Academic Catalog 2021-2022


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College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing
Division of Kinesiology

Program Description

Kinesiology is an academic area concerned with the art and science of human movement, with particular reference to physical, mental, emotional and social variables.


A large gymnasium, mirrored dance studio, mirrored activity room, mirrored weight training room, exercise laboratory, swimming pool, athletic training room, tennis courts, activity field and track are available for instructional and recreational use.

Faculty curriculum planners carefully monitor the academic programs at comparable universities as well as examine state certification programs to align existing programs with current trends and requirements. Additionally, they forecast future specializations. The faculty also makes every effort to facilitate the transfer of students from feeder colleges to CSU Dominguez Hills and from CSU Dominguez Hills to other universities.

Faculty keep regularly scheduled office hours and are available during those hours to talk with students in person, by telephone or online.

The multicultural campus community at CSU Dominguez Hills provides opportunities for greater understanding of a wide variety of cultural and ethnic groups. This unique social environment is invaluable for students preparing for people-oriented careers.

Academic Advisement

Academic Advisors

  1. Pre-Physical Therapy Option- Scott Cheatham, Coordinator;
  2. Physical Education: Teaching- Carole Casten, Coordinator; Lee Hancock
  3. Fitness Director Option- George Wing, Coordinator; Gioella Chaparro

Undergraduate Students

  1. New students need to download a University Catalog.
  2. Students should initiate advisement by contacting their faculty advisor.
  3. During their first advisement meeting, students will be given a copy of an advisement sheet for their academic program.
  4. Transfer students should schedule an appointment with their faculty advisor and bring copies of their transcripts and course descriptions.
  5. Each time students meet with their advisor they should bring a copy of their academic requirements printed from the MyCSUDH webpage.
  6. Advisement must be sought each semester prior to registration.
  7. Students' final advisement meeting should take place just before they file for graduation.


High school students planning to seek a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education should:

  • enroll in a physical education class each semester and develop skills in many activities.
  • participate in an interscholastic sport and/or dance production.
  • work on oral communication skills by enrolling in a speech class.
  • work on writing skills in English classes.
  • work on math skills up to, and including, Algebra II.
  • study biology and physiology. Physics is also recommended.
  • take advantage of elective classes in graphic design and psychology.
  • master computer skills including word processing and typing.
  • seek part-time employment in physical activity programs (summer camps, youth sports programs, playgrounds, private fitness clubs, recreation centers, dance studios, etc.).
  • volunteer to serve at athletics and dance events as an organizer, official, score keeper, fund raiser or assistant.
  • earn certification from the American Red Cross in First Aid, CPR, Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor.

If students are planning to transfer to CSU Dominguez Hills from a community college, the Division suggests taking courses that are equivalent to its lower division physical education requirements. These courses include Anatomy; Physiology; First Aid and CPR; and a variety of activity classes in Physical Education and Dance.

Helpful Hints

  1. Students should seek advisement regularly.
  2. Students should keep the advisement sheet up-to-date and bring it with them whenever they meet with their advisor. Each semester students should enroll in a physical education activity class to broaden their knowledge and keep physically active.
  3. Students should begin by taking lower division courses first.
  4. Single Field Teaching Option majors should consider additional coursework in science, math, since teaching proficiency in these areas is still in demand. It also would benefit future teachers to gain speaking proficiency in Spanish and mastery level proficiency in technology use.
  5. Majors and minors should maintain a model level of physical fitness and wellness.
  6. Students should regularly check the bulletin boards located outside the Division office for job opportunities and important announcements related to their educational goals.

Student Organizations

The faculty encourages professional participation by sponsoring a Sports Medicine Club. The faculty also participates actively in professional organizations and activities, and encourages student involvement, which translates into a broad professional support system for faculty and students.

Graduation With Honors

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in Physical Education if he or she meets the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the Physical Education major;
  3. Submission of a Honors Application form to the chair of the Division of Kinesiology and Recreation.
  4. Recommendation by the faculty in the Division of Kinesiology.

Requirements for Admission to the Graduate Programs in Education

Admission as a classified graduate student in Education requires:

  1. admission to the University.
  2. a baccalaureate degree Physical Education/Kinesiology from a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. a minimum of 2.75 grade point average in the last 60 units of upper division course work attempted or a Miller's Analogies Test (MAT) score of 40 or above in lieu of the 2.75 GPA.
  4. three letters of recommendations from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's potential for graduate study.
  5. a personal interview with a faculty advisor or interview committee.
  6. Completion of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

Admission Procedures

Students are strongly urged to apply by June 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester; however, applications are accepted beyond those dates if room for new students exists. Exception: Deadlines for applications for admission to the Counseling Option are April 1 for fall semester and October 1 for spring semester.

All prospective graduate students, including CSU Dominguez Hills graduates, must file the following with the CSU Dominguez Hills Admissions Office:

  1. An application for admission and a supplemental application for graduate admissions.
  2. Two sets of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended other than CSU Dominguez Hills.
  3. A separate application with a copy of each transcript for the specific program to the Graduate Education Office.

A decision regarding admission will be made upon completion of university and program admission requirements.

Classified Standing

Students who satisfy all the requirements of program admission will be admitted with Classified Standing. Students accepted with Conditional Standing will have a semester to meet the conditions for Classified Standing. Upon completion of specified conditions, students must request that a Postbaccalaureate/Graduate Change of Objective form be filed by their advisor on their behalf.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts Degrees in Education require completion of 30 units of course work with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. A minimum of 21 semester units must be completed in residence. Courses taken previously may be used to meet the course content requirements of a graduate program if they have been completed within the seven years immediately preceding the completion of the requirements for the degree. However, no courses may apply toward the required number of units of approved graduate work that have been used to meet the requirements of another degree.

Students may take up to seven years to complete the course work, including the thesis or exams. Course work that does not meet the seven-year deadline will have to be repeated and/or replaced by other courses with the approval of the program advisor.

A Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement must be met by all students prior toclassified standing. This requirement can be met on the CSU Dominguez Hills campus by attaining a passing score of "8" on the GWE or with a passing grade of at least a "B" in one of the certified courses on this campus. Education students typically take ENG 350 Advanced Composition to meet this requirement.

In addition to the major requirements, students must meet all university requirements for the master's degree. Students should consult the section of the catalog entitled "Requirements for the Master's Degree."

Completion of Degree

Prior to the completion of 21 semester units (including core courses) the graduate student must select one of the following alternatives unless otherwise specified:

Alternative I: Course work and Thesis (30 units)

  1. Complete approved program with a minimum of 24 units of course work with at least a B (3.0) average (including core courses).
  2. Complete approved thesis or creative project (6 units). See advisor for thesis preparation guidelines. Students must have the approval of a faculty thesis advisor prior to enrolling for thesis credit.

Alternative II: Course work and Examinations (30 units)

  1. Complete an approved program of 30 units of course work with at least a "B" (3.0) average (including core courses).
  2. Pass a comprehensive written examination. After completion of all course work or during the last semester of course work, the M.A. degree candidate may apply to take the comprehensive examination. There is only one retake opportunity.