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On this page, you’ll hear from current students about their Brock experience, as well as get valuable information about our degree programs. This page showcases a sample of what Brock Department of Kinesiology has to offer you.  

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Kinesiology Chair Welcome – Philip Sullivan

KSA President Welcome - Aaron Wexler

Department of Kinesiology Degree Programs

In Ontario, Kinesiology is a regulated health profession under the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. 

A Kinesiology degree from Brock University provides graduates with the foundation for other advanced degrees related to human movement and exercise therapy including sport medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, prosthetics/orthotics, osteopathy, chiropractic and other advanced research degrees. 

LIKE HELPING PEOPLE? 

We offer all of the necessary prerequisite courses for admission to programs in occupational therapy and physical therapy. 

Our Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin) program emphasizes the biophysical, behavioural and socio-cultural aspects of kinesiology, including exercise prescription and rehabilitation, fitness programming, nutrition for sport and health, and clinical assessment. 

This flexible program can prepare students for a successful career as a health professional or for working in clinical or educational settings. 

 Brock’s Department of Kinesiology has a strong reputation for its teaching and research and is well recognized by other health professional schools.  

Our Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BScKin) degree program provides a highly competent science background, with an emphasis on research skills and theoretical knowledge.   

This program is designed for those who wish to study Kinesiology while concentrating most of their electives in the sciences. 

This one-of-a-kind program in Canada is designed for students wanting to work in kinesiology and related healthcare professions. 

Students applying to this program from high school will gain entry to both the 4-year undergraduate BKin degree and the 1-year Master of Professional Kinesiology program at Brock University. 

 Come for a Bachelor’s; leave with a Master’s 

 This concurrent entry program trains students as leading practitioners and health professionals transferring theory into practice, with the confidence and skills gained from hands-on experience working with professionals in real-world settings. 

 Core competencies include: 

  •  human anatomy and physiology, 
  • exercise physiology,  
  • neuroscience,  
  • biomechanics,  
  • psychology and, 
  • ergonomics  

 This will help you understand the role of physical activity in promoting, maintaining, and rehabilitating health and well-being. 

 In the fifth year, students take courses in the professional practice of kinesiology and entrepreneurship to prepare them for the workplace.  

 They also complete three different placements (450 hours) with diverse populations in Brock and community settings. 

COURSES  

YEAR 1

  • Musculoskeletal and Systemic Anatomy (with lab component access to cadaver lab)
  • Research Design
  • Health Promotion
  • Biology
  • Calculus (for BSc)
  • Physics (for BSc)

YEAR 2  

  • Motor Behaviour
  • Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Human Growth and Development 
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Statistics
  • Biomechanics
  • Research Design (for BSc)

YEAR 3  

  • Fitness Assessment
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Motor Learning
  • Environmental Physiology 
  • Clinical Biomechanics
  • Statistics (for BSc)

YEAR 4  

  • Human Factors
  • Occupational Ergonomics
  • Health Care Ethics
  • Clinical Biomechanics
  • Choice of Coaching,Athletic Injuries, Aging and Health, Spinal Cord Injury, Disability Studies

Learn more about our undergraduate courses 

YEAR 5 (Accelerated Program/MPK)* 

  • Professional Practice in Kinesiology
  • Physiological Assessment of HumanPerformance
  • Functional and Ergonomic Assessment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Seminars in Professional Kinesiology
  • Professional Development inKinesiology
  • 3 electives*
  • 3 practicum courses – 150 hours each

* Accelerated Program sample elective opportunities include:  

  • Injury Assessment and Rehabilitation,  
  • Advanced Exercise Prescription, 
  • Modalities for Kinesiologists, and 
  • Advanced Clinical Musculoskeletal Anatomy

Learn more about our graduate courses

Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd) 

 

“My Brock education taught me important theory and practical experience in real life, which has allowed me to develop not only as a student, but as a future physical educator.” 

– COLIN McCAUGHEY (BPhEd ’17, BEd ’17) 

 

Do you want to teach children how to grow into healthy active individuals? 

 

Are you interested in developing activity programs for physical literacy? 

 Our Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd) program offers outstanding opportunities for those interested in cultivating awareness of the importance of human movement and inclusive involvement in physical activity, across the lifespan. 

