Planning Your Degree

First and Second Year Courses

The first two years of the Human Kinetics program will provide you with an introduction to both the physics, mechanics and biology of human physiology and the social, cultural and economic factors influencing human health in society. To personalize your learning and focus on your interests, you will be encouraged to take courses that will contribute to a minor (e.g., in Psychology, Biology, Sociology, Women’s Studies) or take a variety of electives chosen from across subject boundaries.

While developing knowledge in the core subjects related to Human Kinetics is an important part of your first two years, understanding how to properly use that knowledge by conducting research, forming opinions and solutions and then communicating those solutions is critical to your success both in the program and beyond university. These transferable skills are a key part of program development in all of the core courses and are fostered by our program philosophy of encouraging active discussion and collaboration between faculty and students in and beyond the classroom.


ENGL — any first year English course
HMKN 100– (3) Healthy Lifestyles
HMKN 101– (3) Biomechanics
HMKN 105—(3) Canadian Health Care System
HMKN 190– (3) Functional Anatomy and Applied Physiology I
HMKN 191– (3) Functional Anatomy and Applied Physiology II
12 credits of general electives


HMKN 200– (3) Exercise Physiology I
HMKN 201– (3) Exercise Psychology
HMKN 202– (3) Human Motor Behaviour I
HMKN 203– (3) Lifespan Physical and Motor Development
HMKN 205– (3) Methods of Data Analysis
HMKN 206– (3) Health Research Methods
HEAL 200– (3) Determinants of Health
9 credits of general electives

Third and Fourth Year Courses

With the academic skills and grounding in concepts you have from your first two years, you are now ready to personalize your studies by entering one of our two concentrations. The third and fourth years of the program offer a variety of options to allow you to gain the depth of knowledge you need to move on to begin your career or to move on to further study. The concentrations combine a selection of core courses and the flexibility to choose electives that will help you explore academic and career interests that follow your passion.
Areas of Concentration

Clinical Exercise Physiology
The Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration focuses on incorporating exercise and activity education and skills into patient rehabilitation and recovery programs for the management of chronic diseases. The core of the program focuses on the advanced study of applied physiology and how exercise, movement and fitness intersect with disease, fatigue, and disability. Graduates of the program will understand exercise prescription and the physiological role of activity in health promotion.

Occupational titles include kinesiologist, exercise therapist, clinical exercise physiologist, and personal trainer among others. These individuals often work in conjunction with other health care providers, such as physiotherapists. They work in hospitals, health centres, long term care facilities and other clinical settings.

Health Promotion
The Health Promotion concentration takes a preventive approach to studying the concepts of active living and lifestyle management in individuals and communities. The core of the concentration focuses on the role of nutrition, exercise programs and the role of informal activity in population health promotion.

Students and graduates will have opportunities to work in conjunction with other health professionals and community services to provide a holistic approach to health. This area of study is aimed at improving the health of communities and reducing the reliance on the health care system. The promotion of active living throughout the lifespan, particularly in youth and senior populations, is a focus and priority.

Occupational titles in Community Health Promotion include Health Promotion Program Officer, Health Care Consultant, Corporate Health Programmer, Health Educator, Lifestyle Coach, and Active Living Coordinator, among others.


Clinical Exercise Physiology

HMKN 310– (3) Exercise Physiology II
HMKN 311– (3) Exercise Prescription
HMKN 312– (3) Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Science or HMKN 315 Laboratory Techniques in Sensorimotor Neuroscience
HMKN 335– (3) Pathophysiology
6 credits of HMKN Electives at the 300 or 400 level
12 credits of electives

Health Promotion

HMKN 321– (3) Sport Psychology
HMKN 322– (3) Health Promotion I
HMKN 323– (3) Introduction to Nutrition
HMKN 303– (3) Health Program Evaluation
3 credits of HEAL elective coursework at the 300 or 400 level
3 credits of 300 or 400 level HMKN electives
12 credits of electives


Clinical Exercise Physiology

HMKN 401– (3-6) Community Placement Experience or HMKN 499– (3) Projects in Human Kinetics
9 credits of HMKN Electives
12 credits of 300 or 400 level non HMKN or HEAL electives
6 credits of 300 or 400 level electives

Health Promotion

HMKN 401– (3-6) Community Placement Experience or HMKN 499– (3-9) Projects in Human Kinetics
12 credits of HMKN Electives
12 credits of 300 or 400 level non HMKN or HEAL electives
3 credits of 300 or 400 level electives

Human Kinetics Elective Courses

Students may fill their HMKN Elective credits through a combination of courses from the alternative area of concentration, or the following courses:

HMKN 313– (3) Exercise Metabolism
HMKN 314– (3) Body Composition
HMKN 315– (3) Laboratory Techniques in Sensorimotor Neuroscience
HMKN 331– (3) Physical Dimensions of Aging
HMKN 410– (3) Respiratory Disease: Pathology to Prescription
HMKN 411– (3) Environmental Physiology
HMKN 412– (3) Neuromuscular Physiology
HMKN 413– (3) Cortical Control of Movement
HMKN 421– (3) Advanced Theories of Health Behaviour Change
HMKN 422– (3) Health Promotion II: Applications
HMKN 423– (3) Applied Nutrition: Exercise and Chronic Disease
HMKN 431– (3) Exercise Rehabilitation for Clinical Disorders of Aging
HMKN 495A–(3) Special Topics in Health and Exercise Sciences: Fatigue in Humans
HMKN 495C–(3) Special Topics in Health and Exercise Sciences: Exercise and Metabolic Disease
HMKN 495D–(3) Special Topics in Health and Exercise Sciences: Gross Anatomy
HMKN 495E–(3) Special Topics in Health and Exercise Sciences: Tissue Injury Repair
HMKN 495G–(3) Special Topics in Health and Exercise Sciences: Lab Techniques in Exercise Psychology

Grad LAb HSC 108

Minor Programs

Students who wish to focus their non-Human Kinetics electives may, with the approval in writing of the Director of the Human Kinetics program, undertake an optional Minor program in conjunction with the Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree. All courses in the Minor must be taken outside of the School of Human Kinetics. Although other minors may be available in the future, currently there are two types of Minors available: Minor in Arts and Minor in Science.