The Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

Your major department has prepared a Four Year Advising Plan to help you meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major advisor or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree with the Option in Physical Education Teacher Education: 135 units

Students graduating with the Option in Physical Education Teacher Education earn a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology, physical education subject matter competency, and a single subject teaching credential. Students are advised to plan their General Education requirements carefully.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See "General Education Requirements" in the University Catalog and the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Option in Teacher Education

HIST 130 may be used to fulfill Breadth Area C1, C2, or C3 requirements; POLS 155 may be used to fulfill any one of the Breadth Area D1, D2, or D3 requirements; and HCSV 451 may be used to fulfill Area E requirements.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See "Cultural Diversity" in the University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the "American Institutions Requirement" under "Bachelor's Degree Requirements." This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See "Mathematics and Writing Requirements" in the University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See the Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 48-75 units

Course Requirements for the Major with the Option in Physical Education Teacher Education: 96 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses dependent upon a selected option or advising pattern are outlined following the major core program requirements.

Major Core Program: 22 units

Lower-Division Core: 8 units

2 courses required:

BIOL 103 Human Anatomy 4.0 FS *
BIOL 104 Human Physiology 4.0 FS *

Upper-Division Core: 14 units

4 courses required:

KINE 320 Embodied Knowledge: Kinesiol 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
KINE 321 Motor Development & Behavior 3.0 FS
KINE 322 Biomechanics 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 103 or faculty permission for non-majors, basic computer literacy skills.
KINE 323 Physiology of Exercise 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 104.

Standard first aid and cardiopulmonary resusitation (CPR) certification are also required.

Basic computer literacy skills are required. The requirement may be met through select college courses (e.g., CSCI 100, PHED 100, or UNIV 101) or through prior experience.

Major Option Course Requirements: 26-74 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

The Option in Physical Education Teacher Education: 74 units

This option satisfies all requirements for subject matter competency in physical education and the single subject teaching credential program. Consult with a Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) advisor early in order to determine your academic plan as courses follow a presecribed sequence.

Lower-Division Courses: 3 units

Select activity breadth courses with the prior approval of a PETE advisor.

3 courses selected from:

PHED 112A Beginning Badminton 1.0 FS
PHED 112B Intermediate Badminton 1.0 FS
PHED 116A Beginning Aerobic Dance 1.0 FS
PHED 116B Intermediate Aerobic Dance 1.0 FS
PHED 116C Advanced Aerobic Dance 1.0 FS
PHED 117A Bicycling 1.0 FS
PHED 118J Intermediate Basketball: Men 1.0 FS
PHED 118V Beginning Basketball: Women 1.0 FS
PHED 118W Intermediate Basketball: Women 1.0 FS
PHED 120A Beginning Bowling 1.0 FS
PHED 120B Intermediate Bowling 1.0 FS
PHED 120C Advanced Bowling 1.0 FS
PHED 129 Flag Football 1.0 FA
PHED 134A Beginning Golf 1.0 FS
PHED 134B Intermediate Golf 1.0 FS
PHED 136I Beginning Gymnastics: Men 1.0 FS
PHED 136J Intermediate Gymnastics: Men 1.0 FS
PHED 136V Beginning Gymnastics: Women 1.0 FS
PHED 136W Intermediate Gymnastics: Women 1.0 FS
PHED 141A Beginning Jujitsu/Self-Defense 1.0 FS
PHED 141B Intermed Jujitsu/Self-Defense 1.0 FS
PHED 142 Aikido 1.0 FS
PHED 143A Beginning Karate 1.0 FS
PHED 143B Intermediate Karate 1.0 FS
PHED 143C Advanced Karate 1.0 FS
PHED 144A Beginning TaeKwonDo 1.0 FS
PHED 144B Intermediate TaeKwonDo 1.0 FS
PHED 144C Advanced TaeKwonDo 1.0 FS
PHED 147I Beginning Indoor Soccer: Men 1.0 FS
PHED 147J Intermed Indoor Soccer: Men 1.0 FS
PHED 148V Beginning Soccer: Women 1.0 FS
PHED 148W Intermediate Soccer: Women 1.0 FS
PHED 149A Beginning Slow-Pitch Softball 1.0 FS
PHED 150V Beginning Softball: Women 1.0 SP
PHED 150W Intermediate Softball: Women 1.0 SP
PHED 154A Beginning Swimming 1.0 FS
PHED 154B Intermediate Swimming 1.0 FS
Prerequisites: Ability to swim in deep water; satisfactory performance of front crawl, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke.
PHED 154C Advanced Swimming 1.0 FS
Prerequisites: Ability to swim in deep water; satisfactory performance of front crawl, side stroke, and elementary back stroke.
PHED 156A Beginning Tennis 1.0 FS
PHED 156B Intermediate Tennis 1.0 FS
PHED 162A Beginning Volleyball 1.0 FS
PHED 162B Intermediate Volleyball 1.0 FS
PHED 164A Beginning Water Polo 1.0 FS
PHED 164B Intermediate Water Polo 1.0 FS
PHED 164K Advanced Water Polo: Men 1.0 FA
PHED 166A Beginning Weight Training 1.0 FS
PHED 166B Intermediate Weight Training 1.0 FS
PHED 169 Yoga 1.0 Inq

