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Below is a list of some courses, including a brief description, that you may find yourself taking during your first year of this program. For formal policies governing mandatory courses and the order in which they have to be taken, please refer to McMaster’s Undergraduate Calendar.

Some Courses You May Take

 

An introduction to the basic embryology and tissue development and examination of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous, articular, skeletal and muscular systems.
Two hours (lectures), one hour (web module), two hours (labs, alternating weeks); weekly tests; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level I Honours Kinesiology
Co-requisite(s):WHMIS 1A00 if not already completed. This requirement must be completed prior to the first lab. Routine Practice, a mandatory on-line health and safety module, available through Mosaic, must be completed prior to the first lab.
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 1D06 A/B, 1H06 A/B, 2F03, 2FF3, 2L03, 2LL3 , KINESIOL1Y03, 2Y03, MEDPHYS 4XX3
An examination of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, endocrine and reproductive systems.
Two hours (lectures), one hour (web module), two hours (labs, alternating weeks); weekly tests; one term
Prerequisite(s): KINESIOL 1A03; and registration in Level I Honours Kinesiology
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 if not already completed. This requirement must be completed prior to the first lab. Routine Practice, a mandatory on-line health and safety module, available through Mosaic, must be completed prior to the first lab.
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 1D06 A/B, 1H06 A/B, 2F03, 2FF3, 2L03, 2LL3, KINESIOL 1YY3, 2YY3, MEDPHYS 4XX3
Examination of the behavioral and psychological principles of motor control and motor learning. Topics include measurement of motor performance, sensory processes, perception, memory, attention, practice and feedback, and neuroscience fundamentals in motor control.
Three hours (lectures, labs); one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level I Honours Kinesiology
An introduction to the study of human nutrition, with an examination of the role of nutrition, and, where applicable, physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.
Three hours (lectures); one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level I Honours Kinesiology
Introduces students to the field of kinesiology, describing how the various sub-disciplines integrate together into a unified understanding of the study of human movement. Students will also learn how knowledge is generated, interpreted and disseminated within the field of kinesiology, and be introduced to a variety of academic/career options that are available upon graduation.
Three hours (lectures, tutorial); one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level I Honours Kinesiology
An introduction to research designs used in Kinesiology and an examination of the research relating physical activity and health.
Lectures (three hours), tutorial (one hour); one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Honours Kinesiology (Level I) 
For students in science: geared towards applications, with attention to underlying concepts. Functions: limits, continuity, derivatives, optimization, curve sketching. Antiderivative, definite integral, techniques of integration.
Three lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors U or MATH 1F03
Antirequisite(s): ARTSSCI 1D06 A/B, MATH 1LS3, 1N03, 1X03, 1Z04, 1ZA3
Not open to students who have achieved a grade of at least B- in MATH 1M03. Not open to students in Mathematics and Statistics I or an Engineering program or with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B.
Topics from differential and integral calculus, differential equations, discrete-time dynamical systems, chosen for their relevance to the life sciences.
Three lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors U or MATH 1F03
Antirequisite(s): MATH 1A03
Not open to students with credit or registration in ARTSSCI 1D06 A/B, ISCI 1A24 A/B, MATH 1M03, 1N03, 1X03, 1Z04, 1ZA3.
A first course in the techniques of the differential calculus including exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. An introduction to vector geometry.
Three lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 Advanced Functions U or MATH 1K03
Not open to students with credit in Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors U.
A first course in university physics, taught using examples and applications from many areas of science. Topics include the concepts of force and energy, mechanics, waves and fluids.
Lectures, web modules (three hours), one lab (two hours) every other week; one term
Prerequisite(s): One of Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors U, Grade 12 Advanced Functions and Introductory Calculus U, MATH 1F03
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 if not already completed, must be completed prior to the first lab.
Antirequisite(s): PHYSICS 1B03, 1C03
Not open to students with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B or PHYSICS 1D03. It is recommended that students in Chemical and Physical Sciences Gateway complete PHYSICS 1C03.
Introduction to safety guidelines at McMaster University, acceptable safety conduct and positive safety attitudes and practices in laboratories and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
This course is evaluated on a Complete/Fail basis.
Web modules
Antirequisite(s): ART 1HS0, ENGINEER 1A00, ENGTECH 1A00, NURSING 1A00, SCIENCE 1A00
This requirement must be completed prior to the start of the first lab. Students who fail the quiz must reattempt it and will not be permitted in any course with a lab component or any Level II ART course until the requirement has been successfully completed.
Formerly HTHSCI 1BS0
BSL 1 biosafety training for the handling of non-pathogenic bacteria, cell lines, blood and body fluids or mammalian tissues based on federal laboratory biosafety guidelines.
This course is evaluated on a Complete/Fail basis.
Web module
BSL 1 must be completed prior to the start of the first lab for all courses for which it is required. Students who fail the quiz will be required to repeat it and will not be permitted in any course where BIOSAFE 1BS0 is a requirement until the quiz has been successfully completed.
Structure, molecular composition and function in sub-cellular and cellular systems.
Three hours (lectures, web modules), one lab (two hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): One of Grade 12 Biology U, BIOLOGY 1P03 or registration in an Engineering program
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00, and BIOSAFE 1BS0 (or HTHSCI 1BS0) if not already completed. Both requirements must be completed prior to the first lab.
Not open to students with credit or registration in HTHSCI 1I06 A/B or ISCI 1A24 A/B. Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOLOGY 1A03 and BIOLOGY 1M03 in the different terms.
An introduction to the basic embryology and tissue development and examination of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous, articular, skeletal and muscular systems.
Two hours (lectures), one hour (web module), two hours (labs, alternating weeks); weekly tests; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level I Medical Radiation Sciences
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 if not already completed. This requirement must be completed prior to the first lab. Routine Practice, a mandatory on-line health and safety module, available through Mosaic, must be completed prior to the first lab.
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 1D06 A/B, 1H06 A/B, 2F03, 2FF3, 2L03, 2LL3, KINESIOL 1A03, 2Y03, MEDPHYS 4XX3
An examination of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, endocrine and reproductive systems.
Two hours (lectures), one hour (web module), two hours (labs, alternating weeks); weekly tests; one term
Prerequisite(s): KINESIOL 1Y03 and registration in Level I Medical Radiation Sciences
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 if not already completed. This requirement must be completed prior to the first lab. Routine Practice, a mandatory on-line health and safety module, available through Mosaic, must be completed prior to the first lab.
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 1D06 A/B, 1H06 A/B, 2F03, 2FF3, 2L03, 2LL3, KINESIOL1AA3, 2YY3, MEDPHYS 4XX3

