Exercise and Health Physiology

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

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What you will learn in this program

Exercise and Health Physiology scholars ask questions such as: How do athletes attain optimal performance? Can exercise help to prevent chronic disease? How does regular physical activity assist in maintaining a healthy body composition?

Exercise and Health Physiology builds on the knowledge of human movement and function to focus on the impacts that lifestyle, exercise and diet have on the human body. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur while actively working on problems in class and during labs. You’ll develop an understanding of the complex functioning of the human body at the molecular, cellular and systemic levels and learn to apply your knowledge in real world situations.

Career opportunities

Exercise and Health Physiologists have global opportunities to work in areas such as sport medicine and rehabilitation, recreation, health and fitness, research and more. A degree in Exercise and Health Physiology 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), General Chemistry (Structure and Bonding), Introduction to Research in Kinesiology, Introductory Calculus, ​Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Admission requirements and information

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If you are currently in grade 12 or have recently completed high school, you must present five required grade 12 courses for your program as outlined below. Admissions averages will be calculated using either the early or standard admission processes.

Faculty

Faculty of Kinesiology

Application Dates

October 1st 2018 to March 1st 2019

Curriculum (Education System)

Alberta curriculum

Minimum Competitive Average

Low 80s

Required Courses

  • English Language Arts 30-1
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Mathematics 30-1
  • One approved course or option

Required Courses Notes

  1. For Biomechanics, and Exercise and Health Physiology, a minimum of 70% Alberta Mathematics 30-1 (or equivalent) is required.
  2. For Biomechanics, senior-level Calculus and Alberta Mathematics 30-1 (or equivalent) are required. Alberta Physics 30 (or equivalent) is recommended but will not be counted in the calculation of the incoming average.
  3. A minimum grade of 70% in Alberta Mathematics 30-1 (or equivalent) is the prerequisite for first-year math courses.
  4. Equivalent International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) courses are accepted.

Approved Courses/Options

Approved Courses

  • Indigenous Studies 30
  • Any 5-credit second language or language and culture course at the 30-level [1,2]
  • Any approved grade 12 IB diploma or AP academic subject
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • CTS Computer Science Advanced (5-credits)
  • English 30-1
  • Fine Arts (Art 30, Art 31, Choral Music 30, General Music 30, Instrumental Music 30, Drama 30, Dance 35)
  • Mathematics 30-1, 30-2, and 31 [1,3]
  • Physical Education 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1

Approved Options

  • Other five-credit 30-level courses excluding Special Projects 30 and English 30-2.
  • Three-credit courses: Two three-credit 20- or 30-level courses can be combined to fulfil ONE requirement. Courses at the 20- and 30-level CANNOT be combined to satisfy a course requirement.
  • One-credit courses: five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil one approved option requirement.

Approved Courses/Options Notes

  1. Two courses in the same subject area may not be presented to satisfy entrance requirements unless the courses are Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 30-2 or Mathematics 31
  2. Only one grade 12 level course in a language stream may be used to satisfy admission requirements.: (a) one of Alberta French 30, 31A, 31B, 31C, 30-3Y, 30-9Y (or equivalent subjects); Alberta French Language Arts 30-1, 30-2 (or equivalent subjects), (b) one of Alberta Chinese Language Arts 30 (3Y, 6Y, 9Y, 12Y) (or equivalent subjects); Alberta Chinese Language and Culture 30 (3Y, 6Y) (or equivalent subjects).
  3. A minimum grade of 70% in Mathematics 30-1 is the prerequisite for first-year math courses.
  4. One-credit courses: five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil ONE requirement. Intermediate and Advanced Credits cannot be combined to satisfy a course requirement.

Standard Admission

If you are currently completing high school, you will automatically be considered for admission using the standard admission by calculating your admission average using final grade 11 grades and at least one grade 12 approved course (if both grade 11 and 12 grades are provided, the grade 12 grade will be used) from the required courses for your program choice. Admitted students must complete all 30-level (or equivalent) required courses outlined above, maintain the admission average required for admission in the application year and obtain the Alberta Grade 12 diploma (or equivalent).

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Early Admission

You may be offered early admission (based on your available grade 11 or 12 results) for English, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. Admitted students must complete all 30-level (or equivalent) required courses outlined above, maintain the admission average required for admission in the application year and obtain the Alberta Grade 12 diploma (or equivalent)..

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Required Documents

Alberta: There is no need to send your transcripts. The University of Calgary will obtain transcripts on your behalf from the Ministry of Education. Other Canadian Provinces and Territories: Official transcripts are documents which are sent directly to the University of Calgary's admissions office from your school or the Department of Education maintaining such records. It's your responsibility to request transcripts from any non-Alberta institutions to be sent directly to the university's admissions office.

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ELP

English is the official language of instruction at the University of Calgary. All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to be considered for admission.

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Diverse Qualifications

If you're a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have achieved excellence outside of academics, or have overcome significant hardships, you may seek admission under the Diverse Qualifications Admission Process.

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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.

​Professor Guillaume Millet studies weariness in all its guises. Why do men fizzle out earlier than women during ultra-endurance races? What causes fatigue in frail populations, including cancer survivors? Millet, an ultra endurance runner himself, adapts methods that have been used to study athletes and mountaineers to understand the mechanisms that cause fatigue. His goal is to alleviate this distressing symptom in order to improve the overall quality of life of patients.

​ Studying athletes sheds light on fatigue in cancer survivors

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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I think it was my fascination for the human body that attracted me most to kinesiology. I love learning how our bodies function as well as the things that can occur in terms of illness and disease that can inhibit proper function. I love that no matter where I end up in life I know that I will be able to utilize the knowledge I have gained from the undertaking of this program.

​Lance B., kinesiology student

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Faculty Information

Faculty of Kinesiology
Kinesiology B, Room 142 & 143
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
403.220.7018 or 403.220.3407