Change of Major and Minor
Undeclared or Change of Major
If you are Undeclared and wish to declare Kinesiology as your major, or if you are declared in another major and wish to Change Majors to Kinesiology, please review the requirements listed below:
I. A GPA from a minimum of two full semesters of completed work at SJSU (roughly 25-30 units) is required before applying for a change of major to Kinesiology. At the end of each semester, the number of open spaces in the Kinesiology major will be determined by the University. Students will be assessed according to their SJSU cumulative GPA and their grades in the minimum four qualifying courses indicated above per University Policy regarding impaction criteria.
II. Undeclared students, or those currently declared in another major, seeking to declare Kinesiology as their major must pass a total of at least four of the following qualifying courses at SJSU: Two from Column A and two from Column B.
Note on Grade Minimums: All courses listed in Column A and Column B must be passed
a C- or better.
GE Area A3 (ENGL recommended)
KIN 70 - Introduction to Kinesiology
GE Area C1, C2, D1, D2, D3, or E
List department name, name of class, and number of class in the row below in which you earned the highest grade.
|BIOL 65 - Human Anatomy|
|BIOL 66 - Human Physiology|
|CHEM 30A - Introductory Chemistry
If a higher CHEM course has been previously completed, list the name and number of class in the row below.
Further Suggestions for Students Wishing to Declare Kinesiology as Their Major:
I. Declaring Kinesiology as your major will be competitive. In order to strengthen your chances of being accepted, you must have a GPA of 3.10 or higher.
II. Spread the qualifying courses listed in Column A and Column B over at least two semesters.
III. Have a back-up plan. Look for and identify a second possible major outside of Kinesiology that interests you. Take classes that will work for both Kinesiology and the other possible major you are interested in case your change of major request to Kinesiology is not granted.
Application Packet Requirements and Expected Turnaround
Submit your completed application packet as a PDF and send via email to Victoria Duval (email@example.com). To be considered for the Spring semester, submit your packet on or before January 10 by 4 p.m (once grades from Fall have been published). To be considered for the Fall semester, submit your packet on or before June 10 by 4 p.m (once grades from Spring have been published). See below for a list of the necessary components to include in your application packet:
1. Complete the Kinesiology Change of Major Application [pdf]
2. Complete the University-Level Change of Major Form
(a) For students with fewer than 90 units completed, fill out the following Change of Major Form - Less Than 90 Units [pdf]
(b) For students with more than 90 units completed, fill out the following Change of Major Form - More Than 90 Units [pdf]
3. If you have over 90 units completed prior to requesting a change of major, you must complete a typed personal statement explaining your reasoning and rationale in requesting a change of major.
4. For students both under and over 90 units of completed coursework, include a PDF copy of your most recent (unofficial) transcript with the four qualifying classes highlighted.
5. A copy of your unofficial transcript
A minor is an excellent way to build depth to a major, while expanding career options. Through advisement, students can develop the electives that help to focus their minor program of study. The minor in the Department of Kinesiology is comprised of 18 units of coursework: 9 units required; 9 units elective.
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