About Kinesiology

Students at graduation ceremony.
Photo (c) 2015 David Schmitz. All Rights Reserved. 

The Department of Kinesiology began as the first public system of physical activity in higher education in the West and one of the earliest in the entire US. In common with most programs, it began as a physical education teacher education program, but in the last 50 years has diversified into preparing students for many careers including personal training, sport management, athletic training, adapted physical activity, cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, exercise physiology, coaching, and sport psychology.

Connecting With Us

Our program pages contain some great information, as well as our admissions and current student pages. Please take sometime to explore.

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 4 pm   Friday available via phone and email. The office will be closed on all school observed holidays.

View list of school observed holidays



Communicator Newsletter

Read the archives of the departmental newsletter, the Communicator.

Our Mission

In an atmosphere of social justice, equity, and respect for diversity, the mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to create and disseminate knowledge; engage in community service; prepare and graduate exemplary kinesiology professionals; as well as meet individual and societal needs for physical activity, sport, movement, and wellness. 

Our Vision

We will be a preeminent, globally-connected kinesiology department recognized for excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, research, scholarship, creative activity, and community engagement. 

Spartan complex building

Buildings and Laboratory Spaces

Learn more about the buildings and labs used by the Department of Kinesiology.

Tamar Semerjian

Chair's Corner

Reflections and communication from the Chair of the Department of Kinesiology to the community at SJSU and beyond. 

Faculty and Staff

Find contact Information and bios for the Department of Kinesiology faculty and staff.


Learn about the history of the Department of Kinesiology. View historical photos and read the historical timeline based on Dr. Shirley Reekie's history of the department.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes for students in the Department of Kinesiology.