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The Hartnell College Kinesiology Program will provide you with relevant educational opportunities, prepare you to make healthy choices throughout your lifespan, and develop your career opportunities.  Choosing Kinesiology for a class or as a major provides you with the ability to explore movement and investigate wellness. You will not only exercise but also will be introduced to topics related to exercise such as movement mechanics, nutrition, injury prevention, and wellness enhancement. This program serves all students, regardless of age, fitness level, or previous experience.


Career Opportunities

Kinesiology has many practical applications leading to a variety of rewarding careers as a physical education teacher, athletic trainer, personal fitness trainer, sports coach,  commercial wellness centers and allied medical fields (Physical therapy, Occupational therapy). The preparation for different specialties will vary, so it is recommended that the student contact the transfer institution and/or meet with a counselor for specific transfer course requirements.  Many kinesiology majors go on to graduate programs in exercise science and physical therapy.



Kinesiology (AA-T.KIN) Curriculum Guide 


The Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer (A.A.-T.) degree is designed to prepare students with a general education in the principles, concepts, and methodologies of Kinesiology. This degree is designed to increase students’ awareness, understanding and knowledge of the broad range of career paths within the field of Kinesiology and to prepare them for seamless transfer to a California State University.  

Program Learning Outcomes:

Demonstrate competence in performing a variety of skill-related behaviors.
Describe health and physical activity concepts that will enable him or her to make informed decisions concerning health.
Recognized health issues, understand the similarities and contrasts among cultures.
Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and physical diversity.
Explain the value and significance of physical activity for human development, human interaction and quality of life and its relationship to their particular disability. 

Kinesiology (AS.KIN) Curriculum Guide 


The Associate of Science in Kinesiology degree is designed to prepare students with general education in the principles, concepts, and methodologies of Kinesiology. This degree covers a broad knowledge base of exercise science, and various career paths within the field of Kinesiology. This degree is ideal for student-athletes and students transferring out of state or to private institutions. 

Program Learning Outcomes:

Demonstrate competence in performing a variety of physical education activity related skills.
Describe health and physical activity concepts that will enable him or her to make informed decisions concerning health.
Demonstrate sensitivity to physical diversity, understand the similarities and contrasts among different cultures and recognize health issues. 
Explain the value and significance of physical activity for human development, human interaction and quality of life and its relationship to their individual health.

BIO-5. Human Anatomy 

 A survey of the structure of the human body including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, digestive, nervous, lymphatic, cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems. The course is designed primarily for physical education/kinesiology and nursing majors but will benefit any student interested in the form and function of the human body. 

BIO-6. Introductory Physiology  

 An introduction to the study of the structure and function of human systems with an emphasis on the contribution of cellular and tissue structure and function to homeostasis. Recommended for health-related certificate programs, registered nursing, biology, physical education, pre-med, pre-dental, and pre veterinary majors. 

BIO-6L. Physiology Laboratory (2)

 An introduction to the laboratory study of the structure and function of human systems with an emphasis on the collection and analysis of chemical and physical data which relate to the concept of homeostasis in the human body. Recommended for health-related certificate programs, physical education, biology, pre-med, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary majors. 


BIO-11. Introductory Human Anatomy and Physiology 

 An introduction to the biology of the human being. The structure and function of the organ systems of the human body, and their contributions to homeostasis will be emphasized in lecture and laboratory. 

HED-6. Multicultural Health Beliefs 

 Designed to help the student develop an awareness of the cultural aspects of health beliefs and the influence of culture on health beliefs and behaviors. Special attention will be given to exploring how ethnicity, culture of origin, and socio-economic status influence health and quality of life, particularly among Latinos(as), African-Americans, Asian-Americans, NativeAmericans, and European-Americans in the United States. 

HED-55. Health Education Advanced First Aid 

 Advanced fundamentals of first aid that will include theory and demonstration of adult, child and infant CPR/AED and the first aid of the injured. Bandaging, splinting, and responding to emergencies are included. Standard first aid, CPR, and AED certification will be granted upon successful completion of requirements. (There is an additional fee for the American Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR card.) 

MAT-13. Elementary Statistics 

 A study of the measures of central tendency, dispersion and position, graphic presentation, sampling, frequency distributions, discrete and continuous probability distributions, expected values, sampling distribution, Central Limit Theorem, sample variability, statistical inferences, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, t-tests, Chi-Square tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA), linear correlation and regression analysis, decision making using predictive models, and non-parametric tests. This course is primarily for students in business, social sciences, biological sciences, education and humanities. Use of technology, including graphing calculators or computers will be extens

NUTR-1. Nutrition 

Basic nutrition principles are presented, with an emphasis on nutrition needs throughout the life cycle. An in-depth description of the body's essential nutrients, including the relationship of medical nutrition therapy to a variety of diseases. Also addressed are food safety practices and the challenges of global nutrition.

