McMaster’s Kinesiology program is the best of both worlds, an applied hands-on study of the Kinesiology discipline, offered through the Faculty of Science. This coupling recognizes our strong science-based curriculum and the degree, Honours Bachelor of Science Kinesiology, is a testament to the strength and focus of research being done by our faculty members. We aim to inspire a passion for lifelong learning and discovery, and strive to prepare our students to become leaders and valued members of society.
Our mission is the discovery, communication and application of knowledge through the multi-disciplinary study of human movement, exercise and the relationships between physical activity and health.
Kinesiology at McMaster combines theory and practice, to maximize the development of those skills that you will need for success. This approach makes our graduates very attractive to both professional schools and employers.
The strength and uniqueness of our program is the result of our outstanding faculty and the research they do. In your final year, you may decide to complete an Independent Study or Thesis course in an area of personal interest, working one-on-one with a professor. One student recently studied metabolic and performance adaptation in sprint versus endurance training. Another evaluated blood flow dynamics in people with spinal cord injury. Our students claim that completing an independent study is the ultimate in active learning.
The Physical Activity Centre for Excellence (PACE) in the Department of Kinesiology is home to three community wellness programs:
- the MacSenior Exercise and Wellness Program
- the McMaster Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, and
- the MacWheeler Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program.
Admission Average and Requirements
OUAC Application Code: MV
Target Enrollment: 200
In a 2013/2014 exit survey:
55% of students indicated that they have been accepted into a professional degree program for next year with the highest numbers in graduate studies and physical therapy programs
93% of respondents felt that Kinesiology at Mac adequately prepared them for graduate/professional degree studies in their chosen field
70% of students felts that the undergraduate program fully met their expectations
90% of students ranked excellent faculty as one of the top 3 strengths of the MAC Kin program
Post-graduation employment rates:
Total: 30 units
Required: 15 units
- Kinesiology 1A03 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
- Kinesiology 1AA3 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II
- Kinesiology 1C03 – Exploring Physical Activity and Health
- Kinesiology 1E03 – Motor Control and Learning
- Kinesiology 1F03 – Human Nutrition and Health
Electives: 15 units
A list of first year program notes are available in our Undergraduate Calendar.
Note: The value of a particular course is indicated by the last digit of the course code (e.g. 1A03 = 3 units).
As a student in Kinesiology, you will participate in diverse learning strategies used by our award-winning professors, including:
- service-learning projects
- laboratory applications
- computer-mediated experiments
You may choose to complete a community-based placement that allows you to develop professional skills in the fields of: rehabilitation, special populations, teaching, coaching and recreational leadership, outdoor education, health promotion and sports injuries.
To test drive your career choices, we encourage participation in volunteer opportunities. Some roles held by our students include: training assistant for cardiac patients, seniors or people with spinal cord injury, therapeutic activity planner, health education assistant, mobility assistant, teaching assistant, sports instructor/coach and physical education assistant.
(Honours) Bachelor of Science Kinesiology
Kinesology is a direct-entry program. As a first year student, you are immediately exposed to the breadth of study within Kinesiology by registering in the following courses: Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II; Physical Activity, Epidemiology and Health; Motor Control and Learning; and Human Nutrition.
Exposure to other disciplines within Kinesiology continues in second year, where the required courses include Biomechanics; Neuromuscular Exercise Physiology; Cardiorespiratory and Metabolic Exercise Physiology; Musculoskeletal Anatomy; Human Growth and Motor Development Across the Lifespan and Health Psychology.
Level III / IV
By the end of Level II, you will have been introduced to many areas of Kinesiology and may, if you choose, concentrate your third and fourth year studies in one or two of these sub-disciplines or continue to select courses which span the breadth of Kinesiology. Additionally, the wide selection of third and fourth year courses caters to our students’ diverse career interests.
The popular areas of study include:
- biomechanics and ergonomics
- exercise rehabilitation in special populations
- exercise physiology
- health, exercise and lifestyle counseling
- sports injuries and rehabilitation techniques
- independent study (placement or thesis courses)
While some of our students have very clear goals, others make the decision as they journey through their undergraduate education. To help both groups, we offer a tuition-free course (SCIENCE 2C00) designed to make the connections between academic and career interests. Additionally, this course aids in the preparation of your résumé and cover letter, and aims to fine tune your interview skills.
Upon graduation, McMaster Kinesiology students are well prepared to practice as
Kinesiologists or continue their studies in many professional or graduate schools, including:
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Exercise Physiology
- Occupational Therapy
In addition to the careers associated with these professional and graduate programs, here is a small sampling of careers our graduates are currently enjoying:
- Clinical Biomechanist
- Ergonomics Consultant
- Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist
- Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
- Sports Medicine Clinician
- Strength and Conditioning Coach
Extensive academic advising is readily available to all Kinesiology students to answer any questions you may have, give directions, and lead you toward an appropriate program, courses, and careers.