Degree Requirements

To qualify for the Bachelor of Human Kinetics (B.H.K.) degree, students must:

  • satisfy all the B.H.K. program requirements by completing studies whether at the UBC Okanagan campus or elsewhere;
  • satisfy at least 50% of the credits for the B.H.K. program while registered in the program1;
  • complete a minimum of 30 upper-level (300/400) credits in HMKN courses;
  • complete 48 credits at the 300/400 level, of which 12 credits must be 300/400 level outside of HEAL or HMKN;
  • 30 of these 48 credits1 must be completed at UBC; and
  • complete 120 credits.

Note: Students may complete HMKN 401 (Community Placement Experience), HMKN 402 (Advanced Placement Experience), or HMKN 499 (Project in Human Kinetics) while studying at another institution on a Senate-approved exchange program.

Students must pursue one of two areas of concentration - Clinical Exercise Physiology or Health Promotion - and satisfy the course requirements of the area of concentration.

Non-Human Kinetics Electives
Many 300/400-level courses require 100/200-level prerequisites, and therefore all non-HMKN electives should be selected carefully.

Overloading
A student must apply in writing to the Faculty of Health and Social Development for permission to register in more than 36 credits in a Winter Session or 12 credits in a Summer Session.

1Courses taken while studying at another institution on a Senate-approved exchange program may satisfy this requirement.

Areas of Concentration

Clinical Exercise Physiology

This concentration focuses on the role of exercise in health and physical activity in the prevention, rehabilitation, and management of chronic disease. Students will study a variety of aspects of healthy aging as well as cardiovascular, respiratory, neurophysiology and muscular physiology, and pathology. Potential occupations include: kinesiologist, clinical exercise physiologist, rehabilitation specialist, exercise therapist, and personal trainer, among others. Graduates of the clinical exercise physiology concentration often work in conjunction with other health care providers such as physicians, cardiac rehabilitation specialists, and nutritionists, and also progress into professions such as medicine, physiotherapy, respiratory therapy, and occupational therapy. Many of the courses offered in the other concentration, Health Promotion, also provide knowledge and skills beneficial to this area.

    Students in the Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration are required to complete a total of 66 credits of electives of which:

  • 33 must be at the 300- or 400-level;
  • 15 must be within Human Kinetics and
  • 12 credits must be outside Health Studies and Human Kinetics.
  • 6 credits can be coursework from any discipline.

    Required courses for the Health Promotion concentration are also eligible electives.
First Year   Credits
3 credits of 100-level English 3
HMKN 105 Canadian Health Care System 3
HMKN 100 Health, Fitness, and Lifestyle 3
HMKN 101 Biomechanics 3
HMKN 190 Functional Anatomy and Applied Physiology I 3
HMKN 191 Functional Anatomy and Applied Physiology II 3
12 credits of electives 12
Total Credits 30
Second Year
HEAL 200 Determinants of Health 3
HMKN 200 Exercise Physiology I 3
HMKN 201 Exercise Psychology I 3
HMKN 202 Human Motor Behaviour I 3
HMKN 203 Lifespan Physical and Motor Development 3
HMKN 205 Methods of Data Analysis 3
HMKN 206 Health Research Methods 3
9 credits of electives 9
Total Credits 30
Third Year
HMKN 310 Exercise Physiology II 3
HMKN 311 Exercise Prescription 3
One of HMKN 312 Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Science
or HMKN 315 Laboratory Techniques in Sensorimotor Neuroscience 3
HMKN 335 Pathophysiology 3
18 credits of electives 18
Total Credits 30
Fourth Year
3 credits of HMKN 401, HMKN 4991 Community Placement Experience; Project in Human Kinetics 3
27 credits of electives 27
Total Credits 30
1 Permission of the School of Health and Exercise Science is required. Students may take no more than 9 credits combined of HMKN 401, HMKN 402, and HMKN 499.

Health Promotion

This concentration examines health from a multidisciplinary perspective, including the physical, social-cultural, and psychological components of health, and the associated impact an individual’s health has on the public health care system. This concentration teaches students how to promote a healthy lifestyle and improve many aspects of health throughout the lifespan using individual, community, and population level approaches. Health and exercise psychology, behavioural physical activity, health promotion, disease, health policy, health care systems, and nutrition are some of the topics included within this concentration. Potential occupations include: health services/policy worker, health promotion programmer, corporate/occupational health coordinator, active living coordinator, and social/health marketer, among others. These professionals work in a variety of health care and government organizations, and recreation and business centres in addition to schools. Many of the courses offered in the other concentration, Clinical Exercise Physiology, also provide knowledge and skills beneficial to this concentration.

    Students in the Health Promotion concentration are required to complete a total of 66 credits of electives of which:

  • 33 must be at the 300- or 400-level;
  • 15 must be within Human Kinetics;
  • 3 credits must be from Health Studies;
  • 12 credits must be outside Health Studies and Human Kinetics.
  • 3 credits can be coursework from any discipline.

