The Bachelor of Kinesiology degree provides both breadth and depth of knowledge in understanding the field of kinesiology, and prepares students to pursue a variety of career options. In particular, the Exercise Science option prepares students for registration as a kinesiologist, graduate school, and/or professional school (such as physiotherapy, medicine or chiropractics). The Pedagogy option prepares students for careers as a coach, personal trainer, or entrance into a teachers certification program.
The first year of the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program has a limited number of seats, and accepts students through a competitive entry process.
Note 1: Students who are upgrading to meet entrance requirements must provide proof of upgrading to OReg at the time of application.
Note 2: Students following the Exercise Science option will need to meet the prerequisite for BIO 111.
Note 3: Students following the Pedagogy option are highly recommended to take PE 11 and/or PE 12, or demonstrate athletic or recreational physical activity.
In order to be admitted to the second year of the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program, applicants must have completed the following requirements:
The Kinesiology department will consider applicants with relevant experience, even though they may not possess the required GPA, course grades, or course currency necessary for entry into the degree program. Students may be required to complete one or more lower-level courses to satisfy any course deficiencies. Applicants must meet the Degree/diploma level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirement section of the calendar. The Kinesiology department will exercise its discretion in such cases with respect to acceptance into the program.
Note: Students must contact the Kinesiology department for further information regarding eligibility and a written statement of permission to apply under this option.
Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.
Application dates for specific intake applications:
|Semester||First day to apply||Recommended application deadline|
|Fall (September)||October 1||January 31|
|Winter (January)||May 1||August 31|
|Summer (May)||October 1||December 31|
1. Apply online at ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply.
2. Upon admission to the program you will be provided with a registration information package. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section). This money will be applied toward tuition fees. Final payment of all course fees is due at the end of the second week of classes.
There are a limited number of seats available in the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program. Acceptance into the Kinesiology program will be determined through a first-come first-serve basis, assuming entrance requirements are met. Applicants must meet the Degree/diploma level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirement section of the calendar. Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application is complete including all required documentation. Please refer to the specific entrance requirements outlined above in Option 1 (High school entrance) and Option 2 (University entrance).
See the Fees and Other Costs section.
The Human Performance Centre is located on the Chilliwack campus at the Canada Education Park. Courses are offered in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Mission. All students should expect to travel between campuses during their program.
Total transfer and prior learning credit into the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree must not exceed 90 credits.
A student must maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.0 for continuance in the program. In addition, a minimum CGPA of 2.0 must be maintained in the upper-level courses when considered separately.
Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).
Students cannot register for a course more than twice without department permission. A maximum of six upper-level repeats are permitted. Where a course has been repeated, only the higher grade is counted in the GPA calculation.
Students who have been admitted to a program at UFV and who do not register in the first semester, or who withdraw completely in the first semester of attendance, must apply for re-admission. Students who do not attend courses in the program for one year must also apply for re-admission.
Students may receive credit for learning from previous studies or learning-through-experience. Credit for courses in the program can be obtained through:
Contact the department for more information regarding Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition.
Course withdrawal deadlines follow UFV's Course Withdrawal policy (81).
A prerequisite is a requirement which must be met before a student enters a course or program. A D grade does not, unless otherwise stated, meet a prerequisite requirement. Students who do not have the stated prerequisite may not register in a course having these requirements without the permission of the instructor.
Please refer to graduation requirements.
The Bachelor of Kinesiology degree requires the completion of at least 120 credits applicable to the KPE program plan, of which a minimum of 48 credits must be at the upper-level (300/400). Within the 120 credits, students must complete 36 university-level credits (including 12 upper-level credits) outside of the KPE course offerings. A minimum program GPA of 2.0 is necessary to graduate.
Students must complete either the exercise science (option 1) or the pedagogy option (option 2) to complete their degree.
Students must complete all of the KPE core courses, 13 or 14 credits of KPE electives (depending on the chosen option), and a minimum of 36 university-level credits (including at least 12 upper-level credits) outside of the Kinesiology course offerings.
Note: Selection of these courses must be done in consultation with the KPE department or an Advisor to insure that they meet the requirements of the student's career ambition.
