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Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Kinesiology
Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion
Why study Kinesiology at UofGH?
Degree + Diploma
Transfer Credit for Previous Postsecondary Education
Located in Toronto
Focused Academic Program
As a transfer student, complete your degree in two and a half calendar years. All Kinesiology transfer students begin in May (spring) with six courses during the "bridge semester"—three courses May/June and three courses July/August—then transition into the third year of the four-year program in the fall.
With your degree, you are eligible to pursue several professional industry designations such as Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario; Certified Personal Trainer; Certified Exercise Physiologist; and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Confidently apply yourself in any environment, such as health promotion, fitness, rehabilitation, coaching and research.
- Leading-edge labs are integrated into every year of study that enhance your learning of anatomy (working with human cadavers), exercise prescription, biomechanics, fitness assessment and more.
- You will take at least two practicum courses, focusing on current industry trends to gain hands-on experience in an area of interest. Courses include Functional Ability Evaluation; Athletic Bandaging and Taping Techniques; Martial Arts for Group Fitness Training; and Forensic Kinesiology.
- Earn additional workplace experience.
- In your final year, you have the choice between an independent research study or a thesis project.
Learn how the body works, how to make it work better, what causes health issues and how to prevent illness. Develop a strong scientific and theoretical background and apply this knowledge to healthy populations, elite athletes, individuals with chronic diseases and people with physical challenges. Confidently apply yourself in any environment, such as health promotion, fitness, rehabilitation, coaching and research.
In the first two years of the program, you learn the fundamentals of the human body. Learn anatomy in a human cadaver lab in your first year: a rare undergraduate experience.
Labs extend your classroom content through applied techniques and hands-on lessons. They are integrated into every semester of study and enhance your learning experience of anatomy, exercise prescription, biomechanics, fitness assessment and more.
You will take at least four practicum courses, focusing on current industry trends to gain hands-on experience in an area of interest. Courses include Functional Ability Evaluation; Athletic Bandaging and Taping Techniques; Martial Arts for Group Fitness Training; and Forensic Kinesiology.
In the third and fourth years, your courses focus on performance and clinical applications of exercise and nutrition theory.
With your degree, you are eligible to pursue the following designations with several professional organizations such as Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario; Certified Personal Trainer; Certified Exercise Physiologist; and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
- Biochemistry & Metabolism I
- Cell Biology
- Health Counselling & Behaviour Change
- Human Anatomy I
- Human Anatomy II
- Human Physiology I
- Introduction to Health & Wellness
- Introductory Mathematics for Kinesiology
Note: First-year courses and the Kinesiology program overview may be subject to change.
College Block Credit Transfer Pathway
Our college block credit transfer pathways allow you to move seamlessly with your college diploma into our honours degree program.
If you have completed one of the following two-year diplomas at a recognized Ontario college, with a minimum cumulative average of 75%, then you are eligible to receive 5.0 transfer credits (equivalent to approximately one year of study):
- Fitness and Health Promotion
- Health, Wellness and Fitness
Off-campus Placement 1
Off-campus Placement 1
Off-campus Placement 2
Off-campus Placement 2
You can complete 87 to 241 placement hours during your final two years.
All students have an on-and off-campus placement in third-year. On campus, you will work one-on-one with a client to help reach their fitness and health goals. Off campus, you will work with a business/organization offering applied experience.
In your fourth year, choose one of two options: (a) a second off-campus placement with an independent research study or (b) complete a research thesis project in a lab setting.
Past placements include:
- Athletic and varsity programs
- Cardiac rehabilitation facilities
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
- Corporate wellness departments
- Multidisciplinary clinics (e.g., UHN & CBI)
- NeuroChangers Neurological Rehabilitation
- SickKids Hospital
- Various school boards
- Wellspring (Cancer Support Network)
Note: You will be required to complete a First Aid/CPR certificate and may be required to complete a VSS and documentation of immunization prior to placement.
Take a look at the courses you will take when you transfer into the Kinesiology program. Course scheduling is subject to change.
Sample Careers + Further Education
- Registered Kinesiologist
- Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
- Certified/Clinical Exercise Physiologist
- Health Promotion Manager
- Certified Pedorthist
- Occupational Health, Wellness & Abilities Advisor
- Rehabilitation Therapist
- Research Associate
- Wellness Coordinator
- Master of Science in Physical Therapy
- Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
- Bachelor of Education
- Bachelor of Nursing
- Master of Science
- Master of Public Health
- Master of Arts in Health Promotion
- Master of Science in Genetic Counselling
- Chiropractic College
- Naturopathic College
- Medical School
- School of Dentistry
Note: Some careers and entry into further education may require additional study.
Completing his PhD, University of Guelph
“I can say that just about every class from my time at Guelph-Humber provided me with a tool or skill that I have used during my research career.”More about Jordan
Working as a Lab Assistant,
Department of Physical Therapy,
University of Toronto (as of profile date Sept 2020)
“What I love about Guelph-Humber are the experiential learning opportunities it offers. The thesis project allowed me to dip my toes into the research world, create something new and exciting while contributing to the study of biomechanics.”More about Joseph
Research as an undergraduate
If research interests you, get to know the many research opportunities inside and outside of class. Get paid to conduct research as a Research Assistant with instructors funded by the University’s Research Grant Fund.
- Apply classroom knowledge
- Develop skills in conducting experiments, research and data collection
- Contribute to research publications
A future in law
After graduation, take advantage of our partnerships to study law in England. Earn a senior status law degree (LLB) with The City Law School, City, University of London in just two years, or a Master of Law (LLM) through distance learning with the University of London in one to five years (full- or part-time).
- No LSAT
- Reduced tuition
Study in London, England, where the largest law firms in the world are located. The Graduate Entry LLB (Hons) program attracts students from all over the world—many from Canada. Follow in the footsteps of renowned alumni such as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.
Through instructor-guided study tours, you experience concepts discussed in class. Because all study abroad courses are partially subsidized by the University, the opportunities are within reach. You may also be eligible for a study abroad travel grant, ranging from $1,500 to $2,500.
Past highlights include:
- Going to nature and farm schools in Odense where children learn through nature: an example of Denmark’s unique contribution to child development
- Learning about Soka education—a philosophy of well-being and global citizenship in Japan
- Exploring the interplay between sport, health and culture in New Zealand’s Australasian society
- Immersing in the Italian food experience from production to consumption in Italy, including a visit to the world's first food theme park
- Heading to the Galápagos Islands and inland Ecuador to learn about human responses to the climate crisis—exploring environmental solutions led by scientists and local communities
- Visiting areas of historical/cultural significance in Ireland to interact with academics, community groups, and agencies involved in governance, democracy and human rights
Societies are related to our seven academic programs and offer a realm of activities outside of class. They can help you develop leadership skills, gain professional experience and network. The Kinesiology Society is very active! Check out our Clubs and Societies page.
Be a part of the Agora Fellowship: a select group of students who discuss ideas and themes from renowned books in a regular forum led by Dr. George Bragues. Build your extracurricular experience. Every year, the Fellowship takes a trip related to their current topics; destinations have included Boston, Montreal, New York and Washington.
Soka Education Research Centre on Global Citizenship
Join the Soka Education Research Centre on Global Citizenship: a global undergraduate research project—the first of its kind in the world—led by Community Social Services Program Head Dr. Paul Sherman. Explore how to nurture human potential and happiness for the greater benefit of humankind through the study of Soka (value-creating) education and global citizenship. Travel as a Research Assistant to present study results at professional symposiums.