Kinesiology at Sonoma State
Kinesiology, as the study of human movement, utilizes a comprehensive and integrative approach to examine phenomena related to all aspects of physical activity. The curriculum offered by the Department of Kinesiology prepares graduates to apply kinesiological principles to the acquisition, performance, and refinement of motor skills and to the use of physical activity as an educative tool and a medium for health promotion, personal well being, and participation in an active life style. The curriculum addresses human movement across the life span from biological/physical, behavioral, sociocultural, and humanistic perspectives, with attention given to the unique and common needs of all people in a wide variety of contexts and conditions.
In conjunction with the broader educational mission of the University, the kinesiology major program prepares students to lead and participate in a modern complex society and to assume multiple roles throughout their lifetimes. Graduates have acquired knowledge and experiences that prepare them to pursue lifelong learning, advanced study, and/or careers in such areas as teaching, coaching, adapted physical education, allied health fields, health and fitness industries, sport industries, or exercise and movement science. To achieve this mission, the kinesiology major provides students with a well-structured set of curricular and co-curricular experiences and the mentorship to derive a sound education from the University experience.
The Department of Kinesiology programs lead to the BS or MA degrees. In both programs a core of courses is required. Beyond this core, the kinesiology student chooses a concentration of courses with a specific focus. The undergraduate may select Physical Education, Adapted Physical Education, Exercise Science, Lifetime Fitness, or Interdisciplinary Studies in kinesiology.
New Kinesiology Majors
You need to meet with a kinesiology advisor as soon as possible.
New First-Time Freshmen
Welcome to SSU. You will want to start taking or complete the following courses during your first two semesters: For those in the Exercise Science concentration: Biology 110 and Chem 115A & B. For those in all other concentrations: Biology 115 and Chem 105.
These courses are pre-requisites to Biology 220 and Biology 224, which are required support courses in your major. These two courses, along with KIN 201, must be completed before you can take core classes in your major. If you are not sure of your concentration, or you need additional information about the major, see an advisor in the Kinesiology Department, attend a group advising session, or make an appointment with the Department Chair, Elaine McHugh email@example.com.
All majors should schedule advising at least once a semester.
Welcome to SSU. You need to have taken Human Anatomy and Human Physiology courses. Upon entry to SSU, you need to sign-up for Kin 201 as soon as possible in order to take other Kinesiology Core courses, unless you have already taken an equivalent course. If you are not sure whether a course you have taken is equivalent, see the Kinesiology Chair.
Current SSU Students
If you wish to change your major to Kinesiology, you must now submit an application. Applications are now available in the Kinesiology Office, PE 14, for fall 2013 admission. Please see Ms. Gina Voight, the Administrative Coordinator. Applications are due back in the Kinesiology office by 4pm on Wednesday, March 27th. You will be notified as to whether you have been accepted before fall registration begins.
Please note: we will be accepting only a small number of new majors, as our department is currently impacted.
For more information, contact the Department Chair, Elaine McHugh
Dr. Elaine McHugh
Ms. Gina Voight
Office Location:PE 14
In order to ensure that our majors can get core courses that they need to graduate, the department has changed the requirements for getting into these classes.
The changes in the requirements are that you can no longer take core courses and Kin 241/242 unless you have completed Anatomy and Physiology and Kin 201.
Regular Office Hours are 8 am to 4:30pm
If the office is closed, please leave a message at 707-664-2357 or contact the Dean's office at 707-664-2171.