Kinesiology Emphasis | Exercise Sports Science Major | Concordia University Irvine

Exercise and Sport Science

Kinesiology Emphasis

School of Arts and Sciences



Kinesiology is the study of human movement. This major provides students with knowledge to assist individuals in obtaining optimal health, physical skill and fitness and nutrition. The BS in kinesiology is concerned with improving the health and wellbeing of people.

We combine comprehensive coursework and practical experiences creating a strong curriculum. The BS: Kinesiology degree includes a strong science foundation, lab and research opportunities, and community outreach initiatives.

The Concordia ESS faculty is committed to the learning of each individual student. Our small class sizes allow for personal commitment to each student as well as plenty of hands on learning. The rigor of the program makes the graduates of the BS kinesiology desirable in the allied health industry.

  • BS: Exercise and Sports Science Core Courses
  • 36 Units
  • BIO 246: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • 4

First of a two-semester sequence in human anatomy and physiology. Topics include the structure and function of cells, tissues, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Introduces common human disease processes.  Emphasis is on interrelationships among systems and regulation of physiological functions involved in maintaining homeostasis. Laboratory component includes anatomical studies using microscopy and dissection and the study of physiological concepts via experimentation.  Lab time is included in the schedule. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO 111 or consent of instructor. Offered annually (fall semester).

  • BIO 247: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • 4

Second of a two-semester sequence in human anatomy and physiology.  Topics include the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic/immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Introduces common human disease processes.  Emphasis is on interrelationships among systems and regulation of physiological functions involved in maintain homeostasis. Laboratory component includes anatomical studies using microscopy and dissection and the study of physiological concepts via experimentation.   Lab time is included in the schedule. A lab fee is required. Prerequisites: C- or better in BIO 111 and BIO 246 or consent of instructor. Offered anually (spring semester).

  • ESS 304: Motor Learning and Control
  • 3

This course will give an overview of significant factors which influence and determine the learning of motor skills including basic principles of learning theory and motor control as they apply to motor performance.

  • ESS 305: Motor Development
  • 3

This course will study motor skills and physical development from birth to adulthood with an emphasis on infancy, childhood, and adolescence including neurological, physiological, intellectual, social, and emotional factors that influence gross and fine movement activities.

  • ESS 320: Historical, Social, Cultural Foundations of Sport and P.E.
  • 3

This course will present and discuss the historical, sociological, and philosophical analyses of sport and physical education, including current challenges, relevant issues, controversies, and career opportunities in sport and physical education.

  • ESS 365: Sport Psychology
  • 3

The role of psychomotor and cognitive factors in human movement settings are discussed in this course along with selected topics of arousal, attribution theory, achievement motivation, anxiety, interventions, goal setting, attention styles, aggression, social facilitation, social reinforcement, and imagery.

  • ESS 403: Biomechanics
  • 4

This introductory course will look at the basic principles of anatomical mechanics and their applications to human movement including an analysis of efficient movement. Lab time is included in the schedule.

  • ESS 406: Physiology of Exercise
  • 4

This course applies the physiological principles to the study of human performance in exercise. A lab fee is required. Prerequisites: BIO 246 and BIO 247.

  • ESS 407: Kinesiology (Structural)
  • 4

This course will study human movement with an emphasis on the biomechanics, structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: BIO 246.

  • ESS 410: Measurement and Evaluation of Exercise
  • 4

The development, evaluation, and administration of tests in exercise science will be explored through lecture and practical settings in this course along with basic statistical analyses and its application in interpreting tests and measurements. A lab fee is required.

  • Kinesiology
  • 20 Units
  • ESS 306: Nutritional Sciences
  • 3

This course will explore issues pertinent to the study of health and nutrition for the active individual and will analyze concepts and controversies by illustrating the importance of research and clinical studies in the current nutritional literature. Students will also examine and discuss key concepts concerning the role of nutrition in overall health and well-being for a healthy lifestyle. Prerequisites: BIO 101 and sophomore standing.

  • ESS 307: Functional Exercise for the Older Adult
  • 3

This course will familiarize students with the effects of aging on the different physiological functions of the body and introduce fitness assessment and exercise prescription of aging. Chronic diseases associated with aging such as hypertension, coronary heart disease, diabetes mellitus, and arthritis will also be studied. A familiarity of body systems is necessary.

  • ESS 325: Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • 3

This is a National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF) approved course for those who want advanced personal training certification. Topics will include functional anatomy; health and fitness screening and assessment; cardiovascular assessment and prescription; strength and power assessment and prescription; nutrition and weight management. A lab fee is required. Prerequisites: ESS 225 or consent of division chair.

  • ESS 364: Exercise Psychology
  • 3

This course will focus on the psychological understanding of exercise behavior through the examination of both new psychological and social factors that influence physical activity participation and performance; how participating in physical activity and exercise affect psychological well-being; and the theoretical, methodological, and applied approaches to a variety of topics related to exercise.

  • ESS 405: Advanced Physiology of Exercise
  • 4

As a continuation of ESS 406, this course will survey and evaluate current concepts and literature regarding physiological regulatory mechanisms of oxygen transport and muscle metabolism including the examination of both acute and chronic effects of exercise with an emphasis placed on physiological limitations. Lab time is included in the schedule. Prerequisite: ESS 406.

  • ESS 409: Research in Kinesiology
  • 4

Through practical experience and an understanding of general measurement issues, this course will prepare students to read and critique scientific research and develop the skills and knowledge to conduct research through practical experience using a range of different measurements of human movement.

Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this major and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your major. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.

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