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 an enhanced 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.

Program highlights

  • Get hands-on experience in class. 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.

Discover if Kinesiology is right for you.


What will you learn?

First-year courses

You'll take a mix of courses from the Faculty of Health and the Faculty of Science to give you the foundations for your upper-year classes.

After first year, about half of the classes you’ll take will be Kinesiology courses.

Learn about courses you'll take for your Bachelor of Kinesiology degree.

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.


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megaphone icon"Kinesiology was the perfect preparation for my career as a physiotherapist. The variety of courses and learning opportunities is incredible. This helped me explore so many things and gave me a well-rounded understanding of the human body."Surabhi, Kinesiology graduate
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

Kinesiology admission requirements

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

  • Any 4U English (minimum final grade of 70%)
  • Advanced Functions or Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70%)
  • Any two of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (minimum final grade of 70%)

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

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How to apply?

Apply directly to this program on your application.

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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, or careers?

Please email Pamela Hurvid, our Faculty of Health recruitment co-ordinator, who can answer any questions you have.

Pamela Hurvid Health Recruitment Coordinator


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