Stream Requirements

Students will need to declare a stream choice once their registration for second-year opens up.

For students who entered their BKIN 2018W or earlier, please see here for details on previous IDKN/KINH/PEDH streams requirements.


Stream Options

Students who enter their BKIN 2019W or later will be required to choose a program stream just before registering for courses in second-year standing. Note that first- and second-year core courses remain the same across all three streams.

You will choose from one of the following options:

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

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

  • Leadership Education for Pedagogy and Physical Activity
  • Psychology of Movement
  • Sociocultural Studies

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. Upper level kinesiology courses can come from a combination of the areas of:

  • Neuromechanics
  • Systems Biology, Exercise & Health
  • Leadership Education for Pedagogy and Physical Activity
  • Psychology of Movement
  • Sociocultural Studies


Program planning

Program Planning Sheet

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  • KIN students should not be using Degree Navigator, and instead request a Program Check to see if they are on track for their degree.
  • Students should carefully check the prerequisites noted for each upper-level KIN course they are planning to take in order to plan their lower-level KIN courses appropriately. Note that KIN 140 is an elective course, but required for some specific upper-level KIN courses, so you should plan for this appropriately in first- or second-year.
  • All students must complete 36 credits of KIN courses at the upper-level (300/400-level).
    • 21 credits of these KIN courses must be stream-specific
    • 15 credits of these KIN courses are free-choice
  • All students must complete 48 credits at the upper-level (300/400-level) (this would include the required 36 credits of upper-level KIN mentioned above).
  • Core first- and second-year KIN courses, WRDS 150, and the total 48 credits of upper-level (300/400-level) required for the degree must be taken for percentage-grade (not Credit/D/Fail). These are noted on the program sheet as ‘UL‘.
  • Students are able to complete an approved Minor towards the BKIN program (see options here). Completing a Minor is optional, not required.

Stream-specific Upper-Level KIN Courses

Within the 36 credits of upper-level KIN courses students must take for the BKIN degree, at least 21 credits of these must be stream-specific. Details on the relevant lists for each stream are provided below:

  • Neuromechanics: KIN 311, 313, 316, 411, 419
  • Systems Biology, Exercise & Health: KIN 320, 335, 424, 435, 438
    • Accepted, but not offered: KIN 321, 420, 432
  • Leadership Education for Pedagogy and Physical Activity: KIN 341, 342, 344, 345, 442, 444
  • Psychology of Movement: KIN 355, 453, 459
  • Sociocultural Studies: KIN 360, 363, 464, 465, 468
    • Accepted, but not offered: KIN 364, 460, 368

Select the stream that you are planning for:

Students following the NPSC stream must take their 21 credits (7 courses) of stream-specific courses from the following lists:

  • Neuromechanics
  • Systems Biology, Exercise & Health

Students following the SBSC stream must take their 21 credits (7 courses) of stream-specific courses from the following lists:

  • Leadership Education for Pedagogy and Physical Activity
  • Psychology of Movement
  • Sociocultural Studies

For 3 of the 5 following lists, select 2 courses each. Then, select 1 course from either of the remaining 2 lists. This will add up to a total of 21 credits (7 courses).

  • Neuromechanics
  • Systems Biology, Exercise & Health
  • Leadership Education for Pedagogy and Physical Activity
  • Psychology of Movement
  • Sociocultural Studies

Note: Course offerings are available on the SSC Course Schedule. You can check the Course Outlines page for current syllabi.


Suggested course sequence

Year 1
  • WRDS 150 (3 credits)
  • KIN 110 – Human Anatomy (3 credits)
  • KIN 120 – Health and Exercise Management (3 credits)
  • KIN 131 – Systems Physiology I (3 credits)
  • KIN 132 – Systems Physiology II (3 credits)
  • KIN 150 – Sport and Exercise Psychology (3 credits)
  • KIN 160 – Leisure and Sport in Society (3 credits)
  • Electives (9 credits) (KIN or non-KIN; any level)
    • Students should consider if they wish to take KIN 140 as an elective if they wish to take certain upper-level KIN courses that list this as a prereq.
    • Electives not taken during first-year can be taken in later summer or winter sessions, although students should consider how this would affect the overall timeline for their degree.
Year 2
  • KIN 205 – Research Methods in Kinesiology (3 credits)
  • KIN 206 – Statistics in Kinesiology (3 credits)
  • KIN 211 – Human Motor Behaviour (3 credits)
  • KIN 216 – Biomechanics I (3 credits)
  • KIN 232 – Nutrition, Health, and Physical Activity (3 credits)
  • KIN 235 – Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
  • KIN 262 – Health Policy and Society (3 credits)
    • Students who took KIN 489H in 2018W are not eligible to take KIN 262/265.
  • Electives (9 credits) (KIN or non-KIN; any level)
    • Students should consider if they wish to take KIN 140 as an elective if they wish to take certain upper-level KIN courses that list this as a prereq.
    • Electives not taken during second-year can be taken in later summer or winter sessions, although students should consider how this would affect the overall timeline for their degree.
Years 3 & 4
Students can choose to take the following courses (and any leftover electives from Years 1 and 2) in any order, so long as they carefully check necessary prereqs and plan in advance.36 credits must be upper-level (300/400-level) KIN courses, consisting of:

  • 21 credits of stream-specific upper-level (300/400-level) KIN courses (see here for details)
  • 15 credits of free-choice upper-level (300/400-level) KIN courses
  • Note:Courses may be subject to change or may not be offered every year.

24 credits of electives:

  • 12 credits of upper-level (300/400-level) electives (KIN or non-KIN)
  • 12 credits of any level electives (KIN or non-KIN)