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17.3 Bachelor of Science (BSc) Kinesiology

The School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education offers Major programs in the area of Kinesiology, which include the option of studying under a co-operative education model. An Honours degree is also available to those students seeking research experience. The Major program requires a degree of specialization in the last two years of study. This degree may permit students to proceed to a professional position in the various fields associated with Kinesiology, or to proceed towards graduate study, or medical or paramedical studies (including chiropractic, physiotherapy, occupational therapy).

Students should note that many of the course requirements of the BSc degree have secondary school prerequisites, including a minimum of Biology 11, Chemistry 11 (Chemistry 12 recommended), Pre-calculus 12 and Physics 12. See Note 2 in 17.3.2.

The School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education accepts a total of 30 students each year into the BSc Kinesiology Major and Major Co-operative programs.

17.3.1 BSc Kinesiology Major and Major Co-op Admission Requirements

The deadline for receipt of application forms is January 31. New student applications must be sent to Admission Services. Reregistering UVic student applications must be sent to Records Services. Students are selected for entry into the program for the following September.

Students transferring from colleges and universities should complete an Application for Admission available from <registrar.uvic.ca/undergrad>. Reregistering UVic students may download, print and complete an Application to the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education form available on the School's website: <www.uvic.ca/education/PHED/selprocs.htm>.

The requirements for admission to the BSc Kinesiology Major and Major Co-op programs are:

  1. at least 12 units of credit, including:
  2. a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (“B” average) on the most recent session. For students currently registered in less than 12 units, the GPA will be determined by using a combination of the GPA achieved in the current session and the GPA from the previous session applied to the number of units required to reach the 12 units. Achieving the minimum GPA for the program does not ensure acceptance.
  3. all requirements for admission must be completed by April 30 and documented by May 31

In order to continue in the program, students require a grade point average of at least 3.0 (3.5 for Co-op) in every session.

17.3.2 Recommended Sequence of Required Courses BSc Kinesiology Major

Year One
(Humanities, Science or Social Sciences)
BIOL 150A and 150B, or 190A and 190B1 3.0
CHEM 101 and 1021 3.0
EPHE 1411 1.5
EPHE 143 1.5
EPHE 155 1.5
ENGL 135 and one from 146, 147, 225 3.0
Electives3 1.5
Total for year 15.0
Year Two
MATH 1001, 2 1.5
STAT 2551 1.5
PHYS 1201, 2 1.5
EPHE 2011 1.5
EPHE 241A1 1.5
EPHE 241B1 1.5
EPHE 2451 1.5
EPHE 253 1.5
Electives3 3.0
Total for year 15
Year Three
EPHE 3411 1.5
EPHE 3441 1.5
EPHE 3601 1.5
EPHE 3801 1.5
One of EPHE 355 or 456 1.5
EPHE 300-400 level 3.0
Electives3 4.5
Total for year 15.0
Year Four
EPHE 4411 1.5
EPHE 4441 1.5
EPHE 447 (full-year course) 1.5
EPHE 300-400 level 4.5
Electives3 6.0
Total for year 15.0
Total Units for Degree 60.0

1. Science designated course. The Bachelor of Science Kinesiology degree requires 33 science-designated units (see also note 3 regarding electives).

2. Students who do not have the prerequisite secondary school courses (Pre-Calculus 12 and Physics 12) OR who do not have the required grade of “B” in these courses may take MATH 102 (1.5 units) and PHYS 102 (3.0 units). Students who take this option will add an additional 1.5 units, which will not be utilized in the 60 unit Kinesiology degree.

3. At least 12 units of electives must be selected from courses offered by the following science departments, and at least 9 of these must be at the 300 or 400 level: Biochemistry and Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics and Astronomy. In addition, approved courses offered by the Departments of Psychology and Anthropology, and the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences may be used as science electives; a complete list of approved courses can be obtained from Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education Advising or our website <www.uvic.ca/education/phed/BScKinesiologyScienceElectives.htm>. Courses in these departments designated for non-science students WILL NOT be accepted as part of the 12 units of required sciences in the BSc Kinesiology programs.

