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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
August 20, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence


Dr. Pam Bryden, Chair

Frequently Asked Questions



Question:

What is the difference between the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree?

Answer:

There are a number of differences with the degrees. The BSc degree is geared toward individuals that wish to continue on after their undergraduate degree in a natural science area that require a BSc for admission such as medicine, veterinary, optometry, dentistry, graduate school, etc, or who enjoy science related courses. The BA is geared toward individuals who are hoping to pursue such careers as teaching, coaching, therapy related careers and graduate schools in areas such as psychology, administration, health, etc. Both degree programs require that the students take many of the same kinesiology courses in the first years of the program, however the BSc students chose more science related Kinesiology options while the BA students tend to chose more arts related kinesiology options. The BA degree offers more flexibility in the non-Kinesiology elective course selection, allowing the students to select electives that will add to their career aspirations in a variety of other areas (e.g., sociology, languages, psychology, etc. but with enough flexibility that some science courses may also be chosen). The BSc requires that most of the choices in elective courses occur in the biology, chemistry, physics and computing or math area. The BA program also requires that the students take 8 quarter credit, activity skill and coaching-related activity courses which are necessary to attend Teacher’s College with Physical Education as a major teachable subject. The BSc program does not require these courses however it may be possible to select a few of them during the four year program.

If a student is considering further education (i.e. physical therapy/occupational therapy), it would be wise to check the pre-requisites for admission to such programs on the appropriate university website. It is often possible to complete such prerequisite requirements through either the BA or BSc Kin & PE programs at WLU.

The number one question to ask as a potential incoming student, is “How much do I enjoy spending most of time studying in the science area?” If you choose to spend the majority of your time studying and learning sciences, then the BSc is for you. However, if you enjoy learning about other areas such as history, geography, etc. then you need the flexibility that a BA offers to enroll in these courses. We suggest that you look at the programs for both the BSc and the BA and evaluate the differences in course requirements for each year of study. Go here to view these. Only then will you be able to ascertain the program that best suits your specific needs. Be aware that the BSc and the BA programs have different admission requirements to be eligible for consideration. Please see our Degree Programs category. Once you are admitted into, and are pursuing either of these programs, it is possible for you to switch to the other stream, provided you have the appropriate pre-requisites. Note that since there are more pre-requisites necessary for the BSc program it is usually more difficult to switch from the BA to the BSc than the other way around.

Question:

What grade do I need to be accepted into the program?

Answer:

Most likely in the low to mid 80's range. This will vary depending on the number and quality of the applicant pool. There also may be small differences in the admission average requirements for the BA and BSc programs (with the BSc requirement being perhaps a bit lower).

Question:

Can I transfer into the Kinesiology and Physical Education program from another program within WLU or from another University?

Answer:

It is highly competitive to transfer into the KPE program. Each year we have hundreds of enquiries and we accept only 2-3 students per year from both internal WLU and external University programs. Some years we do not accept any students, depending on our first year student numbers. To be considered for a transfer you must have a minimum of a B+ average. If you are interested in transferring into the program, the Registrar’s office has an Intent to Transfer form that must be completed and submitted on their time schedule (usually February or March for the following September admission). We evaluate students in May and offers to transfer are usually given by June.

Question:

What are my career options with a Kinesiology and Physical Education degree?

Answer:

The KPE degree at WLU is multi-disciplinary and provides you with a strong background in all aspects of human movement. It may be used to move into a variety of different career areas or further educational opportunities. Our past graduates have gone on to have successful careers in medicine and various allied health professions such as physical or occupational therapy, athletic therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic, or to careers in high school or primary teaching and university academics. Others have pursued other kinesiology related careers in personal training, nutrition counseling, sport or recreation administration while others have entered the business world or gone on to work as fire-fighters or police. Obviously some of these possibilities require further education beyond the undergraduate degree. This is by no means an exhaustive list of possibilities.

Question:

What are some unique features of the Kinesiology & Physical Education program at Wilfrid Laurier University?

Answer:

We are a relatively small, elite program which emphasizes small class sizes, significant practical activity and coaching courses and many laboratory and hands on practical experiences. There is considerable interaction between students and faculty and some opportunity in upper years to pursue research with faculty members. We provide a strong undergraduate Kinesiology & Physical Education program in both the BA and BSc streams. We are a controlled entry program which permits only Kinesiology & PE students to take our courses. This limits class sizes and creates a strong cohesion among the undergraduate students. Once you have been admitted to the program, there are no further hurdles to overcome to complete the program, provided you maintain appropriate academic standing (unlike some other Kinesiology programs at other universities, there is no competitive entry into upper year courses).
Please see the rest of our website for further details regarding our program.