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Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences
Main Gymnasium
Mark VanNess
Department Chair
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Bachelor of Arts in Human Performance

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  1. General Education Requirements
    Minimum 42 units and 12 courses, including:
  • PACS 001 Pacific Seminar I: What is a Good Society?
  • PACS 002 Pacific II Topical Seminar
  • PACS 003 Pacific Seminar III: The Ethics of Family, Work, and Citizenship

Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 16 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and 002.

One course from each subdivision below:

  • The Individual and Society
    • Individual and Interpersonal Behavior
    • U.S. Studies
    • Global Studies
  • Human Heritage
    • Literature, Letters and Language
    • Fundamental Human Concerns
    • Practice and Perspective in the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Natural World and Formal Systems of Thought
    • Life and Physical Laboratory Sciences
    • Formal Systems of Thought
    • Science, Technology, and Society
      or a second Life and Physical Laboratory Science

Note: 1) A complete list of the courses that satisfy the subdivisions above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog and the online course search. 2) No more than two courses from a discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.

II. College of the Pacific BA Requirement
a. One year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.
Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

III. Fundamental Skills
Demonstrate competence in: 

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Quantitative analysis

Note: 1) A detailed description of how you can satisfy the fundamental skills above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog.

    Breadth Requirement

    Complete 64 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline (Including general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)


    1. Major Requirements

    Minimum 65 units, including:

    HESP 129 Exercise Physiology
    HESP 133 Functional Anatomy
    HESP 135 Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
    HESP 143 Prevention and Acute Care of Injury and Illness
    HESP 157 Clinician in Health and Exercise Science
    HESP 180 Epidemiology
    HESP 182 Exercise Testing and Prescription
    HESP Electives (5 additional courses from the following: HESP 41, 110, 137, 147, 149, 150, 155, 161, 163, 177, 193, or 197)
    BIOL 11 or 61 Human Anatomy & Phys (4) or Principles of Biology
    CHEM 23 or 25 Principles of Chemistry (4) or General Chemistry


    Pre-Physical Therapy (Optional)

    Students in the Health and Exercise Sciences concentration who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in Physical Therapy are advised to complete the following courses:

    BIOL 051, 061, 170, 180 and 145
    CHEM 027 General Chemistry
    PHYS 023 and 025 General Physics
    PSYC 017 Abnormal  and Clinical Psychology
    PSYC Psychology Elective
    MATH 037 Probability and Statistics
    Pacific Seminars I and II or two appropriate writing courses


    Pre-Occupational Therapy (Optional)

    Students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in Occupational Therapy should see their adviser for any additional courses and also complete the following:

    COMM 027 Public Speaking
    ENGL Two writing courses or PACS 001 & 002
    MATH 037 Probability and Statistics
    PSYC 031 Intro to Psychology
    PSYC 017 Abnormal and Clinical Psychology
    Two Social Science courses
    A Studio Art course (Ceramics or Drawing)


    Pre Athletic Training (Optional)

    Students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in Athletic Training should see their adviser for any additional courses and also complete the following:

    PHYS 023
    BIOL 170 and 180
    PSYCH 017 or 31
    MATH 35

    In order to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, students must complete a minimum of 120 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.0.