CHM-1A. General Chemistry 

 CHM-1A is the first semester of a one-year course in chemistry intended for majors in the natural sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics, pre-medicine) mathematics, and engineering. Basic principles of chemistry: atomic structure and quantum theory, periodic properties, nomenclature, chemical reactions, solutions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, gas laws, states of matter, bonding and molecular structure. 


CHM-22. The Science of Chemistry 

 A survey of the fundamental concepts of chemistry: measurement; classification of matter, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding, nomenclature, chemical equations and stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, reactions in aqueous solution, acid and bases, oxidation-reduction, nuclear chemistry. Designed for students with no prior background in chemistry. 

PHY-2A. College Physics 

 Lectures and laboratories covering vectors, motion, forces, gravity, work, energy, momentum, rotational motion, torque, oscillations, simple harmonic motion, fluids and heat. This course is intended for students not majoring in physics or engineering but needing a one-year course in physics as a requirement for their major programs. 

PHY-4A. General Physics 

 Core topics include kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum, gravitation, fluids, and simple harmonic motion. Part of a three-semester calculus-based physics sequence intended for students majoring in the sciences and engineering. 

PHY-10. Introduction to Physics 

 An overview of some of the more important and interesting phenomena in physics including falling bodies, Newton's laws of motion, satellite and planetary motion, heat, light, sound, waves, atomic structure, nuclear physics, energy, electricity and magnetism. Emphasis is on developing a practical understanding of principles rather than a detailed mathematical treatment. 

PSY-2. General Psychology 

 Introduction to the fundamental principles and concepts of human behavior and mental processes. Topics include psychology as a science, biological bases of behavior, lifespan development, perception, conditioning and learning, memory, cognition, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, methods of therapy, and social and applied psychology. 

PETH-1. Introduction to Kinesiology 

 Introductory course in the interdisciplinary approach to the study of human movement. Provides an overview of the importance of the sub-disciplines in kinesiology along with career opportunities in the areas of teaching, coaching, allied health, and fitness professions.

PETH-2. Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 

 This course is designed to prepare prospective coaches, athletic trainers, and physical educators in the recognition, evaluation and care of athletic injuries. Laboratory activities will be included that provide direct application of classroom content. 

PETH-3. Concepts of Fitness and Wellness 

 Basic concepts of fitness, nutrition, health promotion and disease prevention. The students will gain knowledge to make appropriate choices that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. The course will incorporate both lecture and physical activity laboratory assignments. 

PETH-4. Mental Skills for Sports Performance

 Students will learn techniques for developing and refining psychological skills to enhance athletic growth and performance. In addition, they will improve their coaching skills and establish a culture of providing positive instruction. Course topics will assist students to maximize their athletic skill and development as well as addressing such issues as confidence, attention, goal setting, coping with injury and injury prevention. 

PETH-5. Sport in Society

 An overview of the historical development of sport and current roles of sport in society. Includes interaction of sport with societal values and ethics and outcomes affecting professional and collegiate sports. 

PETH-10A. Theory and Analysis of Football I 

 Beginning techniques and strategies of football as played at the intercollegiate and professional levels. Advanced skills, strategies and rules of the game are discussed and analyzed. 

PETH-10B. Theory and Analysis of Football II 

 Beginning and intermediate techniques and strategies of football as played at the intercollegiate and professional levels. Advanced skills, strategies, computer analysis, and rules of the game are discussed and analyzed. 

PEAC-32. Core Strengthening and Flexibility 

 Designed to increase muscle flexibility and physical movement. Balance, core strengthening and muscle awareness will be emphasized through a series of exercise and routines.

 PEAC-36. Yoga 

 Practice and philosophy of Yoga through Yoga poses. Yoga exercises linked to movement, mind, and breath to bring about a feeling of balance, relaxation, and harmony. 

PEAC-38. Advanced Baseball 

 Instruction and practice in offensive and defensive fundamentals with emphasis on strategies and techniques of baseball. 

PEAC-40. Speed Training and Conditioning 

The development of strategies and techniques to increase speed and improve agility utilizing the fitness components of cardiovascular/respiratory conditioning, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. 

PEAC-41. Beginning Futsal

 Provides instruction in skills and strategies of Futsal/indoor soccer for the beginning student. 

PEAC-42. Hydro-Fitness 

 Cardiovascular exercise program performed in the pool. The workouts will include a warm up, a series of arm and leg exercises using "Hydro-Fit" system apparatus, and a cool down. 