17.3.3 BSc Major In Kinesiology - Co-operative Education Program

The Kinesiology Co-operative Education program is a year-round program, which enables students to integrate their academic experiences with workplace learning. Please refer to the general description of the Co-operative Education concept and general regulations governing all co-operative education students, starting on this page.

All students should follow the academic guidelines described in section 17.3.4. With permission of the Program Coordinator, Kinesiology co-op students may voluntarily withdraw from Co-operative Education and remain enrolled in the Kinesiology degree program.

With a high grade point average, applicants to the co-op program in Kinesiology may be provisionally admitted into a Co-operative Education work term prior to formal admission into the Kinesiology co-op program. Such students, with authorization from the Office of the Executive Director, Co-operative Education, may undertake a first co-op work term. In such cases, the co-op work term will be recorded on the transcript as COOP 001 and, if successfully completed, will be accepted as one of the required work terms for the student's co-op program. Subsequent work terms must be done as part of the Kinesiology program. Authorization to take a co-op work term does not guarantee admission to the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education.

Work term credit by challenge is not permitted in the BSc Kinesiology Co-op program.

In order to continue in this program, a grade point average of at least 3.5 is required in every session attended. If a student is on probation, then no units of credit will be allowed during the work term. Students are reminded of their responsibility to maintain the minimum academic performance required by the Faculty of Education (see Review of Academic Performance). Students with a GPA below 3.0 in an academic term will not be eligible to participate in the next scheduled co-op work term.

Students must complete three work terms. Normally, the expected number of weeks per work term is 15 and the expected number of hours per week is 35. The minimum number of weeks per work term is 12 and the minimum number of hours per week is 35. Please note that participation in the co-operative education program adds to the length of time required for successful degree completion.

Each work term is noted on the student's academic record (grading: COM, N/X or F/X). A student who does not complete a work term satisfactorily will normally be required to withdraw from the program but the Kinesiology Committee may, upon review, authorize a further work term.

Students registered for work terms are considered to be enrolled in a full-time course of studies and may not take university level credit courses while on a work term. Under extraordinary circumstances, students may submit, in writing to the Co-operative Education Coordinator, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, a request to register in a maximum of 1.5 units of university level course credit. Students should not expect to complete all their work terms in the summer months, nor should they expect to complete their program on a work term or series of work terms.

Students must sign a current Terms and Conditions document as provided by the Co-operative Education Coordinator, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education in order to be eligible to participate in the placement process.

Participation in EPHE 200 Co-op Seminar is a mandatory requirement for all School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education co-op students. This course is a co-requisite for students participating in the placement process prior to their first work term. EPHE 200 is offered in the September to December academic term. Students will be provided more information regarding the content and requirements for completion of this seminar upon admission to the KINE program.

Students are expected to participate fully in the placement process. While every attempt will be made to ensure that all eligible students are placed, the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education is under no obligation to guarantee placement. Students are only permitted to decline one valid co-op job offer, any more than that and they will be deemed ineligible to participate in the placement process for the remainder of that term. Students should be prepared to spend at least one work term outside the Greater Victoria area.

The Co-op Program Coordinator, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education reserves the right to approve any employer that provides placements for students and to withdraw a student from any placement assigned to a student. The student, however, has the right to be informed in writing of the reasons for any withdrawal and can follow the student appeal procedures as outlined in the Co-operative Education Program section of the calendar. Students may not withdraw from a placement without approval from the Co-op Coordinator. Failure to obtain permission will result in the student receiving a grade of F/X on the work term.

Students must be officially registered for the work term by completing the Work Term Registration Form, which is provided by the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education Co-op office, and provide any other required documentation prior to the start of the work term. A Co-op Program Fee, which is non-refundable, is due in the first month of each work term and is subject to the University's general fee regulations.

Ethical and Professional Behaviour:

While on co-operative education work terms students are responsible for acting in an ethical and professional manner.

