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Bachelor of Kinesiology

This guide has been prepared with the information you need to successfully register for your first year at UFV. Please review the information provided on this page thoroughly before contacting your academic advisor with questions.


Program structure and requirements

Watch the recorded planning session or read the guide below.

In the Kinesiology program, you go well beyond the questions of how and why we move, and start to explore how we can optimize the human potential for health, performance, and overall wellness.

In your first and second year, you learn foundational topics such as human anatomy, sport psychology, biomechanics, and human nutrition, as well as physical activity, health, and fitness. You explore a variety of fields that may be of interest before choosing to specialize in exercise science, pedagogy, or active health.

In your third and fourth year, you develop skills for teaching and counselling athletes, and learn about athletic injuries, research methods, applied ethics, physiology, exercise testing, and exercise prescription.

Graduation requirements

  • 120 total credits
  • 48 upper-level credits, including at least 38 upper-level KIN credits (including core and specialization)
  • Core course requirements (49 credits)
  • One area of specialization in Kinesiology, declared by the completion of 60 credits (19-22 credits)
  • Literacy requirement (3 credits)
  • Numeracy requirement (3-4 credits)
  • Breadth requirements (12 credits of non-KIN courses)


The Bachelor of Kinesiology offers three program specializations:

This specialization prepares you: 

If you want to pursue a career as:

  • Kinesiologist
  • Personal Trainer/Exercise Physiologist

If you want to attend graduate school:

  • Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Kinesiology

If you need to prepare for admittance to a professional program:

  • Medicine
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Massage therapy
  • Occupational therapy

This specialization prepares you:


If you want to pursue careers in instructional settings:

  • Education/pedagogy and physical literacy
  • Community recreation facilities as instructors
  • Administrators
  • Coaching

If you need to prepare for admittance to: 

  • Teacher Education programs
  • Professional programs such as nutrition, rehabilitation studies
  • Graduate school (Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Education, Kinesiology, Leadership)

Note: You can tailor your electives to support your career goals by choosing disciplines such as: 


  • Business
  • Biology
  • Math
  • Geography
  • Psychology


This specialization prepares you:

If you want to pursue careers in instructional settings:

  • Community and corporate health and wellness
  • Personal training
  • Athletic therapy
  • Sports psychology
  • Community recreation

If you need to prepare for admittance to:

  • Athletic Therapy
  • Sports Psychology
  • Graduate school (Master’s and PhD degrees in Kinesiology related areas)



Where can I learn more about the program?

You can access a list of all approved and required courses for your program in two ways:


First time using MyGRADplan?

Visit MyGRADplan website to get login instructions and review tutorials. Specifically, you will want to learn about the 'What if' and 'Look ahead' features as they will be most helpful in your course planning.


Suggested course plans 

Download the recommended course plan for:


Next steps

Prepare for registration

Watch tutorials, review information on fee payment, important dates, and more.

Explore courses of interest

Find official course descriptions and outlines in the Academic Calendar.

Track your degree progress

Access your program audit & identify the requirements that are needed for graduation.


Still have questions?

Book an appointment with an academic advisor or email your questions to

If you are starting in the fall, book your next appointment prior to the winter registration (October).

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