PEAC-43. Strength Training 

 A progressive weight training course designed to provide instruction in techniques and training of muscular strength, muscular endurance and muscle definition through the use of free weights and machines. 

PEAC-44. Water Jogging

 A water exercise class emphasizing cardiovascular endurance, muscular development and flexibility using Hydro-Fit jogging cuffs and Aqua jogger belts. 

PEAC-46. Circuit Endurance Training 

 Circuit training to develop cardiovascular efficiency, strength, endurance and flexibility. Self-monitoring of heart rate emphasized throughout the class. Students may only take four of the following courses:

PEAC-47. Strength Conditioning Lab

 A progressive weight training and conditioning course involving the use of weight machines, free weights and cardiovascular equipment to develop muscular strength, endurance and general fitness. 

PEAC-49. Aerobic Strength Conditioning 

 Develop cardiovascular efficiency, strength, endurance, and flexibility through the use of weight machines, free weights and cardiovascular equipment. Emphasis is placed on improving overall fitness while exercising safely. 

PEAC-50. Powerlifting 

 Powerlifting utilizes primarily free weights. Emphasis is on lifting for strength and power by concentrating on the core power lifts and other multiple joint exercises. Course provides the opportunity for students to improve their flexibility, muscular definition and endurance.

PEAC-51. Wellness through Walking

 Fundamentals of walking are introduced for the student's enhancement in cardiovascular fitness and weight control through exercise, stretching, and progressive endurance walks. Nordic walking sticks will be introduced. 

PEAC-52. Volleyball 

 Develop and improve fundamental volleyball skills including passing, setting, digging, serving, spiking, and blocking. Students practice offensive and defensive strategies and utilize these skills and strategies during game play. 

PEAC-55. Soccer 

 Instruction in the fundamental skills of soccer including dribbling, heading, trapping, passing, and team play. 

PEAC-56. Self-Defense/Martial Arts 

 Course will examine the various methods of self-defense/martial arts for men and women that will have an emphasis on the protection from assaults and use of defensive techniques and strategies. Students will learn Katas required for belt promotion. 

PEAC-58. Beginning Tennis 

 Develops basic skills necessary to play tennis. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental techniques, rules, scoring, history, and tennis etiquette. Students will supply their own tennis racquet and two cans of tennis balls. 

PEAC-59. Intermediate Tennis

 Develops intermediate techniques necessary to play tennis. Emphasis on intermediate techniques, tennis terminology, scoring and rules of the game. Students will supply their own tennis racquet and two cans of tennis balls. 

PEAC-61. Beginning Swimming

 Beginning skills and techniques introduced and practiced, allowing the student to become comfortable in the water.

PEAC-62. Intermediate Swimming 

 Intermediate skills and techniques introduced and practiced. Introduction to diving and the use of springboard will be covered. The students should be able to swim strokes such as the crawl, 

PEAC-63. Advanced Swimming 

 Advanced skills and techniques introduced and practiced in both swimming and springboard diving. The students should be proficient in strokes such as the crawl, backstroke, butterfly and side stroke and also be skilled in jumping and diving into the pool from the deck, low and high boards. 

PEAC-64. Beginning Golf 

 Course provides instruction in the fundamental skills and techniques of golf including, stance, grip, basic rules, and course etiquette. 

PEAC-66. Zumba Aerobics 

Zumba is a Latin-inspired, dance-fitness aerobics class that incorporates Latin and International music and dance movements. Zumba workouts are designed to increase cardiovascular efficiency, strength, endurance, and flexibility by incorporating nonstop rhythmic exercise to Latin and international music. Class activity includes a warm-up, aerobic activity and a cool down. 

PEAC-68. Swim Fitness 

 Intermediate swimming techniques practiced while improving endurance and cardiovascular fitness. 

PEAC-69. Introduction to Weight Training

 A progressive weight training program to increase flexibility, strength, endurance and skills. Course will begin with a health screening and baseline or functional capacity fitness assessment. 

PEAC-70. Basketball 

 A course designed to develop a thorough understanding of the game of basketball. Individual game skills, popular systems of play and strategy, and the rules of the game will be discussed and analyzed. Course will begin with a health screening and baseline or functional capacity fitness assessment.

PEAC-72. Intermediate Basketball

 Designed to develop fundamental skills, techniques, and the physical conditioning necessary to play intermediate basketball. Students practice offensive and defensive strategies and use these skills and strategies during game play. 

PEAC-74. Advanced Volleyball 

 Designed to give experienced volleyball players an opportunity to strengthen his/her skills. Emphasis will be placed on performance in competitive situations during class time as preparation for lifelong fitness. 


