Kinesiology is the study of human movement, and its goal is to discover strategies to improve human health and performance. This knowledge and expertise can be used to work with high-performance athletes, people suffering from chronic injury or disease, and those wanting to improve their overall physical health.
Kinesiology is the science dealing with the interrelationship of the physiological processes and anatomy of the human body with respect to movement. As a graduate with a degree in Kinesiology, you may work as a rehabilitation or physical therapist with specialized training in their branch of therapy, as a consultant designing sports equipment and researching ways to improve athletic performance, exploring health problems, or improving designs for artificial limbs for amputees. Or you may choose to earn your Ph.D. to research and teach in the field. The general field of Physical Education and Recreation Administration may lead to several career paths such as planning, organizing and directing of sports and recreation programs, or creating and promoting independent leisure lifestyles for people who have special needs.
Courses in Physical Education allow up to two years of credit at Medicine Hat College before completing a degree at a university. Medicine Hat College offers transfer in the Bachelor of Physical Education Degree and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology to the University of Alberta, Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Arts or Science in Kinesiology at the University of Lethbridge, and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan. If you plan to complete a Kinesiology degree at the University of Saskatchewan, you should take only the first year at Medicine Hat College. Students can study one to two years at Medicine Hat College before transferring to the University of Alberta, University of Calgary or the University of Lethbridge. As a student registering in Physical Education/ Kinesiology at Medicine Hat College, you must consult with the Department Coordinator or Academic Advisor regarding course and program selections before your registration can be finalized.
NOTE: The Medicine Hat College recommended program does not correspond exactly to the first two years of the University of Alberta program. The Medicine Hat College is also able to offer transfer to the Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan in Physical Education (Kinesiology and Physical Activity Studies.
(Alberta high school courses or equivalents with a minimum 60% average in the required courses.)
Note: Students should be aware that some universities require Physics 30.
The following are minimum admission requirements. Please see an advisor for additional course-specific pre-requisites.
An education in Kinesiology can lead to careers such as:
Some graduates use their Kinesiology degree as a stepping stone to further study and subsequent careers in:
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