Kinesiology Degrees

Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer (AA–T)

The Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer degree (AA-T in Kinesiology) is a 60 unit program which provides students the lower division coursework required for transfer to a CSU institution for the major in Kinesiology or Exercise Science. Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer degree (AA-T in Kinesiology) will be able to demonstrate proficiency in human movement as it applies to sports, and aquatics, combatives, fitness, health and nutrition and analyze the meaning of optimal health as it applies to our nation’s population.

Students must complete the following requirements:

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
  • obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Students are not required to complete the information competency requirements, PE requirements or cultural diversity requirements found in other degrees at the College.

Required Core Courses

Course Number Course Title Units
KINT 30 Introduction to Kinesiology 3 units
BIOL 47 Human Anatomy 5 units
BIOL 48 Human Physiology 5 units

Required Core: Movement Based Courses: 3-5 units;(minimum 3). Select a maximum of one (1) course from any three (3) of the following areas for a minimum of three units.

Aquatics

Course Number Course Title Units
KINS 2.04 Swimming – Beginning 1 unit
KINS 2.05 Swimming – Intermediate 1 unit
KINS 2.06 Swimming – Advanced 1 unit
KINS 2.07 Master's Swimming 1 unit

Combatives

Course Number Course Title Units
KINS 6.02 Karate – Beginning 1 unit
KINS 6.06 Karate – Intermediate 1 unit

Fitness

Course Number Course Title Units
KINS 4.03 Fitness Aerobics 1 unit
KINS 4.16 Fitness Weight Training 1 unit
KINS 4.24 Total Fitness for Men 1 unit
KINS 11.01 Yoga for Health 1 unit
KINS 11.08 Pilates Mat Workout 1 unit

Individual Sports

Course Number Course Title Units
KINS 7.02 Badminton – Beginning 1 unit
KINS 7.03 Badminton – Intermediate 1 unit
KINS 7.10 Golf – Beginning 1 unit
KINS 7.11 Golf – Intermediate 1 unit
KINS 7.12 Golf – Advanced 1 unit
KINS 7.18 Beginning Tennis 1 unit
KINS 7.20 Intermediate Tennis 1 unit
KINS 7.21 Advanced Tennis 1 unit
KINS 7.23 Scuba Diving 2 units

Team Sports

Course Number Course Title Units
KINS 8.03 Baseball – Advanced 1 unit
KINS 8.08 Soccer – Beginning, Men 1 unit
KINS 8.09 Soccer – Advanced, Men 2 units
KINS 8.10 Soccer, Women 1 unit
KINS 8.12 Softball – Beginning 1 unit
KINS 8.13 Softball – Intermediate 1 unit
KINS 8.15 Volleyball – Beginning Skills 1 unit
KINS 8.16 Volleyball – Intermediate Skills 1 unit
KINS 8.17 Volleyball – Advanced Skills 1 unit

List A (select two): 8–10 units

Course Number Course Title Units
MATH 10 Elementary Statistics 4 units
  OR  
MATH 10H Honors Elementary Statistics 4 units
CHEM 30A Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 units
  OR  
CHEM 1A General Chemistry 5 units
PHYS 2A General Physics – Mechanics 5 units
  OR  
PHYS 4A Engineering Physics – Mechanics 5 units
Total Units   24–28 units
GE Units (CSU GE or IGETC)   37–39 units
Total Units   24–28 units

AA Degree

The Associate of Arts in Kinesiology is a two year program serving students seeking a lower division education in Kinesiology. The program provides students the opportunity to demonstrate a proficiency in human movement as it applies to physical education, health, and nutrition. The objective is to provide students the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level employment. Students must complete the following program requirements: 35 Units of major core courses and the General Education/Breadth Requirements for an A.A. Degree. Upon completion of all program requirements, student shall demonstrate knowledge of:

  1. Basic principles of physical education and sport in our society and the role of these disciplines in school, recreation, sport, and industrial settings.
  2. Human movement as it applies to sports, aquatics or marine diving, combatives, fitness, health, and nutrition.
  3. The social and community factors that influence controllable and uncontrollable risk factors for developing chronic disease.
  4. Dietary guidelines and current nutritional recommendations for various populations including athletes, older adults, and pre-natal women.
  5. Major skeletal muscles and the actions of these muscles.
  6. Cardiovascular and muscular adaptations to exercise.