PEIN-17. Intercollegiate Basketball 

 Advanced techniques and strategies for competitive intercollegiate basketball competition. Approximately twenty-eight intercollegiate scheduled games.

PEIN-19. Intercollegiate Football 

 Advanced techniques and strategies of competitive intercollegiate football competition. Approximately ten intercollegiate scheduled games.

PEIN-20. Intercollegiate Soccer

  Advanced course designed to develop techniques and strategies of intercollegiate soccer competition. Approximately twenty-five games are scheduled. 

PEIN-21. Intercollegiate Softball for Women 

 Advanced techniques and strategies of competitive intercollegiate softball competition. Thirty-two intercollegiate games. 

PEIN-22. Intercollegiate Volleyball 

 Advanced techniques and strategies of women's competitive intercollegiate volleyball competition. Approximately twenty-eight scheduled games.

PEIN-23. Intercollegiate Cross Country 

 Advanced course designed to develop techniques and strategies for intercollegiate cross country competition. Approximately ten intercollegiate meets are scheduled.

PEIN-24. Intercollegiate Track and Field 

 Intercollegiate track and field using advanced skills, techniques, and strategies. Eighteen intercollegiate competitions. 

PEIN-25. Intercollegiate Sports Conditioning 

 Advanced strategies for competitive intercollegiate sports competition through the development of cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and strength through the use of weights and cardiovascular equipment with emphasis on specific strategies dependent on the sports activity.

 PEIN-26. Intercollegiate Baseball 

 Advanced techniques and strategies of competitive intercollegiate baseball competition. Approximately thirty-two intercollegiate games.





What is the benefit of an AA-T or AS degree?

On top of the benefit of earning an Associate Degree, you will also have the necessary preparation to transfer to the CSU system and complete a bachelor's degree. Plus, you will receive admission priority and guaranteed admission with junior status to the CSU system.

Can I choose which CSU where I can receive guaranteed admission? 

No. Earning an AA-T guarantees you admission to the CSU system, but not a particular campus or major. The campus you will be admitted to depends on several factors, such as the location of your community college, the program of study that you intend to follow, and your competitiveness for admission.

How long does it take to complete the program? 

Depending on the number of units you take and whether you are a full-time or part-time student, completing an associate degree program can take about two years.

Make an appointment with an academic counselor to receive services in educational plans, transcript evaluation, and career planning.

Administrative Staff:


Office Extension:


Teresa, Dan, BS, MA
Director of Athletics/Kinesiology/Adaptive




Clarke, Ashton
Philanthropy Officer




Givens, Rich
Sports Counselor




Green, Jessica, BA, MA
Program Assistant I




Ichikawa, Rod
Equipment Attendant




Michel-Palacio, Erica
Sports Counselor




Ritz, Alexandra, MS, ATC
Athletic Trainer




Venegas, Joanne
Administrative Assistant I





Fulltime Faculty:


Office Extension:


Beymer, Dave, MS, ATC
Athletic Trainer





Collins, Matt, BA, MA
Head Football Coach




Gabriel, Ashley, MS, ATC
Adaptive PE




Guerrero, Ivan
Head Women's Soccer Coach




Ortega, Daniel, BA, MSS
Head Men's Soccer Coach




Pedroza, Jamie
Head Women's Volleyball Coach




Vasher, Andy, BS, MS
Head Men's Basketball Coach




Zepeda, Chris, BS. MS
Head Cross Country/Track Coach
(Men's & Women)





Adjunct Instructor:


Office Extension:


Babin, Travis
Head Men's Baseball Coach




Benevente, Millie



Bouquet, Stephanie



Carrasco, Liza



Castro, Denise
Instructor/Health Education



Crais, Nicole
Instructor/Health Education



Cuevas, Jesus



Houston, Erin
Head Women’s Softball Coach




MacDonald, Paul



Martinez, Frankie
Assistant Track Coach



Ramos, Ivan



Rasul, Marisol



Santiago, Graham
Assistant Baseball Coach



Soliven, Jesse
Head Women’s Basketball Coach




Smith, Alexis



Smith, Sunil
Assistant Football Coach



Terry, Steven
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach



Toney, Mary Ann



Windham, Theo
Assistant Track Coach





Who To Contact

  • Dan Teresa
    Director of Physical Education/Athletics
    Phone: ​831.755-6837
    Building: H- Gym
    Office: H115
    H - Gym
  • Joanne Venegas
    Administrative Assistant I (Athletics)
    Phone: (831) 755-6830
    Building: H- Gym
    Office: S215
    H - Gym