Undergrad (BKin)

Kinesiology at UBC offers you a premier choice to start your professional career in the field of Kinesiology, active health, research, education, recreation, or sports. A Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin) is also an excellent step on the way to a second degree in medicine, rehabilitation sciences, education and dentistry, among many others.

The undergraduate BKin degree program at the School of Kinesiology offers a core curriculum consisting of courses in active health, biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, motor learning, psychology and sociology. In the last two years of your degree, you will specialize in one of three streams: Interdisciplinary Studies (IDKN), Kinesiology and Health Science (KINH), or Leadership Education for Physical Activity Sport and Health (LEED, formerly PEDH).

For more information, please contact the KIN Undergraduate Advising Office at kin.advising@ubc.ca or 604.822.4512.

How to Apply

In the undergraduate Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin) degree program, you will study a core curriculum consisting of courses in general health, biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, motor learning, psychology, sociology, and physical education. In the last two years of your degree, you will specialize in one of three streams:

  1. Interdisciplinary Studies (IDKN)

    This stream offers increased flexibility for students, allowing them to choose electives that suit their interests and career pursuits. This stream prepares students for the kinesiology career of their choice or for advanced studies in liberal arts or sciences. Students are able to complete minors in Land and Food Systems, science, arts, or commerce.

  2. Kinesiology & Health Science (KINH)

    This stream prepares students for advanced studies in human movement science and health and fitness, and for future certification and work as a Kinesiologist. This stream is accredited by the Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrator (CCUPEKA). Students are able to complete minors in Land and Food Systems, science, arts, or commerce.

  3. Leadership Education for Physical Activity, Sport, and Health (LEED, formerly PEDH)

    The Leadership Education for Physical Activity, Sport, and Health stream (LEED, formerly PEDH) prepares students for leadership and instructional careers in a variety of physical activity and sport settings in both public and private agencies. Students in the LEED program who wish to enter the faculty of education to pursue school-based physical education teaching careers, following completion of the BKin, will have fulfilled Faculty of Education admission requirements through the course requirements of the LEED stream. The Leadership Education for Physical Activity, Sport, and Health stream is an accredited program certified by the Canadian Colleges and Universities Physical Education and Kinesiologists Association (CCUPEKA). Students are able to complete minors in Land and Food Systems, science, arts, or commerce.

Focused Learning in Action

The school's teaching aspires to excellence, and is dedicated to providing you with a personalized and student-centred education. Kinesiology courses offer many opportunities to work in small groups and present your work to your peers. We support many of our courses with Connect technology, so you have easy access to course notes and peer discussion groups outside of the classroom. You will also have the opportunity to experience hands-on work in our student laboratories and complete a directed study course in any of our Kinesiology research laboratories.

Dual Degree Bachelor of Kinesiology/Master of Management  (BKin/MM)

For information and application, visit Sauder's Bachelor and Master of Management Dual Degree.

Dual Degree BKin/BEd Secondary: Physical Education

Purpose:

The development of dual degree opportunities is intended to engage students in the study of teacher education early in their academic career with a view to:

  • Providing an opportunity to confirm interest in teaching
  • Developing a teaching context within which academic studies will take place
  • Creating a frame of reference for students to consider learning completed during academic studies in Physical Education

Benefits for Students:

  • Students complete the requirements for two degrees, BKin and BEd Secondary, over a period of 5 years
  • Students engage in teacher education earlier thereby confirming interest in and commitment to teaching
  • Students gain experience and knowledge about the context of teaching to inform their academic studies
  • Students finish both degrees with less credit requirements, as there is some reduction in total credits required for completion when compared to the traditional 4+1 post-degree option. This reduces tuition costs for students
  • Students finish earlier than the traditional 4+1 post degree option.
  • Students are eligible to apply for BC Provincial Teaching Certificate upon successful completion
  • Students have the option of terminating BEd studies during the process, but remain eligible for completion of their initial degree

Structure:

  • Students apply during Term 2, Year 2
  • Both faculties must approve the application
  • A minimum 65% GPA in work to date is required – This GPA in academic studies must be maintained in order to remain active in the Dual Degree program
  • Some Summer Session study is required in Years 2-5 [Term 1 only]
  • Both faculties agree to accept as elective credits designated courses from the partner faculty.
  • Students must complete both degree programs to graduate from either, unless they terminate their BEd studies, in which case they can complete the normal BKin degree requirements

Dual Degree Important Links:

Bachelor of Education Viewbook: Check out p. 24 on the view book for more information about teacher education at UBC.