 This program is designed to educate students about physical education programming and teaching. We offer courses in coaching, disability studies, fitness assessment and prescription, pedagogy, socio-cultural perspectives, and sport injury prevention and care. 

 The program includes theory and activity-based courses, as well as experiential learning opportunities through field placements and practica in both educational and other settings. 

COURSES  

YEAR 1

  • Musculoskeletal and Systemic Anatomy (with lab component access to cadaver lab)
  • Biology
  • Movement Studies (with lab)

YEAR 2  

  • Motor Behaviour
  • Physiology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Research Design
  • Health Promotion
  • Fundamental Movement Skills

YEAR 3  

  • Responses to Physical Activity
  • Biomechanics
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Statistics
  • Formal Games
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Fitness Activities
  • Outdoor Education
  • Disability Studies

YEAR 4 

  • Motor Learning
  • Sport Ethics
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Activity Across the Lifespan
  • Choice of Coaching, Athletic Injuries, Aging and Health, Spinal Cord Injury

Learn more about our undergraduate courses 

Also offered through Brock’s Concurrent Education program:  

  • 6-yearBPhEd/Bachelor of Education(Junior/Intermediate grades 4-10) 
  • 6-yearBPhEd/Bachelor of Education(Intermediate/Senior grades 7-12)

Learn more about Concurrent Education

Experience Kinesiology at Brock

Why choose a Brock University degree program?

Brock’s Department of Kinesiology has a strong reputation for its teaching and research and is well recognized by other health professional schools. 

Course components meet entrance requirements for advanced health degrees including rehabilitation and medicine, and advanced research degrees. 

We offer experiential learning designed to meet competency standards of the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. 

“The opportunity for students to work in the cadaver lab, work with the Anatomage table and compare what they are seeing with newly purchased anatomy models provides a full range of learning resources that are unique to Brock’s undergraduate program.” 

Rebecca MacPherson, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences 

Anatomy and Cadaver Labs 

Brock University students have access to the most technologically advanced visualization system for anatomy education of any undergraduate program in Canada. 

As the first comprehensive university in Canada to have an Anatomage Table for undergraduate anatomy classes, our students interact with anatomy in a functional way, resulting in an enhanced learning experience. 

The table features human micro and macroscopic 3D anatomy systems, allowing students to see the organ, muscle and bone on the table, while at the same time seeing the tissues’ cellular structures. 

Starting in first-year, Health Sciences students take a systemic and musculoskeletal anatomy class which includes a cadaver lab every other week. 

Through a partnership with McMaster’s Medical school satellite program, located on Brock’s campus, first-year classes work in the cadaver lab to observe and investigate with the opportunity for manipulation of the specimens. 

Newly purchased Anatomy Lab models for Health Sciences students, include: 

  • Brain with cranial nerves and circle of Willis
  • Functional larynx
  • Ankle joint with ligaments
  • Wrist and hand joint with ligaments
  • Elbow and wrist joints with ligaments
  • Deep lumbar spinal muscle model
  • Deep cervical spinal muscle model
  • Spinal cord and peripheral nerve model

Wet labs 

At Brock, we offer a breadth of wet labs, to further enhance student engagement throughout their academic journey. 

 Students get to tailor their education by choosing different experiences, such as visualizing the human body at the macroscopic and cellular level; running physiology and immunology experiments to understand human systems; studying the mechanics of body movement or getting immersed in the microbial world. 

 Pathology students, for example, access pathological specimens brought in each week from McMaster University, as well as lab consumables in Brock’s 573 Glenridge Lab. We have recently invested in more microscopes and slides of “normal” and pathological tissues, as well as slides for the students to stain themselves to enhance experiential learning. 

Newly purchased Wet Lab equipment, includes: 

  • Monochromator Plate Reader for spectrophotometric measurements of samples by colour
  • Various equipment used for conducting protein analysis in immune-cancer cell interactions (e.g.electrophoresis chambers)
  • Light Microscopes for blood smear viewing
  • Consumables for use at the lab bench (antibodies, chemicals and biologicals for cell treatments and assay measurements, media for growing cells, various sterile plastics, etc.)

