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(Honours) Bachelor of Science Kinesiology

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.

Level II

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 McMaster’s Undergraduate Calendar.

Careers or Options Beyond This Program

Here is a small sampling of careers our graduates are currently enjoying:

  • Kinesiologist
  • Ergonomics Consultant
  • Clinical Biomechanist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist

Our graduates are well prepared to continue their studies in many professional or graduate programs, including:

  • Medicine
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractics
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Biomechanics
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Ergonomics
  • Exercise Physiology

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.

 

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Co-op and internships are currently not offered for the Kinesiology program, however, there are a variety of experiential learning opportunities available.

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).

Additional information regarding co-op and Experiential Education opportunities are available on the Science Career & Cooperative Education website.

TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
8:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
PHYSICS 1A03

Introductory Physics (Lecture)

KINESIOL 1A03

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Lab)

PHYSICS 1A03

Introductory Physics (Lecture)

10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
KINESIOL 1A03

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Tutorial)

12:30 p.m.
PHYSICS 1A03

Introductory Physics (Lab)

KINESIOL 1F03

Human Nutrition and Health (Lecture)

KINESIOL 1F03

Human Nutrition and Health (Lecture)

KINESIOL 1F03

Human Nutrition and Health (Lecture)  

1:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
KINESIOL 1A03

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Lecture)

KINESIOL 1E03

Motor Control and Learning (Lecture)

KINESIOL 1A03

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Lecture)

KINESIOL 1E03

Motor Control and Learning (Lecture)

KINESIOL 1E03

Motor Control and Learning (Lecture)

3:30 p.m.
MATH 1LS3

Calculus (Lecture)

MATH 1LS3

Calculus (Lecture)

MATH 1LS3

Calculus (Tutorial)

4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

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

Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE):

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:

Profiles & Alumni


Spotlight on Kinesiology