Department of Kinesiology
College of Education and Allied Studies
Office: Physical Education Bldg. 130
Phone: (510) 885-3061
Rebecca Beal, Ed.D. University of Northern Colorado
Paul Carpenter (Chair), Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
Rita M. Liberti, Ph.D. University of Iowa
Penny McCullagh (Chair), Ph.D. University of Wisconsin
Jeffery P. Simons, Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Catherine Inouye, Ed.D. University of Northern Colorado
Matthew Atencio, Ph.D. University of Wollongong (Australia)
ZáNean D. McClain, Ph.D. Oregon State University
My Phung (Jenny) O, Ph.D. University of Western Ontario (Canada)
Elizabeth Anne (Missy) Wright, Ph.D. Michigan State University
Vanessa R. Yingling, Ph.D. University of Waterloo (Canada)
Graduate Coordinator: Catherine Inouye
The Department of Kinesiology offers programs focusing on fundamental analysis of sport exercise and physical activity phenomena. The purpose of the Master of Science degree program is to give students a cross-disciplinary knowledge of kinesiology and develop their scholarly skills. The program serves as a terminal degree for professionals as well as preparation for those intending to complete a doctorate. Because most students are working professionals, graduate courses are offered during the evening hours.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with an M.S. in Kinesiology will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to synthesize and apply perspectives from the humanities, and the social-, behavioral-, and life-sciences.
- Use disciplinary knowledge to design and implement innovative professional application.
- Characterize thought processes by the exploration of discipline-relevant issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating a perspective.
- Use contextually-grounded and compelling content to articulate physical activity issues in both oral and written form.
- Demonstrate professional dispositions – such as integrity, personal and cultural sensitivity, and collaboration – as well as commitment to social justice for physical activity participants when leading others in a kinesiology-relevant domain.
- Athletic Director
- Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
- Community College Teacher
- Corporate Fitness Director
- Intercollegiate and Interscholastic Coach
- Exercise Physiologist
- Personal Trainer
- Physical Education Administrator
- Physical Education Teacher
- Sport Psychology Consultant
- University Instructor
- Wellness Counselor/Educator
Faculty: Areas of Specialization
- Matthew Atencio, Ph.D.: Sport sociology, sport philosophy, research methodologies, physical education pedagogy, educational theory
- Rebecca Beal, Ed.D: Sport philosophy, sport sociology
- Paul Carpenter, Ph.D.: Sport and exercise psychology, endurance sport
- Catherine Inouye, Ed.D.: Exercise physiology, exercise nutrition
- Rita Liberti, Ph.D.: Sport sociology, sport history
- Penny McCullagh, Ph.D.: Sport and exercise psychology, motor learning, development, observational learning
- Za'Nean D. McClain, Ph.D.: Sport pedagogy
- My Phung (Jenny) O, Ph.D.: Enhancing optimal performance, sport and exercise psychology, motor learning and control
- Jeffery P. Simons, Ph.D.: Sport and exercise psychology, lifetime physical activity participation, motor learning and control
- Missy Wright, Ph.D.: Sport and exercise psychology, measurement and evaluation
- Vanessa Yingling, Ph.D.: Biomechanics, bone physiology and mechanics
Upon acceptance into the program, students are immediately directed to a faculty member who will assist them in developing a course of study. Emphasis areas include, but are not limited to, exercise physiology, psychology of physical activity, teaching and coaching, socio-cultural influences on physical activity.
The department offers a complete range of laboratory facilities and technologies for graduate students. These resources enable comprehensive research opportunities in all areas of study. Motion analysis software, ventilatory gas analysis, biofeedback, coincidence timing, nutritional analysis, bone scanner, body composition analysis and computer statistical packages are examples of available tools.
Other features include the potential for individualized programs of study to meet specific interests and needs, extensive library resources, and an instructional format which stimulates high interaction among students and promotes independent scholarship.
