Kinesiology is the scientific study of human motion. The goal of the Kinesiology Department is to nurture a student’s life-long commitment to physical activity. We offer a variety of physical fitness courses, recreational sport activities, and holistic health classes leading to a certificate (coming soon) or AA-T degree in Kinesiology (coming soon) with the ability to transfer to a 4-year college.
As a Kinesiology student you will have the opportunity to take a combination of courses from 3 concentrations:
A. Kinesiology (KIN)
The body has a complex system of movement. Courses in the Kinesiology concentration focus on demonstrating how the human body moves during work, athletic and leisure activities. The following Kinesiology courses are currently offered:
- Introduction to Kinesiology
- Sports Training I-Fundamentals
- Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
- First Aid and CPR
B. Physical Fitness and Recreational Activities (KIN or ATHL)
We live in a society where the health dangers of a sedentary life-style and stress can lead to such chronic diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease. Participation in Physical Fitness and Recreational Activities courses will allow you to develop and enjoy the benefits of a holistic approach to being physically active while also forming the foundation leading to a healthful, life-long penchant for physical fitness through recreational activities and exercise.
You may choose from the following Physical Fitness and Recreational Activity courses:
- Cross-training for strength
- Strength Training
- Circuit and Sports Training
Additional Physical Fitness and Intro to Recreational courses are currently being developed.
C. Athletics (ATHL)
We offer our students the opportunity to participate in two intercollegiate teams (Men’s Intercollegiate Basketball and Women’s Intercollegiate Volleyball) which compete in the Bay Valley Conference of the California Community Colleges Athletic Association (CCCAA). The following courses, specifically designed to improve athletic skills and strengthen physical endurance, are offered to our student-athletes:
- Basketball I – Fundamentals
- Basketball II – Beginning
- Basketball III – Intermediate
- Basketball IV – Competitive
- Volleyball I-Fundamentals
- Volleyball II-Beginning
For courses with the same name and different numbers, we recommend going from lower to higher in the numerical sequence.
The Kinesiology Department does not currently offer a degree but it does offer courses specific to multiple career fields. We train physical therapists who work in the rehabilitation industry. Coaches also require an understanding of kinesiology so that they can guide athletes through specialized body movements used in sports. Athletic trainers, exercise physiologists and fitness workers apply kinesiological principles to their jobs as they create exercise programs and offer advice on body maintenance and the prevention of injuries.
From now to 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that open positions for physical therapists are expected to increase much faster (by 36%) than the average for all occupations. The BLS attributes this growth to an increasing population of elderly citizens in need of physical rehabilitation and advances in medical technology that allow more conditions to be treated with physical therapy.
The future for coaching and athletic scouting positions is also very promising. As a group they are anticipated to grow quickly (by 15%) due to the growing popularity of sporting event participation and the heightened awareness for the need to prevent concussion among athletes. Likewise, open positions for fitness trainers and instructors are expected to grow by 13%, which is about average compared to all job sectors.