    Required courses for the Clinical Exercise concentration are also eligible electives.
First Year   Credits
3 credits of 100-level English 3
HMKN 105 Canadian Health Care System 3
HMKN 100 Health, Fitness, and Lifestyle 3
HMKN 101 Biomechanics 3
HMKN 190 Functional Anatomy and Applied Physiology I 3
HMKN 191 Functional Anatomy and Applied Physiology II 3
12 credits of electives 12
Total Credits 30
Second Year
HEAL 200 Determinants of Health 3
HMKN 205 Methods of Data Analysis 3
HMKN 206 Health Research Methods 3
HMKN 200 Exercise Physiology I 3
HMKN 201 Exercise Psychology I 3
HMKN 202 Human Motor Behaviour I 3
HMKN 203 Lifespan Physical and Motor Development 3
9 credits of electives 9
Total Credits 30
Third Year
HMKN 303 Health Program Evaluation 3
3 credits of 300- or 400-level HEAL electives 3
HMKN 421 Advanced Theories of Health Behaviour Change 3
HMKN 322 Health Promotion I 3
HMKN 323 Introduction to Nutrition 3
15 credits of electives 15
Total Credits 30
Fourth Year
3 credits of HMKN 401, HMKN 4991 Community Placement Experience; Project in Human Kinetics 3
27 credits of electives 27
Total Credits 30
1 Permission of the School of Health and Exercise Science is required. Students may take no more than 9 credits combined of HMKN 401, HMKN 402, and HMKN 499.

Promotion Requirements

Promotion to Second Year

Successful completion of 24 or more credits which must include first-year Human Kinetics core courses: HMKN 100 (3), HMKN 101 (3), HMKN 105 (3), HMKN 190 (3), and HMKN 191 (3).

Promotion to Third Year

Successful completion of 48 or more credits which must include 3 credits of first-year English and second-year Human Kinetics core courses: HMKN 200 (3), HMKN 201 (3), HMKN 202 (3), and HMKN 203 (3), HMKN 205 (3), and HMKN 206 (3).

Promotion to Fourth Year

Successful completion of 78 or more credits.

Minor Programs

Students who wish to focus their non-Human Kinetics electives may undertake an optional minor program in conjunction with the B.H.K. degree. All courses in the minor must be taken outside of Human Kinetics.

Students completing the B.H.K. may complete a Minor in Arts (e.g., Gender and Women’s Studies, Indigenous Studies, Psychology, Sociology, etc.) or Science (e.g., Biology, Chemistry).

Students must pay particular attention to the number of upper-level credits required for a minor versus the number of credits available in their upper-level non-HMKN electives. Careful planning is required. Students are advised to seek assistance from Academic Advising to ensure appropriate program planning.

Minor in Arts

An acceptable program must comprise courses in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences or the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies that are for credit towards a B.A. degree, and consists of 18 upper-level credits in a single subject field or specialization. Students should design a coherent, academically sound course of studies for their minor. All courses must be acceptable for a B.A. major in the subject area or field, but a student is not bound by the other requirements that the Faculty of Arts and Sciences or the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies sets for a major or minor in the field. Students who wish to pursue a minor in Arts should be aware of the prerequisites for many of the upper-level courses in Arts.

Upon successful completion of the minor program, the notation "Minor in Arts" will be denoted on the student's transcript.

Minor in Science

An acceptable program must comprise courses in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences that are for credit towards a B.Sc. degree, and consists of 18 upper-level credits in a single subject field or specialization. Students should design a coherent, academically sound course of studies for their minor. All courses must be acceptable for a B.Sc. major in the subject area or field, but a student is not bound by the other requirements that the Faculty of Arts and Sciences sets for a major or minor in the field. Students who wish to pursue a Minor in Science should be aware of the prerequisites for many of the upper-level courses in Science.

Upon successful completion of the minor program, the notation "Minor in Science" will be denoted on the student's transcript.

Secondary Teaching Education Program (STEP)- Physical Education Speciality

Students intending to pursue the Physical Education Specialty within the Faculty of Education’s STEP are encouraged to pursue a teachable Minor. Careful planning of elective coursework is required to pursue this. Students are advised to seek assistance from Academic Advising to ensure appropriate program planning. Please refer to the Faculty of Education’s STEP program requirements for further information.

Bachelor of Human Kinetics Honours Program

The B.H.K. Honours Program will enable high-achieving students in Health and Exercise Sciences to gain additional research experience through the completion of an Honours thesis. Honours students will be required to complete a substantive research project and to prepare a thesis based on that project under the supervision of a faculty member.

Admission Requirements

Admission of students to the Honours Program will be on a competitive basis. A limited number of students will be accepted each year based on compatibility with research interests of potential supervisors and supervisor availability. Students interested in being admitted into the Honours Program should formally apply by March 1 of their 3rd year and must meet the following requirements:

  • Third year standing at application time and fourth-year standing by the fall term when commencing the honours program;
  • Minimum weighted average of 80% from all second and third year Human Kinetics courses*;
  • Minimum weighted average of 80% over the last 60 credits*;
  • Acceptance by a supervisor approved by the Director;
  • Completion of HMKN 205, HMKN 206 with a minimum grade of 80% in each.

    *In courses taken twice, the higher grade only will be calculated into the weighted average

Graduation Requirements

  • All general program requirements for the B.H.K. degree;
  • Satisfy all course requirements for chosen area of concentration;
  • Minimum weighted average of 80% over the last 30 credits;
  • Completion of HMKN 403 (Honours Program Seminar)
  • Completion of HMKN 449 (Honours Thesis)

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