*At San Jose State University, students are required to take Human Anatomy and Human Physiology. See a counselor for further information

After completing an A.A. in Kinesiology, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in human movement as it applies to sports, aquatics or marine diving, combatives, fitness, health, and nutrition.
  • Analyze the basic principles of physical education and sport in our society and the role of these disciplines in the school, recreation, sport, and industrial settings
  • Critically analyze and evaluate the social and community factors that influence controllable and uncontrollable risk factors for developing chronic disease.
  • Apply dietary guidelines and current nutritional recommendations for various populations including athletes, older adults, and pre-natal women.
  • Identify major muscle groups, their functions, and adaptations to exercise.

Required Core Courses: 29 units

Course Number Course Title Units
BIOL 47 Human Anatomy 5 units
KINT 30 Intro to Kinesiology 3 units
NUTR 15 Human Nutrition 3 units
BIOL 48 Human Physiology 5 units
KINT 31 Psychological Foundations of Sport 3 units
KINT 32 Intro to Coaching Sport 3 units
KINT 33 Women In Sport 3 units
HSCI 5 Responding to Emergencies: Comprehensive First Aid/CPR/AED 2 units
CHEM 30A Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 units

Kinesiology Actvity Courses: Choose Two

Course Number Course Title Units
KINS 2.02 Lifeguard Training 1 unit
KINS 2.04 Swimming – Beginning 1 unit
KINS 2.05 Swimming – Intermediate 1 unit
KISN 2.06 Swimming – Advanced 1 unit
KINS 2.07 Master's Swimming 1 unit
KINS 4.03 Fitness Aerobics 1 unit
KINS 4.05 Fitness, Aqua Aerobics 1 unit
KINS 4.07 Fitness Competitive Athlete 1 unit
KINS 4.12 Fitness, Stretch and Flex 1 unit
KINS 4.13 Fitness Walking 1 unit
KINS 4.14 Fitness, Water Exercise 1 unit
KINS 4.16 Fitness Weight Training 1 unit
KINS 4.20 Fitness Weight Training II 1 unit
KINS 4.22 Step Fitness 1 unit
KINS 4.24 Total Fitness for Men 1 unit
KINS 4.25 Total Fitness for Women 1 unit
KINS 4.28 Fitness Jogging 1 unit
KINS 4.29 Body Sculpting 1 unit
KINS 4.30 Functional Fitness 1 unit
KINS 4.31 Core Training 1 unit
KINS 4.32 Fitness Boot Camp 1 unit
KINS 4.33 Cardio Cross Training 1 unit
KINS 4.35 Trail Running 1 unit
KINS 4.36 Everyday Food and Fitness 1 unit
KINS 4.37 Barre Fitness 1 unit
KINS 4.41 TSpeed, Plyometrics, Agility and Quickness Level 1 1 unit
KINS 4.42 Speed, Plyometrics, Agility and Quickness Level 2 1 unit
KINS 4.43 Speed, Plyometrics, Agility and Quickness Level 3 1 unit
KINS 6.01 MMA: Mixed Martial Arts 1 unit
KINS 6.02 Karate – Beginning 1 unit
KINS 6.03 Self–Defense 1 unit
KINS 6.06 Karate – Intermediate 1 unit
KINS 6.07 Kickboxing 1 unit
KINS 6.08 Boxing 1 unit
KINS 6.10 Karate: Advanced 1 unit

