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Kinesiology / Physical Education

The Field

Kinesiology and physical education study the role exercise, physical movement and sports play in the development of human health and happiness. They apply sciences like biomechanics, anatomy, physiology and psychology to better understand how the human body responds to physical activity.

To succeed in kinesiology and physical education students should be interested in the benefits and processes related to fitness and physical activity. Students will need to develop strong critical thinking skills in order to think critically about the role of activity as a means to promote health and well-being.

The Kinesiology/Physical Education Program at Skyline College

Students enrolled in the Kinesiology/Physical Education Program at Skyline College can expect to learn about how physical activity affects the human body both mentally and physically.

Skyline College offers a wide variety of classes including classes in Adaptive Physical Education (ADAP), Fitness (FITN), Individual Sports (INDV), Team Sports (TEAM), Kinesiology (KINE), and Physical Education (PE) that satisfy General Education requirements. The College also offers two Associate Degrees for Transfer in Kinesiology and one Associate Degree in Physical Education.

Career Outlook

The study of kinesiology and physical education may be used as the basis for a variety of careers which include athletic trainers, choreographer, coach, athletic director, corrective therapist, personal trainer, physical therapist, recreational specialist, or teacher to name a few.

Demand and salary expectations vary widely across this career spectrum. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, athletic trainers in California make an average of $51,180 per year, and physical therapists make an average of $91,330 per year.