Kinesiology: Interdisciplinary Studies

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Start your degree by building a foundation of knowledge in Kinesiology, followed courses that suit your specific interests and career goals. You'll study topics such as leisure and sport in society, biomechanics, anatomy, exercise physiology, and much more.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: School of Kinesiology
  • Degree: Bachelor of Kinesiology
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

The goals of 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.

The Interdisciplinary Studies stream offers students increased flexibility, allowing you to choose electives that suit your interests and career pursuits. This stream prepares you for the kinesiology career of your choice or for advanced studies in liberal arts or sciences. You are able to complete minors in Land and Food Systems, Science, Arts, or Commerce.

Campus features

The Kinesiology Co-op program lets you gain practical knowledge related to your field with work-study credits at a range of organizations including hospitals, physical rehabilitation centres, professional sports teams, schools, and more. The School of Kinesiology includes 13 research laboratories, including the innovative Health and Integrative Physiology Laboratory, the Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory, and the Human Neurophysiology Laboratory.

Your future

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 centres, sports clubs, aquatic facilities, health clinics, wellness centres, and other private and public agencies.

Program graduates

  • Program manager, Active Kids
  • Resident physician, Vancouver Coastal Health

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Kinesiology

One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, IB Physics, or Math (Standard or Higher Level) (Requires the level indicated for individual faculties and schools. Math Studies does not meet the requirement).

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