Prospective Students

SJSU Students


Thanks for your interest in the Department of Kinesiology at San José State University. We are here to guide and support you in your quest for knowledge, understanding, and practical skills. Our graduates excel in corporate, community and clinical exercise settings, and are well-trained and prepared for:

  • Graduate programs in the allied healthcare professions (PT, OT, Chiropractic, and Physician Assistants and more)
  • Doctoral programs in sport sociology, sport psychology, sport management, and exercise physiology;
  • Certification in athletic training and credentialing in physical education;
  • Careers in the sport industry through training in our sport management & culture programs.

Preparation & Focus

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Let's Get Moving!

These links are designed to acquaint you with the information and procedures pertinent to completing a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology, a Masters Degree in Kinesiology, a Minor in Kinesiology, and Activity and General Education Programs courses. Explore and find your path.


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Your Spartan Story

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Continue Your Journey 

Whether it is to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree, complete a minor, or take general education and/or physical activity courses, our department creates enriching academic experiences and environments. 

Make Your Passion Your Profession

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Academic Exploration 

Our Revised Curriculum is designed to provide a contemporary understanding of key issues in Kinesiology and to prepare you for careers in the field or success in graduate school. A
key feature of our undergraduate major is the Internship Program that gives students opportunities to link theoretical “classroom” knowledge with “hands on” practical experiences  in their respective fields. Our faculty and students are engaged in collaborative and innovative research, and regularly publish and present their work at professional and academic conferences.

Leadership & Mentoring

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Teaching & Research 

We are 23 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 14 lecturers, 35+ activity instructors, and 4 staff. Our faculty hold master degrees and doctoral degrees in various academic areas
within the discipline of Kinesiology and the allied health professions. Our faculty are
student-centered, professionally engaged, and help you succeed in your academic
and professional endeavors.

Mind & Body 


Holistic Approaches

Our Activity Program provides over 60 physical activity courses that help students to fulfill the two unit SJSU physical education requirement, while teaching life-time fitness and activity skills. Develop your whole self.

Our General Education Program offers a range of classes in both the lower division and
upper division
 advanced GE (SJSU Studies) that expand your knowledge of movement, nutrition, sports culture, exercise fitness, global humanities, and health. Find deeper meaning in the world around us. 

Creative Spaces

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We provide many opportunities to connect with both your peers and professors. The relationships forged here will serve you well beyond your years at SJSU. Join our community of scholars, do-ers, creators, and leaders. 


General Information

How to Change/Declare Your Major to Kinesiology

Kinesiology is an impacted major at SJSU.  This means that all new freshmen and transfers need to satisfy supplemental criteria in order to declare a major in Kinesiology

  • Read the procedures on how to change majors, click on Application Information.
  • Fill out application by the deadline for the semester that you are applying to change your major.
  • Submit the completed form with all necessary attachments to the Kinesiology Department office, SPX 102.


Tips for Success

  • Get an undergraduate Kinesiology program handbook from the KIN main office (or use the online version) and reference it frequently.
  • Make sure the department (provide to staff in main office) and the University (online through mysjsu) have your correct email address.
  • Check for messages at mysjsu regularly. Notices from the university are posted there pertaining to your enrollment and progress to your degree.
  • Check the KIN bulletin boards in Spartan Complex weekly for announcements and/or academic deadlines.
  • Each semester (before enrollment period opens) meet with your Kinesiology academic advisor to review progress and plan next steps.
  • Take the Writing Skills Test (WST) as soon as possible after finishing English 1B. See web site for information and test dates.
  • Get involved! Whether through Greek Life, an honor society, or a student club, you will find that having a network of friends in and outside the Kinesiology program is invaluable and that experiences outside of the classroom are as important as those in the classroom.


This minor is comprised of 18 units of coursework: 9 units required; 9 units elective.

  • Once you've selected Kinesiology as your minor, contact our Advising Manager to find out who your academic advisor is.
  • Connect with your academic advisor to confer on course selection and progress throughout your studies.
  • You will need to complete all requirements listed on the Minor Form before filing for graduation.

Kinesiology Scholarships

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