Use Exercise Science to Impact Lives with a Kinesiology Major

Azusa Pacific’s Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology shapes difference makers who care for the whole person—body, mind, and spirit. Exercise, movement, and sport help others thrive by improving health, fitness, and quality of life across the lifespan, and the kinesiology major equips students for a variety of careers in these areas. Students can choose from three concentrations: health professions, applied exercise science, and physical education.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports growth in many career fields related to kinesiology, including physical therapy, athletic training, exercise physiologists and fitness professionals. APU’s program helps prepare students for these careers while focusing on equipping lifelong learners who are academically engaged, relationally focused, vocationally aware, and wellness oriented through approaches that are discipline-based and grounded within a Christian worldview.

Want to Impact the Health of Children?

If you’re interested in teaching younger generations the benefits of staying active and living a healthy life, kinesiology might be the right college major for you.

Gain In-depth Learning Experience

All kinesiology majors take part in semester-long internships under the direction of an exercise science professional at one of several APU-approved practicum sites. Students receive invaluable hands-on learning that can then be applied back to coursework. These internship opportunities provide contacts in the field and ensure that kinesiology majors graduate with significant, relevant experience on their résumés.

Choose a Concentration

Health Professions

70-73 units

The health professions concentration is for students interested in pursuing physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, chiropractic, physician’s assistant, and other allied health graduate programs, including master’s and doctoral degrees in exercise physiology, biomechanics, and other subdisciplines of kinesiology. Gain practical, hands-on training in kinesiology, including 100 hours of supervised internships and a strong theoretical foundation in the sciences, which may fulfill graduate school prerequisites. View the Health Professions Concentration Advising Sheet (PDF).

Applied Exercise Science

54-57 units

The applied exercise science concentration prepares students to obtain positions as fitness professionals, strength and conditioning specialists, wellness directors, exercise physiologists, and to pursue graduate degrees in cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, sports psychology, or allied health professions (additional prerequisite courses may be necessary). Through applied coursework, learn to assess, design, and implement evidence-based fitness programs for clients to achieve optimal health and performance. Plus, complete 150+ hours of supervised internship experience at the university’s fitness center and in the community at one of our pre-approved sites. Many students are successful at finding employment in the industry prior to graduation. View the Applied Exercise Science Concentration Advising Sheet (PDF).

Physical Education

72 units

The physical education concentration prepares individuals to teach physical education in schools using curricula based on movement science principles. The program content is aligned with two sets of standards: The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and the Content Standard in Physical Education of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). Throughout the program, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective and innovative teacher through immersion in service-learning experiences within public/private schools. View the Physical Education Concentration Advising Sheet (PDF).

Azusa Pacific University is the only private Christian university in California with a single-subject-approved program in physical education. Students in the PE concentration who graduate with a cumulative 2.75 GPA are waived from taking the required California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in Physical Education for credentialing. Prerequisites for the teaching credential may be completed during the undergraduate program or along with a master’s degree in physical education. To see a list of these prerequisites, and for more information on teaching credentials, see the information provided by APU’s Division of Teacher Education.


Students are encouraged to sit for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) examination after completing KIN 242 in their sophomore year, and NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and/or National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) examinations after completing the related 300-level coursework. Students are responsible for all the associated fees and costs for the desired certification(s).

Is This Major Right for You?

You’re a kinesiology major if you:

  • Are interested in how the human body works
  • Are interested in health promotion and human performance
  • Want to promote fitness and exercise among other people
  • Enjoy exercise and sports
  • Are a good verbal communicator

Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.