Kinesiology, Health & Physical Fitness

Welcome to the home page for the Kinesiology, Health and Physical Fitness Division. This is a good starting point to explore our divisional offerings. Today over fifty different classes are offered to cover a wide spectrum of activities. Classes are offered from traditional team sports to individual speciality activities such as fencing, rock climbing, martial arts, and many more.


It is our philosophy that physical fitness, healthful living practices and leisure time pursuits are elements of life that must be taught and reinforced and are essential components of a broad general education aimed to assist individuals to achieve their fullest human potential.

Areas of Study

  • Kinesiology
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Health Sciences
  • Physical Education
  • Adaptive PE
  • Aquatics
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Strength Training
  • Other Sports Classes Available (golf, tennis, volleyball, basketball)


Kinesiology, Health and Physical Fitness Office
Merced Main Campus


Sylvia Ruano
Sylvia Ruano

Dean of Allied Health, Child Development, Kinesiology & Public Safety / Area 4 (209) 386-6730

Nancy Bates
Secretary - Kinesiology, Health and Physical Fitness
(209) 384-6322, 

 Faculty Contact Information

See Faculty & Staff page for listing.