Advising FAQ’s

FAQ’s

  • When applying to Kinesiology, a student’s personal profile is considered alongside their academic average. Both these portions of an application are weighted equally, making it impossible to determine a specific ‘cut-off’ average.

  • UBC Admissions is responsible for assessing IB/AP credits, but students can find a guide on the UBC Website. Transfer credits come in mid-summer. We recommend that you register in those courses as if you haven’t received credit, as it is easier to drop a course should you not need it any more than trying to register for a course late. Should you choose to take the equivalent courses at UBC, your IB/AP credit will be overridden.

  • Transfer credit is done through UBC Admissions. In order to transfer as an equivalent course, the course content must overlap by 80%. In anticipation of transferring, students can use the BC Transfer Guide (http://www.bctransferguide.ca/) to give them an idea as to what credits they might receive at UBC.

  • As a second degree student, we recognize that you have already completed a full degree in another area. As such, when completing a BKIN, these credits will apply towards the 60 elective credits normally required by students completing their first degree. This means that in most cases, a second degree student will only need to complete their 60 credits of KIN courses, and can finish their BKIN in 2-2.5 years (exception: kinh sci requirement).

  • A stream is selected at the time of registration for second year courses, and will be done through a student’s SSC account.
  • Once in the ‘Course Schedule’ area of the SSC, find ‘Browse’ in the top left hand corner. Choose ‘Specialization’ from the drop down menu. Find ‘BKIN’ in the options, choose a desired stream, and then click ‘Add Spec.’ This cannot be done until a student’s individual registration time opens.

  • The Kinesiology and Health Science stream requires that students take at least 12 credits of upper level Science. These credits can be filled with any 300-400 level course offered for credit by the Faculty of Science. These courses are mainly offered by the departments of Physics, Math, Biology or Chemistry, but there are some exceptions.
    • Science Psychology: Any course offered by the department of Psychology that ends in the numbers 60 or higher qualifies as a Science course.
    • Students can browse courses offered by Earth and Ocean Sciences, Astronomy, CAPS, etc. to find courses that are offered for credit within the faculty of Science.

 

  • In order to complete a KIN degree, all students must complete 18 credits of electives, of which 12 must be at the 300/400 level. When choosing your electives, be aware that elective requirements vary by stream (http://kin.educ.ubc.ca/students/undergraduate/stream-requirements/). Beyond this, electives should be chosen based on your interests and/or career goals. Additionally, if you are looking to apply to graduate/professional school, be aware of their prerequisite courses.

  • Students can take a maximum of 9 credits of KIN 489 courses and 6 credits of KIN 454 courses. Students may also only take one student-directed KIN seminar course.

  • Kin students have the opportunity to acquire a minor from four different areas: Arts, Science, Commerce, or Food, Nutrition, and Health. Applications for all minors are available from the advising office located in Room 202 of War Memorial Gymnasium, or on our website: http://kin.educ.ubc.ca/students/undergraduate/forms/. Specific requirements are outlined on the application form.
  • Commerce and FNH minor applications are due mid-May, and are ideally completed by students entering into their third year of Kin. *Contact advising if you are a student considering applying for these minors at a different point in time.
  • Science and Arts minor applications can be handed in at any point after entering third year, and before application for graduation.

  • KIN uses waiting lists in the event that a course is full, or for those students who do not meet the restrictions.
  • The ‘Waiting List’ option is listed directly below its corresponding lecture in the SSC, and can be added to a worklist. Please note, having a spot on a waitlist does not guarantee a student a seat in the course. Waitlists are assessed after all registration has occurred, and any available seats are given based on priority standing. Priority is given first to Kin students, then to students completing a minor in Kin, followed by non-Kin students. Typically, waitlists are assessed starting in August. At this time, students should monitor their SSC to see if any changes occur to their course schedule.

  • Professors cannot add students into a course - all changes must go through advising. If a Waiting List is full, students can contact advising to see if they are able to be ‘forced’ onto a waitlist.

  • Students cannot be enrolled at two post-secondary institutions at the same time. Students have the option of taking courses from other institutions during the summer session. If planning on taking courses at another institution and transfer the credit to UBC, a student must fill out the ‘Request for Letter of Permission’ form and hand it in at the Kinesiology Undergraduate Advising Office. This form is available from the office, or can be found online here: http://kin-educ.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2014/03/Request-for-Letter-of-Permission.pdf

  • Program Check: A program check can be requested by a current student who is looking have an update on which courses they have completed, and what types of courses need to be completed in order to meet their degree requirements. Students give advising their contact information and will be emailed a PDF of their updated program planning sheet. It is recommended that this be done at least once a year.
  • Graduation Check: A graduation check can be requested by students looking to graduate in the current academic year. It is a program check done specifically to ensure that a student meets all requirements for graduation. A graduation check should only be requested once a timetable for the final year has been chosen.
  • Both a program and graduation check can be requested online (http://kin.educ.ubc.ca/students/undergraduate/undergraduate-advising/) or in person at the Undergraduate Advising Office.

