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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


The Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) features a broad selection of core courses that reflect our integrated and multidisciplinary approach to the study of human movement, physical activity and sport, followed by opportunities to select from a wide range of elective courses and to choose one of four optional concentrations.

Core Courses

  • Sociocultural courses exploring historical and philosophical foundations and sociological examinations of physical activity, sport and the body.
  • Lab/tutorial-supported courses in human regional anatomy, human physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and control, and inferential statistics.

  • Foundational courses introducing you to key concepts in sport and exercise psychology, health and research methods.
  • Fundamental and applied movement-based courses actively exploring key concepts related to physical literacy and athlete development, as well as teaching and coaching physical activity and sport.

Concentrations and Elective Courses

Our program features four areas of concentration:

  • Health and Rehabilitation
  • Human Movement and Performance
  • Teaching, Coaching and Management
  • Physical Activity Promotion

Within these concentrations are Kinesiology elective courses, including:

  • Exercise Nutrition; Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription; Athletic Injuries
  • Psychology of Injury Rehabilitation; Applied Psychology of Sport and Performance
  • Behaviour Change and Physical Activity; Adapted Physical Activity
  • Children in Physical Activity; Aging, Physical Activity and Health
  • Ethics in Sport and Physical Activity; Modern Olympics; Canadian Sport History
  • Organization and Administration of Physical Activity; Marketing in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Advanced Biomechanics and Ergonomics; Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • Balance, Posture and Gait; Neuromuscular Function in Exercise
  • Research Thesis; Interdisciplinary Capstone Experience

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Laurier’s Kinesiology program is designed to expose you to learning inside and outside the classroom. During your studies you are required to complete two community-based leadership experience placements. Some courses will also require you to engage in practical, hands-on learning experiences such as physical activity programming, fitness testing or injury assessment.

"I would not trade my time spent at Laurier for anything in the world. I learned everything I set out to learn inside the classroom, but it was my time outside the classroom that I will never forget. During my four years there, I developed relationships both professional and personal that I know will last a lifetime, while learning more about myself than I ever thought possible."

– Daniel Grisebach (BSc '17)


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