Discover the science of human movement

A group of Kinesiology students at the University of Waterloo.

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.

1st department of kinesiologyDepartment of Kinesiology in the world

70+ lab coursesProgram-specific courses and labs to broaden your knowledge

Brief CaseAvailable as a co-op and regular program


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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A hands-on program

Jyoti chose Waterloo because she wanted a hands-on degree where she could learn about anatomy before applying to med school.

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megaphone icon"The best thing about my program is hands-on learning. Labs teach you to apply your knowledge and develop practical skills. Professors involve students in research through co-op and volunteer positions – an amazing way to learn from passionate mentors"Vanessa, fourth-year Kinesiology student
megaphone icon"The program's strength is its multidisciplinary nature. By integrating physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, neuroscience, nutrition, and psychology, you get a comprehensive view of human health. You'll join a community focused on promoting healthy living."Nathania, fourth-year Kinesiology student
megaphone icon"There are so many opportunities for hands-on experience outside the classroom! You can dissect human cadavers, volunteer in research labs, or work with varsity athletes. My volunteer experiences were invaluable, and I made great friends along the way!"Emily, third-year Kinesiology student

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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.