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Majors, minors and specializations

Your major

As a student in the BSc Honours Kinesiology program, your major is Kinesiology. Your required Kinesiology courses will provide an extensive investigation of the science of human movement including biomechanics, neuroscience and psychomotor behaviour, and physiology.

Adding a minor

You can further enhance your undergraduate studies in Kinesiology by complementing your major with a minor offered by the Department of Kinesiology, or from any other department within the University of Waterloo.

The Department of Kinesiology offers the following minors:

Though the requirements for a minor can change from year to year, upper year students can still follow the degree requirements list for any calendar from their first year and onwards. To find the requirements for earlier calendars select the appropriate year on the List of Undergraduate Studies Archived Calendars before finding the minor on the calendar.

If you started in Fall 2016 or earlier you can consider pursuing the Pre-Health Professions Option. For new students this has been replaced with the Medical Physiology Minor.

If you are interested in pursuing a minor, please contact your academic advisors and complete a Plan Modification/Internal Transfer Form (PDF).

Department of Kinesiology rule on triple counting

A student may anticipate taking a KIN course and using it towards their major and two minors (Eg. using KIN 404 to count towards three plans: the KIN major, the Rehabilitation Sciences Minor, and the Human Nutrition Minor), this is called triple counting.

Kinesiology does not allow triple counting of courses.

A course can only count towards two academic plans, meaning Kinesiology students hoping to obtain two Kinesiology minors may have to take a broader range of KIN courses to meet the requirements for each plan. If you have questions about this please contact your academic advisor.

Minors or options in other disciplines

If you are interested in pursuing a minor or option in an area other than Applied Health Sciences, e.g., psychology or biology, you should consult the Faculty sections of the Undergraduate Calendar to see if such a specialization is offered and which courses you would need to take as your electives to complete the requirements.

Normally, to add an option or minor offered by another department, you must declare the plan as indicated in the plan requirements, or no later than 3B if it is not specified, by completing a Plan Modification/Internal Transfer Form (PDF) and submitting it to your academic advisors.