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Kinesiology

Degree Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Location UOIT, North Oshawa
Start dates September
Length Four years
Program load Full-time
OUAC code DKN
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Kinesiology focuses on human movement and optimizing performance and quality of life. This comprehensive program covers the behavioural, biomechanical, physiological and psychosocial aspects of human health and performance. Knowledge is applied to several settings including rehabilitation, adapted physical activity, sport, exercise and general health in people of varying abilities. You will be prepared for provincial and national professional examinations.

General information

Kinesiology focuses on human movement and optimizing performance and quality of life. This comprehensive program covers the behavioural, biomechanical, physiological and psychosocial aspects of human health and performance. Knowledge is applied to several settings including rehabilitation, adapted physical activity, sport, exercise and general health in people of varying abilities. You will be prepared for provincial and national professional examinations.

Three specializations are offered:

Exercise Science

You will focus on exercise physiology, biomechanics, neuroscience and exercise rehabilitation.

Health and Wellness

You will study the psychosocial aspects of kinesiology, particularly areas such as health promotion, health policy and coaching.

Rehabilitation

An agreement between UOIT and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, located in Toronto, Ontario, enables qualified students to complete a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) degree with a major in Kinesiology, and a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree in seven years instead of eight.

Learning environment

You will have access to new, modern buildings, libraries and innovative labs including the Kinesiology Teaching Laboratory.


Additional information

Kinesiology on the Faculty of Heath Sciences website

Admission requirements

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U) with a minimum grade of 60 per cent, Biology (SBI4U), and one of Advanced Functions (MHF4U) or Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) or Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U). It is recommended that students applying to the Kinesiology major Exercise Science option also take Chemistry (SCH4U).

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.


Last year's cut-off 75 per cent
Expected cut-off Mid-70s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our admissions website:
Ontario secondary school applicants
Ontario secondary school graduates 
Canadian out-of-province high school applicants 
international applicants
mature applicants (over 21 and never attended post-secondary)
transfer applicants
General Arts and Science (GAS) applicants 
home-schooled applicants

Program curriculum

Courses include:

  • Altered Physiology
  • Clinical Biomechanics and Ergonomics (Exercise Science specialization)
  • Ethics in Kinesiology
  • Exploring Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (Health and Wellness specialization)
  • Health and Exercise Psychology
  • Human Motor Control and Learning
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Practical Human Anatomy (Rehabilitation specialization)

A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic CalendarCourses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning

Kinesiology students may pursue internship opportunities for one term or a full year. Working in the field of athletic therapy or exercise and rehabilitation, you are able to use skills you learned in the classroom and apply them to real-world experiences.

Examples of current placements:

  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • chiropractic and/or physiotherapy assistant
  • personal trainer
  • research projects involving exercise and special populations (e.g., cancer, depression)
  • special needs program assistant
  • sport-specific trainer
  • student therapist to a varsity sports team

Career opportunities

  • registered kinesiologist
  • certified exercise physiologist (CSEP-CEP)
  • certified personal trainer (CSEP-CPT)
  • coaching
  • ergonomics, workplace health and wellness
  • health promotion and public health co-ordinator
  • lifestyle counselling
  • medical equipment supply and consulting
  • professional programs such as medicine, occupational and physical therapy, and chiropractic
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