Academic Calendar 2023/24


Bachelor of Kinesiology degree

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 careers. In particular, the Exercise Science specialization prepares students for registration as a practicing Kinesiologist, graduate school, and/or professional school (such as physiotherapy, medicine or chiropractics). The Pedagogy specialization prepares students for entrance into a teacher certification program, graduate school, and careers as a coach or personal trainer.

Entrance requirements

Note: The following requirements are in effect for student entering in Fall 2024. Students applying to enter prior to Fall 2024 should refer to the entrance requirements in the 2022/23 Academic Calendar.

Option 1: Secondary school (for students with secondary school graduation only)

In order to be admitted to the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program, applicants must have completed the following requirements (see Note 1):

  1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
  2. English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 with a minimum grade of C+ (see Note).

    Note: Students may also present English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, AP English, or IB English A (standard level or higher level), or out-of-province equivalent.

  3. One of Statistics 12, Foundations of Mathematics 12, or Pre-calculus 12 with a minimum grade of C.
  4. One of Anatomy and Physiology 12, Biology 12, Chemistry 12, or Physics 12 with a minimum grade of C+ (see Note).

    Note: Students following the Exercise Science specialization will need to meet the prerequisites for BIO 111.

  5. Physical and Health Education 11 and/or 12 recommended, or participation in athletic or recreational physical activity.

Option 2: University entrance (for students who have attended some post-secondary school)

In order to be admitted to the second year of the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program, applicants must have completed the following requirements:

  1. One of KIN 163 or KIN 170 with a minimum grade of C+.
  2. English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 with a minimum grade of C+ (see Note); or completion of ENGL 105 or CMNS 125 with a minimum grade of C-.

    Note: Students may also present English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, AP English, or IB English A (standard level or higher level), or out-of-province equivalent.

  3. One of Statistics 12, Foundations of Mathematics 12, or Pre-calculus 12 with a minimum grade of C; or completion of one of STAT 104, STAT 106, or PSYC 110.
  4. An additional 12 university-level credits (either KIN or non-KIN) with an overall GPA of 2.33.

Option 3: Departmental discretionary admission

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. The Kinesiology department will exercise its discretion in such cases with respect to conditional 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.

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.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.

When to apply

Application dates for specific intake applications:

Semester First day to apply Application deadline
Fall (September) October 1 January 31
Winter (January) May 1 August 31
Summer (May) October 1 December 31

How to apply

  1. Apply online at

    Additional documents required for a complete application:

    • For second-year university entrance, Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) from all post-secondary institutions attended (excluding UFV) showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.
    • For direct entry from secondary school, students must submit an official secondary school transcript if they have graduated. For students currently in Grade 12, final grades are due August 3.
  2. Upon admission to the program applicants will be provided with a registration information package. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section) and will be applied toward tuition fees.

Basis for admission decision

  1. Applicants must meet the minimum standard for entry.
  2. Applicants who qualify will be offered seats in order (from highest to lowest) of one of the following:
    • For secondary school entrance, an admission GPA calculated on the three required courses above.
    • For university entrance, a cumulative GPA based on all university credits attempted.
  3. Applicants who do not meet the minimum standard may be admitted to Qualifying Studies.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section.

Program duration

The Bachelor of Kinesiology program can be completed in four years of full-time study, with students taking 10 courses per calendar year.


The Human Performance Centre is located on the Chilliwack campus at the Canada Education Park. Courses are offered in Abbotsford and Chilliwack. All students should expect to travel between campuses during their program.


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.

Program requirements

To qualify for the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree, students must meet the following requirements:

  • 120 total credits
  • 48 upper-level credits, including at least 38 upper-level KIN credits (including core) (see Notes 1 and 2)
  • Core course requirements (49 credits)
  • One area of specialization in Kinesiology, declared by the completion of 60 credits (see Note 3) (18–22 credits)
  • Literacy requirement (3 credits)
  • Numeracy requirement (3–4 credits)
  • Breadth requirements (12 credits of non-KIN courses)

Note 1: Any 300- and 400-level courses are acceptable for the remaining 10 upper-level credits, including additional KIN courses. Depending on which professional program and institution students are applying to, admission requirements can include specific Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics, and/or Psychology courses. Students should consult the Kinesiology program advisor to be certain that their choice of electives provides the proper requirements to fit their career choice.

Note 2: Many upper-level courses require lower-level prerequisites; students are advised to plan and select electives carefully.

Note 3: Students who fail to declare a specialization by 60 credits will have registration in further courses blocked. Students may only choose one specialization.