Admission to the Program in "Classified Graduate" Status
Eligibility for admission to the M.S. degree program in "Classified Graduate" status requires a student to have a baccalaureate degree with a major approximately equivalent to the Cal State East Bay B.S. degree in kinesiology. The graduate coordinator or department chair will determine degree equivalencies. Students must also have attained at least a 3.00 grade point average in the major and have satisfied the University Writing Skills requirement.
The department encourages students to meet university prescribed deadlines for admission into the program beginning in the fall quarter, although the department is willing to accept graduate students into the program during winter and spring quarters.
"Conditionally Classified Graduate" Status
Students who are judged to be admissible, but who do not meet all of the admission requirements specified above for "Classified Graduate" status, receive "Conditionally Classified Graduate" standing. Such students may need to complete certain undergraduate prerequisites in preparation for graduate study and/or may have other deficiencies, such as the University Writing Skills requirement, that must be resolved within the first two quarters of enrollment. Each student will be judged on an individual basis. The department may require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Aptitude Test Score, three letters of recommendation from former professors, written essay, and/or the repeat of undergraduate coursework in the case of below-standard grade point averages.
Generally, courses taken to resolve deficiencies will not count for credit in the M.S. program. In no case will more than 13 quarter units taken in "Unclassified Post-baccalaureate" standing or at another university be counted toward the M.S. degree.
Advancement to Candidacy
"Classified Graduate" students are eligible for Advancement to Candidacy based on the criteria given below.
- Maintain a 3.00 grade point average in all graduate work completed.
- Complete KIN 6000 at the first opportunity and no later than the first three quarters in the program.
- Submit to the graduate coordinator an approved program of study developed in conjunction with the appropriate faculty committee.
- Have passed the Writing Skills requirement or equivalency.
Prerequisite Courses (35-37 units)
In the absence of an appropriate undergraduate degree, prerequisite coursework must be completed. Generally, courses taken to resolve deficiencies will not count for credit in the M.S. program. Preparatory work for students with undergraduate degrees in other fields is described below. Note: these courses must be completed with a grade of "B" or higher in each course, prior to enrollment in any graduate class.
- KIN 3300 Critical Inquiry in Kinesiology (5)
(Applied statistics background is acceptable equivalent.)
- KIN 3305 Structural Kinesiology (4)
(Functional anatomy background is acceptable equivalent.)
- Three courses (14-15 units) complete from:
- KIN 3310 Biomechanics (5) or KIN 3340 Motor Development (4)
- KIN 3320 Exercise Physiology (5)
- KIN 3330 Motor Learning and Control (5)
- Three courses (12-13 units) completed from:
- KIN 3350 Sport and Exercise Psychology (5)
- KIN 3700 History of Sport and Physical Education (4)
- KIN 3740 Philosophic Foundations of Kinesiology (4) or KIN 3750 Sport in Contemporary Society (4)
Waiver of one or more of these area requirements will be considered if comparable coursework has been completed, or if the student has strong compensating academic strengths in areas related to the graduate program (a degree in Physical Therapy, for example). All requests for such waivers and their justification must be approved by academic advisor and submitted in writing to the graduate coordinator.
The Master of Science degree will be awarded when the general requirements listed below have been successfully completed:
- Completion of a minimum of 45 quarter units of approved upper division and graduate courses
- A minimum grade point average of 3.00
- Completion of a Culminating Experience (specific requirements for the Culminating Experience Project are described in the Graduate Handbook).
