Kinesiology (BKin)

Kinesiology is the study of human movement, sport and physical activity. Study psychology, motor control, biomechanics, physiology and health in premier kinesiology and physical education facilities. Hands-on learning opportunities are integral to this program. Four optional concentrations are available.

Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll have access to in the Kinesiology program:

  • Complete 96 hours of community-based leadership or volunteer work.
  • Join the Faculty of Science Residence Learning Community to enhance your academic and social success.
  • Participate in hands-on learning experiences such as physical activity programming, fitness testing or injury assessment.
  • Work with hyper-realistic synthetic cadavers (the first of their kind in Canada) during Kinesiology labs.

Check out the Kinesiology Experience Guide.

 

2020 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies

 

Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*

 

students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2019/20

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)

Admissions

Format: full time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term)     OUAC code: UKP
Ontario High School Admission Requirements
  • Minimum admission range: low 80s.
  • Competitive admission range based on last year’s admitted students: high 80s.
  • English at 60%.
  • Biology at 70%.
  • One of 3M Functions, 3U Functions and Relations, or any 4U Mathematics at 60%.
  • 4U Exercise Science recommended.
  • If students would like to pursue science electives at Laurier, we recommend Chemistry and/or Physics.
  • Biology and English are calculated in admission average.
Canadian Admission Requirements (Outside of Ontario)

Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.

International Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.

English-Proficiency Requirement

Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.

Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.

If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for Laurier applicants who have to prove English proficiency. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English- proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the LEAF program.

College Pathways

The Bachelor of Kinesiology is considered competitive and requires outstanding academic achievement in college courses and the required high school courses to be admissible. Space for transfer students is subject to availability based on the number and calibre of applicants. Transfer students will be admitted to first-year regardless of transfer credits awarded.

Other Admission Requirements

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for university students, indigenous applicants, mature learners, homeschooled applicants, senior citizens, refugees, and more. 

Program Options and Courses

Concentrations

In your third and fourth year, you may choose to focus your studies in one of four concentration areas:

  • Athletic Performance and Injury Management
  • Movement, Health and Development
  • Physical Activity Education and Promotion
  • Sport Development and Management

Options and Minors

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Biology Minor
  • Management Option
  • Psychology Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

Sample First-Year Courses

  • Biological Diversity and Evolution
  • Fundamental Movement Skills and Physical Literacy
  • Fundamentals of Motor Learning and Control
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Historical and Philosophical Foundations
  • Introduction to Psychology I
  • Introduction to Psychology II
  • Unifying Life Processes
  • 1.0 elective credits

Sample Electives

  • Balance, Posture and Gait
  • Neuromuscular Function in Exercise
  • Exercise Nutrition
  • Psychology of Injury Rehabilitation

Similar Programs

Co-op

Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, earn money, develop your network, and graduate with work experience.

You can apply for admission to co-op in your first year and may be eligible for an admission interview early in your second year. As a student in this program, you will be eligible to complete paid work terms lasting 12 to 16 weeks.

Interested? Learn more about co-op.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.

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"I love how close-knit this program is! I can walk through the concourse and see someone in Kinesiology and not be afraid to smile and wave at them or strike up a conversation. I was told that the Kinesiology program was like a big family and I can definitely confirm that!"

Taylor Laister, Kinesiology graduate

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"I would recommend this program to anyone looking to pursue a career in the world of kinesiology because I feel it would be hard to find anywhere else that offers such passionate professors that truly care about your learning."

Daniel Grisebach, Kinesiology graduate

Your Career Awaits

Graduates of our program can be found working as occupational and physical therapists, teaching in schools throughout the province, practicing as physicians, chiropractors and registered kinesiologists, following careers in sports administration, in personal fitness training or as first responders, or building businesses for themselves.

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • activities/athletics director
  • biomechanical engineer
  • coach/assistant
  • exercise physiologist
  • fitness/athletic trainer
  • sports marketing
  • nutritionist/dietitian
  • firefighter, paramedic, police officer

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

"I got involved with Kin Kouncil, which is a student-run council for those that are in the Kinesiology program. Being apart of this allowed me to connect with the professors a little more and put on events for the Kin student body."

Timothy Lytle, Kinesiology graduate

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.