McMaster’s Kinesiology program is 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. Our students confirm that completing an independent project is the ultimate in active learning.
Undergraduate Laboratory Space:
- A 5,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility
- Dedicated body composition analysis room equipped with BodPod
- Dedicated procedures room
- Infrared detection vertical jump assessment unit
- Labs equipped with state-of-the-art data collection systems to provide hands-on learning experiences in a total of 17 courses impacting 2,000 students per academic year
- Motion capture system with digital reconstruction of motion
- Six custom designed exercise physiology testing pods and six custom biomechanics and motor control testing pods
- Total funds spent so far on labs: 1.6 million
McMaster scientists, students and staff are devoted to studying and improving health and well-being among older adults and people with chronic disease or disability
- PACE activities focus on excellence and leadership in research, education, community engagement, and knowledge translation.
- State-of-the-art, exercise research and training centre with some of the most sophisticated exercise rehabilitation equipment in the world
- The research laboratories and community programs provide opportunities for undergraduate students to gain both practical and theoretical experiences.
Many Kinesiology professors undertake their research in the three community based exercise programs with PACE:
Admission Average and Requirements
OUAC Application Code: MV
Target Enrollment: 200
Please refer to the Undergraduate Calendar for the most up-to-date information about recommended first year courses for Honours Kinesiology I
Experiential Education (EE) provides opportunities for students to gain academically relevant experience in a community, research or professional setting. This combination of academic and real world learning helps students to further develop the necessary qualities and skills that will be transferrable to future career paths. EE courses could be either a Professional Placement in Kinesiology (KINESIOL 4EE3) or a Kinesiology Research Practicum (KINESIOL 3RP3).
For more information about Experiential Education – please visit the Science Career & Cooperative Education office FAQ page HERE.
Kinesiology 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, 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)
For additional information please visit the Undergraduate Calendar.
For information about the types of careers graduates from McMaster Science can pursue, assistance with cover letter and resume writing, mock interviews and much more, please visit the Science Career and Cooperative Education Office website.