- In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the university requirements for graduation which are described in the Graduate Degree Information chapter in this catalog. These requirements include the 32-unit residence requirement, the five-year rule on currency of subject matter, the minimum number of units of 6000-level courses, the 3.00 grade point average, and the University Writing Skills requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call 510.885.3661
Curriculum Requirements (45-50 units)
- Required Courses (20 units)
- KIN 6000 Foundations of Graduate Research (5)
- KIN 6411 Psychology of Physical Activity (4)
- KIN 6435 Critical Perspectives on the Body (4)
- KIN 6655 Physiological Perspectives on Health and Wellness (4)
- KIN 6710 Synthesis in Kinesiology (4)
- Elective Courses (24 units)
In addition to the five required core classes, the student, in consultation with their academic advisor, will develop an academic program of study selected from the following elective courses for a total of 24 units:
- KIN 6412 Psychomotor Skill Acquisition (4)
- KIN 6413 Mental Skills for Physical Performance (4)
- KIN 6416 Exercise Psychology (4)
- KIN 6425 Political Issues in Kinesiology (4)
- KIN 6445 Social Inclusion in Physical Activity (4)
- KIN 6470 Seminar in Exercise and Nutrition (4)
- KIN 6605 Teaching and Coaching Effectiveness (4)
- KIN 6670 Training for Physical Performance (4)
- KIN 6700 Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Kinesiology (4)
- KIN 6850 Supervised Research (2-4)
- KIN 6900 Independent Study (1-4)
Students may also enroll in 4000 level courses to count towards the degree but must first get permission from their academic advisor.
Note: Maximum of a combined five (5) units of KIN 6850 (Supervised Research) and KIN 6900 (Independent Study) may be used to meet the 45 minimum unit requirement. These courses are restricted to those students who are working closely with a faculty advisor who has deemed the student suitable for this type of independent scholarly work. Additional courses may be selected in consultation with the academic advisor.
- Culminating Experience (1-6 units)
- KIN 6899 Project (1-5)
Or KIN 6909 Departmental Thesis (2-5) Or KIN 6910 University Thesis (2-6)
All students will meet with their faculty advisors to determine which of the above forms of Culminating Experience best meets their goals. Specific requirements for the Culminating Experience Project are described in the Graduate Handbook.
- KIN 6899 Project (1-5)
Consult an advisor to determine if this course can be applied to the M.S. degree.
(Course prefix: KIN) Course Number Course Information 5900 Independent Study (1-4) (Course prefix: KIN) Course Number Course Information 6000 Foundations of Graduate Study and Research (5)
Analysis of physical education and kinesiological variables. Scientific thought and inquiry. Application of research methods to specific problems. Statistics/technology module included. Prerequisite: KIN 3300 or equivalent. CR/NC grading only.
6411 Psychology of Physical Activity (4)
Psychological issues in physical activity participation. Emphasis on motivation, group processes, psychological health and development, and psychological skills for teaching and performance. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. May be repeated once for credit with consent of instructor, for a maximum of 8 units. A-F grading only.
6412 Psychomotor Skill Acquisition (4)
Principles of motor skill learning and skilled performance. Emphases on theory and research in areas of motor learning and motor control as applied to sport, rehabilitation, and physical skill development and performance. Prerequisites: KIN 3330 and graduate standing. May be repeated once for credit with consent of instructor, for a maximum of 8 units. A-F grading only.
6413 Mental Skills for Physical Performance (4)
Theory and practice in the development of psychological skills for learning and performance. Various models and methods are explored with emphasis on cognitive-behavioral methods of educational sport psychology. Prerequisites: Graduate standing. May be repeated once for credit with consent of instructor, for a maximum of 8 units. A-F grading only.
6416 Exercise Psychology (4)
Application of psychological principles to the promotion and maintenance of exercise. Psychological and emotional consequences of exercise participation. Emphasis on physical activity epidemiology, theories and models of exercise behavior, physical activity interventions, anxiety and exercise, emotional well-being, self-esteem, health-related quality of life, social influences, and body image. Prerequisites: Graduate standing. May be repeated once for credit with consent of instructor, for a maximum of 8 units. A-F grading only.
6425 Political Issues in Kinesiology (4)
Current socio-political issues in Kinesiology are examined. Analysis of socio-political forces, key stakeholders, leadership, and mobilization strategies which influence goals and policies. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. May be repeated once for credit with consent of instructor, for a maximum of 8 units. A-F grading only.
