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

Kinesiology major - courses and requirements

The following is the list of required courses and the recommended sequence for the Kinesiology major program as outlined in the current University Calendar. If there are any discrepancies between this website and the Calendar, the Calendar will take precedence.

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 .

Year one

Courses Units
BIOL 150A and 150B, or 184 and 186, or 190A and 190B* (see Note 1) 3.0
CHEM 101 and 102* (see Note 1) 3.0
EPHE 141 1.5
EPHE 143 1.5
EPHE 155 1.5
ENGL 135 and one from 146, 147, or 225 3.0
One Elective (see Note 2) 1.5
Total academic units 15.0

Year two

Courses Units
MATH 100 or 102 or 109 1.5
STAT 255 1.5
PHYS 110 or 102A* (see Note 1) 1.5
EPHE 201 1.5
EPHE 241 1.5
EPHE 242 1.5
EPHE 245 1.5
EPHE 253 1.5
Two electives (see Note 2) 3.0
Total academic units 15.0

Year three

Courses Units
EPHE 341 1.5
EPHE 344 1.5
EPHE 360 1.5
EPHE 380 1.5
EPHE 355 1.5
EPHE 300-400 level electives 3.0
Three electives (see Note 2) 4.5
Total academic units 15.0

Year four

Courses Units
EPHE 441 1.5
EPHE 444 1.5
EPHE 447 (NB, taken across two terms) 1.5
EPHE 300-400 level electives 4.5
Four electives (see Note 2) 6.0
Total academic units 15.0

Total units for degree

60.0

Note 1

Although secondary school courses are not required for admission to the BSc Kinesiology program, many of the university courses required in the program have secondary school prerequisites. If you want to apply to this program, you should take a minimum of Biology 11, Chemistry 11 (Chemistry 12 is recommended), Principles of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12, and Physics 11 (Physics 12 is recommended).

The following list of secondary school prerequisites and UVic alternatives is provided as a guide only. Prerequisites may change, and you are advised to check course descriptions in the UVic Calendar before making registration decisions.

BIOL 150A and 150B, or 184 and 186:

  • There are no prerequisites for BIOL 150A or 150B; students without secondary school Biology must take BIOL 150A and 150B.
  • Either Biology 11 or Biology 12 is a prerequisite for BIOL 184 and 186, so students with secondary school Biology can choose to take either BIOL 150A and 150B or BIOL 184 and 186.

CHEM 101 and 102:

  • Students with Chemistry 11 and Chemistry 12 can take CHEM 101 and 102.
  • Students with only Chemistry 11 can take CHEM 101, but must take Chemistry 12 or UVic CHEM 091 before taking CHEM 102.
  • Students with only Chemistry 12 will need to complete Chemistry 11 (NB, not available at UVic) before they can register in CHEM 101 and then CHEM 102.

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.

PHYS 110 or 102A:

  • The Department of Physics and Astronomy recommends a background equivalent to Physics 12 for PHYS 110.
  • Students with no secondary school Physics or only Physics 11 may take PHYS 102A in lieu of PHYS 110.

Note 2

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

Kinesiology co-op option - courses and requirements

The following is the list of required courses and the recommended sequence for the Kinesiology major program as outlined in the current University Calendar. If there are any discrepancies between this website and the Calendar, the Calendar will take precedence.

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 . If you have questions about work terms contact the .

Year one

Courses Units
BIOL 150A and 150B, or 184 and 186, or 190A and 190B* (see Note 1.) 3.0
CHEM 101 and 102* (see Note 1.) 3.0
EPHE 141 1.5
EPHE 143 1.5
EPHE 155 1.5
ENGL 135 and one from 146, 147, or 225 3.0
One Elective (see Note 2.) 1.5
Total academic units 15.0

Year two

Courses Units
MATH 100 or 102 or 109 1.5
STAT 255 1.5
PHYS 110 or 102A* (see Note 2) 1.5
EPHE 200 0.0
EPHE 201 1.5
EPHE 241 1.5
EPHE 242 1.5
EPHE 245 1.5
EPHE 253 1.5
Two eectives (see Note 2) 3.0
Total academic units 15.0

Year three

Courses Units
EPHE 341 1.5
EPHE 344 1.5
EPHE 359 (summer) 1.5
EPHE 360 1.5
EPHE 380 1.5
EPHE 300-400 level electives 3.0
Three electives (see Note 2) 4.5
Total academic units 15.0

Year four

Courses Units
EPHE 355
EPHE 441 1.5
EPHE 444 1.5
EPHE 300-400 level electives 4.5
Four electives (see Note 2) 6.0
Total academic units 15.0
Total units for degree 60.0

Note 1

Although secondary school courses are not required for admission to the BSc Kinesiology program, many of the university courses required in the program have secondary school prerequisites. If you want to apply to this program, you should take a minimum of Biology 11, Chemistry 11 (Chemistry 12 is recommended), Principles of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12, and Physics 11 (Physics 12 is recommended).

The following list of secondary school prerequisites and UVic alternatives is provided as a guide only. Prerequisites may change, and you are advised to check course descriptions in the UVic Calendar before making registration decisions.

BIOL 150A and 150B, or 184 and 186:

  • There are no prerequisites for BIOL 150A or 150B; students without secondary school Biology must take BIOL 150A and 150B.
  • Either Biology 11 or Biology 12 is a prerequisite for BIOL 184 and 186, so students with secondary school Biology can choose to take either BIOL 150A and 150B or BIOL 184 and 186.

CHEM 101 and 102:

  • Students with Chemistry 11 and Chemistry 12 can take CHEM 101 and 102.
  • Students with only Chemistry 11 can take CHEM 101, but must take Chemistry 12 or UVic CHEM 091 before taking CHEM 102.
  • Students with only Chemistry 12 will need to complete Chemistry 11 (NB, not available at UVic) before they can register in CHEM 101 and then CHEM 102.

