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University of Calgary Calendar 2016-2017 Faculty of Kinesiology 2. Faculty Information
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Location: Kinesiology B 142/143

Student Information: 403.220.7018 or 403.220.3407

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The origins of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary date back to 1961 when the School of Physical Education was founded. In 1994, the name was changed to the Faculty of Kinesiology. Today, the faculty's curriculum and majors are recognized and accredited by the Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators (CCUPEKA). The curriculum is uniquely multi- and interdisciplinary. Undergraduate students study human movement from the perspectives of the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, with an integration of both theoretical and experiential learning components. Issues of health, wellness, and human performance are prominent in both the curriculum and research of the faculty. Kinesiology relates to the study of human movement and therefore active involvement in movement classes is part of the curriculum and an expectation of all students.


In addition to a core curriculum, all undergraduate students may pursue specialized areas of study.

The Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology offers a solid foundation with depth and breadth in the Kinesiology discipline. Students may tailor their degree to meet their needs and interests. A combined Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program is offered with the Haskayne School of Business and a combined Bachelor of Arts (Dance)/Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program is offered with the Faculty of Arts.

Admission to Athletic Therapy Major (BKin) is currently suspended. No new students will be admitted.

The Biomechanics Major (BSc) focuses on the mechanics of human movement with an emphasis on biomedical and sports applications, through course work in Kinesiology, Mathematics, and Engineering.

The Exercise and Health Physiology Major (BSc) builds upon fundamental knowledge in human movement and physiological functioning to understand the physiological response to exercise (from activities of daily living to high performance sport), and also the impact of exercise and diet on the physiological determinants of health and human performance across the life span.

The Mind Sciences in Kinesiology Major (BKin or BSc) provides a comprehensive education in the areas of behavioural neurosciences, cognition and neuro-motor control, and the application of personality and social psychological principles to the fields of exercise and health psychology, and sport psychology.

The Leadership in Pedagogy and Coaching Major (BKin) allows students to declare a concentration in Pedagogy or Coaching. The Pedagogy concentration addresses the teaching and learning of kinesiology content and activity for both children and adults. Teacher certification must be obtained after completing this program in order to work in the educational environment. The Coaching concentration will develop leaders from developmental to high performance coaching opportunities. Both Pedagogy and Coaching have a strong emphasis on experiential learning which includes practicum opportunities in the field. A concurrent Bachelor of Kinesiology (Pedagogy concentration only)/Bachelor of Education degree program is offered with the Werklund School of Education.


The Kinesiology undergraduate curriculum addresses the eight core competencies endorsed by the University of Calgary. These are critical and creative thinking, problem analysis, effective communication, gathering and organizing information, abstract thinking, interpretative and assessment skills, and insight and intuition in generating knowledge. The curriculum provides an opportunity for students to acquire advanced levels of knowledge on contemporary issues related to health, movement, exercise, and sport. Laboratory, professional, and experiential courses are integral to our programs and designed to facilitate the transition from undergraduate education to the workplace and/or graduate education. Finally, the undergraduate program promotes a lifelong desire for learning, an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle, and willingness to assume leadership roles in the promotion of health, wellness, and human performance.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Kinesiology may find employment in areas such as: teaching, corporate wellness, sport administration and marketing, management, fitness assessment and exercise prescription, health promotion, coaching and training of amateur and high performance athletes, therapeutic rehabilitation for individuals with chronic conditions, workplace health and safety, comprehensive health care, and research.

Student Affairs

Academic advisors in the Advising Office are available for program consultation during regular office hours. Students are encouraged to become acquainted with the Advising Office and its resources to discuss any aspect of academic programs.

Kinesiology Student Society (KSS) is an undergraduate club responsible for academic and social activities. The main objective is to build spirit and rapport within the Faculty.


The Faculty of Kinesiology is home to many integrated units designed to provide a complete experience in education, research, and programming. Research in the Faculty is conducted in some of the finest research laboratories, clinical space, and athletic/recreational training facilities found anywhere in the world. Several highly productive research units exist within the Faculty including the Roger Jackson Centre for Health and Wellness Research comprised of the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) and the Sport Medicine Centre.

The Faculty includes several large non-academic units. These units, integral to the Faculty, contribute to an enriched environment for students, staff, and faculty, and include the University of Calgary athletic teams (the Dinos), Active Living, Community Programs, Outdoor Programs, and the Olympic Oval.

The Kinesiology Complex at the University of Calgary is a multi-faceted facility comprised of over 70,000 square metres of indoor area and over 8 hectares of outdoor activity space. The complex consists of five gymnasia, two dance studios, a 50 metre swimming pool, one wrestling room, two multipurpose studios, one fitness studio, a cycle centre, a gymnastics centre, two indoor climbing walls, a large fitness centre, and indoor 400 metre speed skating rink, an Olympic size hockey rink, a short track speed skating rink, high performance weight room, an indoor 200 metre six lane running track, an indoor 400 metre two lane running track, thirteen squash courts, seven racquetball courts, eight classrooms, four lecture theatres, and multiple meeting and conference rooms. The outdoor activity area is comprised of five natural grass playing fields, four outdoor tennis courts, and a synthetic field hockey pitch.