6435 Critical Perspectives on the Body (4)
Explores the ways in which the body has been and is culturally created and shaped by socio-political concerns. The fields of exercise science, health/wellness, physical education, and sport will provide contexts to examine ideological influences on the body. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. May be repeated once for credit when content varies, for a maximum of 8 units. A-F grading only.
6445 Social Inclusion in Physical Activity (4)
Examines the social processes of exclusion and inclusion as they relate to physical activity, emphasizing a critical examination of the power dynamics of these practices. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. May be repeated once for credit with consent of instructor, for a maximum of 8 units. A-F grading only.
6470 Seminar in Exercise and Nutrition (4)
Biochemical and physiological responses related to nutrition and performance. Prerequisites: graduate standing, KIN 3320, KIN 4000 or equivalencies or consent of instructor. Course may be repeated once for credit, for a maximum of 8 units.
6480 Legal Applications in Kinesiology (4)
Examines the legal and ethical parameters and issues related to all fields associated with Kinesiology. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. May be repeated once for credit with consent of instructor, for a maximum of 8 units. A-F grading only.
6605 Teaching and Coaching Effectiveness (4)
Research methodology and systematic observation as it relates to the effectiveness of educators in the subfields of Kinesiology. Instructional process of behaviors through describing, analyzing, and interpreting models and critical variables. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. A-F grading only.
6615 Sport Education (4)
Current trends in program offerings of Physical Education in grades 4-12. Emphasis on the tendency toward health/wellness-related orientation in Physical Education and the Sport Education Model. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. May be repeated once for credit with consent of instructor, for a maximum of 8 units. A-F grading only.
6655 Physiological Perspectives on Health and Wellness (4)
Contemporary issues on health and wellness across the lifespan. Acute and chronic physiological adaptations of physical activity and exercise on health and disease prevention. Prerequisites: KIN 3320 and graduate standing. May be repeated once for credit with consent of instructor, for a maximum of 8 units. A-F grading only.
6670 Training for Physical Performance (4)
Physiological basis of exercise training to enhance physical performance. Emphasis on aerobic, anaerobic, and resistance training principles and program design to optimize performance. Acute responses and longer-term training adaptations will be examined. Prerequisites: KIN 3320 and graduate standing. May be repeated once for credit with consent of instructor, for a maximum of 8 units. A-F grading only.
6700 Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Kinesiology (4)
Selected advanced topics of importance to the discipline of kinesiology.
6710 Synthesis in Kinesiology (4)
Focus on developing programs in a range of professional areas Kinesiology. Review history of the field of Kinesiology, current issues in the research and professional fields, and development of issues that take a cross-disciplinary approach. Prerequisite: Completion of 15 quarter units of course work in the Masters degree program. A-F grading only.
6850 Supervised Research (2-4)
Independent research under direction of faculty. Prerequisite: KIN 6000. May be repeated for credit with consent of advisor, for a maximum of 8 units.
6899 Project (2-5)
Development of an original product which is summarized in a written abstract. Both the project and the abstract are submitted to the department which specifies their format. Supervision by a department committee, at least one of whom must be a Cal State East Bay, faculty member. Oral defense may be required. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Maximum of five units per student.
6900 Independent Study (1-4)
Independent study under direction of faculty. May be repeated for credit, with consent of advisor, for a maximum of 8 units.
6909 Departmental Thesis (2-5)
Development and writing of a research paper for submission to the department, which specifies its format. Supervision by a department committee, at least one of whom must be a member of the graduate faculty. Oral defense is required. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, consent of graduate coordinator, KIN 6000 or equivalent. Maximum of five units per student.
6910 University Thesis (2-6)
Development and writing of a formal research paper for submission to the University in the specified bound format. Supervision by a departmental committee, at least one of whom must be a graduate faculty member. (See also "University Thesis Writing Guide" available in the Student Services and Administration Building, Suite 4500.) Oral defense required. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Maximum of 6 units per student.
6999 Issues in Kinesiology and Physical Education (4)
Readings, discussion, and research on contemporary and/or significant issues in kinesiology and physical education. May be repeated for credit when content varies, for a maximum of 8 units.