Kinesiology refers to "the study of human movement." The increasing societal concern for the physical well-being of the American population has sparked renewed interest in the study of physical education and kinesiology. As such, the B.S. in Kinesiology at Cal State San Marcos prepares students for a wide variety of careers in the areas of rehabilitation, wellness, fitness, and education.

We are one of the fastest growing majors on campus, with over 900 Kinesiology and Pre-Kinesiology majors across our four options, and with another 60 students served at the Temecula campus in the Health Science option. We are committed, however, to providing our students individualized attention by keeping class size under 35 students. Our state-of-the-art Human Performance, Biomechanics, Motor Control, and Exercise Physiology Laboratories house state-of-the-art equipment, used side-by-side by our faculty and students for hypothesis-driven research projects in several upper-division classes. In addition, we are launching a brand new graduate program in Kinesiology in the Fall of 2016.  Check back regularly for more information! 

Kinesiology is an IMPACTED program. Supplemental admission criteria are required for entry into the program. Click the impaction links on the menu for more information


California State University San Marcos is implementing impaction criteria for the Kinesiology undergraduate major as a result of increased applications to the program.  We realize the potential impact this may have on those students interested in applying to the major.  Thus, in an effort to advise potential applicants as early as possible we are notifying all students that beginning Fall 2015, the Kinesiology department will begin rank ordering all applicants based upon their overall GPA, and will admit students based upon the number of available seats in the program.  The most competitive applicants will have a GPA of at least 2.8 or above.

What our students say...

"The Kinesiology program at CSUSM is amazing!  It is very unique because you receive a lot of individualized attention from the professors who are very personable and will go out of their way to help you...they not only teach the in-depth science, but they also let you experience it...they make it real for you. I found this gave me a lot more confidence in what I know how to do when I went out there and started working in the field."

-Crystal Ellis - '09 grad

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Contact Us:
Department of Kinesiology
Cal State San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92096

(760) 750-4118 voice
(760) 750-3237 fax