Biomechanics

Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin)
Bachelor of Science (BSc)

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What you will learn in this program

Biomechanics scholars ask questions such as: Can the correct skate improve your stride? Why is the Fosbury Flop such an effective high jumping technique? How do ski boots impact knee injuries?

Biomechanics examines the forces acting upon and within a biological structure, as well as the effects produced by these forces. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur while actively working on problems in class and during labs. You'll learn how to apply mechanical theories and concepts to living systems with special emphasis on the human body and its movement, structure, and function.

Career opportunities

​Biomechanics graduates have global opportunities to work in areas such as coaching, recreation, health and fitness, research, and more. A degree in Biomechanics can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or architecture.

Courses you'll take:

Activity (Essence and Experience), Calculus for Engineers and Scientists, Introduction to Research in Kinesiology, Introduction to Socio-Cultural Aspects of Sport, ​Human Anatomy and Physiology I

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Program Highlights

Program enhancements

Lab work - Learn how to use tools and develop techniques within a supervised laboratory setting.

Work experience

Practicum experience - Opportunity to gain hands-on career related expereinces in a professional setting.

Hands-on opportunities

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.

“My job is to keep people running,” says Dr. Reed Ferber. After all, he is one of the world’s leading experts on the biomechanics of running and founder of the Running Injury Clinic which aims to educate and develop injury prevention and rehabilitation programs for runners and walkers of all ages. Ferber also teaches one of the most interesting, and most popular, first-year courses - Human Anatomy. ​

Reed Ferber, PhD — Assistant Professor; Director, Running Injury Clinic

Did you know? That out of over 340 student clubs on campus, the Kinesiology Students' Society has won the UCalgary Student’s Union Engagement Award five times for their commitment to supporting and engaging first-year students on campus.

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My favourite thing about the Kinesiology program is working with the incredible professors and staff. Everyone from the administrative staff to the members of the faculty have always treated me with the utmost respect . The university has done a tremendous job putting together a dynamic group of very forward thinking, hard working individuals who are not only amazingly talented in their respective fields, but also some of the most polite, engaging, and enthusiastic people I have ever met.

​Roger J., BKin'17

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We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2018 starting on Sunday, October 1, 2017. You'll be able to submit an application until Thursday, March 1, 2018. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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Faculty Information

Faculty of Kinesiology
Kinesiology B, Room 139B
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
403.220.5183