Kinesiology and Athletics

Kinesiology and Athletics Program Description


A.A. Physical Education
AA-T Kinesiology for Transfer

KINESIOLOGY / Physical Education
The prefixes KINES, ADAPT, DANCE, FITNESS, PACT, TMACT, and SPORT refer to courses which may be used to satisfy the physical education graduation requirement. Beginning classes concentrate on fundamental skills, rules, scoring, equipment, dress, etiquette and basic strategy. Intermediate classes continue efforts on skill development while concentrating on strategy and competitive play. Advance courses allow a student to reach a high level of ability in the activity. All activity classes are open to both men and women.

Courses with the "KINES" prefix are open to students interested in the physical education major and in the theoretical aspects of sports activity. KINES courses do not meet the physical education graduation requirement; however, they are all transferable. Some “KINES” courses have a unit limitation to the UC system. See a counselor for specific course limitations.

Cosumnes River College offers 9 intercollegiate sport teams for student participation:

For Men For Women
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Soccer
Soccer Softball
Tennis Tennis

Cosumnes River College is a member of the Big 8 Conference which includes community colleges located in the San Francisco Bay Area and the interior valleys of Northern California. The Big 8 Conference is a member of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) and adheres to all rules and regulations governing community college athletics within the State of California.

In order to participate in intercollegiate athletics, both men and women must fulfill the requirements of the Los Rios Community College District and the Athletic Constitution of the CCCAA. These requirements are very specific and the athletes are advised to become thoroughly familiar with them in order to avoid eligibility problems. The athletic director is familiar with the eligibility requirements and would be available to answer any questions you may have.

Students who have not competed in intercollegiate athletics are deemed scholastically eligible for their first season of competition. In order to maintain eligibility, an athlete must participate in Cosumnes River College's Athletic Academic Advising. This Academic Advising Program requires athletes to:

  • Meet with an athletic academic counselor annually and complete a Student Educational Plan (SEP).
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA), attend classes regularly and complete all assigned course work.
  • Successfully complete 24 units between the first and second season of participation in a specific sport, of which 18 units must be in General Education or degree specific classes.
  • Maintain active enrollment in a minimum of 12 units during the semester of competition. Nine of these 12 units must be General Education or degree specific.

Program Description

The Cosumnes River College Kinesiology program offers a wide variety of classes, including Fitness, Dance, Aquatics, Personal Safety, Individual Sports, Team Sports, Intercollegiate Athletics, and Kinesiology classes. The program in Kinesiology outlined below is typical of lower-division requirements for four-year colleges and universities (though some requirements tend to vary from college to college). For specific requirements, students should refer to a catalog of the college of their choice. Students are also advised to see a counselor before selecting the courses best aligned with their transfer institution.

Career Opportunities

A DEGREE IN KINESIOLOGY, currently the 7th most popular major at CSUs, can lead to careers in Sports Medicine, Coaching, Teaching, Wellness, Personal Training, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Biomechanics, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Ergonomics, Corporate Fitness, Sports Management, Athletic Administration, Sports Broadcasting, Exercise Physiology, Sports Psychology and Sports Officiating.

Most career opportunities require a bachelor's degree. Classes beyond the associate's degree may be required for preparation for transfer to a university program.


  • A wide variety of physical education options
  • Outstanding facilities that include two state of the art fitness centers, competitive aquatic facilities, baseball and softball stadium, community and athletic center, second gymnasium, soccer/football stadium, 5 FIFA regulation soccer fields with scoreboards, 8 championship tennis courts and numerous physical education fields.

Note to Transfer Students:
If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the bachelor’s degree.

For information about the student learning outcomes for this program, see