Future undergraduates

Learn the science of human movement and develop skills and knowledge in three core areas: physiology, biomechanics, and neuroscience.

University of Waterloo Kinesiology is a program of firsts

Not only are we the world's first department of Kinesiology, we are also the first non-medical school in Canada to house a School of Anatomy. This means that you'll have the chance to study human anatomy using cadavers.

Since hands-on learning is one of the biggest components of our program, you'll have plenty of opportunities to gain practical experience in your field in your labs, through volunteering, and co-op jobs.

You'll also have the chance to learn from some of the most innovative professors in Kinesiology, like Dr. Richard Hughson, who works with NASA to help understand the effects of weightlessness on astronauts.


Kinesiology is a direct entry Bachelor of Science (BSc) program available through our co-op or regular system of study. You must choose regular or co-op when you apply. 

Opportunities to focus your studies:

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Graduate success

With your Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, you'll be well prepared for health-related careers, graduate studies, and health-profession programs, such as medicine, physiotherapy, chiropractic, and occupational therapy.

Over the past few years, here’s what our Kinesiology graduates have been up to one year after their graduation:

54% Professional or graduate programs

  • Physiotherapy

  • Chiropractic

  • Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Master's Programs: Biomechanics, Physiology, Nutrition, Neuroscience

42% Starting a career 

  • Neurophysiology technologist, University Health Network
  • Ergonomist, Honda Canada
  • Personal trainer, Swift Fitness
  • Clinical research assistant, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
  • Physiotherapy assistant, Riverside Health Care

4% Job searching or travelling  

Meet Kinesiology graduates

Check out profiles of Kinesiology grads to see what they did with their Kinesiology degrees and how they're making a difference today!

Your first year

The courses listed below will give you an idea of what your first year in Kinesiology at Waterloo is going to look like. First-year Kinesiology students can expect between 17 and 22 hours of class per week.


KIN 104, 104L* » Fundamentals of Kinesiology, Lab

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


KIN 100 » Human Anatomy: Limbs and Trunk

KIN 100L* » Human Anatomy Lab

KIN 146 » Introduction to Human Nutrition

BIOL 273 » Principles of Human Physiology 1

PSYCH 101 » Introductory Psychology

PHYS 111 » Physics 1 

*Lab is equivalent to 1/2 of a lecture course.

In your upper years, you can focus your Kinesiology courses in an area of specialization or select courses from different areas of the field. You can also use your electives to complement your program with courses from other disciplines. For a complete list of the courses you'll take throughout your degree, refer to the Undergraduate Calendar.