Why study Kinesiology at Dal?

Learn how the human body moves as a complex living system

Are you interested in physical activity, cardiac health and ergonomics? We’ve got you covered. Kinesiology is a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human movement and our program offers you a wide variety of classes taught by professors known for their research. Tailor your degree to your interests with the option to focus on a specific study stream — fitness and lifestyle, ergonomics, or coaching science — or pursue an all-around combination of classes.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology), BSc
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Health and Human Performance
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September

What will I learn?

The courses you take will depend on your personal interests. You’ll gain a broad background in various subdisciplines of kinesiology, including anatomy, physiology, neurophysiology, biomechanics, movement control and psychology of performance. You’ll also be exposed to the foundational sciences such as biology, physics, psychology and mathematics.

In your upper years, you can choose whether you’d like to do a general degree in kinesiology or apply to one of the three focused streams: ergonomics, fitness and lifestyle or coaching science. If you’re accepted into one of the streams, you'll need to take certain courses to complete your degree.

Along with your course learning, you’ll also gain experience in research methodology and have the opportunity to complete an independent research project. The 25-hour practicum in your final year will allow you to enhance your studies and put learning into practice in a professional setting.

Sample courses:

  • Psychology and Physical Activity
  • Introductory Biomechanics
  • Prevention and Care of Injuries

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

Job opportunities directly related to kinesiology are available in a variety of sectors. Because of the flexibility and individualization of the program, and the opportunity to take part in interprofessional learning, you’ll be well prepared for the multi-disciplinary approach used in many workplaces. After graduation, you could find yourself in any of the following careers:

  • athletic therapist
  • personal trainer
  • ergonomics consultant
  • health and safety manager
  • chiropractic assistant

Many students choose to continue their studies by pursuing a Master of Science (MSc) in Kinesiology right here at Dalhousie. Your degree in kinesiology also gives you a rich base for further professional studies in fields such as medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, law and more.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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