IX. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc.) - Major Kinesiology - Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion

Kinesiology is an academic discipline focused on understanding the science of human movement. A thorough examination of human movement entails both the study of how individuals move, as well as the factors which limit and enhance individual movement. Thus, the sub-disciplines of kinesiology include: functional anatomy, physiology, biophysics and biomechanics, motor learning and neural control, biochemistry and nutrition, and fitness and lifestyle assessment. The application of this knowledge base permits improvements in one’s ability to move, as well as the development and implementation of strategies aimed at encouraging individuals to be physically active and to adopt healthier lifestyles. Course offerings in exercise prescription, health promotion and health counselling address this application of knowledge. Professionally focused physical and clinical activity practicum courses are also offered in the program curriculum.

The objective of this program is to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and practical experience necessary for employment in a variety of fitness and health fields, as well as clinical settings. Additionally, upon completion of the program students will be eligible to pursue (in accordance with any additional requirements of the certifying body) certification as a Personal Trainer or Exercise Physiologist, from the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology or a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario.

In the third and fourth years of the program, students will complete two workplace field placements designed to foster the development of transferable skills and familiarize themselves with the structure and function of fitness and health facilities. These placements will provide them with valuable experience and networking opportunities. Throughout their placements, students will participate in weekly seminars that will serve to critically analyze their experiences.

Students are required to complete 20.00 credits in order to be eligible for graduation: 18.50 core credits, 1.50 general elective options and four 0.00 credit activity practicum courses. Students must complete all requirements in order to be eligible to graduate with both the university honours degree (awarded by the University of Guelph) and the college diploma (awarded by Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning).

University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1