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Human Kinetics is concerned with understanding capacities for, and limits of, human movement at different life stages and abilities. This major also focuses on the role of nutrition and physical activity in human health.

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The Honours B.Sc. major in Human Kinetics (HK) is offered by the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences. This major will provide you with a broad and basic understanding in human biology and includes courses in anatomy, physiology, nutrition and biomechanics. Experience comprehensive hands-on laboratories in exercise testing and assessment of human movement, and an in-depth dissection-based anatomical study of the human body.

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Program Details 

Our major in human kinetics is focused on the science behind human movement, the physiological response of the human body and the interaction of nutrition at the cellular and system level. In first year we will set a foundation of science courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. All key to understanding and diving deeper into the second year courses in biomechancs, human physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology. In your third and fourth year, you will engage in numerous hands on lab where you will learn how to measure and assess human performance as well as engage in or review specimens from a dissection of the human body. In fourth year you will have the opportunity to complete a research course of a theoretical or practical nature with a faculty member in a discipline related to your interests. The program is supported and further enhanced by a number of facilities on campus, including the Human Anatomy Lab, Biomechanics Lab and the Health and Performance Centre.

  • Human Anatomy
  • Applied Human Kinetics
  • Human Cardio-respiratory Physiology
  • Nutrition, Exercise and Energy Metabolism

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Admission Requirements

~84-87%* average 

  • 12U English 
  • Advanced Functions
  • 2 courses from12U: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • 2 additional 12U or M courses

All three sciences are recommended

*Please note that admission cut-offs stated above is an approximate based on previous years applicant pool. This cut-off range will vary from year-to-year and can be higher or lower based on the applicant pool. Meeting the minimum average does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admissions averages are calculated using the six required courses. 


You can expect to learn how to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of human movement, physical activity and exercise on health and performance, nutrition and metabolic control of health, and provide mechanistic explanations for associated biological events at the molecular, cellular and whole organism levels of organization.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the science of prospective health; the pivotal role of individual exergenomic and exer-epigenetic analyses and the critical role of evidence-based, lifestyle medicine in the effective application of the prospective health approach to healthcare.
  • Critically analyze experimental design, data analysis and interpretation in human movement, physical activity and exercise science research.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to measure and record cardiorespiratory, kinematic, and neuromechanical data in humans.


Career Options

Gain the requirements to become a certified Kinesiologist. Pursue graduate work or a variety of related professional programs including medicine. Students interested in Kinesiology, please see the University of Guelph-Humber B.A.Sc. Kinesiology program.


What our Alumni are working as:

Physiotherapist  | Shopify

Respiratory Educator | Eramosa Physiotherapy

Medical Affairs Coordinator | Michael Garron Hospital


College of Biological Science

Human Kinetics is supported by the College of Biological Science.

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Research & Faculty

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Course List

A complete listing of all courses required for this major can be found in the Schedule of Studies located in the undergraduate calendar.

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