Our primary department
focus is to ground our students in the disciplinary knowledge necessary for a
meaningful professional and personal life after Saint Mary's College. Our
faculty and staff consider and treat each student as an equal in the Department
of Kinesiology's community of learners. This is expressed through a curriculum
that respects and engages difference and a faculty focused on the whole person
we teach. Our undergraduate students have access to the following types of
department coursework: sport history and sociology, exercise psychology and
physiology, biomechanics and human motor performance, athletic facility
management, community and peer health, athletic training, sport law, exercise
testing and prescription, and sport nutrition.
Exercise Science (B.S.)
Formerly called Health
and Human Performance, this emphasis explores the interactions of physical
activity, exercise training, and nutrition on the human body. Students develop
a broad knowledge base, critical thinking and communication skills, and practical
experience in exercise physiology, sport nutrition, motor learning, sport
psychology, and biomechanics. The interdisciplinary coursework prepares
students to become effective and socially responsible contributors to the
scientific, performance, and athletic communities. Students develop
proficiencies to pursue professional certifications, graduate programs, and
advanced careers in the fields of athletic training, exercise rehabilitation,
fitness training, health care, and coaching.
Health Promotion (B.A.)
This emphasis prepares
students with interests in the fields of health education, health promotion,
wellness, and public health. Coursework prepares students to analyze the
sociocultural root causes of health disparities and inequalities that lead to
differences in health outcomes across populations, as well as to create and
evaluate health promotion programs. The curriculum has been designed to meet
the four critical component elements for undergraduate health education
programs: health and human diversity, environmental health, health
communications and advocacy, and experiential learning through internships.
Sport and Recreation
This emphasis is designed
for students interested in the business of sport, recreation, fitness, and
athletics. Coursework provides the philosophical grounding and administrative
skills necessary for success in the domains of management, marketing, finance,
and sport law, as well as for success in graduate-level training in a related
field of study. Students gain skills in analyzing ethical, legal, and
sociocultural issues in sport and athletics for use in managerial
decision-making and policy determinations. Experiential learning is an
essential component, as students complete an internship to develop networking
skills and professional connections.
Graduate Alumni Career
Here is a look at some
of the organizations where our alumni have landed as coaches, athletic
directors, and other sport and fitness professionals.
College of San Mateo ?
San Mateo, CA
University ?Pueblo - Pueblo, CO
Diablo Valley College ?
Pleasant Hill, CA
Dominican University of
California ?San Rafael, CA
Georgia Institute of Technology
University ?Honolulu, HI
Napa Valley College ?
Saint Mary抯 College of
California ?Moraga, CA
San Francisco State
University - San Francisco, CA
Skyline College ?San
University of California
?Berkeley ?Berkeley, CA
Golden State Warriors ?
Oakland Athletics ?
San Francisco 49ers ?
San Francisco, CA
49ers Webzone ?San
Townsville Fire ?
K-12 Schools, Academies,
and School Districts
American Indian Public
Charter School II ?Oakland, CA
Carondelet High School ?
De La Salle High School
Head-Royce School ?
Mount Diablo Unified
School District ? Concord, CA
Oakland Unified School
District ? Oakland, CA
Saint Ignatius College
Preparatory ? San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Unified
School District ? San Francisco, CA
San Ramon Valley Unified
School District ? Danville, CA
24 Hour Fitness ?
Crossfit, Inc. ?
Get Fit Davis ?
U-Jam Fitness ?Multiple
Oakland Coliseum ?
San Francisco Port
Authority ? San Francisco, CA
Our alumni have also
leveraged their education, talents and ambition to start the following
Showtime Sports Academy
? TriValley, CA
Team KC ?