Kinesiology and Human Performance, Associate in Arts

This program is designed to prepare students with a knowledge base of physical activity, fitness, holistic health, and professional practice for entry into the fields of allied health, athletics, and Kinesiology. This program prepares students to pursue careers in physical therapy, athletic training, sports management, sport psychology, coaching, personal training, and other careers in Kinesiology and Allied Health.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed for a comprehensive foundation in Kinesiology and Allied Health.
  • Demonstrates the knowledge to understand and assess the fitness and over all wellness of an individual.
  • Understand basic human anatomy and physiology as it pertains to the major body systems and movement.
Required Core
KINS 40Introduction to Kinesiology3
KINS 44Sport in Society3
KINS 45Introduction to Careers in Sports Medicine and Allied Health3
KINS 48Psychology of Fitness and Sport Performance3
KINS 51Fitness and Wellness Strategies2
List A
Select from the following:3-4
Fitness Exercise Physiology
and Fitness Anatomy and Kinesiology
Human Biology
Select one Pathway from the following:8-9
Coaching Pathway
Theory of Coaching
Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
Orientation for Athletes and Athletics
Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor Pathway
Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning
Principles of Exercise Prescription and Program Design
Nutrition Pathway
Food Science
Food Science and Safety Laboratory
Nutrition Issues and Controversies
Activity Courses
Select any combination of the following courses for a total of 4 units:4
Fitness Through Swimming I
Fitness Through Swimming II
Fitness Through Swimming III
Fitness Through Swimming IV
Swimming I
Swimming II
Competitive Swimming I
Competitive Swimming II
Competitive Swimming III
Competitive Swimming IV
Tai Chi I
Tai Chi II
Tai Chi III
Tai Chi IV
Martial Arts/Self-Defense I
Martial Arts/Self-Defense II
Martial Arts/Self-Defense III
Martial Arts/Self-Defense IV
Core Fitness Training
Distance Training
Aerobic Conditioning
Personal Fitness
Beginning Weight Training
Intermediate Weight Training
Advanced Weight Training
Exercise for Health and Fitness
Core Matwork I
Core Matwork II
Core Matwork III
Core Matwork IV
Yoga I
Yoga II
Yoga III
Yoga IV
Aerobic Fitness I
Aerobic Fitness II
Aerobic Fitness III
Aerobic Fitness IV
Body Sculpting I
Body Sculpting II
Body Sculpting III
Body Sculpting IV
Circuit Training
Flexibility and Relaxation Techniques I
Flexibility and Relaxation Techniques II
Flexibility and Relaxation Techniques III
Functional Fitness I
Functional Fitness II
Functional Fitness III
Functional Fitness IV
Triathlon Training I
Triathlon Training II
Triathlon Training III
Individual Sports
Golf I
Golf II
Golf III
Golf IV
Pickleball I
Pickleball II
Pickleball III
Pickleball IV
Tennis I
Tennis II
Tennis III
Tennis IV
Independent Study
Team Sports
Soccer I
Soccer II
Soccer III
Volleyball I
Volleyball II
Volleyball III
Volleyball IV
Introduction to Basketball
Intermediate Basketball
Intermediate/Advanced Basketball
Advanced Basketball
Athletic Courses
Fundamentals of Football
Skill Development for Baseball
Skill Development for Volleyball
Skill Development for Soccer - Men
Skill Development for Soccer - Women
Skill Development for Basketball - Men
Skill Development for Basketball - Women
Skill Development for Football
Skill Development for Golf
Skill Development for Softball
Skill Development for Tennis
Skill Development for Track and Field
Competitive Golf
Varsity Athletic Conditioning
Intercollegiate Basketball: Women
Intercollegiate Softball: Women
Intercollegiate Volleyball: Women
Intercollegiate Tennis: Women
Intercollegiate Soccer: Women
Intercollegiate Beach Volleyball: Women
Intercollegiate Football: Men
Intercollegiate Basketball: Men
Intercollegiate Baseball: Men
Intercollegiate Golf: Men
Intercollegiate Soccer: Men
Intercollegiate Track and Field: Women and Men
Intercollegiate Cross Country: Women and Men
Elements of Football I
Independent Study
Additional Requirements29-31
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
Total Units60

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
LIBR 50 Introduction to Library and Research Skills 1
MPC GE Area A2 (MATH 16 Recommended) 4
KINS 40 Introduction to Kinesiology 3
KINS 44 Sport in Society 3
Activity Course 1
KINS 45 Introduction to Careers in Sports Medicine and Allied Health 3
KINS 48 Psychology of Fitness and Sport Performance 3
KINS 51 Fitness and Wellness Strategies 2
& KINS 63
Fitness Exercise Physiology
or Human Biology
Activity Course 1
MPC GE Area C 3
Year 2
MPC GE Area B and Lab 4
Coaching, Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor, or Nutrition Pathway Course 3
Activity Course 1
Electives 7
MPC GE Area F 3
Coaching, Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor, or Nutrition Pathway Courses 6
Activity Course 1
Electives 5
 Total Units60-61