Kinesiology (BSc)

Students in a UVic anatomy lab
An in-depth understanding of anatomy is critical is kinesiology—the study of human movement and physiology—and great preparation for further studies in the fields of health and wellness.

The kinesiology program is a science program that prepares you to enter the fields of movement analysis, exercise prescription and exercise management, or to undertake further study in medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, massage therapy or teaching. Learn more about possible careers.

Academic program details

Program outline

The list of required courses and the recommended sequence for the Kinesiology options program are outlined in the current University Calendar. 

Students' programs are normally governed by the Calendar regulations in effect at the date of their first registration in the faculty. If program requirements change before you finish your degree, you may, with approval, choose to be governed by the new regulations. If you have questions about the program sequence contact the 

Prerequisites

 

For Secondary/High School applicants refer to the Faculty of Education admission requirements

For Post-Secondary applicants, admission to year 2 of the Kinesiology program is listed in the UVic Calendar under Admission Requirements. A note about the Math and the Academic Writing Requirement is below.

MATH 100 or MATH 102 or 109:

  • Students with a minimum grade of 73% in Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-calculus 12 can take MATH 100.
  • Students with a Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-calculus 12 can take MATH 102.
  • Student with a minimum grade of 73% in Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-calculus 12 can take MATH 109.
  • Students with only Mathematics 11 or Pre-calculus 11 must take MATH 120 before taking MATH 100 or MATH 102 or MATH 109. Students must obtain a minimum grade of C+ in MATH 120 to take MATH 100, or a minimum grade of C in MATH 120 to take MATH 102, or a minimum grade of C+ in MATH 120 to take MATH 109.

Academic Writing Requirement:

  • As stated in the calendar, any other 1.5 unit course that meets the Academic Writing Requirement may be used in place of ATWP 135.

Refer to our electives section for details of the approved elective structure in the Kinesiology program.

Application for BSc Kinesiology Honours

The Honours option in the BSc Kinesiology program is intended for motivated, self-directed students who wish to engage in research during their undergraduate program. If you are planning to work as a kinesiologist, the honours program develops competencies in reading and implementing relevant research findings in kinesiology practice, as well as, in conducting research to enhance professional practice. If you are considering post-graduate study, the honours program may be of benefit when applying for admission to degrees such as MA, MSc, MD, MSc (PT) or MSc (OT).

Application

If you are student in the Kinesiology program or the Kinesiology Co-operative Education program you can apply for admission to Honours.

 To be eligible for admission to Honours you must have: 

  • completed or be currently completing EPHE 357,
  • Year 3 standing (i.e., have completed 27 or more units), and
  • a GPA of at least 6.5 on 6.0 or more units of EPHE courses (excluding EPHE 104-137). 

To apply for admission to Honours you should email the requesting an Honours eligibility check and Honours application form. If you are eligible for admission to Honours the EPHE academic adviser will provide you with an endorsed Honours application form. You then need to find an EPHE faculty member who is offering an Honours project opportunity. If the EPHE faculty members agrees to supervise your Honours project you need to ask them to complete the bottom of your Honours application form indicating their agreement to supervise your Honours project. The completed from should be returned to the who will add Honours to your degree program. 

The following changes are made to the Kinesiology program and the Kinesiology Co-operative Education program when Honours is added: 

  1. EPHE 357 (1.5 units) is added as a required course
  2. EPHE 499 (3.0 units) is added as a required course (NB, registration in this course requires completion of an Undergraduate Pro Forma Course Registration form by the Honours student and their supervisor)
  3. 300- or 400-level EPHE electives are reduced by 1.5 units
  4. 1.5 units of 100 or above electives are removed 

Registration in EPHE 499 (Honours project) is done manually using an Undergraduate Proforma Course Registration form that is completed by you and your supervisor and returned to the . You must have been admitted to Honours before you can register in EPHE 499.

Kinesiology Co-op

Co-op provides you access to the University of Victoria's vast network of employers and job opportunities where you will alternate between academic and work-terms throughout your University career with the opportunity to try many different jobs with many different organizations. Co-op is an opportunity to start building your career while you are still a student, without significantly extending the duration of your program. You will graduate with relevant work experience, amazing contacts and strong, transferrable skills. For more detailed information visit the co-op website

Examples of Co-op testimonials are:

Michelle Cox: Co-op helps affirm physiotherapy career goals

It was a combination of things that first brought Michelle Cox to UVic. “I grew up in Port Alberni, so I chose UVic because it was a good school and fairly close to home,” she says. “I was drawn to kinesiology because I've always been involved in sports and I’m interested in human biology.”

Cox, now 23, learned about co-op during her first year when some students spoke to her class about the program. She found her first placement the summer after second year, as an outdoor recreation leader at Atlantic College in Wales. “During my first work term, I learned how to climb, belay and mountain-board and gained valuable experience working with youth with intellectual, physical and emotional disadvantages,” she says. “I also gained a lot of confidence in leading and directing groups.”

