The requirements below apply to those students with a 2023-2024 catalog year. Students are required by college policy to follow the major (and minor) requirements found in the catalog in effect at the time they declared their first major. To find your catalog year, please visit your Grades and Academic Records found in myOxy and access the catalog that matches your catalog year.

First-year students interested in pursuing the Kinesiology major should take CHEM 120 or CHEM 130 during the fall semester and CHEM 240 in the spring semester, and it is strongly recommended that PSYC 101 be completed during their first year. Additionally, Calculus I (MATH 110 or MATH 114); Calculus II (MATH 120 or MATH 128); and BIO 110, BIO 115, or BIO 130 should be taken by the end of the sophomore year. KINE 104: Introduction to Kinesiology is not required for the major, but can be used as one of the Additional Electives.

Placement Information

All incoming students who are interested in Kinesiology should take the Chemistry Placement Exam during the summer before matriculating. Students scoring a 4 or 5 on the Chemistry AP exam have the option of enrolling in CHEM 130 directly without taking the placement test, but are encouraged to contact the Chemistry department chair if they have questions about this placement.


Most students who are interested in majoring in Kinesiology should also take the Calculus Placement Assessment (ALEKS) during the summer prior to their first year. You do not need to take the Calculus Placement Assessment if any of the following are true:

  • You received a score of 4 or 5 on either the AP Calculus AB or BC exam;
  • You received an IB Calculus HL score of 5 or above;
  • You have already taken a Calculus 1 course at another accredited college or university. 

An AP Calculus AB score of 4 or 5, or an IB Calculus HL score of 5 or above, fulfills the major’s Calculus 1 requirement. An AP Calculus BC score of 4 or 5 fulfills the Calculus 2 requirement. Students should make sure that their official score reports are sent to the Registrar’s Office for processing.

Sample 4-Year Plan



Year 1

  • Spring FYS course
  • CHEM 240 (CPLS)
  • Core Requirement (4 units)
  • Core Requirement (4 units)

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

  • KINE 305
  • KINE Elective
  • General Elective (4 units)
  • General Elective (4 units)
  • KINE 490 (Senior Seminar)
  • General Elective (4 units)
  • General Elective (4 units)
  • General Elective (4 units)

Curricular Notes

  • PSYC 101 is only open to first years and sophomores. It is highly recommended to complete PSYC 101 in your first year. 

  • At least one course take for core should satisfy two core requirements in order to complete all core requirements by the end of the sophomore year

Transfer Credit Policies

The Kinesiology Department policy on transfer credit conforms to College policy. Students should reference the Transfer Credit section for details.

Contact Kinesiology
Bioscience Building 313