Kinesiology is the scientific study of the body in movement. It involves the understanding of how and why people move and the factors that limit and enhance our capacity for movement.

Quick facts
  • Four year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan takes a holistic approach, covering many areas of study, such as exercise physiology, gross anatomy, biomechanics, motor learning and control, growth and development, psychology and ethics.

A first-year schedule sample

You will have a lot of flexibility when you pursue a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Below is what your first year could look like.

Course Description

Fall Term
BIOL 120 The Nature of Life
KIN 121 Functional Basis of Physical Activity
KIN 150 How Body Moves I
PSY 121* Social Clinical Cultural and Developmental Bases of Psychology
ENG 111* Literature and Composition Reading Poetry

Winter Term
BIOL 224 Animal Body Systems
KIN 122 Social Behavioral Foundations of Physical Activity
MATH 104 Elementary Calculus
ENG 114* Literature and Composition Reading Culture
SOC 112* Foundations in Sociology Social Construction of Everyday Life

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Here are just a few of the classes you might take while you complete this degree:

KIN 225: Introductory Exercise Physiology I
An introductory course on the effects of physical activity on specific physiological systems. Specific emphasis will be placed on the basic aspects of skeletal muscle and neural physiology.

KIN 231: Social Psychological Foundations of Physical Activity
Explores individual human behaviour in a physical activity context. The emphasis will be placed upon understanding social-psychological concepts as they relate to the physical activity setting.

KIN 381: Adult Fitness and Exercise Management I
Students will have the opportunity to complete the CSEP Certified Personal Trainer theory and practical examinations..

KIN 423: Physical Activity for Persons with Impairment
Focuses on physical activity programs for persons with impairments. Current trends in Canadian physical activity program philosophy and delivery are considered in concert with the more general philosophy and delivery systems for persons with impairments. Basic adapted physical activity principles focusing on activity, program and instructional modification are also considered.

As a kinesiology student at the University of Saskatchewan, you will attend classes in a modern, state-of-the art facility. The $33-million Physical Activity Complex (PAC) contains a triple gymnasium, rock climbing wall, top-of-the-line fitness centre, swimming pool, leading-edge laboratory equipment and more.

Accredited advantage
The kinesiology program at the University of Saskatchewan is accredited through the Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators. This organization represents the administrators of physical education and kinesiology programs at universities in Canada and serves as the accrediting body for physical education and kinesiology programs at Canadian universities.

The PAC is also home to our Campus Recreation program for intramural sports and offers the highest number of student employment opportunities on campus in areas including Huskie Athletics, aquatics, sports camps, fitness programs, instructional programs and other community services.

Practical Learning
Kinesiology practicum programs are fourth-year classes that are available as electives to students. Interested in physical rehabilitation? Check out the practicum involving cardiac rehab for pre-diabetic, post-stroke or post cardiac incident clients. The Athlete Health Practicum is perfect for those Huskie fans that are interested in working as a student trainer for a team.As you enter your fourth year, there are several courses, including practical experiences outside of the college, that may interest you. Practicum experience is available in athletic therapy, adult fitness management, business and cardiac rehabilitation.

Outstanding faculty
We have award-winning faculty doing amazing research and, to top it all off, they are great teachers, too. You will find that the relationship between students, staff and faculty is close-knit, and the best interest of students is the top priority of the college.

Experiential learning
You will have many opportunities for practical and hands-on learning. There are many lab experiences within kinesiology classes that will provide you with this hands-on experience. In addition, outstanding laboratory facilities and access to undergraduate research opportunities give our program a competitive edge. Practicum experience in athletic therapy, adult fitness management, business and cardiac rehabilitation are available as you enter your fourth year, or preview the academic research world through the One Credit Research Experience. The College of Kinesiology also has a Community Service Learning opportunity for our students.

Student exchange
The College of Kinesiology participates in an exchange program with the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Getting Involved
The Kinesiology Student Society (KiSS) organizes many fundraising campaigns and other activities that take place throughout the year that ensure students have many opportunities to connect and become part of the campus community, especially new students beginning their studies here in the fall.


As a graduate of this program, you'll have a variety of career options open to you, such as:

Health Education and Physical Education
  • Classroom teacher
  • Curriculum designer
  • Education consultant
  • Coach
Health, Fitness and Rehabilitation
  • Certified fitness appraiser
  • Athletic therapist
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Activity coordinator
Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Chronic disease health specialist
  • Rehabilitation
High Performance Athletes
  • Elite athletes
  • Professional teams
  • Professional kinesiologist
  • Exercise therapist
  • Health and fitness coordinator
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Professional fitness and lifestyle consultant
Recreation and Sports Administration
  • Sports/recreation facility manager
  • Sport consultant
  • Ecotourism/outdoor recreation leader
  • Sport marketing director

The flexibility of our program is also beneficial to those interested in pursuing a second degree in these areas, and others:

  • chiropractic
  • medicine
  • nursing
  • occupational therapy
  • physical therapy (physiotherapy)
  • public health

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $6,659 $18,180
Fees $947 $947
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $9,106 $20,627

Tuition will vary depending  on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2019-2020 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology [B.Sc.(Kin.)]

The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree is offered by the College of Kinesiology. There are three degree options:

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: a four year degree that will give you a broad understanding of Kinesiology and prepare you for multiple careers. While taking this degree, you'll be able to focus in one of two streams:

  • leisure and sports administration
  • professional health and fitness

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Honours): this four year degree is for students of proven academic ability. You'll study the subject at a more advanced level and be prepared for future graduate work in the field. If interested, you will apply to this program in your second or third year of studies.

Combined Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Bachelor of Education: in this five year program, you'll earn two degrees! You will first apply to Kinesiology and begin your studies. In your third year, you'll apply to the College of Education to finish your program. If you would like to teach high school physical education, this is an ideal program.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Early AdmissionFinal Deadline
September 2020
Dec 1, 2019
Documents due: Dec 1, 2019
Feb 15, 2020
Documents due: Mar 1, 2020

You can also begin this program in May or July. Application deadline is February 15, 2020, documents are due March 1st.

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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