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.
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
- Leadership, Coaching, Teaching
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
We recognize the importance of an informed start to your academic career. To help with the new adventure, we have three types of support: academic faculty advisors, a first-year advisor, 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.
The First Year Advisor in Student Services is here to assist you in your transition from home to Acadia University. For more information about the First Year Advisor or to schedule an appointment please visit their website at http://studentservices.acadiau.ca/8185.html
Administrative Assistants are the hub of the School of Kinesiology. They are here to help you register for classes, provide academic evaluations (PACE forms), and navigate through the School and Acadia.
Registration for the following academic year begins in March. The School of Kinesiology offers academic advising sessions for students to be informed about the current registration process. Students must attend one of these sessions to be “marked” advised to enable their registration online.
Advising sessions for 2020-2021 registration
March 3 - 6:00pm – 7:30pm (BAC 244)
March 6 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm (BAC 244)
Check out the YouTube video available to assist you in registering.
The School of Kinesiology handbooks are designed to assist Kinesiology students in finding program and school specific information.
2020 - 2021
2019 - 2020
2018 - 2019
2017 - 2018
2016 - 2017
2015 - 2016
2014 - 2015
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.
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
First Aid and CPR (KINE 1100)
Kinesiology students must complete the Standard First Aid and CPR level C certification before registering for second-year courses. If you have a current certification, please bring a copy of the certification to the administrative assistants to place in your file. The School of Kinesiology has a partnership with Braveheart First Aid to provide courses at Acadia.
2020-21 Courses: Sept. 26 & 27; Jan. 23 & 24; Mar. 6 & 7
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 Kinesiology Administrative Assistant for review by your faculty advisor within 2 weeks of attending the conference or academic enhancement experience.
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.