Academic Programs - Undergraduate

Kinesiology

Kinesiology is the study of human movement and its role in our lives.

Find what moves you

A varsity athlete lays on a therapy table while three Kinesiology students take notes, assess a leg injury, and speak to him.

When you study kinesiology at Acadia, you will learn about human movement from many perspectives:  

  • anatomy
  • physiology
  • psychomotor skills
  • sociocultural factors
  • biomechanics
  • pathology

You will take related science and arts courses. You can complete a certification or accreditation during your undergraduate studies.

Acadia’s Bachelor of Kinesiology program balances theory with hands-on experience. This balance bring the theory to life and gives it relevance. Your experiences, using state-of-the-art equipment, will be invaluable.

You will work closely with professors and enjoy expert individual instruction. You can explore electives in areas such as the following:

  • athletic therapy
  • exercise science and personal training
  • adapted physical activity
  • health promotion and wellness
  • teaching
  • leadership and coach education
  • sport and exercise psychology  

We provide a flexible framework for you to explore and develop as your areas of interest evolve.  

Kinesiology is challenging and demanding. Even so, the program is ideal if you plan to work in rehabilitation, medicine, or fitness, or as a teacher or coach. The degree is a gateway to many advanced-degree programs in health. These include physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine and chiropractics. Other health-related professions include nursing, midwifery, speech-language pathology and audiology.  

The degree also prepares you for graduate studies in areas such as the following:

  • exercise physiology
  • adapted physical activity
  • biomechanics
  • sport psychology

The Acadia Kinesiology program is accredited by the Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators. It provides opportunities for you to be certified as a personal trainer or an exercise physiologist. You may also become certified as a strength and conditioning specialist or an athletic therapist.

While you study, you will also be given first-rate opportunities for community engagement. You will develop exceptional leadership, team building, communication and networking skills. Our students make a lasting positive impact on the Acadia and Wolfville community.  

First Year at a Glance

First semester

  • KINE 1013
    Foundations
  • KINE 1100
    First Aid & CPR
  • KINE 1213 & 1210L
    Growth & Motor Development, with Lab
  • KINE 1243
    Historical Aspects of Physical Activity & Sport in Canada
  • KINE 1333 & 1330L
    Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, with Lab

Second semester

  • KINE 1413 & 1410L
    Human Anatomy 1, with Lab
  • COMM 1013
    Communication for Kinesiology
  • BIOL 1853 & 1850L
    Applied Human Biology 1, with Lab
  • BIOL 1863 & 1860L
    Applied Human Biology 2, with Lab
  • MATH 1253 & 1250L
    Statistics, with Lab

Future Careers

  • Audiology
  • Cardiac maintenance
  • Chiropractic
  • Coaching
  • Dentistry
  • Health promotion
  • Insurance
  • Kinesiologist
  • Law
  • CSEP-CPT/CEP
  • Medicine
  • Midwifery
  • Military
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • RCMP or other police forces
  • Speech-language pathology
 

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