Upper-Division Courses: 65 units

20 courses required:

EDTE 301 Democracy & Pub Schl in Amer 2.0 SMF
EDTE 302 Access & Equity in Education 3.0 FS
EDTE 530 Fundamentals of Teaching Prac 3.0 SMF
EDTE 531 Teaching with Technology 1.0 FS
EDTE 532 Literacy Development 3.0 SMF
EDTE 535 Teaching Practicum I 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Admission to the Department of Education Single Subject Program and completion of Block One courses.
EDTE 537 Apps for Democratic Education 2.0 FS
Prerequisites: Capstone course to be taken in the final semester of the program.
EDTE 538 Teaching Practicum II 12.0 FS
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Practicum I (EDTE 535).
ENGL 371 Principles of Language 3.0 FS *
ENGL 470 Second Language Acquisition 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 371.
HCSV 451 Hlth Ed for Secondary Tchrs 3.0 FS
KINE 305 Philosophy of School Based PE 3.0 FS
KINE 308 Dance/Rhythms/ Educ Gymnastics 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
KINE 309 Develop Approp PE for Children 3.0 FS
KINE 312 Outdoor Education & Aquatics 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
KINE 315 Intro to Adapted Phys Act 3.0 FS
KINE 410 Develop Approp PE-Middle Sch 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: KINE 305, KINE 309.
KINE 411 Assessment in Physical Educ 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: KINE 305, KINE 309, faculty permission.
KINE 484 Develop Approp PE-High School 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: KINE 305, KINE 308, KINE 309, KINE 312, KINE 410, KINE 411.
KINE 510 Sem in School Physical Educ 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

Note: PSYC 355 may be substituted for KINE 321; EDTE 533 may be substituted for KINE 484; and EDTE 534 may be substituted for KINE 315. Advisor's permission is required for substitutions.

6 units selected from:

6 units of course work in any single non-English language. Note: This requirement may be waived for students with two years of high school language courses in a single language. Students are also reminded that the following courses are required for the Option in Physical Education Teacher Education: CMST 131 or CMST 132; POLS 155 or POLS 355. Students interested in earning subject matter competency in physical education with intentions of entering credential programs other than the Physical Education Teacher Education Option must take an alternate set of courses in order to meet the required 120 units for the BA. See a PETE advisor as soon as possible to establish an academic contract.

Additional Requirements:

By the beginning of the junior year, at the time of admission to the credential program, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.67, or a GPA of 2.75 for the last 60 units. Candidates must maintain a 3.0 average or better in EDTE 530 courses. KINE courses listed must be completed with a C- or better.

Optional Adapted Physical Education Specialist Credential: 20 units

In order to complete the specialist credential in adapted physical education, students must obtain or be working toward a credential that authorizes them to teach physical education. This credential allows future physical education teachers to instruct individuals with disabilities in the public schools. These courses may be taken in addition to the Option in Teacher Education program, but are not required for that option or degree.

7 courses required:

KINE 315 Intro to Adapted Phys Act 3.0 FS
KINE 351 Aquatics for Adaptive Instr 2.0 SP
Prerequisites: First Aid and CPR or faculty permission; WSI recommended.

KINE 351 may be applied to the lower-division requirements.

