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Kinesiology

Kinesiology is the study of movement. In this program you’ll study physical activity from a scientific perspective. And you’ll explore the link between wellness and exercise.

Potential careers

What can you do with a kinesiology degree? Here are a few jobs that relate to the program:

  • kinesiologist
  • clinical exercise physiologist
  • occupational health consultant
  • teacher
  • sport sales representative
  • rehabilitation assistant    
  • fitness instructor
  • athletic coach
  • recreation therapist
  • medical professional
  • recreation program coordinator 
  • personal trainer
  • nutritionist
  • athletic therapist
  • physiotherapist
  • pharmacist
  • researcher

Some of these roles may require post-graduate studies or training. 

Find a career that fits you

Experience & connections

Opportunities in the kinesiology program

  • With the Co-op Program you can alternate study with paid work. 

Opportunities outside your program

  • With a work study position you can develop skills during your study term.
  • Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while you build skills.

Networks you can connect to

Here are a few professional associations related to kinesiology:

Hands-on learning opportunities

These courses in the kinesiology program offer extensive hands-on learning.

Co-op

Co-op work terms       
Alternate academic study with paid work terms to gain workplace experience     

Lab      

EPHE 141 - Human Anatomy
Look at human skeletons, plasticated model, and more to learn about the human body

EPHE 160 - Introduction to Human Systemic Physiology
Discover the physiology of your body’s energy systems

EPHE 201 - Qualitative Analysis of Human Movement
Learn about basic biomechanical principles

EPHE 242 - Introduction to Human Cellular Physiology
Learn about the molecular and cellular functions in humans

EPHE 245 - Motor Learning
Explore the learning stages of a motor skill

EPHE 260 - Exercise Prescription
Learn to do a squat, monitor heart rate while doing physical activity and design an exercise program

EPHE 341 - Biomechanics
Learn to analyze movement using high speed video, wearable sensors, and cutting-edge technology

EPHE 348 - Psychology of Physical Activity
Monitor, evaluate and enhance the effectiveness of psychological interventions for different populations

EPHE 355 - Functional Anatomy
Design and implement exercises to address muscle imbalances and injury prevention

EPHE 380 - Motor Control
Learn how the human brain handles goal-directed movement

EPHE 441 - Exercise Physiology
Learn how the body adapts to exercise

EPHE 444 - Measurement and Evaluation in Exercise Science
Assess physical performance with lab and field tests

Professional and technical skill development

EPHE 247 - Introduction to Professional Practice in Kinesiology
Build professional skills

EPHE 447 - Kinesiology Seminar and Practicum
Gain discipline-specific, practice-based work experience (40 hours)

Research project        

EPHE 499 - Honours Thesis or Tutorial
Research, write, and orally defend a graduating honours essay

Study abroad

U of Agder (Norway)
Discover the world and gain intercultural skills studying overseas

U of Newcastle (Australia)
Discover the world and gain intercultural skills  studying overseas

U of Stirling (Scotland)
Discover the world and gain intercultural skills studying overseas

U of Victoria (Australia)
Discover the world and gain intercultural skills  studying overseas

To learn more about the study abroad options visit the partner universities page.

These courses are not always offered as described.

What you'll learn

Every student at UVic builds skills all employers look for. At UVic Co-op & Career we call these  "competencies". This is what you’ll learn in the kinesiology program

Field of practice and body of knowledge

  • understand and apply anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and neuroscience to human movement and function
  • assess and apply current research in kinesiology and health promotion
  • communicate standards of research and practice in kinesiology

Technical expertise

  • explain the underlying assumptions and methodologies associated with quantitative and qualitative research
  • identify ethical issues around human subject and animal research
  • plan and use best practices to test research questions
  • analyze research results in line with the research area and the research question
  • communicate research literature to advance the public’s understanding of kinesiology research

What's next?

To explore more visit the kinesiology site. For degree planning contact your adviser for help.

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