Clinical Exercise Physiology

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

Clinical Exercise Physiology focuses on incorporating exercise, activity education, and skills into patient rehabilitation and chronic disease recovery programs. The program focuses on the advanced study of applied physiology and how exercise, movement, and fitness intersect with disease, fatigue, and disability.

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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: School of Health and Exercise Sciences
  • Degree: Bachelor of Human Kinetics
  • 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.

Human Kinetics focuses on the biophysical and psychosocial dimensions of human movement. The first two years of study are common to each stream of concentration, with your Major determined at the start of the third year.

The Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration focuses on incorporating exercise and activity education and skills into patient rehabilitation and recovery programs for the management of chronic diseases. The program focuses on the advanced study of applied physiology and how exercise, movement, and fitness intersect with disease, fatigue, and disability.

The program can lead to careers as kinesiologists, exercise therapists, clinical exercise physiologists, and personal trainers, among others.

Experiential learning and research

Your Human Kinetics degree includes skill-building labs, practicum opportunities, and co-op placements in order to build a broad foundation for career potential. Your coursework gives you the chance to complete Community Placement Experience, where you will gain practical work experience in a supervised health-/human kinetics-related work setting with a cooperating agency, private business, or industry. You can also take on a Project in Human Kinetics to perform research pertaining to a chosen area of Human Kinetics as agreed upon by a faculty member.

Join the Human Kinetics Student Union on UBC’s Okangan campus to connect with your peers, get involved in advocacy, and gain better access to career resources.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

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 competitive scores, 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. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)

Degree-specific requirements: Human Kinetics

  • IB Mathematics, excluding IB Math Studies*
  • IB Biology 
  • Grade 11/junior-level Chemistry or Physics

* If your intended start year is 2021: IB Math Analysis and Approaches SL, IB Math Analysis and Approaches HL, or IB Math Applications and Interpretations HL. IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL will not satisfy the requirement.

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
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