The School of Kinesiology is responsible for academic study in Kinesiology.  Degrees offered by the School include the Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Kinesiology with Honours. 


Curriculum Planners

Curriculum Planners guides you through the degree, every step of the way.

KINE 2023
BKIN 2022
BKIN 2021
BKIN 2020

BKIN 2019
BKIN 2018
BKIN 2017
BKIN 2016
BKIN 2015
BKIN 2014

Degree Checklists
Degree Planning

Use a Course Plan as a general term-by-term guide through the degree. Then use a Degree Checklist to verify that you are meeting the requirements to graduate.

Choose documents according to your Start Year: that is, the year you started your BKIN, or, if you are accepted into an options program, the year you started your option (e.g. Honours, Exercise Science & Training, Athletic Therapy, Psychology, Biology, or Nutrition).

Start Year: 2024-2025

Course Plans (Non-Honours) Degree Checklist (Non-Honours)
Bachelor of Kinesiology Plan Bachelor of Kinesiology Checklist
BKIN (Athletic Therapy) Plan BKIN (Athletic Therapy) Checklist
BKIN (Exercise Science & Training) Plan BKIN (Exercise Science & Training) Checklist
BKIN (Biology) Plan BKIN (Biology) Checklist
BKIN (Psychology) Plan BKIN (Psychology) Checklist
BKIN (Nutrition) Plan BKIN (Nutrition) Checklist

2024-2025 Honours Course Planners (zip file)

2024-2025 Honours Degree Checklists (zip file)

Areas of Interest

In the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program, students may pursue areas of interest in one of the following:

- Health Promotion, Wellness & Health Behaviour Change
- Adapted Physical Activity
- Teaching Leadership & Coaching
Course Selection

Program Options

Kinesiology offers students interested in Athletic Therapy, Exercise Science & Training, Nutrition, Biology or Psychology the option to combine their degree with courses focused in these areas.  Students in their second year need to meet with the Director of the School of Kinesiology and the Director / Head of the other program to be accepted into these options.

Options Course details.

Students who wish to pursue a career in teaching Physical Education in Nova Scotia public schools are required to complete a four-year undergraduate degree program in Physical Education/Kinesiology, followed by a two-year Bachelor of Education degree before being certified. 

Students considering a teaching career should consult with their faculty advisor to ensure appropriate course selection is made. Students should also consult the "Preparing for the Professions" section of the calendar for information regarding the Pre-Education program of study or the School of Education at .

Advising & Registration

We recognize the importance of an informed start to your academic career. To help with the new adventure, we have two types of support: academic faculty advisors, and administrative assistants.

Academic Faculty Advisors are valuable resources as you plan your undergraduate degree and ultimately, prepare for graduation. You will meet your faculty advisor at the first day of orientation in September. They can help with academic planning, career decisions, course selection, and research opportunities for honours.  Contact the faculty member to make an appointment.

Administrative Assistants are the hub of the School of Kinesiology.  They are here to help you register for classes,  and navigate through the School and Acadia.

Advising Sessions
The School of Kinesiology hosts three academic advising sessions on Feb. 28th, March 1st and March 9th. Students will be given a curriculum planner and degree checklist to compliment the presentation. Students can review the PRESENTATION.

Registration dates will be released by the Registrar's Office.


The School of Kinesiology handbooks are designed to assist Kinesiology students in finding program and school specific information.

2023 - 2024
2022 - 2023
2021 - 2022
2020 - 2021
2019 - 2020

2018 - 2019

2017 - 2018
We take pride in ensuring that the handbook is accurate but if a discrepancy occurs, the University Academic Calendar will prevail.


The Honours is a challenging program for students who have a particular interest and desire to pursue further learning in a specialty area. Through the honours process, students gain research, problem-solving and writing skills beyond the scope of the regular four-year undergraduate degree. The honours degree includes all the conceptual elements of the Bachelor’s degree plus a major honours thesis/research project typically completed throughout the third and fourth years. It provides a tremendous opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty supervisor.

The Honours Degree acts as Acadia University's official recognition of exceptional accomplishment. This opportunity may be used to prepare for graduate work, to acquire a further qualification in the profession, or to provide a structured avenue for pursuing a chosen area for academic curiosity and to pursue a passionate interest. Honours students are academically successful students who carry out a challenging research project with rigour, depth and excellence.

