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    Irvine Valley College
    Sep 22, 2023  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED]

Kinesiology, Health and Athletics

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Dean: Keith Shackleford, JD
Academic Co-Chairs: Jerry Hernandez and Ted Weatherford
Faculty: Simon Davies, PhD; Julie Hanks; Jerry Hernandez; Kent Madole; Martin McGrogan; Jovan Stojanovski

General Information

The School offers programs designed for students interested in transfer, degree and career opportunities in these disciplines. Lecture courses are designed to provide a basis for the future professional and lifelong learner, with concepts and ideas easily applicable to the university, graduate school, and lifestyle experiences. Activity courses mirror this philosophy while putting these same concepts into motion. The program serves all students, regardless of age, fitness level, or previous experience.

Students are introduced to topics related to exercise science, such as the physiology and anatomy of the body, health, nutrition, injury prevention, fitness and exercise. Cardiovascular fitness, strength training, individual/paired sports, team sports, intramurals, and intercollegiate athletics are offered in each term to permit the practice of the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom. The School also provides special services courses for physically challenged individuals seeking corrective and rehabilitative exercise. For complete information on this major, please see the Kinesiology Major Handbook on the IVC Kinesiology website at

Program Student Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the kinesiology program, students will be able to

  • Demonstrate a beginning level of knowledge and skill in at least one sport or physical activity.
  • Explain and apply basic physiological principles of human movement in exercise and sports settings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of the body in human performance.
  • Recognize the principles of physical fitness development and maintenance as well as the body’s responses to physical activity.
  • Acquire an understanding of those factors instrumental in the development and performance of motor skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the value and significance of physical activity for human development, human interactions, and quality of life.
  • Use campus and/or community resources to participate actively in their own education.
  • Display leadership, cooperation and sportsmanship through active participation in sports.
  • Encourage and promote a high quality of life through sport, fitness and physical activity.
  • Encourage and appreciate the value of lifelong fitness with an emphasis in activities that support a healthy lifestyle.

Fitness Professional

Upon completion of the fitness professional program, students will be able to

  • Assist clients, students, or participants in assessing their level of physical fitness, and setting and reaching fitness or physical activity goals
  • Organize and direct appropriate exercise or recreational activities, including instruction in fitness techniques, aerobic exercise, dance, games, sports
  • Retain appropriate records of client/student progress, equipment use, and scheduled activities.

Potential Careers (For Non-Transfer Degree Recipients)

Examples of careers for the kinesiology, health and athletics student include the following:

  • Coach
  • Commercial Recreation
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness/Physical Education Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Positions in the Leisure, Wellness and Health Industries
  • Recreation Leader
  • Referee
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Sports Marketing
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Scout
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach


    Associate in Arts for TransferAssociate in Science for TransferCertificate of AchievementCertificate of Proficiency

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