Students will acquire knowledge and have opportunities to apply what they learn in the various capacities of a kinesiologist. Kinesiology involves the application of principles from biomechanics, physiology, and motor behaviour to improve peoples’ functional movement, motor performance, and to manage and prevent injury and disease. Students will be offered courses oriented towards the core competencies required by the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario to pursue a professional career as a Registered Kinesiologist (R Kin). Students will gain theoretical and practical training, and will acquire skills to critically examine literature in the biophysical sciences of human movement.

Students will acquire knowledge, competencies and techniques for assessing and promoting performance and functional capacity, and for preventing and managing injury and chronic disease. They will obtain practical skills in exercise prescription to enhance performance and health, and for the treatment of individuals with compromised function. Students will have opportunities to gain training in how to use exercise in the management of injury, chronic disease, and in rehabilitation. They will have opportunities to gain training in ergonomics to critically assess and design equipment and workplaces to optimize performance and minimize musculoskeletal injury risk. They will gain applied counselling skills in principles of behaviour change to help individuals become more physically active and to help them enhance their health and well-being. Students will acquire knowledge in class settings and in laboratory-based and field practicum. In these rich practical experiences, they will learn to interact with different populations, from either different age groups (preschoolers, youth, young adults, the aged) or from groups of varying functional levels (e.g., athletes, sedentary people, persons with chronic disease, people in rehabilitation). Our students will gain practical experiences that better prepare them to pursue a career as a kinesiologist.

Our graduates are eligible to challenge the professional licensing examination for the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario, the external regulatory body for the profession of kinesiology and the R Kin designation. Applied Studies in Kinesiology enable graduates to pursue various career-paths in different occupational roles. For example, our graduates can become strength and conditioning coaches in high-performance training facilities and professional sport organizations. They can work among allied health professionals in community health centres and outpatient hospital programs, prescribing exercise treatments to help people manage chronic conditions. Our graduates can also find roles in rehabilitation clinics prescribing exercise and mobility protocol to facilitate injured persons’ return to work. They can work for occupational health and safety companies, conducting ergonomic assessments and re-designing spaces to enhance how people move in the workplace. They can become physical activity counsellors in family health teams or community health centres. Our graduates can initiate start-up enterprises in private kinesiology services. They can also work toward employment as certified ergonomists and pursue post-graduate certification in advanced ergonomics studies. Many of our graduates receive certification as Certified Exercise Physiologists from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP-CEP) and others pursue accredited membership with La Fédération des Kinésiologues du Québec. Our graduates can also pursue advanced degrees in allied health and rehabilitation fields (e.g., physiotherapy, occupational therapy).

The French immersion is available with this program.

Compulsory Courses at the 1000 level
ANP 1105Human Anatomy and Physiology I3 Units
APA 1313Musculoskeletal Anatomy3 Units
BIO 1130Introduction to Organismal Biology3 Units
BIO 1140Introduction to Cell Biology3 Units
CHM 1311Principles of Chemistry3 Units
CHM 1321Organic Chemistry I3 Units
MAT 1330Calculus for the Life Sciences I3 Units
PHY 1321Principles of Physics I3 Units
Compulsory Courses at the 2000 level
APA 2111Intervention Theories3 Units
APA 2114Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement3 Units
APA 2120Motor Control and Learning3 Units
APA 2140Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology3 Units
APA 2180Research Methods in Human Kinetics3 Units
APA 2301Exercise Physiology I3 Units
APA 2314Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics3 Units
Compulsory Courses at the 3000 level
APA 3114Exercise Physiology II3 Units
APA 3120Psychomotor Behavior Laboratory3 Units
APA 3121Human Motor Skill Development3 Units
APA 3122Physical Activity and Health3 Units
APA 3125Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries3 Units
APA 3131Physical Ergonomics3 Units
APA 3150Neural Control of Human Movement3 Units
APA 3311Musculoskeletal Biomechanics3 Units
APA 3325Fitness Training Principles3 Units
APA 3381Measurement and Data Analysis in Human Kinetics3 Units
Compulsory Courses at the 4000 level
APA 4118Biomechanical Basis of Injury3 Units
APA 4123Physical Activity Counselling3 Units
APA 4124Interdisciplinary Cases and Professional Practice in Kinesiology3 Units
APA 4160Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription3 Units
APA 4211Internship/Clinical Experience6 Units
APA 4313Exercise and Disease Prevention3 Units
Optional courses
3 course units from:3 Units
Workshop in Essay Writing
Technical Report Writing
6 course units from:6 Units
Physical Activity in a Global Health Perspective
Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity in Canada
Introduction to Leisure Studies
Administration of Leisure, Sport and Physical Activity Services
History of Sport and Physical Activity in Canada
3 course units from:3 Units
Human Anatomy and Physiology III
Environmental Physiology
Organic Chemistry II
3 course units from: 3 Units
Motor Performance and Aging
Sport and Physical Activity in Aging Populations
Elective courses
9 elective course units 9 Units
Total: 120 Units