Prospective Students

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.

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Admission Requirements

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

Curriculum Requirements

See 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.

See 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.

See American Curriculum
 
One of senior-level Mathematics (Pre-Calculus) or one full year of Chemistry, Physics, or Biology

See British patterned education (A Levels & GCSEs)
 
One of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, or Biology (A or AS Level)

See 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+)

See International Baccalaureate (IB)
 
One of Math (Standard or Higher Level) , IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics

See 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, find your program at the page linked below.
First-Year Credits


Entrance Awards

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.


About the Degree

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.

Degree Details

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Possible 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.

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.

Parelkar, Soham

Graduating year: 2018
Degree: B.Kin
Notably, she successfully managed the implementation of a foundational inclusion training called All Youth Matter. The program was developed by viaSport to equip sport and recreation leaders to make a difference in the lives of diverse youth in their community, and has now been delivered to over 1200 participants in more than 65 workshops around BC. From 1975 through 1986 Shelley was a member of Canada’s National team – her 12 years being the most of any BC woman in this sport.

Abele, Natalie

Graduating year: 2015
Degree: B.Kin
Notably, she successfully managed the implementation of a foundational inclusion training called All Youth Matter. The program was developed by viaSport to equip sport and recreation leaders to make a difference in the lives of diverse youth in their community, and has now been delivered to over 1200 participants in more than 65 workshops around BC. From 1975 through 1986 Shelley was a member of Canada’s National team – her 12 years being the most of any BC woman in this sport.

Maliha, Kate

Graduating year: 2010
Degree: MA, Human Kinetics
After graduating in 2010, Kate founded Love Your Age Fitness Inc. Bringing her education into practice, Kate and her team have developed inclusive, unique and creative exercise spaces and programs for older adults.

Chong, Tyler

Graduating year: 2015, 2017
Degree: BKin, MPT
Tyler works in orthopaedic clinics that specialize in the management of sport and work related injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and vestibular conditions. Tyler’s treatment philosophy revolves around the body’s natural ability to adapt and recover. As a result, he prioritizes the return to normal movement patterns by creating individualized exercise programs for all his patients.

Eleiter, Amelia

Graduating year: 2001
Degree: BHK
With entrepreneurial blood in the family, in 2008, Amelia and co-founder Wes Baker, launched Cinder Creative Inc. which would later become Debrand Services Inc. In 2013, the two serial entrepreneurs established Reiten Right Equestrian Inc. the creator of an innovative equestrian footing product derived from recycled natural rubber yoga mats

Smith, Casey

Graduating year: 1998
Degree: BHK
The late Casey Smith, a 1988 Kinesiology graduate, happens to be one of only three UBC head coaches to guide the ‘Birds to Canada’s university football championship, the Vanier Cup.

Tolhurst, Art

Graduating year: 2002
Degree: BHK
Tolhurst played pro football in Hamburg Germany and with the BC Lions in 2003. Following his pro career Art embarked upon a football coaching career in Vienna Austria then later served as an intern at the University of South Florida.

Morrow, Al

Graduating year: 1979
Degree: BPE
Morrow’s UBC rowing experience was an early chapter in what would evolve to become one of Canada’s most impressive coaching resumes. For five decades Morrow either rowed for or coached Canada’s National team with his teams winning eighteen medals at World Championships in addition to four golds, one silver and eight bronze in Olympic competition.

Babul, Shelina

Graduating year: 2001
Degree: PhD
Dr. Babul’s journey to becoming a North American leader in concussion recognition, response, management and prevention began over a decade ago. In response to this gap in knowledge, Shelina used what she had learned during her time in the School of Kinesiology and her experience as a sport injury specialist.

Geary, Caitlin

Graduating year: 2019
Degree: BKin
An Indigenous Undergraduate alumnus, as a student, she had started to work in Professor Bill Sheel’s Health and Integrative Physiology Lab the summer before her fourth year, after receiving an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award.