KINE 513 Prog for Phys/Neuro Disabil 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: KINE 315 or faculty permission.
KINE 514 Prog Mental/Emot/Lrn Disabil 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: KINE 315 or faculty permission.
KINE 515 Collaboration in Adapted PE 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: KINE 315 or faculty permission.
KINE 516 Motor Assess Indvids w/Disabil 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: KINE 315 or faculty permission.
KINE 617 Fieldwork Adapted Phys Educ 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: KINE 515, faculty permission.

The Option in Movement Studies: 26-53 units

Option Core: 9-19 units

Lower-Division Activity Breadth Courses: 6-13 units

Complete six courses in at least five of the seven groups below:

Aquatics Group

KINE 351 Aquatics for Adaptive Instr 2.0 SP
Prerequisites: First Aid and CPR or faculty permission; WSI recommended.
PHED 125 Beginning Scuba Diving 2.0 FS
Prerequisites: Ability to swim in deep water.
PHED 154A Beginning Swimming 1.0 FS
PHED 154B Intermediate Swimming 1.0 FS
Prerequisites: Ability to swim in deep water; satisfactory performance of front crawl, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke.
PHED 154C Advanced Swimming 1.0 FS
Prerequisites: Ability to swim in deep water; satisfactory performance of front crawl, side stroke, and elementary back stroke.
PHED 154E Swimming: Individualized Prog 1.0 FS
PHED 164A Beginning Water Polo 1.0 FS
PHED 164B Intermediate Water Polo 1.0 FS

Dance, Tumbling, or Gymnastics Group

KINE 352 Introduction to Dance 3.0 FS *
PHED 113I Beg Ballroom: Men 1.0 FS
PHED 113V Beg Ballroom: Women 1.0 FS
PHED 114V Int Ballroom: Men 1.0 FS
Prerequisites: PHED 113I.
PHED 114W Int Ballroom: Women 1.0 FS
Prerequisites: PHED 113V.
PHED 136I Beginning Gymnastics: Men 1.0 FS
PHED 136J Intermediate Gymnastics: Men 1.0 FS
PHED 136V Beginning Gymnastics: Women 1.0 FS
PHED 136W Intermediate Gymnastics: Women 1.0 FS
PHED 160A Beginning Tumbling 1.0 FS
PHED 160B Intermediate Tumbling 1.0 FS

Individual or Dual Group

PHED 112A Beginning Badminton 1.0 FS
PHED 112B Intermediate Badminton 1.0 FS
PHED 120A Beginning Bowling 1.0 FS
PHED 120B Intermediate Bowling 1.0 FS
PHED 120C Advanced Bowling 1.0 FS
PHED 134A Beginning Golf 1.0 FS
PHED 134B Intermediate Golf 1.0 FS
PHED 146A Beg Ski, Board, Telemarking 1.0 SP
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
PHED 146B Int Ski, Board, Telemarking 1.0 SP
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
PHED 156A Beginning Tennis 1.0 FS
PHED 156B Intermediate Tennis 1.0 FS
PHED 156C Advanced Tennis 1.0 FS

Outdoor Education/Recreation Group

KINE 224 Mthd Tch Rock Climbing 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: Wilderness 1st Responder or faculty permission.
KINE 226 Meth of Tch Wilderness Living 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: Wilderness 1st Responder or faculty permission.
KINE 228 Meth of Tch Canoeing/Kayaking 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: Wilderness 1st Responder.
PHED 111A Orienteering 1.0 FS
PHED 117A Bicycling 1.0 FS
PHED 119A Cross-Country Skiing 1.0 FS
PHED 121 Backpacking 2.0 FS
PHED 123A Rock Climbing 1.0 FS

Note: Students completing the Outdoor Education Pattern may use two of the following courses to fulfill requirements both for that pattern and for the Outdoor Education/Recreation group activity course requirements: KINE 224, KINE 226, or KINE 228.

