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: Neuromechanical and Physiological Sciences (NPSC), Social and Behavioural Sciences (SBSC), or Multidisciplinary Science (MDSC).

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

How to Apply

Streams & Co-op

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. Neuromechanical and Physiological Sciences (NPSC)

    The courses in this stream will explore human structure and function responsible for movement; from the physiological, neural, mechanical, and behavioural mechanisms and their interactions, to how these components affect and are affected by factors such as physical activity, aging, and disease. Upper level kinesiology courses will mainly come from the areas of:

    • Neuromechanics
    • Systems Biology, Exercise & Health
  2. Social and Behavioural Sciences (SBSC)

    The courses in this stream will examine psychosocial, historical, and cultural understanding of sport, phsyical activity and health behaviour and its impact on individuals and within societies. Upper level kinesiology courses will mainly come from the areas of:

    • Pedagogy & Psychology of Physical Activity and Sport
    • Sociocultural Studies
  3. Multidisciplinary Science (MDSC)

    Students registered in this stream will choose courses from the mechanical, physiological, psychological, sociological, and pedagogical branches of kinesiology, thereby designing a cross-disciplinary program of study.

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 & Canvas 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.

Co-op Program

The UBC Kinesiology Co-op Program is an opportunity to build on your present success in academics and prepare you for transition to the workplace in an environment focused on learning and support.

Visit the Co-op for Prospective Students page.

Dual Degrees & Minor

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

Minor

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.

Transfer Students

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 to transfer can be found on the UBC Admissions ‘Post-Secondary UBC Admissions‘ page. Additional application procedures for current UBC students can be found in the UBC Calendar.

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 or International students entering the university – please visit their website for further details.

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.

Careers

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.

Student Stories

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.

Ling Pai

Ling Pai, BHK 2007, is an extraordinary person who in spite of the physical challenges presented to her in life, has pushed herself to overcome them and go beyond.  At age 14 Ling was diagnosed with Dominant Optical Atrophy and was told that her sight would continue to decline over time. Ling is now considered legally […]


Dr. Alastair Hodges

Dr. Alastair Hodges, BHK 1998, PhD 2006, is in the midst of a successful academic career. He has earned an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia, a Master’s degree in exercise physiology from McGill University, and a Doctorate in exercise physiology from the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre at UBC. He […]


Rachel Ramsden

Rachel Ramsden graduated from the School of Kinesiology in 2013. While originally attracted to the program with an interest in sport and physical activity, Rachel’s interests evolved to focus on community-level policy and programming that support healthy communities. Rachel decided to pursue her newfound interest in community programming, and continued her education with a Master’s […]


Joyce Lam

Joyce Lam, BKin 2017, discovered her passion for neuroscience in her undergraduate years at the School of Kinesiology, where her involvement in on-campus labs as a student broadened her knowledge and experience within the field of research. In 2015, Joyce began working as a Work Learn student in the Frontotemporal Dementia Research Program at UBC […]


Mark Bi

Mark Bi, MKin 2005, graduated with a specialization in Sports Marketing and Management under his advisor, Dr. Bob Sparks. Mark now works frequently between Vancouver and Shanghai — in 2013, Mark founded Juihui Investment in Shanghai, and invested in two new media companies, Shanghai Lilong New Media, and Shanghai Zheng’an Information Technology. Mark served Lilong […]


Don Cunnings

Don Cunnings (left) is a highly respected 1962 UBC Physical Education graduate who, coming out of the Recreation program created by Bob Osborne and Dick Ramsay, became one of the early provincial pioneers in the development of parks and recreation. His extensive and varied career has been acknowledged by his 2012 induction into the Coquitlam […]


Norm Olenick

Norm Olenick is widely known in the Physical Education community as the one who started and developed the Recreation and Physical Education programs at Langara College. These programs have since expanded to be the centre for the development of our leaders in Recreation. As it has turned out, Langara and the work of Olenick has […]


Andrea Neil

Andrea Neil, a 1996 UBC Kinesiology graduate and former star Thunderbird soccer player, has been described by the local media as “. . . a legend with an unimpeachable reputation.” As a student at UBC her soccer skills and coaching ability were coming into focus as she now is considered to be one of UBC’s […]


Jonathan Chung

Jonathan Chung, BKin 2014, developed a passion for business while studying in the UBC School of Kinesiology’s Interdisciplinary stream, where he had enrolled in various economics, accounting and marketing classes. His interest in business did not stop with his UBC courses. During his studies at KIN, he  served as an executive on the UBCCVC (formerly […]


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 […]


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