The Kinesiology program is designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of the human body and movement.

Students in the program take courses in areas such as anatomy, physiology, and science, and are prepared for careers in fields such as personal training, coaching, and physical therapy. The program also provides a strong foundation for students who wish to continue their education and pursue a bachelor's degree in kinesiology or a related field.

What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is the study of human movement, function, and performance. It encompasses a range of disciplines, including anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, psychology, and neuroscience, among others, to understand how the body moves and functions. Kinesiology is applied in various contexts, such as exercise science, sports medicine, physical therapy, and rehabilitation, as well as in research, education, and performance enhancement. By studying kinesiology, individuals can gain insights into how the body works and how to optimize its movement and function for better health and performance.

Is Kinesiology Right for Me?

If you have a passion for physical activity, human movement, and health and wellness, this may be the right program for you. Students who enjoy learning about anatomy, physiology, and exercise science, and who are interested in pursuing careers in fields such as personal training, coaching, and physical therapy, will benefit from this program. Additionally, individuals who want to improve their own physical fitness and health can gain valuable knowledge and skills through the Kinesiology program. Anyone who has a strong interest in the human body, physical activity, and health and wellness can benefit from pursuing a Kinesiology associate degree.

Some key traits and skills for studying Kinesiology:

  • Passion for physical activity
  • Scientific mindset
  • Empathy and communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Analytical skills
  • Physical fitness
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Compassion and patience

Degree & Certificates

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This degree is especially valuable for those students planning on completing a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at a CSU campus.

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Explore the professional aspects of coaching theory, sports psychology, conditioning program development, leadership, and CPR/First Aid.

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Provides students with the foundational knowledge necessary to prepare them to apply for Masters of Athletic Training programs and move into the profession of Athletic Training.

You may also be interested in learning about the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

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Individuals who earn a Kinesiology associate degree can pursue a variety of careers in fields related to physical activity, health, and wellness. Some examples include:

  1. Personal Trainer: Work with clients to develop and implement individualized fitness plans that help them meet their goals.
  2. Fitness Instructor: Lead group fitness classes and help individuals improve their physical fitness and health.
  3. Athletic Trainer: Work with athletes to prevent, diagnose, and treat injuries.
  4. Physical Therapy Assistant: Help physical therapists provide care to patients by assisting with exercises and treatments.
  5. Exercise Physiologist: Study how the body responds to physical activity and develop exercise plans to improve health and fitness.
  6. Coaching: Work with athletes to improve their skills and performance in a specific sport.
  7. Sports Medicine: Work with athletes to prevent and treat injuries, and provide medical care and rehabilitation services.
  8. Wellness Coach: Help individuals achieve their health and wellness goals by providing guidance and support.
  9. Corporate Wellness: Develop and implement workplace wellness programs to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent illness.
  10. Strength and Conditioning Coach: Work with athletes to improve their strength, power, and endurance for their sport.
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Beyond BC

Transfer to a University

Graduates with an Associate Degree from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Academic Department: Kinesiology, Health, and Athletics

Career & Learning Pathway: Health Sciences Pathway

Courses: Kinesiology (KINS)

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