(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.

 

Some Courses You May Take

An introduction to the analysis of human motion using fundamental mechanical principles, with a focus on inquiry and laboratory skills.
Lectures (three hours), labs (two hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II of a Kinesiology program
Antirequisite(s): LIFESCI 3J03
Selected topics in the social and cultural history of exercise and sports medicine in the Western World, with an emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century developments in North America.
Lectures and discussion (three hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above
Antirequisite(s): HISTORY 3S03
This course is administered by the Department of History.
This course examines how psychological factors influence and are influenced by participation and performance in sport. Topics include: personality, motivation, arousal, attitude, perception, aggression, competition, concentration confidence and goal setting.
Three lectures; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above
This course may be taken as elective credit by undergraduates in Level III or above of a non-Kinesiology program. However, enrolment for such students is limited.
Neuromuscular control underlying human movement. Topics include basic neurophysiology, mechanisms of sensation, reflexes, voluntary movement and theories of motor control with special reference to brain function.
Lectures (three hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above of Honours Kinesiology (B.Sc.Kin.); or one of LIFESCI 2C03, PNB 2XB3, PSYCH 2F03, 2N03 (or 2D03), 2NF3 and registration in Level III or above of an Honours program offered by the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (Faculty of Science) (See Department Note 5 above)
Antirequisite(s): LIFESCI 3K03
The control of human movement studied in detail from neurophysiological, cognitive and dynamical perspectives. Topics include basic neurophysiology, mechanisms of sensation, reflexes, voluntary movement and theories of motor control.
Lectures (three hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): BIOLOGY 1A03 or ISCI 1A24 A/B; and one of ISCI 2A18 A/B, LIFESCI 2C03, 2CC3, PNB 2XB3, PSYCH 2F03, 2N03 (or 2D03), 2NF3; and registration in Level III or above of an Honours program in the Faculty of Science
Antirequisite(s): KINESIOL 3E03
Not open to students registered in a Kinesiology program. This course is administered by the Department of Kinesiology.
An introduction to health psychology issues including stress, exercise, weight control and diet, health promotion, addictions and coping with illness.
Lectures (three hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): KINESIOL 1C03 and registration in Level II of a Kinesiology program
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 2J03 
The interrelationship between biological processes of aging and associated lifestyle factors (e.g. exercise/inactivity) will be explored in various human systems.
Lectures (three hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): KINESIOL 1A03, 1AA3, 2C03, 2CC3, 2G03 and registration in Level III or above of Honours Kinesiology (B.Sc.Kin.)
An introduction to the basic embryology and tissue development and examination of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous, articular, skeletal and muscular systems.
Two hours (lectures), one hour (web module), two hours (labs, alternating weeks); weekly tests; one term
Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 Biology U or BIOLOGY 1P03; and registration in Level II or above
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00, if not already completed. This requirement must be completed prior to the first lab. Routine Practice, a mandatory on-line health and safety module, available through Mosaic, must be completed prior to the first lab.
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 1D06 A/B, 1H06 A/B, 2F03, 2FF3, 2L03, 2LL3, KINESIOL 1A03, 1Y03
Registration priority is given to students in a Life Sciences program.
An examination of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, lymphatic respiratory, digestive, renal endocrine and reproductive systems.
Two hours (lectures), one hour (web module), two hours (labs, alternating weeks); weekly tests; one term
Prerequisite(s): KINESIOL 1Y03 or 2Y03; and registration in Level II or above
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00, if not already completed. This requirement must be completed prior to the first lab. Routine Practice, a mandatory on-line health and safety module, available through Mosaic, must be completed prior to the first lab.
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 1D06 A/B, 1H06 A/B, 2F03, 2FF3, 2L03, 2LL3, KINESIOL 1AA3, 1YY3 
Registration priority is given to students in a Life Sciences program.
Examination of neuromuscular function during exercise, with an emphasis on factors limiting strength, speed and power performance. Adaptations to training will also be considered, as well as mechanisms of training-induced muscle damage.
Lectures (three hours), labs (two hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): KINESIOL 1A03 and 1AA3 and registration in Level II of a Kinesiology program; or both KINESIOL 2Y03 and 2YY3 (or KINESIOL 1Y03 and 1YY3), or BIOLOGY 2A03, and registration in Honours Biology (Physiology) (See Department Note 8 above.)

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.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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:

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