Personal Defense or Combatives Group

PHED 141A Beginning Jujitsu/Self-Defense 1.0 FS
PHED 141B Intermed Jujitsu/Self-Defense 1.0 FS
PHED 142 Aikido 1.0 FS
PHED 143A Beginning Karate 1.0 FS
PHED 143B Intermediate Karate 1.0 FS
PHED 144A Beginning TaeKwonDo 1.0 FS

Team Sports Group

PHED 118J Intermediate Basketball: Men 1.0 FS
PHED 118V Beginning Basketball: Women 1.0 FS
PHED 118W Intermediate Basketball: Women 1.0 FS
PHED 129 Flag Football 1.0 FA
PHED 147I Beginning Indoor Soccer: Men 1.0 FS
PHED 147J Intermed Indoor Soccer: Men 1.0 FS
PHED 147V Beginning Indoor Soccer: Women 1.0 FS
PHED 147W Intermed Indoor Soccer: Women 1.0 FS
PHED 148I Beginning Soccer: Men 1.0 FS
PHED 148J Intermediate Soccer: Men 1.0 FS
PHED 148V Beginning Soccer: Women 1.0 FS
PHED 148W Intermediate Soccer: Women 1.0 FS
PHED 149A Beginning Slow-Pitch Softball 1.0 FS
PHED 150V Beginning Softball: Women 1.0 SP
PHED 150W Intermediate Softball: Women 1.0 SP
PHED 162A Beginning Volleyball 1.0 FS
PHED 162B Intermediate Volleyball 1.0 FS
PHED 162C Advanced Volleyball 1.0 FS
PHED 162K Advanced Volleyball: Men 1.0 FS

Weight Training or Fitness Group

PHED 116A Beginning Aerobic Dance 1.0 FS
PHED 159 Jogging 1.0 FS
PHED 166A Beginning Weight Training 1.0 FS
PHED 166B Intermediate Weight Training 1.0 FS
PHED 166V Begin Weight Training: Women 1.0 FS
PHED 167A Beginning Lifetime Fitness 1.0 FS
PHED 167B Intermediate Lifetime Fitness 1.0 FS
PHED 167C Advanced Lifetime Fitness 1.0 FS
PHED 169 Yoga 1.0 Inq

Upper-Division Courses: 3-6 units

2 courses required:

KINE 390 Prin of Strngth & Conditioning 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: KINE 322, KINE 323, or faculty permission.
KINE 489 Internship Seminar 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: At least junior standing and faculty permission.

Note: KINE 489 is not required for students completing the Outdoor Education pattern.

Advising Pattern Course Requirements: 18-34 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required depending upon the advising pattern chosen. Students must select one of the following advising patterns for completion of the major course requirements.

Adapted Physical Activity Pattern: 20-21 units

5 courses required:

KINE 315 Intro to Adapted Phys Act 3.0 FS
KINE 345 Motor Learning/HumPerformance 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Basic computer skills or faculty permission.
KINE 351 Aquatics for Adaptive Instr 2.0 SP
Prerequisites: First Aid and CPR or faculty permission; WSI recommended.
KINE 513 Prog for Phys/Neuro Disabil 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: KINE 315 or faculty permission.
KINE 514 Prog Mental/Emot/Lrn Disabil 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: KINE 315 or faculty permission.

2 courses selected from:

KINE 316 Prin Spt Injury Mgt 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: Basic First Aid or equivalent course, faculty permission.
KINE 381 Recondition Athletic Injuries 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: KINE 316; a course in anatomy is recommended.
KINE 485 Seminar in Sports Medicine 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 103, BIOL 104, KINE 323, PHED 100 or faculty permission.
KINE 515 Collaboration in Adapted PE 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: KINE 315 or faculty permission.
KINE 516 Motor Assess Indvids w/Disabil 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: KINE 315 or faculty permission.
RECR 464 Therapeutic Recr Techniques 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: RECR 260 or faculty permission.
RECR 466 Program Management in TR 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: RECR 260; RECR 462; RECR 464; or faculty permission.

Coaching and Administration Pattern: 24-25 units

Students wishing to pursue a career in coaching with any degree should consult a kinesiology advisor. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) requires individuals who are not kinesiology majors to acquire coaching certification. CIF has approved this pattern, and individuals who satisfactorily complete the program are automatically qualified to coach. See your advisor to discuss career plans and appropriate selection of courses.

4 courses required:

KINE 314 Psychology of Coaching 3.0 FS
KINE 345 Motor Learning/HumPerformance 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Basic computer skills or faculty permission.
KINE 411 Assessment in Physical Educ 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: KINE 305, KINE 309, faculty permission.
KINE 430 Adm/Mgmt of Sport/Fit Progs 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Basic computer literacy skills.

