Kinesiology Interdisciplinary Studies

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Build a foundation of knowledge in kinesiology and pursue courses that suit your unique interests and career goals in the Interdisciplinary Studies stream. You'll explore topics such as leisure and sport in society, biomechanics, anatomy, exercise physiology, and 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.

Kinesiology aims to improve people’s quality of life in a number of populations and settings by increasing physiological functioning and psychological health.

The Interdisciplinary Studies stream gives you the flexibility to choose electives that interest you and support your goals, and the option to minor in Arts, Commerce, Land and Food Systems, or Science. Prepare for your dream career in kinesiology or for advanced studies in liberal arts or science.

Experiential learning and research

The Kinesiology Co-op Program lets you earn work-study credits and gain practical knowledge related to your field through co-op placements with hospitals, physical rehabilitation centres, professional sports teams, schools, and more.

UBC’s School of Kinesiology is also home to 13 research laboratories, including the innovative Health and Integrative Physiology Laboratory, the Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory, and the Human Neurophysiology Laboratory.

Life at UBC's Vancouver campus

As a Kinesiology student, you'll study in the Robert F. Osborne Centre, the War Memorial Gym, and the Woodward Library. You'll also have opportunities to learn beyond the classroom through job and volunteer placements, outreach programs, peer academic coaching, mentorship, career fairs, lab crawls, and the Kinesiology Undergraduate Society.

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Your future

A Kinesiology degree opens up career opportunities in a wide range of fields, including education, fitness and recreation, sports management, medicine, physical therapy, and nutrition. As a Kinesiology graduate, you could go on to work 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

  • Co-Founder and CEO, HeadCheck Health
  • Program Manager, Active Kids
  • Clinical Exercise Psychologist, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
  • Professor, School of Kinesiology
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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 Mathematics (IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement), IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level)
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