Attendance:

While on co-operative education work terms students are expected to have regular attendance, be punctual at the work place and to notify their co-operative education coordinator whenever work term requirements cannot be kept.

Denial of co-operative education placement:

Students will be denied a co-operative education placement if their preparation in required course work and/or EPHE 200 is deemed unsatisfactory by their instructor(s) and/or the Director of the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education.

Withdrawal from co-operative education placement:

Students may be required to withdraw from the co-operative education placement with a failing grade if their performance in the workplace or their workplace preparation is considered unsatisfactory by the work site supervisor, co-operative education coordinator and the academic program coordinator.

Voluntary Withdrawal:

Students seeking voluntary withdrawal during a placement must receive permission to do so from the co-operative education coordinator and program coordinator. Their request must be in writing and contain the reasons for the request. Students whose performance is deemed unsatisfactory at the time of withdrawal will receive a failing grade.

The performance of students in this program will be reviewed after each campus term and each work term. Students whose performance is deemed unsatisfactory will be so informed and will be advised of the conditions they are to satisfy in order to remain in the program.

17.3.4 Recommended Sequence of Required Courses BSc Kinesiology Major - Co-operative Education

Years 1 and 2 are the same as for the non-co-op Major. See 17.3.2 and notes 1, 2, and 3.

At the end of Year Two:
Work Term #1
Year Three
Work Term #2 and possibly #3
EPHE 3411 1.5
EPHE 3441 1.5
EPHE 359 (summer) 1.5
EPHE 3601 1.5
EPHE 3801 1.5
EPHE 300-400 level 3.0
Electives3 4.5
Total for year 15.0
Year Four
Work Term #3
EPHE 4411 1.5
EPHE 4441 1.5
One of EPHE 355 or 456 1.5
EPHE 300-400 level 4.5
Electives3 6.0
Total for year 15.0
Total Units for Degree 60.0

17.3.5 BSc Kinesiology Honours

Students in the Kinesiology Major program seeking an Honours degree should apply to the Kinesiology program coordinator before the start of the third year of the program. Applicants require a minimum 6.0 grade point average in all EPHE courses (excluding EPHE 100 level courses) and a grade point average of 5.0 in non- EPHE courses.

If accepted, honours students are responsible for finding a supervisor for their honours thesis. All requirements should be completed within five academic years. The completed thesis will be examined by a three-person committee including the supervisor. To graduate with an honours degree, a student must have a minimum 5.0 grade point average for all work outside the School. An Honours degree will be awarded to students who obtain:

  1. a graduating average of at least 5.0
  2. a grade point average of at least 5.5 for 300 and 400-level School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education courses
  3. a grade of at least B in EPHE 499

A student who achieves a grade lower than B- in EPHE 499 will graduate under the Major program, providing all other requirements for the degree are fulfilled. The submission date for the thesis in EPHE 499 is the last day of classes. BSc Kinesiology Major and Co-op students accepted into the Honours program follow the same course sequence requirements for the Major and Co-op degrees, with the following modifications:

17.3.6 Recommended Sequence of Required Courses BSc Kinesiology Honours

Years 1 and 2 are the same as for the Major. See 17.3.2 and notes 1, 2, and 3.

Year Three
EPHE 3411 1.5
EPHE 3441 1.5
EPHE 357 1.5
EPHE 3601 1.5
EPHE 3801 1.5
One of EPHE 355 or 456 1.5
EPHE 300-400 level 1.5
Electives3 4.5
Total for year 15.0
Year Four
EPHE 4411 1.5
EPHE 4441 1.5
EPHE 447 (full-year course) 1.5
EPHE 499 (full-year course) 3.0
EPHE 300-400 level 4.5
Electives3 4.5
Total for year 16.5
Total Units for Degree 61.5

17.3.7 Interfaculty Minor, Double Honours or Major

Students interested in pursuing an Interfaculty Minor or an Interfaculty Double Honours or Major should discuss this program with both the Program Coordinator and the EPHE Adviser.

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