Check out BEd Dual Degree for information and links for contacting a BEd admissions advisor.
Download the Dual Degree BKin/BEd Application Form

Minor Programs

KIN students can choose to focus their non-KIN electives by taking a Minor program in one of the following:

UBC and the School of Kinesiology welcome students from Canada and around the world.

Curriculum Requirements

Curriculum Name Specific Requirements
Canadian High Schools Kinesiology - specific requirements Select your province or territory from the list below to find out what the Kinesiology- specific requirements are for your high school curriculum.

Advanced Placement (AP) At UBC, we recognize the value of AP courses. All AP courses are eligible for admission consideration and AP course grades may be combined with an approved high school curriculum to meet the University’s admission requirements.
American Curriculum One of senior-level Mathematics (Pre-Calculus) or one full year of Chemistry, Physics, or Biology
British patterned education (A Levels & GCSEs) One of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, or Biology (A or AS Level)
French Baccalaureate One of Mathematiques (coeff. 7+)or Biologie-Ecologie (coeff. 5+) or Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre (coeff. 5+) or Phys-Chimie (coeff. 6+)
International Baccalaureate (IB) One of Math (Standard or Higher Level) , IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
Other International Curricula One of: senior level math (pre-calculus), biology, chemistry, or physics

Additional international countries are listed on you.ubc.ca

First-Year Credit

Many students in the School of Kinesiology are granted first-year credit for IB, AP or British A Levels. These credits can be used to meet the Kinesiology program or streams requirements. For details on what first-year credit you're eligible to receive, select your program from the list above.

This is your pathway if you have taken a minimum of 24 transferable credits at a recognized college or university. Please note that if you have completed between 6 and 23 transferable credits, your basis of admission is a combination of your high school and college or university work. Both your secondary school and post secondary studies must satisfy the UBC entrance requirements for your program of choice.

If you have completed 24 or more transferable credits at the post-secondary level, UBC will calculate your GPA based on your post-secondary courses. If you have earned more than 30 transferable credits, you will be evaluated on your most recent 30 transferable credits of study, including any failed or repeated courses.

While your post-secondary grades can act as your basis of admission, you must also meet the School of Kinesiology's secondary school entrance prerequisites.

Transfer Credit

To help you determine if your post-secondary work is transferable to UBC, please see the BC Transfer Guide. In BC, post-secondary institutions guarantee credit for courses or programs completed at other institutions, provided that these are listed in this Guide.

If a satisfactory grade has been achieved and if UBC offers an equivalent course, UBC will grant transfer credit for any course successfully completed at a recognized post-secondary institution. The maximum allowable transfer credit is no more than 50% of required program credits or up to a maximum of 60 credits.

How to Apply

Entrance requirements and application procedures can be found at the UBC Student services website.

Please have a look at our Advising FAQs page to see answers to common inquiries that may apply to your situation.

For scholarships offered by UBC for Canadian, International students entering the university - please visit their website for further details.

Entrance Awards in the School of Kinesiology

School of Kinesiology Entrance Awards for Aboriginal Students

Two awards of $1,000 each have been created by the School of Kinesiology for entering Aboriginal students who are enrolled in at least 24 credits of course work over the Winter Session. The awards may be renewed for one year only, subject to satisfactory completion of the first year and enrollment in a second year of study in the School of Kinesiology with at least 24 credits of course work. The awards are made on the recommendation of the School.

More information here.

How would you like to shape your career path?

