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Human Kinetics Program Information and "Core" Courses and Co-op

Program Information

The emphasis in the Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree is on providing students with an understanding of human physical activity in its broadest sense, rather than upon the details of professional practice and teaching methodologies.

A Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree may be earned either through a regular, eight-term program of study, or through the twelve-term Co-operative Education Program, which combines classroom and related work term experiences. In both programs, students follow a common core of Kinesiology and other courses and then specialize in one of three honours Majors: Movement Science, Sport Management, and Sport Studies.

Human Kinetics "Core" Courses

Human Kinetics "Core" Courses: 95-200, 95-205, 95-211, 95-225, 95-265, 95-280, 95-250, 95-269, 95-270; plus five of 95-210, 95-230, 95-240, 95-260, 95-285, 95-222, 95-224, or 95-350).

Upon completion of the Human Kinetics "Core" requirements, students will select a major from Movement Science, Sport Management, or Sport Studies. This selection must be done through the Office of the Registrar prior to registration for the fifth semester, or at the end of the fourth semester.

Co-operative Education Program in Kinesiology

The Co-operative Education Program is designed for highly motivated students who wish to develop their skills, increase their knowledge, and gain career-related experience. Students must first be admitted to Kinesiology and are eligible to apply then for the twenty-five available co-op openings in the Winter of their first term of study.

The following criteria have been established to evaluate such applications:

1)academic achievement based on fall term marks;
2)previous volunteer and paid work experience;
3)an application form and resume;
4)an interview with the student.

Admission decisions will be made in the Winter term of the student’s first year of study.

Withdrawal from the co-op program will be granted on an exception basis only as it must be determined that the student has no outstanding commitments to employers. Students who wish to withdraw must meet with a Co-op Coordinator and complete a withdrawal form. However, the only time a student may withdraw from an undergraduate co-op program without further co-op fee payment implications is by the 1st Friday of classes after their first co-op work term. Students who withdraw from Co-operative Education at any other time will be liable for paying the co-op fee for the term in which they are dropping and one additional term. This will help offset the costs of developing another student for placement.

In the interest of building solid partnerships with employers, students who have accepted a co-op employment offer (either by ranking a position in round 1 of the job competition or by accepting a position either verbally or in writing in later rounds) must honour that commitment. Therefore, once students have accepted an offer of employment for a work term, they will be considered registered in the appropriate work term course and must remain in the co-op program until they have completed their work term requirements. Failure to honour these commitments and/or to complete all work term requirements will lead to being required to withdraw from the co-op program and will result in a failing grade on his/her transcript for that work term.

Co-operative Program students must complete the course requirements for one of the two three Kinesiology majors (Movement Science, Sport Management, Sport Studies) and also register during their work terms in courses 95-299, 95-399, and 95-499 successively. Each work term will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis as a result of the successful completion of each of the following:
  • Submission of learning objectives approved by the employer
  • Work term assessment evaluation by the employer
  • Final employer work term evaluation
  • Work term report evaluation by faculty and by the employer
  • Work term presentation evaluation by faculty

All Co-op positions must be full-time, paid, related to the degree program and approved by the University. The process of securing a co-op position is competitive. Co-op students will apply for work opportunities as advertised by the Centre for Career Education using an Internet-based software program and employers will make interview and hiring decisions. Students are also encouraged to seek co-op employment outside of the advertised postings by completing a guided job search process facilitated by the Centre for Career Education.

A Co-operative Program fee is charge in each term beginning with the Winter term of Year 1. The fee is not a job-placement fee, but is levied to help defer the administrative costs associated with the program.


Option One

Fall Term: Study term.
Winter Term: Study term.
Summer Term: Off.

Fall Term: Study term.
Winter Term: Work term.
Summer Term: Study term.

Fall Term: Work term.
Winter Term: Study term.
Summer Term: Work term or optional term.*

Fall Term: Study term.
Winter Term: Study term.
Summer Term: Work term or optional term.*

Fall Term: Study term.

*The requirement of a third work term may be fulfilled in the Summer of either the third or fourth year.

Option Two: Fast-Track

Students wishing to complete their co-op degree in Kinesiology may do so in four years. This requires careful planning and scheduling. Students wishing to "fast-track" through their co-op degree are advised to meet with the faculty contact for co-op in Human Kinetics to discuss a strategy.