Kinesiology is the scientific study of human anatomy, physiological, biomechanics, and human performance. Merritt offers a wide variety of classes that can lead to exciting careers including:

  • Athletic training
  • Physical therapy
  • Sports Performance (i.e Strength and Conditioning, coaching)
  • Research for medical, education, and military.
  • Physical Education
  • Personal Training
  • Fitness Industry Managment

Kinesiology (KIN) classes are offered in the categories of Fitness Center and Recreational Activity as well as classes leading to the  Personal Training Certificate.

See Detailed Listing of Courses

To find all open classes, click HERE.

To enroll in classes, go to the Passport Center, or for more details, go to Steps to Enroll

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is a state-of-the-art gym with new equipment including exercise machines, cardio equipment, free weights and more. Below are the courses offered in the Fitness Center. 


Dept./Course# Title Unit
KIN 36 Aerobic Circuits 0.5
KIN 37 (A,B,C,D) Core and Restore – Series 0.5
KIN 54 (A,B,C,D) Cross Fitness – Series 1
KIN 58 (A,B,C,D) Fitness Center Strength Training – Series 0.5
KIN 60 (A,B,C,D) Circuit Training for Strength – Series 1


Activity Courses

All activity courses are grouped by similar content. Courses in each grouping may only be taken once with a passing grade. Please note that many activity courses are offered with varying skill levels. Students should enroll in an activity class which is most appropriate for their skill level. 

Activity Courses

Dept./Course# Title Unit
KIN 74 (A,B,C,D) Badminton: (Fundamentals, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) 0.5
KIN 80 (A,B,C,D) Basketball: (Fundamentals, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) 0.5
KIN 103 (A,B,C,D) Soccer: (Fundamentals, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) 1
KIN 110 (A,B,C,D) Track & Field: (Fundamentals, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

Lecture Courses

Dept./Course# Title Unit
KIN 140 Fitness for Personal Trainers 4
KIN 150 Introduction to Kinesiology 4

Personal Training Certificate

Personal Trainers lead, instruct and motivate individuals and groups in exercise activities. They make their own work schedules and work with people of all ages and skill levels. It is the fastest growing occupation in the nation.  Enroll in the Personal Training Certificate program for an exciting career in the fitness industry.

Certification Requirements

Dept/No. Title Units
BIOL 24 Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
NUTR 10 Nutrition 4
COMM 20 Interpersonal Communication Skills 3
KIN 140 Fitness for Personal Trainers 3
KIN 58A Fitness/Strength Training 0.5
Total Required Units 14.5