Core course requirements (required courses: 44 credits of KPE plus 6-7 credits of breadth requirements - see below)
|KPE 161||Introduction to Kinesiology||3|
|KPE 163||Biodynamics of Physical Activity||4|
|KPE 170||Basic Human Anatomy||4|
|KPE 215||Introduction to Biomechanics||3|
|KPE 261||Socio-cultural Aspects of Physical Activity||3|
|KPE 266||Exercise and Sport Psychology||3|
|KPE 268||Introduction to Motor Learning and Control||3|
|KPE 270||Human Physiology I||4|
|KPE 362||Theoretical Exercise Physiology||3|
|KPE 366||Applied Counselling Skills for Fitness Professionals||3|
|KPE 370||Human Physiology II||4|
|KPE 371||Introduction to Athletic Injuries||4|
|KPE 450C||Undergraduate Thesis I|
|or KPE 455||Professional Experience in Kinesiology||3|
|Literacy||ENGL 105 or CMNS 100-level or higher||3|
|Numeracy||One of STAT 104, STAT 106, or PSYC 110, or equivalent||3-4|
Total: 50-51 credits
The exercise science option provides preparation for those pursuing careers as a registered kinesiologist, those planning to go to graduate school, or for those who are using their kinesiology degree in preparation for admittance to a professional program such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy, medicine or chiropractics.
Mandatory course work: 20 credits
|BIO 111||Introductory Biology I||5|
|BIO 112||Introductory Biology II||5|
|KPE 301||Research Methods in Kinesiology||3|
|KPE 435||Ergonomics/Occupational Biomechanics||3|
|KPE 462||Advanced Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription||4|
KPE electives: 14 credits
Students must complete 14 KPE credits, 10 of which must be upper-level credit, and must include one course with a lab (4 credits).
Non-KPE electives: 36 credits
Credits must be taken from Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics and/or Psychology and must include at least 12 credits at the upper-level. Please note that depending on what professional program and institution you are applying to, admission requirements can include specific Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics and/or Psychology courses. Please consult an Advisor to be certain that your choice of electives provides you with the proper requirements to fit your career choice.
The pedagogy option provides preparation for those pursuing careers in instructional settings in both the public and private domain. Although many graduates from this option will pursue a teaching credential, many others will find opportunities in community recreation facilities as instructors, personal trainers or administrators (depending on the electives chosen).
Mandatory course work: 21 credits
|KPE 103||Active Health||3|
|KPE 160||Contemporary Health Issues||3|
|KPE 221||Instructional Design and Analysis of PE and Sport Programs||3|
|KPE 302||Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education||3|
|KPE 360||Concepts in Health Promotion and Health Education||3|
|KPE 365||Physical Growth and Motor Development||3|
|Plus one of: (see Note)||3|
|KPE 220C||Teaching Swimming and Track and Field|
|KPE 220D||Teaching Basketball and Volleyball|
|KPE 220E||Teaching Dance and Gymnastics|
Note: Those hoping to enter a teacher education program following their undergraduate degree for the purpose of obtaining teacher certification in Secondary Physical Education will be required to have taken ALL of the activity courses. Students should plan accordingly.
KPE electives: 13 Credits
Students must complete 13 KPE credits, 10 of which must be upper-level credit, and must include one course with a lab (4 credits).
Non-KPE electives: 36 Credits
Courses may be selected from any field of study that supports your career
objective. Out of the 36 credits, 12 credits must be at the upper-level. Please
note that if you are intending to teach at the elementary, middle or secondary
level, a second teachable area may be required. Please consult with an
Advisor to make sure that you have the proper requirements for entry
into a Teacher Education Program or PDP. Education 200 and 300 are strongly
recommended for those pursuing teaching; those pursuing Personal Training may
wish to pursue a Business Minor.
A student completing requirements for the Bachelor of Kinesiology may combine this with the requirements for any of the existing minors or Arts extended minors offered at UFV, with the exception of the Biology extended minor. In such cases, the transcript will specify both the Bachelor of Kinesiology and extended minor or minor program completed. Examples of such minors include those in Arts (see this section for a listing of Arts minors), Science (Biology for Kinesiology students, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics), Business Administration (see this section for the Business minor), and Criminal Justice. For examples of Arts extended minors, please see this section for the listing.
In order to complete the degree in a timely fashion, students wishing to combine the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree with any minor and/or Arts extended minor (except Biology extended minor) must seek approval of the appropriate program advisors. Students should be aware that if they choose to fulfill the requirements of both the Kinesiology degree and a minor or an Arts extended minor, they will most likely need to complete more than 120 credits in order to meet all requirements, and that they will need to meet the graduation/program requirements for both the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree and the selected minor or extended minor.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.