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Human Kinetics Majors

Human Kinetics

Admission Requirements

Help Improve Health and Performance

 Gain Hands-on and Theoretical Knowledge

Critically analyze experimental design, data analysis and interpretation in human movement, physical activity and exercise science research – from the lab to the classroom.

 Broaden Your Health and Performance Foundation

Explore the biological aspects of human movement, function, and performance in health, aging, and chronic disease and study nutrition, physiology, biomechanics, anatomy, genetics, and genomics throughout the program.

 Research Courses Tailored to Your Interests

Take the opportunity to complete a research course of a theoretical or practical nature with a faculty member in a discipline related to your interests and career goals.

Why Human Kinetics?

How can we improve human health, movement, nutrition, and well-being for different life stages and abilities?

During your studies in Human Kinetics (HK) at the U of G, you will experience comprehensive hands-on laboratories in exercise testing and assessment of human movement, and an in-depth dissection-based anatomical study of the human body, diving into human physiology, nutrition and biomechanics, biology and more.

Students in the Human Kinetics (HK) major at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying Biomedical Science, Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, or other majors.

What You Will Learn

Semester 1
  • Biological Concepts of Health
  • General Chemistry I
  • Elements of Calculus I
  • Physics for Life Sciences
Semester 2
  • Discovering Biodiversity
  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • General Chemistry II
  • Physics for Life Sciences II

Semester 3
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Principles of Human Biomechanics
  • Foundations in Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Statistics I
Semester 4
  • Human Physiology I - Concepts and Principles
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition

Semester 5
  • Applied Human Kinetics I
  • Human Physiology II - Integrated Systems
  • Lifestyle Genomics
  • Human Anatomy: Dissection or Human Anatomy: Prosection
Semester 6
  • Structure and Function in Biochemistry
  • Neuromuscular Physiology
  • Applied Human Kinetics II
  • Human Anatomy: Dissection
  • Human Anatomy

Semester 7
  • Human Cardio-respiratory Physiology
  • Nutrition, Exercise and Energy Metabolism
Semester 8
  • electives or restricted electives


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