Undergraduate Student Advisement FAQs

Is it mandatory that I meet with an advisor every semester?
What is the difference between the BA and BS in kinesiology?
Can I earn a second bachelors degree or minor while studying kinesiology?
What kind of career can I have with a degree in kinesiology?
I am currently attending a community college. What courses should I complete before transferring to USC in kinesiology?
Can I take summer school to fulfill major requirements?
Will I have time to join campus organizations or work a part-time job while studying kinesiology?
Will I be able to study abroad?
How do I join the Kinesiology club?
Can I get major credit for off-campus internships?
What types of research opportunities are available through the department?

 

Is it mandatory that I meet with an advisor every semester?

Yes. It is important that you make an individual appointment each semester. During your advisement appointment, Laura Ames, Student Services Advisor, will discuss your current course load, evaluate remaining requirements, look at potential summer school options, and help you choose new classes for the upcoming semester. Laura’s email: ames@usc.edu.

What is the difference between the B.S. in Kinesiology & B.A. in Human Performance?

The B.S. in Kinesiology is a pre-professional degree that prepares students for a career in several health-related arenas (i.e. physical therapy, medicine, nursing, nutrition, pharmacy, etc.) Exercise physiology will be a main focus of this degree and will be explored in great depth, as well as human anatomy and biomechanics.

The B.A. in Human Performance is a new degree for students who wish to pursue careers in coaching, teaching, and heath and fitness. This degree will examine a broad range of topics including: exercise prescription, nutrition, anatomy, sport psychology, motor control, and biomechanics.

Can I earn a second bachelors degree or minor while studying kinesiology?

Absolutely! We have a number of students who pursue another major or minor while completing the degree in kinesiology. It is important that you notify your advisor as soon as you select your additional academic interest. Early academic planning will give you more flexibility and the ability to graduate in a timely manner.

What kind of career can I have with a degree in kinesiology?

Potential careers with a degree in kinesiology include, but not limited to: physical therapy, medicine, occupational therapy, physician assistant, nutrition/dietetics, nursing, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, athletic trainer, exercise physiologist, personal trainer, biomechanist, and fitness instructor.

I am currently attending a community college. What courses should I complete before transferring to USC for kinesiology?

Transfer students must follow USC’s transfer application process.

For those wishing to pursue kinesiology, courses in biology, chemistry, and math are good courses to complete before entering USC. Please contact Laura Ames, Student Services Advisor, to ensure appropriate selection of transfer course work.

Can I take summer school to fulfill major requirements?

Yes. The Department of Kinesiology allows students to complete lower-division major requirements and required electives during summer session. Required core courses must be taken in residence. Please make sure your summer classes will be accepted before completing the course: http://www.usc.edu/dept/ARR/transferringcoursework/

Will I have time to join campus organizations or work part-time while studying kinesiology?

Yes. A large percentage of our majors are involved in many diverse extra-curricular activities on campus. Our students participate in athletics, band, athletic training, intramural sports, Greek life, campus organizations, community service, and part-time employment.

Will I be able to study abroad?

Yes. We encourage our students to study abroad during their undergraduate career. The Department of Kinesiology currently accepts course work from the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia, in The School of Human Movement Studies & Biomedical Sciences. Another study abroad option is at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, in The School of Physical Education. Students will participate in courses such as exercise metabolism, advanced exercise physiology, and motor control.

How do I join the USC Kinesiology Club?

The USC Kinesiology Club is an on-campus student organization for students who have a major or minor in kinesiology. The club is structured to promote the field of Exercise Science outside of the classroom: to form a social network with peers who share the same similar career interest; and to form professional relationships between current students and future employers of kinesiology graduates.

Each year, the USC Kinesiology Club elects new officers to run and organize club functions. Please contact Laura Ames, and she will forward your inquiry to the current club staff. Laura’s email:ames@usc.edu

Can I get major credit for off-campus internships?

Unfortunately, we do not offer major credit for off-campus internships. However, we continually encourage our students to pursue part-time jobs or volunteer opportunities that will enhance their overall experience in a health-related environment. Work experience is valuable when applying to graduate programs and full-time employment.

What types of research opportunities are available through the department?

Research opportunities are available in our department for unit credit, as well as volunteer options. Drs. Casey Donovan, Jill McNitt-Gray, and Lorraine Turcotte offer research opportunities in their funded laboratories.
If you are interested in research for unit credit or a volunteer experience, please contact: donovan@usc.edu, mcnitt@usc.edu, turcotte@usc.edu.


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