MAJOR: Eight courses (37 units) are required for the Kinesiology major. They include Kinesiology 300, 301, 302, 304, 305, 310, and 490 and one additional course from Kinesiology 201, 306, 308, 309, 311.  Kinesiology majors must also take Chemistry 120 or 130, 220, and 221; Mathematics 110 or 114, 120; Physics 110 or 115; Biology 110 or 115 and 130; and Psychology 101. Pre-professional students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Health Professions Office and with their academic advisor early in their career. Students planning to apply to medical schools should take two semesters of Physics and four semesters of Chemistry. Students planning to apply to physical therapy schools should take at least two upper-division Psychology courses.

MINOR: Five courses (22-24 units) are required for the Kinesiology minor. They include Kinesiology 104, 300, and 301, and two courses from the following: Kinesiology 201, 302, 304, 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, or 311. A student may replace Kinesiology 104 with any upper division Kinesiology course as long as he or she has completed the necessary prerequisites.

WRITING REQUIREMENT: Students majoring in Kinesiology will satisfy the final component of Occidental College's college-wide writing requirement by successfully completing the written research requirements with a letter grade of "B" or better for two of the following 300-level courses: Kinesiology 302, 305, 306, 309, 310, 311 and 395. Students should familiarize themselves with the departmental requirement at the time of declaring the major. See the Writing Program and the department chair for additional information.

COMPREHENSIVE EXPERIENCE: The comprehensive experience is fulfilled by the successful completion of the requirements in senior seminar (Kinesiology 490).

HONORS: Honors in Kinesiology may be awarded at graduation to qualified students. Students eligible for College honors are those who have: 1) earned an overall College grade point average of 3.25 or better, 2) earned a grade point average in departmental courses of 3.5 or better, 3) performed independent research and presented their findings at an undergraduate conference (e.g., Occidental’s summer research program or the Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Conference), or 4) submitted a final research paper complete with the appropriate sections and a comprehensive literature review.

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