Kinesiology Actvity Courses: Choose Two

Course Number Course Title Units
KINS 7.02 Badminton – Beginning 1 unit
KINS 7.03 Badminton – Intermediate 1 unit
KINS 7.10 Golf – Beginning 1 unit
KINS 7.11 Golf – Intermediate 1 unit
KINS 7.12 Golf – Advanced 1 unit
KINS 7.18 Beginning Tennis 1 unit
KINS 7.20 Intermediate Tennis 1 unit
KINS 7.21 Advanced Tennis 1 unit
KINS 7.23 Scuba Diving 2 units
KINS 7.24 Scuba Diving – Advanced 2 units
KINS 7.26 Studio Cycling 1 unit
KINS 7.27 Studio Cycling Advanced 1 unit
KINS 8.03 Basketball/Softball – Advanced 1 unit
KINS 8.04 Basketball, Men 1 unit
KINS 8.05 Intermediate Basketball 1 unit
KINS 8.06 Advanced Basketball 1 unit
KINS 8.08 Soccer – Beginning, Men 1 unit
KINS 8.09 Soccer – Advanced, Men 2 units
KINS 8.10 Soccer, Women 1 unit
KINS 8.12 Softball – Beginning 1 unit
KINS 8.13 Softball – Intermediate 1 unit
KINS 8.15 Volleyball – Beginning Skills 1 unit
KINS 8.16 Volleyball – Intermediate Skills 1 unit
KINS 8.17 Volleyball – Advanced Skills 1 unit
KINS 8.18 Beach Volleyball 1 unit
KINS 8.20 Introduction to Sport Fundamentals 1 unit
KINS 8.21 Fundamentals of Sport – Beginning 1 unit
KINS 8.22 Fundamentals of Sport: Intermediate 1 unit
KINS 8.23 Fundamentals of Sport: Advanced 1 unit
KINA 9.02 Intercollegiate Basketball – Men 1.5 units
KINA 9.07 Intercollegiate Soccer – Men 3 units
KINA 9.08 Intercollegiate Soccer – Women 3 units
KINA 9.17 Intercollegiate Volleyball – Women 3 units
KINA 9.18 Intercollegiate Water Polo – Men 3 units
KINA 9.20 Women's Intercollegiate Water Polo 3 units
KINA 9.30 Intercollegiate Pre–Season Conditioning 1 unit
KINA 9.31 Athletic Tennis: Skills and Techniques 1 unit
KINA 9.41 Athletic Baseball – Skills and Techniques 2 units
KINA 9.47 Athletic Men's Soccer – Skills and Techniques 1 unit
KINA 9.49 Athletic Softball – Skills & Techniques 2 units

Kinesiology Actvity Courses: Choose Two

Course Number Course Title Units
KINA 9.01 Intercollegiate Baseball: Men 1 unit
KINA 9.03 Intercollegiate Men's Basketball: Post–Season Fundamentals 1 unit
KINA 9.04 Intercollegiate Tennis-Women 1 unit
KINA 9.09 Intercollegiate Softball: Women 2 units
KINA 9.10 Intercollegiate Swimming: Men 1 unit
KINA 9.11 Intercollegiate Swimming – Women 1 unit
KINA 9.16 Intercollegiate Beach Volleyball: Women 1 unit
KINA 9.60 Post Season Conditioning 1 unit
KINS 11.01 Yoga for Health 1 unit
KINS 11.02 Intermediate Yoga 1 unit
KINS 11.03 Gentle Restorative Exercise 1 unit
KINS 11.04 Power Yoga 1 unit
KINS 11.05 Mindful Meditation 1 unit
KINS 11.06 Pilates Reformer and Mat Instructor Training 1 unit
KINS 11.08 Pilates Mat Workout 1 unit
KINS 11.09 Intermediate Pilates Mat Workout 1 unit
KINS 11.10 Advanced Pilates Mat Workout with Reformer, Cadillac and Chair 1.5 units
KINS 12.20 Open Water Diver 1.5 units
KINS 12.22 Advanced Marine Diver 1.5 units
KINA 9.55 Athletic Men's Water Polo: Skills and Techniques 1 unit
KINA 9.56 Athletic Women's Water Polo: Skills and Techniques 1 unit
KINA 9.42 Athletic Basketball: Skills and Techniques 1 unit
KINA 9.48 Athletic Women's Soccer: Skills and Techniques 1 unit

Recommended Electives

Course Number Course Title Units
HSCI 8 Contemporary Health 3 units
HSCI 12 Understanding Stress – A Multidiscplinary Perspective 3 units
Total Major Units   37 units

To be awarded an A.A. degree, a student must complete:

  1. All the major requirements.
  2. Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements.

Fall, Year 1 (13 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
BIOL 47 Human Anatomy 5 units
HSCI 5 Responding to Emergencies: Comprehensive First Aid/CPR/AED 2 units
KINT 30 Introduction to Kinesiology 3 units
NUTR 15 Human Nutrition 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
CHEM 30A Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 units
KINT 31 Psychological Foundations of Sport 3 units
Kinesiology Activity Any course from list

Fall, Year 2 (10 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
BIOL 48 Human Physiology 5 units
KINT 32 Intro to Coaching Sport 3 units
Kinesiology Activity Any course from list

Spring, Year 2 (6 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
KINT 33 Women In Sport 3 units
Kinesiology Activity Any course from list

Certified Personal Trainer Certificate of Achievement

The Certified Personal Trainer Certificate program is designed to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to be successful in the field of personal training. In addition, this certificate will prepare students to sit for the National Association of Sport’s Medicine Personal Training examination. Sales and entrepreneurial opportunities are also available in the fitness, health and wellness industry. After completing this 12 unit certificate program, students will be prepared for employment in this growing field as a personal trainer.

