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Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology


To be a national leader in communicating and creating knowledge about sport, exercise and physical activity to enhance the quality of life and health for all.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to communicate and create knowledge about sport, exercise, and physical activity. The department achieves its mission through innovative and engaging instruction, scholarship, and professional service. The uniqueness of our integrative discipline is that we work to promote lifelong learning and physical activity to enhance the quality of life and health for all.

Career Outlook

Society is recognizing the health and quality of life implications associated with low levels of physical activity. Graduates of the Department of Kinesiology are well prepared to work in a variety of physical activity professions serving people of all ages. Student- centered instruction blending theoretical knowledge and hands - on experience makes our graduates attractive candidates for careers or advanced study in preventative and rehabilitative exercise training, corporate fitness, personal training and fitness leadership, physical education, and sports medicine.


The Department of Kinesiology is fortunate to have quality facilities on campus and access to beautiful outdoor areas in Northern California. The department is housed in the 64,000 square foot Yolo Hall located adjacent to the Shurmer - Acker Gym complex and playing fields. Department majors utilize dedicated laboratories for adapted physical education, athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness, motor behavior, and pedagogy. Other instructional facilities include dance studios, a climbing wall, a ropes course, two gymnasiums, tennis courts, outdoor track, weight training/fitness rooms, and golf, soccer and multipurpose fields.

Activity Classes

The department offers activity courses designed to help students improve skills and appreciation of lifetime physical activity. Students may elect to take several courses from a wide variety of classes including core strengthening, aerobic dance exercise, dance, martial arts, traditional sports, outdoor activities, and yoga.

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