Throughout the work term, Cox put her coursework to practical use in areas like anatomy, motor learning and program planning. She thoroughly enjoyed the experience, although there were adjustments to make living overseas. “It was the longest I've ever been away from home, so I missed people, and sharing a tiny room with three other girls for three months had its challenges,” she says. “But it was worth it, for sure!”

Next, Cox worked as a physiotherapy assistant at the Canadian Back Institute in Victoria. She learned about the inner workings of a clinic while she prepped clients for treatment, helped them with exercises and administered ultrasounds and electrical stimulation.

This relevant work experience helped Cox land her most recent co-op position as a research assistant with the Institute of Applied Physical Activity and Health Research at UVic. She worked on a project called Inclusion Works! and received a Canadian Institute for Health Research grant of over $4,000. “My main project was to research, write, pilot and evaluate the first module of a physical activity and nutrition intervention program for youth with intellectual and physical disabilities,” she says.

Currently living in Bristol, England, Cox plans to have some fun before taking her next steps towards a career in physiotherapy. “I'm going to travel as much as I can before applying to do my master’s degree in physiotherapy in 2013,” says Cox. “Someday, I hope to open my own wellness centre on Vancouver Island.”

Read these additional students' experience with Co-op:

Camilla Briggs - BSc Kinesiology Co-op student.

Erik Van Waes - BSc Kinesiology Co-op student.

Course information

Not all courses are offered every year. Please refer to the online timetable for course availablility before making important course planning decisions.

Normally, Summer courses are published online and available for viewing in mid February; Winter courses - in mid May. Registration starts in second part of March and June respectively for Summer and Winter sessions.

Electives

Electives that must be completed by BSc (Kinesiology) students include:

This list of electives refers to the most recent Kinesiology curriculum. Students following older Kinesiology curriculums should refer to their Degree Evaluation for information about their elective requirements.

4.5 units of 300- or 400-level EPHE electives

Any 300- or 400-level EPHE course (excluding program requirements) for which you have the necessary prerequisites and for which there are no program restrictions, except EPHE 340, 348 and 447.

Potential selections include: EPHE 342, 346, 347, 351, 357, 361, 445, 455, 449, 451, 455, 456, 487 (NB, may be taken more than once for credit in different topics), 494 (NB, can be taken twice).

7.5 units of 300- or 400-level science electives

Any 300- or 400-level course offered in the following departments: Biochemistry and Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, except BIOL 334, 351, 359, 400, CHEM 300A, PHYS 303, PHYS 330, and courses designated for non-science students.

As well as: 

  • ANTH 312, 352, 358, 394, 410, 452, 494
  • EPHE 357, 442, 449, 450, 455, 480, 482, 487 (Depending on the topic), 494 (Depending on the topic)
  • MEDS 301, 410, 433, 487, 490 (NB, Depending on the topic)
  • PSYC 300A, 300B, 317, 345A, 351A, 351B, 351C, 351D, 400A, 451B, 451D, 490 (NB, Depending on the topic)

4.5 units of 300- or 400-level discipline-related electives

Any 300- or 400-level course offered in the Faculty of Science, except BIOL 334, 351, 359, 400, CHEM 300A, PHYS 303, PHYS 330, and courses designated for non-science students.

  • Any 300- or 400-level ANTH course
  • Any 300- or 400-level CSC course
  • Any 300- or 400-level EPHE course (excluding EPHE 340, 341, 344, 348, 355, 380, 441, 444, 447, 499)
  • Any 300- or 400-level HINF course
  • Any 300- or 400-level HLTH course
  • Any 300- or 400-level INTS course
  • Any 300- or 400-level MEDS course
  • Any 300- or 400-level PSYC course
  • PHIL 331
  • Additional courses may be approved by the BSc (Kinesiology) Program Co-ordinator

6.0 units of 100 or above science electives

Any 100 or higher level course offered in the following departments: Biochemistry and Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, except BIOL 334, 351, 359, 400, CHEM 300A, PHYS 303, PHYS 330, and courses designated for non-science students.

As well as:

  • ANTH 250, 312, 352, 358, 394, 410, 452, 494
  • EPHE 357, 442, 449, 450, 455, 480, 482, 487 (Depending on the topic), 494 (Dependng on the topic)
  • MEDS 301, 410, 433, 487, 490 (NB, Depending on the topic)
  • PSYC 201, 251, 300A, 300B, 317, 345A, 351A, 351B, 351C, 351D, 400A, 451B, 451D, 490 (NB, Depending on the topic)

3.0 units of 100 or above electives

Any 100 or higher level course for which you have the necessary prerequisites and for which there are no program restrictions (NB, No more than 1.5 units of the 3.0 units of 100 or above electives can be EPHE activity courses).

Note: Students will often select their 100 or above electives with a view to meeting the prerequisites associated with their preferred 300- or 400-level science electives and/or their preferred 300- or 400-level discipline related electives.

Check the Academic Calendar for the latest information.

If you believe that you are eligible to register in an EPHE course but are blocked by a prerequisite, year level or program area restriction, you can apply for a course registration waiver.

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