The Certified Personal Trainer Certificate of Achievement requires the successful completion of a total of 12 units. This program provides Career Technical Education (CTE) opportunities in Personal Training. Students are presented the essentials to personal fitness training. Students are introduced to the human movement system, the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model and other domains of exercise science, assessment, exercise technique and training instruction, program design, considerations in nutrition, client relations and behavioral coaching, professional development, practice, and responsibility.

Upon successful completion of this program, students are prepared to complete the National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer Examination. Successful completion of the NASM CPT exam and the West Valley College Certificate of Achievement provides students the opportunity for employment in the fitness industry as a Certified Personal Trainer. Employment opportunities include working at commercial fitness clubs, personal training studios, and entrepreneurial business owner or manager.

After completing the Certified Personal Trainer Certificate, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of personal training as a profession and the skills, techniques, and industry standards required to become a personal trainer.

Required Units: 9 units

Course Number Course Title Units
KINT 42 Principles of Strength Training & Conditioning 3 units
KINT 70 Principles of Exercise Prescription and Progra Design 3 units
KINS 4.15 Practical Experience in Personal Training 1 unit
KINS 4.16 Fitness Weight Training 1 unit
KINS 4.19 Fitness Appraisal 1 unit

Kinesiology Activity Course: Complete 3 units from the following

Course Number Course Title Units
KINS 11.01 Yoga for Health 1 unit
KINS 4.12 Fitness Stretch & Flex 1 unit
KINS 4.20 Fitness, Weight Training II 1 unit
KINS 4.30 Functional Fitness 1 unit
KINS 4.31 Core Training 1 unit
KINS 4.32 Boot Camp 1 unit
KINS 4.33 Cardio Cross Training 1 unit
KINS 6.07 Kickboxing 1 unit
KINS 7.26 Studio Cycling 1 unit
Total Certificate Units   12 units

A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon completion of the 12 units with a “C” grade or better in each course.

Pilates Instructor Certificate of Achievement

The Pilates Instructor Certificate of Achievement requires the successful completion of 21 units and an in-depth exploration into the field of kinesiology.

This program provides Career Technical Education (CTE) opportunities in teaching the Pilates method of exercise. Students are presented the skills for training clients in a group setting or one-on-one. Students are introduced to the historical origins of Pilates, contemporary styles of Pilates, and Pilates for special populations.

The comprehensive program includes instruction in the mat exercise series along with reformer training. Additional topics include fitness assessment, postural analysis, exercise technique, program design, nutrition, behavioral coaching, and client relations. Upon successful completion of the Pilates Instructor Certificate of Achievement, students are prepared for employment in the fitness industry as a Pilates instructor. Upon completion of the program students are prepared to instruct Pilates mat and reformer classes, perform a postural analysis, assess fitness levels, determine readiness for physical exercise, design safe and effective Pilates exercise programs, monitor progress, and adjust training protocols to meet client goals.

Employment opportunities include working at a commercial health club, a Pilates studio, or as an entrepreneurial business owner or manager. Students are prepared to complete the Pilates Method Alliance national exam.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are prepared to design and instruct a Pilates exercise routine for healthy, aging, and special populations.

Required Core Courses: 10 units

Course Number Course Title Units
HTCH 4 Structure and Function of the Human Body 3 units
KINS 11.06 Pilates Reformer and Mat Instructor Training 3 units
KINS 11.07 Pilates Cadillac, Chairs, and Barrels Instructor Training 2 units
KINS 11.09 Intermediate Pilates Mat Workout 1 unit
KINS 11.10 Advanced Pilates Mat Workout 1 unit

Select One of the Following Courses: 3 units

Course Number Course Title Units
BUSN 15 The Entrepreneurial Mindset 3 units
BUSN 54 Small Business Start Up and Management 3 units
KINT 30 Introduction to Kinesiology 3 units
KINT 42 Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning 3 units
KINT 70 Principles of Exercise Prescription and Program Design 3 units
NUTR 15 Human Nutrition 3 units
NUTR 22 Sport Nutrition 3 units
Total Units   13 units
Last Updated 6/26/19