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Kinesiology

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Honours Bachelor of Applied Science
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Diploma In Fitness and Health Promotion

Why study Kinesiology at UofGH?

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Transfer Credit for Previous Postsecondary Education

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Located in Toronto

Live & Study in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Study In + Explore Toronto

Toronto is a dynamic place to live and learn. The Greater Toronto Area is home to approximately 5.4 million people, one-sixth of Canada’s population; nearly half of that population is made up of residents from around the world.

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3 million people live in the City of Toronto

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Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world

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More than 140 languages & dialects are spoken in Toronto

Attending university in Canada’s cultural, economic and business centre will play an essential role in your program opportunities.

Our campus is serviced by four transit systems that link you to urban and rural destinations.

Explore Toronto and get to know its 140 neighbourhoods! Visit local tourist attractions including the CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Kensington Market, Scotiabank Arena, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Zoo, St. Lawrence Market, Distillery District and Niagara Falls (two hours away).

Where else can you experience festivals celebrating food, music and people from other countries within a few city blocks? Your choices for recreation off campus are unlimited with large- and small-scale facilities and venues for sports, music, theatre and art.

Focused Academic Program

As a transfer student, complete your degree in two and a half calendar years. With your degree, you are eligible to pursue 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. Confidently apply yourself in any environment, such as health promotion, fitness, rehabilitation, coaching and research.

Earn additional workplace experience.

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.

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.

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 year 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.

First-year Courses

  • 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
  • Practicum

Note: First-year courses and the Kinesiology program plan may be subject to change.

Transfer Pathways

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
  • Fitness and Lifestyle Management (Note: Certificate of the same name not accepted.)
  • Health, Wellness and Fitness

Experiential Learning

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You can complete 87 to 241 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 goals through a personal training placement. Off campus, you will be placed with an organization offering applied experience.

In your fourth year, choose an off-campus placement with an independent research study or complete a thesis project in a lab setting.

Past placements include:

  • NeuroChangers Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Athletic and varsity programs
  • Cardiac rehabilitation facilities
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Corporate wellness departments
  • Multidisciplinary clinics
  • Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
  • SickKids Hospital
  • Peel District School Board
  • YMCA

Sample Careers + Further Education

  • Registered Kinesiologist
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • Health Promotions Manager
  • Occupational Health, Wellness and Abilities Advisor
  • Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Research Associate
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Arts in Health Promotion
  • Chiropractic College
  • Naturopathic College
  • Medical School
  • School of Dentistry

Note: Some careers and entry into further education may require additional study.

Denny

Denny T.
Kinesiology alumnus, graduated 2019
Interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Education 

“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.”

  • Personal Trainer, Humber Fitness Centre
  • Research associate, Soka Education Research Initiative on Global Citizenship
  • Study Abroad, Japan and Singapore
  • Entrance Scholarship
 

Opportunities

Research as an undergraduate

If research interests you, get to know the many research opportunities inside and outside of class. Get paid and do 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

The City Law School (LLB)

The University of Guelph-Humber and The City Law School, City, University of London have partnered to offer you a prime law school opportunity. Earn a senior status law degree in only two years following completion of your honours degree.

Study Abroad

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 outdoor classrooms in Odense where children interact with nature: an example of Denmark’s unique contribution to child development
  • Learning about a philosophy of well-being and global citizenship in Japan
  • Exploring the interplay between sport, health and culture in New Zealand’s Australasian society
  • Understanding freedom of speech through the examples set in the Netherlands and Denmark
  • Heading to the Galápagos Islands and inland Ecuador to study “eco-psychology” - the attitudes, perceptions and behaviour of people toward the environment
  • Visiting areas of historical/cultural significance in Ireland to interact with academics, community groups, and agencies involved in governance, democracy and human rights

Get Involved!

Societies

Societies are related to our seven academic programs and offer a realm of activities outside of class with a focus on your field of interest. They can help you develop leadership skills, gain professional experience and network. The Kinesiology Society is very active!

Agora Fellowship

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 Assistant Vice-Provost 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 Initiative on Global Citizenship

Join the Soka Education Research Initiative on Global Citizenship: a global, undergraduate, research project—the first of its kind in the world—led by Family and 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 Associate to present study results at professional symposiums.

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