Department of Kinesiology

BS in Exercise Physiology

Exercise Physiology students
Curriculum - Student-centered curriculum, focused on hands-on, experiential learning.
Exercise Physiology students
Research - Faculty-mentored research projects explore health and human performance, from the whole body down to the gene.
Exercise Physiology students
Potential Careers - Exercise Physiology graduates are well-prepared for a diverse array of professional disciplines.
Facilities & Technology - The Exercise Physiology program utilizes state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and technology.

Program Overview

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.

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Student-centered, evidence-based curriculum.

Scholarly work aimed at advancing knowledge of human performance and health.

Graduates are well-prepared for careers in human performance and health-related fields.

Cutting edge facilities and technology promote contemporary curriculum and scholarly work.

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About Us


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


  • 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.

Student Learning Objectives

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