 

 

  • No. Degree Navigator is not compatible with the KIN degree. Please come in to the Advising office and request a grad check to ensure you are ready to graduate.

 

  • Co-op is a great way to gain invaluable work experience in the field of kinesiology and health sectors. Co-op gives students the opportunity to develop skills and experience responsibilities similar to the real workforce. For more information about Co-op and how to apply for it, please visit this link http://kin.educ.ubc.ca/co-op/about/
  • The KIN Mentorship Program pairs current students with alumni mentors to ease to the transition from university into real world professional settings. Mentors help students develop their networking skills and career exploration. For more information please visit this link http://kin.educ.ubc.ca/alumni-donors/get-involved/mentorship-program/

 

  • Co-op intersperses a minimum of three and a maximum of 5 work terms into a normal academic course load. This normally extends your degree by at least 1 year. For more information about our Co-op program, visit: http://kin.educ.ubc.ca/co-op/about/

  • Information on the Work Learn Program can be found on their website (http://students.ubc.ca/career/campus-experiences/work-learn). Work Learn positions are job placements for current UBC students. These positions offer students valuable work experience that is limited to 10 hours per week, at a competitive wage. They are normally posted on the Careers Online website (http://students.ubc.ca/career) a few weeks prior to the start of the academic term.

  • Unlike Co-op placements, Work Learn positions are completed during the academic term, alongside a student’s course load. These positions are not for credit.

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology at UBC can be completed in 4 years if a student takes 5 courses per term, over 4 consecutive winter sessions. If a student chooses to take more courses per term, or additional courses in the summer, they may be able to complete their degree in less time. If a student chooses to take fewer courses per year, they will extend their degree.

  • Once accepted into the program, Kinesiology students can proceed at their own pace. That being said, there are certain considerations students should be aware of when deciding their course load:
    • Duration of degree: Kinesiology is a four year degree, but will be extended if you take less than 5 courses per term. You must complete at least 120 appropriate credits to apply for graduation.
    • Year Promotion: Students must complete all their core Kin courses before they are eligible for promotion to the next year of academic standing. This will affect registration date, and the courses you will be eligible to take.
    • Housing: A student must be registered in a minimum of 18 credits for the academic year to be eligible for housing, 9 credits per term.
    • Scholarships: To be eligible for scholarships offered by the School of Kinesiology, students have to have been enrolled in a minimum of 27 credits during the previous year of academic study.
    • Student loans: If on student loans, students should inquire with their Enrolment Services Professional (ESP) as to how many credits they need to be enrolled in to be eligible for funding.
    • Study Visa: Contact the International House for any questions regarding your Study Visa and its specific requirements (http://students.ubc.ca/about/isd#i-house).

  • A student planning to take time off should consult the KIN Undergraduate Advising Office to determine the best plan of action for their specific case. In general, a student may take one year off without any problem. If leaving for longer than one year, the student will have to contact advising to re-establish their eligibility as a UBC student, and receive a registration date and time. Returning students are typically not required to complete the admission process again.

 

  • There are a number of scholarships, awards, and prizes offered by the School of Kinesiology. These are awarded to students demonstrating outstanding academic achievement, great leadership and extracurricular involvement. Applications for most scholarships are due at the end of May, with the Awards Ceremony held in November. For a complete list, please visit http://kin.educ.ubc.ca/students/undergraduate/awards-scholarships/
  • Information about UBC wide scholarships, awards, bursaries, and loans, please visit http://you.ubc.ca/tuition-scholarships

 

 

  • KIN tutoring offers Kinesiology students academic help from peers in 1st year and upper level courses. For a complete calendar of when tutoring is offered, please visit http://kus.ubc.ca/kinpeeracademiccoaching/
  • The Alma Mater Society offers free tutoring for first and second year courses including math, chemistry, and physics. Tutoring takes place on the 3rd floor of Irving K Barber Learning Centre, however, tutoring in Totem, Vanier, and Gage are also available. The AMS also offers appointment tutoring, where students can receive one-on-one help at a paid rate. For more information please visit http://www.ams.ubc.ca/services/tutoring/

 

  • The Kinesiology Undergraduate Advising Office is located in Room 202, on the main floor of the War Memorial Gymnasium.
  • Our office is open Mon - Fri from 9:00am - 3:30pm and is closed for lunch from 12-1pm. Appointments are recommended and can be made in person, by phone, or by email:
    • 604 822 4512
    • kin.advising@ubc.ca