Program outline

Core courses: 49 credits

Course Title Credits
One of: (see Note) 3
KIN 103 Concepts of Physical Fitness  
KIN 121 Physical Literacy  
KIN 160 Contemporary Health Issues  
KIN 161 Introduction to Kinesiology 3
KIN 163 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 4
KIN 170 Basic Human Anatomy 4
KIN 215 Introduction to Biomechanics 3
KIN 260 Topics in Human Nutrition 3
KIN 261 Sociocultural Aspects of Physical Activity and Sport 3
KIN 266 Exercise and Sport Psychology 3
KIN 268 Introduction to Motor Learning and Control 3
KIN 270 Human Physiology I 4
KIN 272 Human Physiology II 4
KIN 301 Research Methods in Kinesiology 3
KIN 365 Physical Growth and Motor Development 3
KIN 481 Applied Ethics for Health Sciences 3
KIN 401 Undergraduate Thesis I 3
or KIN 455 Professional Experience in Kinesiology  

Note: Students planning on the Pedagogy specialization must take KIN 121. Students planning on the Exercise Science or Active Health specialization must choose either KIN 103 or KIN 160.

Active Health specialization: 18-19 credits

The Active Health specialization provides preparation for students who are pursuing careers in health and wellness, specifically community health and fitness, athletic therapy, sports psychology, and fitness management and recreation, and those planning to continue onto graduate school.

Course Title Credits
BUS 100 Introduction to Business 3
KIN 360 Health Programming Across the Lifespan 3
KIN 362 Theoretical Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 366 Applied Counselling Skills for Fitness Professionals 3
KIN 465 Adapted Physical Activity 3
One of: 3-4
KIN 350 Stress and Chronic Disease  
KIN 371 Introduction to Athletic Injuries  
KIN 451 Program Planning for Health Promotion  
KIN 462 Advanced Exercise Testing and Prescription  
KIN 463 Advanced Clinical Exercise Therapy  

Exercise Science specialization: 21–22 credits

The Exercise Science specialization provides preparation for students who are pursuing careers as a practicing Kinesiologist or Exercise Specialist, those planning to go to graduate school, and/or 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.

Course Title Credits
BIO 111 Introductory Biology I 5
KIN 362 Theoretical Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 363 Lab-Based Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 462 Advanced Exercise Testing and Prescription 4
KIN 463 Advanced Clinical Exercise Therapy 3
One of: 3–4
KIN 350 Stress and Chronic Disease  
KIN 371 Introduction to Athletic Injuries  
KIN 435 Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics  
KIN 460 Macronutrients: Applications to Sport and Disease  
KIN 461 Vitamins and Minerals: Applications to Sport and Disease  
KIN 470 Pathophysiology  

Pedagogy specialization: 19–20 credits

The Pedagogy specialization provides preparation for those pursuing careers in instructional settings in both the public and private domain, such as teacher education, graduate school, coaching, and recreational/leisure settings.

Course Title Credits
KIN 122 Teaching Team Sport and Games 4
KIN 221 Instructional Design and Analysis of Physical Education and Sport Programs 3
KIN 302 Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education 3
KIN 360 Health Programming Across the Lifespan 3
KIN 451 Program Planning for Health Promotion 3
One of: (see Note 1) 3–4
KIN 222 Teaching Fitness and Lifestyle Recreation  
KIN 322 Teaching Dance and Gymnastics  
KIN 323 Teaching Outdoor Leadership  

Note 1: Students planning to enter into a teacher education program for the purpose of obtaining teacher certification in Secondary Physical Education must complete KIN 122, 222, 322, and 323. Students should plan accordingly.

Note 2: Students who are intending to teach at the elementary, middle, or secondary level may require a second teachable area. These students should consult with an Advisor to make sure that they have the proper requirements for entry into a teacher education program. EDUC 200 and 300 are strongly recommended for those pursuing teaching.

Note 3: Students pursuing Personal Training may also wish to pursue a Business minor.

Literacy requirement: 3 credits

Course Title Credits
ENGL 105 Academic Writing 3
or CMNS 125 Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences  

Numeracy requirement: 3–4 credits

Course Title Credits
One of: 3–4
STAT 104 Introductory Statistics  
STAT 106 Statistics I  
PSYC 110 Applied Statistical Analysis in Psychology (see Note)  

Note: Students pursuing a Biology minor should be aware that PSYC 110 does not satisfy the requirements of that program.

Breadth requirements: 12 credits

Course Title Credits
  12 credits of non-KIN at the 100 level or higher 12

Minors in other programs

Students 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.

Transfer credit

Total transfer and prior learning credit into the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree must not exceed 90 credits.

Program continuance

Students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.00 for continuance in the program. In addition, a minimum CGPA of 2.00 must be maintained in the upper-level courses when considered separately.

Undergraduate continuance

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or higher) 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).

Course repetition

Students may not 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.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Students may receive credit for learning from previous studies or learning through experience. Credit for courses in the program can be obtained through articulated course transfer credit, challenge exams, or portfolio assessment.

Contact the department for more information regarding Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition.

Course withdrawal deadlines

Course withdrawal deadlines follow UFV's Course Withdrawal policy (81).


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 readmission. Students who do not attend courses in the program for one year must also apply for readmission.

Graduation requirements

Students are responsible for ensuring they are eligible to graduate, and should regularly consult with an Academic Advisor. To be eligible to graduate, students must have completed the Bachelor of Kinesiology program with a minimum program GPA of 2.00.

Students must apply for graduation in the first month of their final semester. Visit the Graduation webpage for more information. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the June Convocation ceremony is April 1 of each year, with all program requirements completed by April 30.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

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