The mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to communicate and create knowledge about sport, exercise, and physical activity. The department achieves its mission through innovative and engaging instruction, scholarship, and professional service. The uniqueness of our integrative discipline is that we work to promote lifelong learning and physical activity to enhance quality of life and health for all.

Career Outlook

Society is increasingly recognizing the health and quality of life implications for low levels of physical activity. Graduates of the Department of Kinesiology are well prepared to work in a variety of physical activity professions serving people of all ages. Student-centered instruction blending theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience makes our graduates attractive candidates for careers or advanced study in fitness leadership, physical education, and sports medicine.


The Department of Kinesiology is fortunate to have quality facilities on campus and access to beautiful outdoor areas in Northern California. The department is housed in the new 64,000 square foot Yolo Hall located adjacent to the Shurmer-Acker Gym complex and playing fields. Department majors utilize dedicated laboratories for adapted physical education, athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness, motor behavior, and pedagogy. Other instructional facilities include dance studios, climbing wall, ropes course, two gymnasiums, handball/racquetball courts, swimming pools, track, weight training/fitness rooms, golf, soccer and multipurpose fields.

Activity Classes

The department offers activity courses designed to help students improve skills and appreciation of lifetime physical activity. Students may elect to take several courses from a wide variety of classes like aerobic exercise, dance, martial arts, traditional sports, outdoor activities, and yoga. These are lower division courses with the PHED prefix.