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Kinesiology

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. In Kinesiology, you’ll learn to prevent and treat movement-related illness and injury.

In addition to traditional science courses in biomechanics, neuroscience, and physiology, you’ll have 4 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 the required Kinesiology 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.

 

About the Kinesiology program

Brief CaseAvailable as a co-op and regular program

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CapEarn a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology

 

1stDepartment of Kinesiology in the world

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70+Kinesiology and lab courses for you to broaden your knowledge

 

Kinesiology admission requirements

  • Ontario students: 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses including 
    • 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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  • We recommend completing the Admission Information Form once you've applied.

Careers in kinesiology

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

  • Ergonomics & Safety Officer, Canada Post Corporation
  • Science Teacher, Thames Valley District School Board
  • Fitness Coordinator, City of Pickering
  • Ergonomics Consultant, Human Factors North Inc.
  • Chiropodist, Danforth Foot Clinic
  • Ergonomist, Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers Incorporated
 

Further education

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


First-year Kinesiology 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.

View all the courses required for your degree.

Sample upper-year Kinesiology courses

  • KIN 307 – Methods in Physiological Research
  • KIN 343 – Micronutrient Metabolism
  • KIN 406 – Physiology of Muscle Aging and Disease
  • KIN 407 – Coronary Artery Disease – Prevention and Rehabilitation
 

Customize your Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree

At the end of first year, you can choose to start one of the minors available within Kinesiology, 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 add other areas of interest by adding minors available to all Waterloo students


Gain relevant work experience through co-op

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

Sample co-op job titles

  • Student Ergonomist
  • Physiotherapy Internship
  • Kinesiologist Assistant
  • Co-op Exercise Therapist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Clinical Research Assistant

Sample co-op employers

  • Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Centre for Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Platinum Family Fitness
  • Elina Rehab Centre 
  • University of Waterloo
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
 

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