If you are interested in honours but are not clear on the sort of research project you might like to pursue, talk to a faculty member who broadly shares research interests with you. Do this in your second year or at the start of your third year.

2021-2022 Honour Students: Anna Brogan, Courtney Schnurr, Emmarie Racine Hallin, Emmi Merilainen, Molly Courish, Nikki Matthews, Romana Plavsic, Sam MacDougall, Stephanie Goodwin,

2020-2021 Honour Students:  Brooke Thompson, Claudia Nieuwland, Haley McDonald, Kayla Snow, Kortland Clifford, Sarsha Cadle, Sophie Holland, Tristan Murray.

2019-2020 Honour Students: Abby Ruppert, Aidan MacFarlane, Andrew MacKinnon, Cassidy Klein, Erin Coughlan, Jamie Crocket, Kaitlyn Weare, Karly Stefko, Lianne Boudreau, Mara Lach, Mitchell Rankin, Monique Coffey, Nick Cooke, Teagan Strachan

2018-2019 Honour Students: Carolynn Tan, Elizabeth Pullin, Emma McLaughlin, Julia Koppernaes, Rachelle Aucoin, Regan Herrington, Sabrina Nunn, Sarah Charnock


First Aid

First Aid and CPR (KINE 1100)
Kinesiology students must complete the Intermediate CSA First Aid CPR AED Level C certification before registering for second-year courses.   If you have a current certification, please submit your certificate on Acorn (KINE 1100 page). The School of Kinesiology has a partnership with Braveheart First Aid to provide courses at Acadia.

2023-24 Courses:

Session 1:      Saturday Sept. 23 (12:00pm – 6:00pm)
                        Sunday Sept. 24 (10:00am – 4:00pm)

Session 2:      Saturday Nov. 18 (9:30am – 4:30pm)
                        Sunday Nov. 19 (9:30am – 4:30pm)

Session 3:      Saturday Jan. 13 (12:00pm – 6:00pm)
                        Sunday Jan. 14 (10:00am – 4:00pm)

Session 4:      Saturday Mar. 9 (12:00pm – 6:00pm)
                        Sunday Mar. 10 (10:00am – 4:00pm)


Professional Development

Professional Development (KINE 3100)

Professional Development is divided into two units. The “A” unit includes one 6-hour minimum conference and the completion of a two-page single spaced reflection. The “B” unit includes two 1-hour minimum seminars with the completion of a half-page single space reflection for each seminar. Students are required to complete “A” and “B” units to fulfill the non-credit degree requirement.  Permission from the School must be obtained prior to attendance.

These 8 hours must be directly related to the discipline of Kinesiology.   If it has been pre-approved by the School of Kinesiology you do not have to get approval from the Director. Conference credit will not be granted for certifications or courses (e.g. NCCP courses, aerobics instructors’ courses, etc.), nor for situations where students must attend due to course requirement.

A written report (reflection) must be completed after each presentation, lecture, or conference which you attend, and should include a description of each presenter and an evaluation of the content.  What you liked, disliked and learned from the presentation.  You MUST include on the top corner your first and last name, student number, the title of the session, and indicate A or B Unit.

You must submit the conference reports to the Acorn KINE 3100 page for review by your faculty advisor within 2 weeks of attending the conference or academic enhancement experience.

Approved Seminars & Conferences.

Criminal Records Check

Criminal Record Check
The School of Kinesiology requires students to provide a recent Criminal Record Check (completed within the last 6 months) to the main office to ensure the safety of our program participants such as S.M.I.L.E., KinderSkills and community opportunities provided in courses.  It is recommended that students have a Criminal Record Check completed in their home community before arriving at Acadia.

Transfer Students

Transfer Students
The School of Kinesiology welcomes transfer students from other institutions.  After you apply, the Registrar's Office will review your transcript and provide a listing of transfer credits accepted.  After the school reviews your transfer credits, the Academic Coordinator can advise on your registration.

Holland College Transfer Students
Many graduates from with the Holland College Kinesiology Diploma choose to complete the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree at Acadia.  For those students the receive the maximum transfer 60-credits, they could complete the BKIN degree in 2.5 academic years. See the curriculum planner for more details.