Discover the science of human movement

Help an Olympic hopeful recover from a torn ligament. Prevent workplace injuries by improving a company’s ergonomic standards. Give a child with cerebral palsy a better quality of life. Learn to prevent and treat movement-related illness and injury – and if you opt for the co-op stream, you can get 20 months of paid career experience along the way.

In addition to traditional science courses in biomechanics, neuroscience, and physiology, you’ll have four kinesiology-related minors and dozens of campus-wide minors to choose from. You can also include courses to prepare you for professional health programs such as medicine and physiotherapy.

Whatever direction you choose, Waterloo equips you with the tools you need to get there.

More than just lectures

Over half of your required courses include a lab component. You’ll gain the practical skills to understand movement problems that occur in sports, industry, rehabilitation, and fitness.

Study anatomy in depth

Waterloo is one of Canada’s first non-medical schools to house a School of Anatomy — giving you the chance to study anatomy on real human cadavers right in your first year.


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A hands-on program

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Brief CaseAvailable as a co-op and regular program

70+ lab coursesprogram-specific courses and labs for you to broaden your knowledge


Kinesiology admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Any 4U English (minimum final grade of 70%)
  • Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70%)
  • Chemistry (minimum final grade of 70%)
  • Physics or Biology (minimum final grade of 70%)

Admission averages: Regular: low 80s, Co-op: mid-80s

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First-year courses

September to December

  • KIN 104/KIN 104L - Fundamentals of Kinesiology/Laboratory
  • AHS 107 - Sociology of Activity, Health, and Well-being
  • BIOL 130 - Introductory Cell Biology
  • CHEM 120 - Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter
  • MATH 124 - Calculus and Vector Algebra for Kinesiology

January to April

After first year

About half of the classes you’ll take for your degree will be Kinesiology courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

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Sample upper-year courses

KIN 312Introduction to Movement Disorders
KIN 326Forensic Biomechanics
KIN 406 – Physiology of Muscle Aging and Disease
KIN 407 – Coronary Artery Disease – Prevention and Rehabilitation


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Co-op = relevant paid work experience

By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore different career areas and types of employers as your interests evolve.

Sample co-op job titles

  • Student ergonomist
  • Physiotherapy assistant
  • Health & safety program coordinator
  • Clinical research assistant
  • Chiropractic assistant
  • Outdoor education student

Sample co-op employers

  • Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre
  • Humantech Inc.
  • Kitchener Rangers
  • Regional Municipality of Peel
  • Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

Customize your degree

At the end of first year, you can choose to start one of the minors available within the program, such as

  • Ergonomics and Injury Prevention
  • Human Nutrition
  • Medical Physiology (a great choice if you’re thinking of medical school)
  • Rehabilitation Sciences (a great choice for physiotherapy, chiropractic, or other rehabilitation professional programs)

You can also include one of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular choices include Psychology, Human Resources Management, French, and Management Studies.

What can you do with a degree in kinesiology?

Graduates often pursue careers where they can help people, such as physiotherapy, chiropractic, ergonomics, health and safety, exercise management, nutrition, research, and by working in clinical settings such as hospitals or health centres.

Sample careers

  • Orthopaedic Surgeon – MSK Centre
  • Ergonomist – General Motors of Canada
  • Physiotherapist – McMaster University, Health Services
  • Occupational Therapist – 1 to 1 Rehab
  • Pedorthic Technician – Bioped Footcare Centres
  • Respiratory Therapist – Alberta Health Services
  • Chiropractor – Evolve Massage & Wellness

Learn about the future of careers in health and helping professions.

Further education

While the full range of further education depends on your personal interests and goals, graduates often choose professional and graduate programs in medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, biomechanics, anatomy, and neuroscience.

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