2 courses required:

KINE 331 Principles of Team Sports 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Basic computer literacy skills. Course includes laboratory projects and written exams which cover the essential elements of coaching and performing in a team sport environment. One major project will be designed by each student.
KINE 332 Prin of Individual Sports 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Basic computer literacy skills.

Note: Either KINE 331 or KINE 332 may be taken twice to meet this requirement.

2 courses selected from:

KINE 316 Prin Spt Injury Mgt 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: Basic First Aid or equivalent course, faculty permission.
KINE 346 Sport and Society 3.0 Inq

This course is also offered as SOCI 346.

KINE 347 Sport/Game/Play Non-West Cult 3.0 FS * NW
KINE 492 Social Psy of Sport/Play/Games 3.0 FS

This course is also offered as PSYC 492.

KINE 524 Biomechanical Analysis 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: KINE 322 and basic computer literacy.
KINE 554 Theory/Prac of Play & Games 3.0 SP

Fitness and Wellness Pattern: 18-19 units

3 courses required:

KINE 345 Motor Learning/HumPerformance 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Basic computer skills or faculty permission.
KINE 411 Assessment in Physical Educ 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: KINE 305, KINE 309, faculty permission.
KINE 480 Ex Testing and Prescription 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: KINE 323.

3 courses selected from:

KINE 315 Intro to Adapted Phys Act 3.0 FS
KINE 316 Prin Spt Injury Mgt 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: Basic First Aid or equivalent course, faculty permission.
KINE 386 Sports Epidemiology 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Basic computer skills or faculty permission.
KINE 482 Exercise Pathophysiology 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Bachelor's Degree in any discipline or KINE 322, KINE 323, KINE 480 or faculty permission.
KINE 485 Seminar in Sports Medicine 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 103, BIOL 104, KINE 323, PHED 100 or faculty permission.
KINE 492 Social Psy of Sport/Play/Games 3.0 FS

This course is also offered as PSYC 492.

KINE 586 Anat/Patho Asp of Sports Inj 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 103, BIOL 104, KINE 322.
KINE 588 Sem Sport/Phys Act Health Care 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: KINE 317, KINE 381.

Outdoor Education Pattern: 28-34 units

Students wishing to pursue a career in outdoor education with any degree should consult with the Coordinator of the Outdoor Education program. Wilderness 1st Responder certification is required for this pattern. It is granted and authorized through three different agencies: Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI), Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA), and Stone Hearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO). These companies conduct courses throughout North America and each company recognizes the others' certification. Wilderness 1st Responder is offered on the CSU, Chico campus through WMI and is sponsored by the Associated Students, Adventure Outings. Wilderness 1st Responder certification also includes Standard First Aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.

Note: Students completing this pattern may use two of the following required courses in the Outdoor Education/Recreation group lower-division activity course requirements: KINE 224, KINE 226, or KINE 228.

8 courses required:

KINE 224 Mthd Tch Rock Climbing 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: Wilderness 1st Responder or faculty permission.
KINE 227 Winter and the Mountain 4.0 JA
Prerequisites: Wilderness 1st Responder, KINE 226 or RECR 187.
KINE 228 Meth of Tch Canoeing/Kayaking 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: Wilderness 1st Responder.
KINE 460 Phil Found of Outdoor Educ 3.0 FS
KINE 462 Theory of Experiential Educ 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: KINE 460.
KINE 464 Facilitating Adventure Exp 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: KINE 460.
KINE 470 Practicum in Outdoor Education 9.0 SM
Prerequisites: Wilderness 1st Responder, KINE 224, KINE 226, KINE 227, KINE 228, KINE 460, KINE 464, RECR 240.
RECR 240 Outdoor Recreation Systems 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of RECR 200, or faculty permission.

1 course selected from:

KINE 226 Meth of Tch Wilderness Living 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: Wilderness 1st Responder or faculty permission.
RECR 185 Camp Mgmt & Outdoor Leadership 3.0 FS

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total University offerings. You should consult with an advisor regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your University experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor for specific information.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

The Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the University for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life. Your honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these units are independent study (399H, 499H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.

2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements for your major carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.

3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.

4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.

5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.

6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major advisor to apply.