College of Communication & Education

BS in Exercise Physiology


The Exercise Physiology BS program is one of the few and the oldest in the state of California. Our curriculum explores the influence of exercise on basic human physiology, from the whole-body down to the gene. State-of-the-art facilities and technology support a wide breadth and depth of curricular options and novel research activities. The program prepares students for careers in human performance and general health-related fields. Examples of potential employment opportunities for graduates include corporate fitness, physical therapy aide, personal training, and strength and conditioning.

In addition, students are well-prepared for entry into graduate or professional degree programs, including MS/PhD programs, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and physician assistant.

Kinesiology Department Mission

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 directly to promote lifelong learning and participation in human movement to enhance quality of life for all.

Exercise Physiology Program Vision

To lead in discovery, dissemination, and application of physiological principles and techniques through the lens of exercise in a diverse and constantly evolving society.

Exercise Physiology Program Mission

  • Instruct on evidence-based, contemporary curricula emphasizing experiential learning on responses and adaptations to exercise in humans.
  • Conduct innovative, student-led scholarly projects that advance knowledge related to human performance and health. 
  • Promote and provide opportunities for community engagement and outreach, valuing diversity and inclusivity. 
  • Advocate and serve as a model of good exercise and dietary hygiene.
  • Uphold integrity and high ethical standards consistent with the Department of Kinesiology, College of Communication and Education, California State University, Chico, and the California State University System.
  • Serve as leaders by being in service of others in professional and interpersonal capacities.

Kinesiology Department Learning Outcomes

The Department of Kinesiology’s Student Learning Outcomes describe the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of a Kinesiology graduate. These outcomes are consistent with the university strategic plan, department mission, and the standards set by professional organizations within the field. All undergraduate and graduate programs and options address these learning outcomes through specialized learning objectives. Specialized learning objectives are measurable competencies designed to address the relevant graduate, professional and credentialing standards. CSU, Chico graduates with a BA, BS, and MA from the Department of Kinesiology demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the following areas:

  1. Content Knowledge – Students will demonstrate knowledge and disciplinary concepts related to the field of Kinesiology
  2. Communication – Students will apply knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to enhance learning and engagement in physical activity
  3. Reflection and Critical Thinking – Students will demonstrate reflection and critical thinking in order to refine professional practice.
  4. Programming and Assessment – Students will demonstrate evidence-based knowledge and skills (and best practices) for assessing client/student needs and for designing, implementing and evaluating programs.
  5. Professionalism and Ethics – Students will demonstrate professional behaviors, including commitment to excellence, valuing diversity and collaboration, service to others, and techniques for lifelong learning.
  6. Value Physical Activity and Fitness – Students will articulate a philosophy that physical activity programs are important to health and well-being of individuals, and that physical activity can foster self-expression, development, and learning.

Additional Exercise Physiology SLOs

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of acute physiological responses and adaptations to exercise through oral and written communication. 
  2. Develop individualized exercise programs based on health screening and fitness assessments.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in laboratory techniques through the collection, analysis, and interpretation of physiological data.
  4. Identify and synthesize peer-reviewed literature findings to guide evidence-based practices in health and exercise.