 $3,143
    Spring Semester 2 - Block 2
    6 $2,694
    Total 53 $23,797

    *Unit rate for this program is $449 (discounts available for active duty military, view details)

    **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
    • isit the Extended Learning funding page or call 760-750-4850 to learn more about your funding options
    • Federal VA educational benefits can be used for this program (not eligible for Cal Vet fee waiver)
    • Cal Grant can be used for this program
    • 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 - Movement Science Catalog Page.

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

    Sample Schedule

    Semester Course (units)

    Fall Semester 1 - Block 1

    CHEM 150 (5)*

    KINE 303 (3)

    Fall Semester 1 - Block 2

    BIO 177 (4)*

    MATH 125 (4)*

    Spring Semester 1 - Block 1

    BIO 178 (4)*

    KINE 301(4)

    Spring Semester 1 - Block 2

    KINE 305 (4)

    KINE 310 (3)

    Summer Semester 1 - Block 1

    KINE 336 (3)

    ANTH 301 (3)

    Summer Semester 1 - Block 2

    PHIL 345 (3)

    KINE 302 (3)

    Fall Semester 2 - Block 1

    KINE 425 (4)

    BIO 316 (3)

    Fall Semester 2 - Block 2

    KINE 326 (4)

    KINE 406 (3)

    Spring Semester 2 - Block 1

    KINE 404 (3)

    KINE 426 (3)

    KINE 495A (1)

    Spring Semester 2 - Block 2

    KINE 311 (4)

    KINE 495B (2)

    *These pre-kinesiology classes are only required for students who have not satisfied them prior to being matriculated into the program.

    Schedules are subject to change.

    Non-Cohort Course Options

    If you are not a member of the Accelerated Bachelor of Kinesiology (ABSK) cohort, but wish to enroll in select ABSK courses, you can register for the courses listed below. Additional sections of classes may be offered based on student demand. Course offerings will vary each semester depending on space availability.

    This option is for:

    • Students matriculated into the university but not part of the ABSK cohort
    • Students who are not matriculated into the university and are not able to participate in the ABSK cohort

    Fall 2023 Non-Cohort Courses Block Registration
    CHEM 150 - General Chemsitry Full Block CHEM 150 Registration
    CHEM 150L - General Chemistry Lab Full Block CHEM 150 Registration
    BIOL 177/L - Intro to Anatomy & Physiology 2nd Block BIOL 177/L Registration
    MATH 125 - Pre-Calculus 2nd Block MATH 125 Registration
  • 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 two year 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.

    How often do I need to come to campus for classes?

    Students are typically asked to come to campus five days per week for classes.

Cohort program

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

Prepare for your dream job

Prepare for a career in wellness coaching, personal training, nutrition counseling, assisting in orthopedic rehabilitation, health advocacy roles and more

Range of topics

Program topics include prevention of athletic injuries, motor control, movement anatomy, nutrition for exercise performance, stress training, biomechanics of human movement 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


“This is a great degree if you want to apply science by working with people. Movement science is understanding the human body across the lifespan and then applying basic biological principles, physics and physiology so that we can understand everything from quiet standing and walking through exercise and sports.”

– Deanna Asakawa

Assistant Professor, CSUSM Department of Kinesiology

– Deanna Asakawa

Employment for exercise physiologists is projected to grow 11 percent between 2014 and 2024, and California has the top state annual mean wage with $68,190. Within major metropolitan areas across the nation, San Diego holds the highest annual mean wage for this occupation: $72,470.

– Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational Outlook Handbook

– Bureau of Labor Statistics

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