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Academic standing and degree requirements

Grading regulations

Standing

Overall standing will be determined at the end of each academic term. This standing will be based on the cumulative average (CAV) of all courses taken at the University while enrolled in the Faculty (whether passed or failed). Please read the Undergraduate Calendar for official "Standing Regulations".

To recognize outstanding academic achievement, the Faculty has established the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Term Dean's Honours List. To be included on the Dean's Honours List, at the end of each academic term,  the student must be registered in at least 2.0 units per term and must achieve a minimum Overall Term Average of 80.0%. Please read the Undergraduate Calendar for official "Dean's Honours' Regulations".

Grade Decision of INC, NMR, or DNW

Grades Reported on Transcript & Grade Report

Fulfilling degree requirements

The requirements for the Honours BSc are 20 units. Option or Minor requirements may result in more than 20 units. Specific requirements are outlined in the Undergraduate Calendar. Always follow the Calendar degree requirements from the year that you entered the program.

Grade requirements

Honours: A cumulative overall average of 63% and a major cumulative average (Kinesiology courses only) of 67% is required.

General: A cumulative overall average of 53% and a major cumulative average (Kinesiology courses only) of 60% is required.

Time limit

Students entering the Kinesiology program directly from high school have 8 years from first registration to complete the program. If a student transfers into Kinesiology after completing a year in another program, that student has 7 years to complete the program.

Recommended course sequence for required courses

Courses in Kinesiology are not separate entities but closely linked to each other. Each course is based on what the student has learned before and what will be learned in subsequent courses. The recommended sequence of required courses has been developed so that students follow a logical, coherent, and conflict free program.

Choosing free electives

  • Consult the Undergraduate Calendar and view course descriptions.
  • Consult the Schedule of Classes to determine the term course is offered.
  • Students interested in continuing their education at professional schools after graduation should consult the Professional School Preparation web page when choosing courses.

English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE)

The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences requires that all students have a basic competency in written English in order to be successful in their university studies and to qualify for a degree.

The English Language Proficiency Examination (ELPE) is a diagnostic exam intended to determine the level of a student's ability in written English.

All students including transfer students entering the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences must write the English Language Proficiency Examination by the end of their second term. There are no exceptions and students must achieve a grade of 60 or higher to satisfy this requirement.

Students who do not achieve this grade must fulfill this requirement by the end of their 2B term in one of the following ways:

  • Re-Write the English Language Proficiency Examination and achieve a grade of 60 or higher OR
  • Successful completion of the work assigned by the UW Writing Centre OR 
  • Successful completion of a UW English course with a grade of 60 or better. Acceptable UW courses are ESL 102R, ENGL 109, 129R, 140R, 209, any 210 course, and 240R.  

ELPE is written during the student’s first term. Sittings of ELPE are also available prior to the start of the Fall, Winter, and Spring examination periods.

Notes:

  • Students are normally required to write the ELPE exam in December. Those who are unable to do so may write the exam in April.
  • Students can arrange a special sitting of the ELPE outside of the scheduled dates for an extra administration charge. Contact the Writing Centre directly.
  • Students who have not completed the English Language Proficiency Requirement by the end of second year will have their future registrations cancelled and will be allowed to proceed only after successful completion of this requirement.
  • A completed English Proficiency milestone on a student's academic record will indicate successful completion of this requirement.
  • Transfer credits can not be used to satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement.

Residency requirement

Students must successfully complete all degree requirements within eight calendar years from the time students enter their program. A minimum of 50% of degree requirements must be completed through University of Waterloo courses. (See the Undergraduate calendar for official Residency Requirement).

Transfer credit policy

Courses to be transferred from a previously attended university or academic institution must be relevant to the Kinesiology program and roughly equivalent to University of Waterloo's courses. Only those courses in which a student has received 60% or better are eligible for transfer credit. The maximum number of courses which can be transferred is the equivalent of 10 units. For details see Transfer credit policy.