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Online Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Translate your passion for fitness into a career guiding others toward optimal health and wellness.

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Support Communities Through Health and Wellness Promotion

Fitness — whether running or strength training — leaves you energized. You notice the effects on your body, including strength and greater endurance, and on your cognitive and emotional health. In thinking about your purpose and how you can serve others in our world, California Baptist University’s online Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree program translates your interest in fitness into an entry-level career focusing on physical activity and lifestyle habits at individual and community levels. This body of knowledge opens the door to various roles in fitness and wellness-related fields and paves the way ahead to multiple graduate health science programs.

50 Units

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16 Months to Completion

*Based on a full-time course load and prior completion of general education and elective requirements

$520 +fees Cost Per Unit

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Why Earn Your BS in Kinesiology (Online) at CBU?

Fitness provides motivation and strength, while your faith fuels and nourishes your being. CBU combines these two spheres through a fully online program encouraging your personal, spiritual and social growth. Through a rigorous curriculum preparing you for key certifications and graduate school, you’ll begin to see fitness as both a form of personal guidance and community support:

What You'll Learn

The online Bachelor’s in Kinesiology involves 50 units of coursework in addition to CBU’s general education requirements. The program is divided into three sequences: lower division requirements (11 units), upper division kinesiology requirements (21 units) and upper division electives (12 units). You’ll learn about:

Program Details

Consistent with the university student outcomes, upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree, graduates will be able to:

  1. Effectively present information orally and in writing, and demonstrate proficiency in the use of technology.
  2. Effectively and responsibly communicate relevant information to demographically varied populations.
  3. Research, describe and apply the functions of the human body as they relate to human performance, exercise, activity and physical development.
  4. Describe functions of the human body and implement appropriate interventions as they relate to issues of health and wellness.
  5. Identify and describe the proper avenues for professional development and career advancement.
  6. Describe, design, and demonstrate appropriate methods of teaching and application of kinesiology-related skills.
  7. Integrate faith, values and ethics in the practical application of kinesiology.

KIN 302: Contemporary Health Issues

Major areas include personal, family and community health, including the effects of alcohol, dangerous drugs and narcotics, degenerative and infectious diseases and tobacco on the human body. Exploration of community resources related to health issues is offered. Meets California Teacher Credential requirements.

KIN 353: Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

A course providing instruction and experience in the prevention and care of injuries incurred in athletics. Methods of taping, therapy, health habits and protective equipment are considered.

KIN 383: Exercise Physiology

Physiological principles of exercise. Topics include the responses and adaptations of the neuromuscular system, bioenergetics and the endocrine, cardiovascular and pulmonary systems to exercise.

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Is financial aid available to help pay for online programs?
Our online degrees offer a reputable and more affordable option for earning your bachelor’s, master's or doctorate degree. When pursuing an online degree, students are freed from the financial obligations that accompany some traditional degrees, such as room accommodations, gas and parking. Additionally, CBU has partnered with select employers to provide their employees with the opportunity to improve their career through their educational goals and receive a 20% tuition scholarship. Learn more about tuition and financial aid.

Are CBU's online programs accredited? 
California Baptist University (CBU), which includes all programs offered online, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Many prospective students are uncertain about which college degrees employers or universities will accept. This regional accreditation by WSCUC means you can be confident that your CBU degree is recognized and respected by schools and companies across the country.

CBU Online has received various awards and has been ranked in the top 50 in the nation - best online bachelor’s degree category by U.S. News & World Report for 7 consecutive years.

What resources do I need to complete my degree online?
To complete your online degree, you will need access to a computer, Wi-Fi and a word processor like Microsoft Word. These are necessary to access the student learning system and complete your assignments. Some programs may require different resources. Check with your enrollment counselor for specific expectations upon applying for your program, or you can view additional information here.

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When you complete and submit your application to CBU, a friendly and knowledgeable admissions counselor will guide you through the admissions process and all the necessary steps to become a Lancer.

CBU accepts applications for online enrollment throughout the year, and most online degree programs can start at 6 semester entry points per calendar year.

2024 Online Semester Classes Begin
Spring 2024 - Session 2 March 4
Summer 2024 - Session 1 May 6
Summer 2024 - Session 2 July 1
Fall 2024 - Session 1 September 2
Fall 2024 - Session 2 October 28

How to Apply

Michael Gonzalez

The CBU kinesiology program allows the student to focus on the essentials of movement anatomy, physiology, and the psychological aspects of sports. Though this provides the student with the mastery required to hit the work field running, the best part about CBU’s kinesiology program is the integrated faith. Prior to CBU, I had never applied faith and academics, nor did I know about the benefits of doing so. The vision embedded into the kinesiology program is not just educating the student on the health benefits of cardiovascular exercises and strength training, but more importantly, how we can be stewards of God by spreading the message that movement is a blessing that God has given us and should therefore be our opportunity to not only love through our words but also through our actions.

Michael Gonzalez

Career Possibilities

Due to growing awareness around the relationship between health and physical activity, demand for fitness occupations is predicted to surge over the next decade.

For individuals with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology, this unique, multifaceted skill set equips you to embark on a career in sports medicine, fitness, athletic training, or nutrition and wellness, where you’ll embody Christ’s image through informed, compassionate guidance. As well, the program’s courses prepare you to apply for a teaching credential or a graduate program in kinesiology, athletic training, sports science, or another allied health area.

Potential job titles include:

  • Exercise physiologist
  • Athletic trainer
  • Chiropractor
  • Fitness trainer and instructor

*Some career possibilities may require further education.

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