Cairns Family Health & Bioscience Research Complex 

The Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex (CFHBC) is advancing Canada’s science and technology infrastructure. It houses world-class work by researchers in areas like cancer, infectious diseases, and bone and muscle 

health. It is a hub for innovative research and knowledge transfer. Students interested in research will have the opportunity to work in the CFHBC in upper years. 

We have a proud tradition of teaching excellence at Brock and our faculty members know that learning is best encouraged by quality teacher-student relationships. 

As a result, our professors, instructors and teaching assistants try to create environments which nurture students’ sense of belonging while incorporating relevant, meaningful content into classes. 

Read faculty bios 

Based on the transdisciplinary nature of the Department of Kinesiology, our faculty members are undertaking novel research in a wide array of topics related to human movement across the lifespan. 

Many of our researchers are internationally known for their innovative work. 

Learn more about some of the research being undertaken in our department.

Students have opportunities to participate in internships and gain practical experience in a health-related profession of their choice. 

GAIN EXPERIENCE WITHOUT LEAVING CAMPUS. 

We are home to some of the longest-running experiential learning opportunities for students at Brock. 

Placements range from athletic injury management, to supporting children and youth participation in inclusive and adaptive physical activities. 

Work with Brock athletes or help to provide seniors and individuals with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and amputations with exercise programs specific to their individual needs. 

There are many rewarding experiences waiting for you. Learn more 

Community Partners

The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (FAHS) has more than 350 active community partners dedicated to providing students with opportunities in experiential learning and research. 

Of the Faculty of Applied Health Science’s more than 3,900 undergraduate students, more than 75% of them participate in experiential learning prior to graduating. This adds up to more than 4 million hours of community service work completed by FAHS undergraduate students annually. As a result, our students, not only report a greater understanding of what they are learning, but also discover which passions will guide their future career paths. 

Bridging academic and community health innovations, the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being pursues multi-disciplinary research and provides supervised community exercise programs to improve health and quality-of-life in older adults, cardiac patients, and individuals with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and amputees. 

 The Brock-Niagara Centre provides the opportunity for students interested in pursuing careers in rehabilitation, medicine, physiotherapy and other healthcare related professions with the chance to develop professional skills in dealing with specific populations in real-life situations. 

 Learn more 

The Children’s Movement Program has helped to facilitate children’s physical, cognitive, and social skills through an inclusive movement-based program for more than 20 years.  

This experiential learning opportunity combines theoretical knowledge with real life application to assist students as they progress through their studies and develop their own capacity, working with children ages 1-12. 

 Learn more 

SNAP is a developmentally appropriate, movement education-based embedded curriculum, offered to children and youth with disabilities in the Niagara region. 

In collaboration with the school boards and a number of disability services organizations, SNAP offers 1:1 facilitated instruction in physical activity contexts.  

This experiential learning opportunity helps students develop skills in organization, behaviour and conflict management, leadership, problem-solving and adaptability. 

 Learn more

Student Testimonials

Jessica Scott, Year 5, Physical Education Concurrent

Kendel Hutchinson-Cotoc, Kinesiology year 4

Tamar Kritzer, Kinesiology student, year 3

Graduate Student Testimonials

Val Andrew Fajardo, Brock Grad and Assistant Professor

Robert Kumar, Kinesiolgy grad, PhD student

Lauren Flowers, Physical Education Grad 2020

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Kinesiology and Physical Education Calendars

Learn more about degree requirements and course information in the current Kinesiology and Physical Education Calendars.

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Important Dates

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Contact Us

ADMINISTRATIVE

Ginny McKinney
Office: WC 288
905 688 5550 x4957
kinesiology@brocku.ca

DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Philip Sullivan
Professor
Office: WC 288A
905 688 5550 x4787
phil.sullivan@brocku.ca

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM COORDINATOR/ACADEMIC ADVISOR

Katrina Bennie
Office: WC 296
905 688 5550 x3855
kinadvisor@brocku.ca

UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Elyse Lappano
Experiential Learning Coordinator, Inclusive & Adaptive Physical Activity
Office: WC 294
905 688 5550 x6182
elappano@brocku.ca