Program Highlights

Build the skills to help people live better in the Bachelor of Kinesiology program at Capilano University.

In the program, you'll expand your expertise in the hands-on applications of kinesiology.

Courses include physiology, biomechanics, active health, human behavior, anatomy, exercise psychology, leadership and health policy.

As you progress into the third- and fourth-years of the program, you'll gain knowledge of research methods, data analysis, professional ethics and field studies before moving into more focused training in your chosen specialty. 

  • Combine anatomical, physiological, and health knowledge to demonstrate competence and practical skills in health, clinical, or rehabilitation settings.
  • Apply effective networking practices to develop industry connections and build professional relationships in the fields of health and kinesiology.
  • Assess, design, and implement prevention and rehabilitation programs as they relate to healthy living and chronic disease inclusive of exercise management in public and private settings.
  • Proficiently utilize kinesiology specific technology in research, therapy, clinical or public health settings.
  • Apply knowledge to make decisions based on research, best practices, and emerging health information.
  • Create culturally safe practices and demonstrate humility and integrity as they relate to the prevention of ill health, and the rehabilitation of all peoples.

Admission Requirements

English language requirements

English is the language of instruction at CapU. All applicants are required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission.

If English is not your first language or you’ve received your education in a language other than English, you must meet our English Language Requirements.

Basic requirements

  • High school graduation
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.0 (60%) calculated on English Studies 12 or English 12 or English First Peoples 12 and two academic Grade 12 courses, and
  • A minimum C in Math 11 (Principles of Math or Foundations of Math) or pass in Pre-calculus 11, and 
  • A pass in Biology 12 or Anatomy and Physiology 12

Program-specific requirements

  • Two reference names
  • Letter of interest

Additional information

  • Letter of interest - should give reasons why the applicant is interested in the study of Kinesiology and a brief description of career goals

Admission Notes

The letter of interest must include the following:

  • The reasons why the applicant is interested in the study of Kinesiology.
  • A brief description of why they have chosen Kinesiology as a career path, career goals, volunteer positions with the number of hours, life experience (work, travel, injury/illness) and their health and physical activity.

The two reference names:

  • Please provide title and position of reference with a telephone number and email address.
  • Examples include employer, coach, teacher or volunteer coordinator (no family or friends).

Program Requirements

Year One - Lower Level Requirements

Total credits: 30.00

ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
KINE 103Active Health3.00 credits
KINE 125Introduction to Leadership in Health and Physical Activity3.00 credits
KINE 151Biomechanics3.00 credits
KINE 161Leisure and Sport in Society3.00 credits
KINE 190Human Physiology I3.00 credits
KINE 191Human Physiology II3.00 credits
Choose 9.00 credits of electives:
KINEKinesiology 100 or 200-level3.00 credits
Electives 100 or 200-level (excluding KINE)6.00 credits


Year Two - Lower Level Requirements

Total credits: 30.00

CMNS 220Advanced Business Writing and Editing3.00 credits
KINE 206Applications of Functional Anatomy3.00 credits
KINE 230Human Motor Behaviour I3.00 credits
KINE 231Mental Theories in Sport and Exercise3.00 credits
KINE 261Health, Policy and Society3.00 credits
KINE 275Exercise Physiology3.00 credits
KINE 296Kinesiology Career Seminar Series3.00 credits
Choose 9.00 credits of electives:
KINEKinesiology 100 or 200-level3.00 credits
Electives 100-level or higher (excluding KINE)6.00 credits


Year Three and Four - Upper Level Requirements

Total credits: 60.00

KINE 301Research Methods in Kinesiology3.00 credits
KINE 302Data Analysis3.00 credits
KINE 329Ethics in Kinesiology3.00 credits
KINE 396Career and Professional Preparation3.00 credits
KINE 397BKIN Field Studies I3.00 credits
KINE 499BKIN Capstone3.00 credits
Choose 12.00 credits from the following list:

Students must chose one of the following concentrations (12 credits):

Exercise Science: -KINE 317 Lab Techniques in Exercise Science -KINE 320 Physiology of Healthy Aging -KINE 375 Advanced Exercise Physiology -KINE 390 Advanced Musculoskeletal Anatomy12.00 credits
Health Promotion: -CMNS 355 Intercultural Communication -KINE 325 Leadership in Health and Physical Activity -KINE 331 Health Behaviour Change -KINE 335 Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation12.00 credits
Choose 30.00 credits of electives:
Minimum of 12.00 credits at the 100-level or higher (excluding KINE); and
Minimum of 15.00 credits at the 300-level or higher (KINE or non-KINE)


Total program credits: 120.00

Program Notes

Students starting in their baccalaureate degree on or after Fall 2018 and graduating on or after June 2022 must meet Cap Core graduation requirements in addition to their program requirements.

Students specialize by completing 12 upper-level credits in one of the following areas:

-Health Promotion Concentration: CMNS 355, KINE 325, KINE 331, KINE 335

-Exercise Science Concentration: KINE 317, KINE 320, KINE 375, KINE 390


Have questions about this program?

School of Kinesiology

604 990 7966
Fir Building, room FR517A

Student Information Services

604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
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