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.

PHYS 110 or 102A:

  • The Department of Physics and Astronomy recommends a background equivalent to Physics 12 for PHYS 110.
  • Students with no secondary school Physics or only Physics 11 may take PHYS 102A in lieu of PHYS 110.

Note 2

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

Honours program - eligibility and requirements

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 currently in the Kinesiology Major and Major Co-op programs and wish to seek an honours degree, you would normally apply at the start of your third year in the program. Complete Section 1 of the Honours Application Form (PDF) and submit it to the EPHE academic adviser. If you meet the honours eligibility requirements, you will need to find a supervisor for your honours thesis before being accepted into the program.

To be eligible to apply for Honours applicants normally require the following:

  • A GPA of at least 6.5 in not less than 9 units of all EPHE courses
  • 3rd year standing in an EPHE degree program
  • Completion of, or registration in, EPHE 357

Requirements

All requirements should be completed within five academic years. 

An honours degree will be awarded to students who:

  • Obtain a graduating average of at least 5.0
  • Obtain a grade point average of at least 5.5 for all 300 and 400-level EPHE courses
  • Obtain a grade of at least B in EPHE 499. If you achieve a grade lower than B in EPHE 499, you will graduate under the Major program, providing all other requirements for the degree are fulfilled.
  • Complete an Honours thesis that normally includes:
    • Hours of work equivalent to 3.0 units of course work (approx. 72 hr).
    • In-depth involvement with working on a research project.
    • A written document of sufficient substance in both length and content which is directly presenting research related to the honours project.
    • Oral presentation to the kinesiology honours peer cohort in the spring of the year you graduate.

Recommended sequence of required courses for the BSc (Kinesiology) Honours program

Note: Years 1 and 2 are the same as for the BSc (Kinesiology) major program.

Year three

Requirement Units
EPHE 341* 1.5
EPHE 344* 1.5
EPHE 357 1.5
EPHE 360* 1.5
EPHE 380* 1.5
One of EPHE 355 or 456 1.5
EPHE 300-400 level 1.5
Three Electives 4.5
Total academic units 15.0

Year four

Requirement Units
EPHE 441* 1.5
EPHE 444* 1.5
EPHE 447 (full-year course, must register in both terms) 1.5
EPHE 499 (full-year course, on pro forma registration, tick Sep-Apr) 3.0
EPHE 300-400 level 4.5
Three Electives 4.5
Total academic units 16.5
Total Units for Degree 61.5

Student testimonial (co-op)

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.”

Course information

Electives

Electives that must be completed by BSc (Kinesiology) students admitted in the most recent catalogue term, include:

7.5 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 359 and 447.

Possible selections include: EPHE 342, 346, 347, 348, 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).

6.0 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.

Possible selections include: 

  • ANTH 312, 352, 410 (NB, Depending on the topic), 452
  • MEDS 301, 325, 410, 487, 490 (NB, Depending on the topic)
  • PSYC 317, 345A, 351B, 351D, 400A, 451B, 451D, 490 (NB, Depending on the topic)

3.0 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 341, 344, 355, 359 (NB, unless approved after withdrawl from Co-op), 360, 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

3.0 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.

  • ANTH 250, 312, 352, 410, 452
  • MEDS 301, 325, 410, 487, 490 (NB, Depending on the topic)
  • PSYC 201, 251, 317, 345A, 351B, 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.


Last updated: July 11, 2017. Check the Academic Calendar for the latest information.

Course registration waivers

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.

To submit a waiver request you need you to complete an EPHE Waiver form (PDF).

Your request is more likely to be granted if you include supporting documentation (e.g., proof that you have completed or are registered in a course prerequisite at another university or college). EPHE waiver forms should be returned in person to the EPHE office (McKinnon Building, room 120) or by email to the .

Take a course at another Canadian university or college

It is possible to register in a course or courses at another approved post-secondary institution for credit towards your Kinesiologydegree. To do this you need to obtain prior approval from the EPHE academic adviser in the form of a Letter of Permission (LOP). This letter is sent to UVic Records and to the university or college concerned and exempts you from the payment of a UVic credit transfer evaluation fee. You must still pay any fees levied by the college or university that you attend. A copy of the LOP is also placed in your EPHE student file.

You should note that there are limits on the number of trasnfer credit coruses that you use in your UVic degree. At least 30 units of your degree must be completed at UVic and you must complete at least 18 units of your required 21 units of 300- and 400-level courses at UVic..

To be able to prepare an LOP for you the EPHE academic will need to know the following:

  • your name and student number;
  • the name of the institution that you wish to attend;
  • the name and course number of the course(s_ you wish to undertake;
  • the name and the course numbers of the respective equivalent UVic course(s); and
  • the expected start and end dates of your registration in the external course(s).

Take a course overseas

It is possible to register in a course or courses at a foreign approved post-secondary institution for credit towards your Recreation and Health Education degree.

You can find a list organized by country of the universities with which UVic has active partnership agreements on the International Office website. The entry for each institution includes the transfer credit history of courses that have been previously taken at that university. This is only a guide, and does not a guarantee that a courses would currently transfer to UVic in the same way. It is also possible to have courses that have not been previously taken evaluated. To do this you need to obtain prior approval from the EPHE academic adviser in the form of a Letter of Permission (LOP). This letter is sent to UVic Records and to the university or college concerned and exempts you from the payment of a UVic credit transfer evaluation fee. You must still pay any fees levied by the college or university that you attend. A copy of the LOP is also placed in your EPHE student file.

If you would like to study at a foreign partner university you should consult with an adviser in the International Office.

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