Major Requirements

COURSEWORK

Eight courses (35 units) are required for the Kinesiology major.

Fundamental coursework:

PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology

4 units

KINE 300Human Anatomy I

4 units

KINE 301Human Anatomy II

4 units

KINE 302Biomechanics

4 units

KINE 304Human Physiology

4 units

KINE 305Exercise Physiology

4 units

KINE 310/PSYC 310Motor Learning and Control

4 units

KINE 490Senior Seminar

4 units

Additional Elective:

Choose one course

KINE 201/SOC 210Sport in American Society

4 units

KINE 210Nutrition and Homeostasis

4 units

KINE 299Women's Sports and Empowerment

4 units

KINE 306Biochemistry of Exercise and Energy

4 units

KINE 308Diet, Disease, and Exercise

4 units

KINE 309/PSYC 309Developmental Motor Behavior

4 units

KINE 311/PSYC 311Sport and Exercise Psychology

4 units

Chemistry Component:

Choose one option

Option 1

CHEM 120Foundations of General Chemistry

4 units

CHEM 240Integrated Concepts in General Chemistry

4 units

Option 2

CHEM 130Advanced Placement General Chemistry

4 units

CHEM 240Integrated Concepts in General Chemistry

4 units

Mathematics Component:

Calculus 1Scientific Modeling and Differential Calculus

4 units

Calculus 2Scientific Modeling and Integral Calculus

4 units

Physics Component:

Choose one course

PHYS 110Introductory Mechanics

4 units

PHYS 115General Physics I

4 units

Biology Component:

Choose one option

Option 1

BIO 110Organisms on Earth

4 units

BIO 130Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology

4 units

Option 2

BIO 115General Zoology

4 units

BIO 130Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology

4 units

Pre-professional students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Health Professions Office and with their academic advisor early in their career. Students planning to apply to medical schools should take two semesters of Physics and four semesters of Chemistry. Students planning to apply to physical therapy schools should take two semesters of Physics and at least two upper-division Psychology courses.

WRITING REQUIREMENT

Students majoring in Kinesiology will satisfy the second-stage writing requirement by successfully completing the written research requirements with a letter grade of "B" or better for two of the following 300-level courses: KINE 302, KINE 305, KINE 306, KINE 309, KINE 310, KINE 311 and KINE 395. Students should familiarize themselves with the writing requirement at the time of declaring the major. See the department chair for additional information.

COMPREHENSIVE EXPERIENCE

The comprehensive experience is fulfilled by the successful completion of the requirements in KINE 490.

HONORS

Honors in Kinesiology may be awarded at graduation to qualified students. Students eligible for College honors are those who have: 1) earned an overall College grade point average of 3.25 or better, 2) earned a grade point average in departmental courses of 3.5 or better, 3) performed independent research and presented their findings at an undergraduate conference (e.g., Occidental’s summer research program or the Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Conference), or 4) submitted a final research paper complete with the appropriate sections and a comprehensive literature review.