Prospective Students


Exercise and Movement Sciences

Students interested in biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, motor learning and development, sport and exercise psychology, sport history, sport sociology, socio-cultural studies of physical activity, urban youth development, and physical or occupational therapy. Qualified students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed for advanced study in any of the above-mentioned domains or for employment in fitness settings, physical activity programming, the sports media, sports industries, and as consultants for agencies developing sports policy.

Exercise & Movement Sciences Curriculum

Physical Education

The physical education concentration prepares students for entry to a teaching credential program and graduate related studies. The courses of study satisfy California State requirements for the Subject Matter Program in Physical Education and the departmental standards for competence in the subject matter of Physical Education. This degree emphasis will prepare students for advanced studies in physical education for elementary, middle and high schools. In addition, students who wish to pursue graduate studies will be well prepared to do so.

Physical Education Curriculum


Impaction Information

General Admission Information

  • Freshmen desiring a Kinesiology degree will be admitted to the University as “pre-Kinesiology.” Upper division applicants will be considered for admission to the major.

  • “Students interested in applying to Kinesiology should have upper division status (earned at least 60 units by the preceding semester) with an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and should have completed as many of the following courses as possible in addition to the University Admissions requirements. Students who have not completed these courses before transfer application will have difficulty making progress towards their SF State degree in Kinesiology.  

Grade of “C” or better in the following recommended courses (or equivalent):

BIOL 100 or BIOL 230 Human Biology with Lab
BIOL 220 or BIOL 328 Human Anatomy with Lab
BIOL 212 & 213 Human Physiology with Lab
MATH 124 Elementary Statistics
KIN 250 Introduction to Kinesiology


Additional Recommended Courses
PHYS 101 & 102 Conceptual Physics & Lab OR PHYS 111 & 112 General Physics & Lab***
CHEM 101 & 102 Survey of Chemistry & Lab OR CHEM 115 General Chemistry***
***These courses are not used for department admissions decisions.


How to apply to Kinesiology Majors:

**Please follow the instructions below on how to apply to our major. Although we no longer require a supplemental application, we are still an impacted major and decisions are made based on percentage of students that we can accept.***

Spring Admission Application Period: August 1 - August 30

Fall Admission Application Period: October 1 - November 30



Submit official CSU Mentor application from October 1 - November 30. You will be admitted as “Pre-Kinesiology".


Current SF State continuing students (non Kinesiology and Pre-Kinesiology students)

Submit a completed Declaration/Change of Major Form AND this additional information form to Kinesiology Main office (Gym 101). Please indicate the concentration to which you are applying (i.e., Exercise and Movement Science OR Physical Education).


Note: Changing a Major for Seniors With 96 or More Units - Continuing students who have earned between 40-96 units or more may apply to the Kinesiology major. Students with 96 or more units can only change to Kinesiology with an exception form signed by the Kinesiology advisor. A departmental-approved Change/Declaration of Major after Accruing 96 Units must be turned in to Main Office Gym 101.


Transfer Students

Submit official CSU Mentor application and indicate the concentration to which you are applying (i.e., Exercise and Movement Science OR Physical Education).

            Submit all documents to complete the SF State application to:

            San Francisco State University
            Undergraduate Admissions
            1600 Holloway Ave,
            San Francisco, CA 94132

 Note: Be sure to check emails from Admissions for directions and deadlines. You can also check your application status here. Transcripts must include Fall grades (Do not submit transcripts to Kinesiology Department; send directly to Admissions).

For inquiries about the impaction process or admission into Kinesiology contact Angelina Wong (email: