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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Exercise Physiology and Nutrition

Prospective Students

What are the general procedures for applying to the graduate program in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition?

You will need to do two things:

1) You must apply for admission into the University. You can obtain an application form and more information from Enrollment Services.

2) You must also apply separately to the Department of Kinesiology. You will need the following items:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Professional Resume
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Scores
  • Prerequisite checklist:

Prerequisite Checklist (print):

The exercise of filling out this table will give you insight into the following question: Is this Option right for you? If you don’t have much of the table filled out after completing the exercise, then the Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Option is not right for you.

Name of Applicant_________________________________ Date________________

CSULB Foundational Courses for the Option

Your equivalent courses for the Option

BIOL 207 Human Physiology (4 units)

BIOL 208 Human Anatomy (4 units)

BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3 units)

KIN 300 Biomechanics (3 units)

KIN 301 Exercise Physiology (3 units)

CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5 units)

CHEM 327 Organic Chemistry (3 units)

CHEM 448 Biochemistry (3 units)

NUTR 132 Introductory Nutrition (3 units)

NUTR 331A Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (3 units)

NUTR 436 Advanced Nutrition

These courses serve as a foundation for most courses listed in the Option. Please check the CSULB catalog for prerequisites to these courses.

These items should be sent to:

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Kinesiology
California State University Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, California, 90840, USA

What types of courses would best prepare me for the Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Option?

The types of courses that would be necessary for success in the Option include courses in basic anatomy, physiology, and chemistry - including general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. A background in Kinesiology, Nutritional Science, or the Biological Sciences is a plus.

I do not have an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, what courses must I complete in order to take graduate courses in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition?

See prerequisite course checklist above.

What are the prerequisites for specific courses in the Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Graduate Option?

    Course

    Prerequisite

    KIN 551

    KIN 301* or equivalent

    KIN/FCS 566 KIN 301* or equivalent; CHEM 111A or equivalent
    KIN 590 KIN 483 or Equivalent
    KIN 696 Undergraduate Major in Kinesiology or Related Field
    KIN 552 KIN 301* or equivalent
    KIN 553 KIN 301* or equivalent
    KIN 562 KIN 300* or equivalent
    KIN 565 KIN 301* or equivalent
    KIN 695 KIN 590; KIN 696
    KIN 698 KIN 590; KIN 696; Advancement to Candidacy

    NUTR 132

    NUTR 331A

    NUTR 436

    None

    NUTR 132, BIOL 207, CHEM 327 or Equivalent

    NUTR 331A*; CHEM 448*
    NUTR 438 NUTR 436*
    NUTR 439 NUTR 132 or BIOL 207 or Instructor Consent
    FCS 530A NUTR 436*; BIOL 260 or Equivalent
    FCS 530B NUTR 436*; BIOL 260 or Equivalent
    FCS 531 NUTR 436*
    FCS 655A Upper Division Statistics Course
    FCS 696 Upper Division Statistics Course
    FCS 698 Advancement to Candidacy

    * Check CSULB catalog for prerequisites to these courses.

I do not have some of the foundational course work, is there a provisional acceptance that would allow me to  fulfill those requirements?

You can apply and be accepted into the new Option without having completed all of the foundational course work.  However, you will need to complete all foundational course work to advance in the program.

On the California State University/Long Beach campus, what is the numbering for lower division, upper division, and graduate courses?

The numbering is as follows:  100-200 for lower-division courses, 300-400 for upper-division courses, and 500-600 for graduate courses.  A course preceded by an asterisk has been approved for graduate credit. 

Can I take the equivalent of CHEM 327 Organic Chemistry at a community college?

Yes.  Even though CHEM 327 is an upper division course, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at CSULB will accept a community college organic chemistry course as the equivalent to CHEM 327.  Hence, the professor who teaches CHEM 448 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry will accept the community college organic chemistry course as the prerequisite for CHEM 448.

Can I take the equivalent of CHEM 448 Fundamental of Biological Chemistry at a community college?

No.  CHEM 448 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry (called Biochemistry on other campuses) is an upper-division course.  Community colleges only offer lower-division courses.

I have taken a combined organic chemistry/biochemistry course at another university.  Will that combined course satisfy one or both of the foundational course work requirements of CHEM 327 Organic Chemistry and CHEM 448 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry?

No.

As a first semester graduate student coming to California State University/Long Beach from another campus, will I be able to enroll in the courses I desire or will they be full by the time I try to register for them? 

A new graduate student coming from another campus has low priority for enrolling in courses for his/her first semester.  That is not typically a problem for the new graduate student trying to enroll in graduate courses.  However, it is a problem for the new graduate student trying to enroll in one of the foundational courses.  A course like CHEM 327 Organic Chemistry will be closed by the time a first semester graduate student tries to enroll in the course.  This is only a problem during the first semester for a new graduate student.

I have an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology.  Hence, I do not need to take any of the Kinesiology foundational courses (namely, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Biomechanics, and Exercise Physiology).  I have taken the equivalent of NUTR 132 Introductory Nutrition and CHEM 111A General Chemistry.  How many semesters will it take me to get to the point where I can enroll in graduate nutrition courses given that all but one of those courses require NUTR 436 Advanced Nutrition?

You will need to take the following four courses, in sequence, in order to get to the point where you can enroll in graduate nutrition courses like FCS 530A Carbohydrates and Proteins and FCS 530B Vitamins and Minerals:  CHEM 327 Organic Chemistry, CHEM 448 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry, NUTR 331A Fundamentals of Human Nutrition, and NUTR 436 Advanced Nutrition.  That looks like four semesters of course work but a new graduate student would not be able to enroll in CHEM 327 during his/her first semester because the course will be full by the time the student registers for courses.  In addition, NUTR 331A and 436 are only offered during the Fall semester.  So if the student was admitted for the 2008 Fall semester, he/she would not complete the foundational course work in nutrition until the 2011 Fall semester since that semester the student would be taking NUTR 336.  Hence, the answer to your question is 3 years.  The sequence of courses would look like this:

2009 Spring semester – CHEM 327

2009 Fall semester – CHEM 448

2010 Fall semester – NUTR 331A

2011 Fall semester – NUTR 436

I have an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology.  I have taken general chemistry but I have not taken organic chemistry or biological chemistry.  Is the Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Option really the best Option for me if I want to advance through the program in a timely manner?

Based on the previous Q & A, the best Option for you would probably be the Exercise Science Option since you have all completed all the foundational course work for that option. 

I have an undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences.  I have taken general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biological chemistry.  How long would it take me to get to the point where I would be able to take graduate Kinesiology courses like KIN 551 Advanced Exercise Physiology and KIN 566 Biochemical and Hormonal Adaptations to Physical Activity?

For both of these courses, you will need to take the foundational courses BIOL 207 Human Physiology and KIN 301 Exercise Physiology (BIOL 207 is a prerequisite for KIN 301).  Note that human physiology is a lower-division course.  Hence, it can be taken at a community college.  If you were admitted for the 2008 Fall semester and took human physiology at a community college, it would take you two semesters to complete the prerequisite course work for KIN 551 and 566.  If you did not take human physiology during your first semester of graduate work, it would take you three semesters.

What is a typical course load for the program?

The typical load is 2-3 courses per semester for the student who is working and taking courses.  The full-time student should be able to take 4 courses per semester. 

What are the due dates for submission of an application for admission into the graduate program?

The due dates for submission of all application materials are June 1st for Fall Semester admission and December 1st for Spring Semester admission.

What information do I need to include in my application to the University?

You must include your completed application, official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, and your application fees.

What information do I need to include in my application to the Department?

You must include the following:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Professional Resume
  • Official Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Scores

What are the minimum GRE scores necessary for admittance into the graduate program?

The minimum GRE scores for admittance into the graduate program are:

Verbal – 150

Quantitative – 141

Analytical Writing – 3.5

What if one of my GRE scores is below the minimum admission standard?

You may still be eligible for admittance into the graduate program. The decision for acceptance is based upon a composite of your GRE scores, undergraduate grade point average, and letters of recommendation.

I am an international student. are the requirements the same for me?

Yes, the requirements for admission in to the graduate program are the same for everyone. However before you apply, you must contact the Office of International Admissions for additional information.

What types of career opportunities are available with a degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition?

Career opportunities can typically be found in clinical and research settings as well as in commercial and corporate fitness settings. For more information, check the following sites:

www.acsm.org

www.nsca-lift.org

www.hpcareer.net