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September 15, 2014
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Kinesiology and Physical Education

Kinesiology and Physical Education at Laurier 

Not all kinesiology and physical education programs are the same. While some have abandoned physical education activity credits (required if you want to teach physical education), Laurier's Kinesiology and Physical Education program offers a traditional physical education program coupled with a strong program in kinesiology. 

Students can choose one of two degree programs:

  • Honours BA (allows students to take more activity and arts credits than the BSc) 
  • Honours BSc (limits the number of activity credits and is designed for students with a very strong interest in science and math) 

Program highlights 

  • While some universities may have classes numbering in the hundreds, we restrict enrolment in our first-year kinesiology and physical education classes to no more than 50, helping to smooth the transition from high school to university. 

Courses offered 

First year

  • Sociocultural Aspects of Physical Fitness
  • Principles and Processes of Biology
  • Introduction to Psychology

Popular courses

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Fitness Assessment
  • Sport Psychology
  • Human Nutrition

Admission requirements 

Honours BA Kinesiology & Physical Education 

 4U Requirements IB Requirements  Admission Range

English at 60%

Biology at 70%

one of 3U Functions & Relations, 3M Functions or any 4U Mathematics at 60% 

HL or SL English at 4; 

HL or SL Biology at 4; 

HL or SL Mathematics at 4 

Mid - high 80s

IB Minimum score:32 

Honours BSc Kinesiology & Physical Education  

4U Requirements IB Requirements  Admission Range 

English at 60%;

Biology at 70%; 

Advanced Functions at 60%;

one of Chemistry or Physics at 60%*

*Combined minimum average of 70% in 4U Math and Science courses.

HL or SL English at 4;

HL or SL Biology at 4;

HL or SL Mathematics at 4;

one of HL or SL Chemistry or Physics at 4 

Mid - high 80s

IB Minimum score: 32 


Graduates of Laurier’s Kinesiology an Physical Education program can be found teaching in schools throughout the province, working in the insurance and financial management fields, working as paramedics or therapists, practicing as dentists, physicians or chiropractors, following careers in sports administration, personal fitness training or law enforcement, or building businesses for themselves.

Student experience 

    0000MARK_E.jpgMark Eikelboom’s high school teachers influenced him so much that he plans to go to teacher’s college, so he too can have a positive influence on students. Because of his passion for sports and interest in the human body, he is studying KPE at Laurier in order to become a high school gym teacher.

    “I wanted to come to Laurier because there are so many sports, clubs and jobs for first years to get involved with,” he says. “Other universities tend to reserve a lot of opportunities for upper-year students.”

    Eikelboom certainly has taken advantage of Laurier’s extracurricular culture. He’s played on the water polo, volleyball and dodge ball intramural teams, joined the boxing club, was a note-taker for the Accessible Learning Centre and is a Residence Life Don. He also has a part-time job at the Athletic Complex and plays a lot of squash in his spare time. 

    “In addition to my academic classes, I have practicum classes where I get hands-on experience. I like that I can apply my knowledge when I go to the gym after class; it’s great knowing how to put a program together based on my goals and how my body works.”

    Faculty experience 

    000PERRY.jpgFor more than 15 years, Dr. Stephen Perry has been studying how to keep seniors on their feet. His research has helped to create a balance-enhancing insole, called the Sole Sensor, which is now commercially available in stores. “As we age, we lose sensation in the soles of our feet, which can cause poor balance and increase the risk of falling,” says Perry. “The Sole Sensor helps to enhance the sole’s sensory perception.”

    Perry has been teaching in Laurier’s Kinesiology & Physical Education Department since 2001, and has been the KPE undergraduate academic advisor since 2005. Specializing in biomechanics and neuroscience, Perry is one of the few Laurier professors to receive research operating funds from the Canadian Institute of Health Research. 

    When asked what he likes best about teaching at Laurier, he says, “The faculty and staff at Laurier are always helpful and interested. And the students here are keen to learn new ideas, and are always challenging you to look at things differently.”

    Alumni experience 

    0000Ritsma.jpg“KPE was a great fit for me,” Laurier graduate Jillian Ritsma recalls. “The program was tight-knit, I really got to know my professors and classmates, and there were enough elective choices that I could continue my study of languages and receive a minor in French.”

    While at Laurier, Ritsma played four years of varsity basketball, and she still found time to be a member of Laurier Students for Literacy, the Women’s Athletic Association, the Athletic Therapy Club and the Academic Mentor Program. She also won the Outstanding Woman of Laurier award in 2007.

    “The professors at Laurier are easy to get in touch with, keen to meet with students outside of class time, and more than willing to help you out with questions and problems,” she says. “The flexibility and support from my professors made it easier to compete on a team while studying.”

    Ritsma also believes that the KPE program is a great stepping-stone for a variety of careers. While she is eager to maintain her personal involvement in sport and physical activity, she is now attending the University of Western Ontario for law.