Bachelor of Kinesiology

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The Bachelor of Kinesiology degree provides a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human movement that includes both the art (e.g., psychology, sociology, history) and science (e.g., physiology, motor learning and control, biomechanics) of human movement as it relates to exercise science, athletic performance and promotion of long term health outcomes. In this program students select one of the following majors, enabling them to focus their learning in senior courses according to a specialized area of interest:

  • Adapted Physical Activity:
    • provides students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills to facilitate physically active lifestyles for people with impairments.
  • Physical Activity and Health:
    • provides students with an understanding of and appreciation for the importance of physical activity as it relates to health, fitness, and well-being over the lifespan. Biopsychosocial factors influencing acquisition and maintenance of physical activity and health will be emphasized.
  • Sport Performance:
    • provides students with an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the multifaceted aspects of sport performance.
  • Sport Coaching:
    • provides students with a range of knowledge and experiences to become a competent practicing sport coach. Theories and areas of practice covered include the scientific, social scientific and pedagogical aspects of coaching. Clear links will be made to real-life coaching scenarios with a focus on understanding the integrated and complex nature of coaching and all that underlies the practice of quality sport coaching.
  • Individualized Major(self-designed)
    • this major affords students the opportunity to design a combination or collection of courses that meets their individual interests and needs, provided that an opportunity to pursue their area of interest is not available through the other four majors. It may also enable students who choose to spend one term or year abroad an opportunity to design a major area of study around their international courses. This must be done in consultation with an Undergraduate Programs Advisor and requires approval of the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs).

The courses you take with the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation can vary depending on what your interests are. Study streams are related to the study of human movement and include: psychology, sociology, history, physiology and motor learning biomechanics.


As part of your degree you have the opportunity to complete a practicum in the final year of the program. The practicum allows you to integrate and enhance what you've learned in the classroom with work-place specific knowledge and skills in an authentic professional setting. The practicum fosters educational, personal, and professional growth, and provides networking opportunities. Learn more about our Professional Practicum Program

Sample courses in this degree:

KIN 100 - Human Anatomy
KIN 103 - Integrative Human Physiology
KIN 200 - Physiology of Exercise
PERLS 204 - Canadian History of Leisure, Sport & Health
KIN 209 - Research Methods in Kinesiology
KIN 240 - Introduction to Sports Injury Management
KIN 303 - Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity
PERLS 304 - Advanced Sociology of Sport & Leisure
PERLS 401 - Applied Ethics in Physical Activity & Sport
PAC 490 - Applied Resistance Training

Admission Requirements (by major)

Adapted Physical Activity
Physical Activity and Health
Sport Coaching
Sport Performance


Career opportunities for graduates of the Bachelor of Kinesiology include Kinesiologist, Exercise and Fitness Specialist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Coach or further study in areas such as Medicine, Physical Therapy or Athletic Therapy.

Certificate Opportunities