The goals of the various individuals and organizations working within the discipline of kinesiology are to improve people’s quality of life in a number of populations and settings through increasing physiological functioning and psychological health. A degree in kinesiology can lead to a number of careers in a wide range the fields such as education, fitness and recreation, sports management, medicine, physical therapy, and nutrition.

Graduates of kinesiology can be found in schools, universities, hospitals, military environments, hotels, recreation centers, sports clubs, aquatic facilities, health clinics, wellness centers, and other private and public agencies.  Interested in seeing what some of our graduates have done with their degrees?  See what they are doing now here.

Take a look at some possible career choices to see what courses you might need to help get you where you want to be.

See a list of possible Career Paths.

At The School of Kinesiology, we bring you more than an exceptional interdisciplinary, international education – we bring you the world.

Canada is internationally recognized as a country that delivers the highest standards of education, and UBC is no exception. As a Kinesiology student, you will be part of a diverse community that is home to some of the brightest minds in the world, building relationships that will last a lifetime.  Here are some of our Kinesiology Student Stories.

Pauline Chuang

Pauline Chuang, BKin 2017, discovered her passion in the power of healing through rehabilitation – specifically through therapeutic exercises and manual therapy, in her undergraduate years. During her time at UBC, Pauline was highly involved in the UBC KIN community. She served as a Student Athletic Trainer for the UBC Women’s Rugby team, a Personal […]

John L. Young

I have always loved sports and, while a student, considered the gym to be my second home starting back when I attended Point Grey and Lord Byng Secondary Schools in the late 1950’s and 60’s.  Since I was in the gym all the time anyway the PE staff put me in charge of PE equipment […]

Nikola Girke

  Nikola Girke, BHK 1999, studied health and fitness during her undergraduate year and played for the UBC Women’s Rugby team; recognized for her academic and athletic success as an Academic All-Canadian student in 2000. However, despite Nikola’s achievements as a varsity athlete in Rugby, it was sailing that was her true passion, and had […]

Brian Chih-Yu Yang

Brian Chih-Yu Yang, BHK 2011, found his beginnings in Kinesiology as a young athlete who had suffered a devastating sports injury. He had been seriously hurt at the age of 17 while playing a game of basketball, which resulted in a chronic spinal injury — he has multiple slipped discs in his lower back, which […]

Zoe Sarafis

I am an alumna of UBC’s School of Kinesiology, having recently graduated as part of the class of 2017. While at UBC, I began working at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), where I was fortunate to contribute to several projects aimed at improving cardiovascular health and function for people with a spinal cord […]

Atila Ozkaplan

When Atila Ozkaplan, BHK 2001 and MSc 2004, arrived in Vancouver from Ontario in 1997, his goal was to become a doctor of Sports Medicine. However, his path shifted significantly when he volunteered with one of his professors, Dr. Ted Rhodes. He helped conduct fitness tests for elite sports teams, such as the Canucks, the […]

Shelley Winter Andrews

As a UBC student in the 1970s the name Shelley Winter was associated with being one of the best, not just at UBC but across the nation, in the sport of field hockey. This native of Oak Bay graduated from UBC in Physical Education in 1975 and later achieved a successful teaching career on Vancouver […]

Bill Sainas

Bill Sainas, who passed away in 2018 at age 93, was a member of UBC’s first Physical Education/Kinesiology graduating class in 1949. This small, pioneer class represented the first graduates in Physical Education in Western Canada. Sainas played varsity rugby and football at UBC from 1945 through 1948. During those years he played for a […]

Randy Zhou

  Randy Zhou, BKin 2014, came to Canada from China as a child. He is an accomplished athlete and a former team Canada silver medalist.  He won the title of 2014 Canadian National Powerlifting champion, and holds several records in BC provincial and Canadian powerlifting divisions. He competed as a member of Team Canada in […]

Michael Averill

   Michael Averill, BHK 2006, graduated from UBC in 2006, ran Track and Field, and worked in the Physical Health and Wellness industry for a number of years. His trajectory has changed since his days at UBC. In the past six years Michael has become a full-time musician, and has combined music, storytelling, and social and psychological […]

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