Program Description

All students in Kinesiology take a comprehensive 'core curriculum' in Level I and Level II. In Level III and Level IV students choose courses that cater to personal interests and career aspirations. 

Information for students moving from Level I to Level II click here

Information for students in Levels II and III click here


    Level I

In first year, Kinesiology students complete the following required courses:

  • KINESIOLOGY 1A03 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 An introduction to the basic embryology and tissue development and examination of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous, articular and muscular systems.
  • KINESIOLOGY 1AA3 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 An examination of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, endocrine and reproductive systems.

  • KINESIOLOGY 1C03 Exploring Physical Activity and Health An introduction to research designs used in Kinesiology and an examination of the research relating physical activity and health.

  • KINESIOLOGY 1E03 Motor Control and Learning Examines of the behavioural and psychological principles of motor control and motor learning. Topics include measurement of motor performance, sensory processes, perception, memory, attention, practice and feedback, and neuroscience fundamentals in motor control.

  • KINESIOLOGY 1F03 Human Nutrition and Health An introduction to the study of human nutrition, with an examination of the role nutrition, and where applicable, physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.

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    Level II

Second year Kinesiology students complete the following required courses:

  • KINESIOL 2A03 BIOMECHANICS An introduction to the analysis of human motion using fundamental mechanical principles, with a focus on inquiry and laboratory skills.

  • KINESIOL 2C03 NEUROMUSCULAR EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY Examination of neuromuscular function during exercise, with an emphasis on factors limiting strength, speed and power performance. Adaptations to training will also be considered, as well as mechanisms of training-induced muscle damage.

  • KINESIOL 2CC3 CARDIORESPIRATORY AND METABOLIC EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY Examination of cardiorespiratory function and metabolic regulation during exercise, with emphasis on factors limiting human performance. Adaptations to training will also be considered.

  • KINESIOL 2E03 MUSCULOSKELETAL ANATOMY Examination of anatomy with a focus on bones, joints, muscles and connective tissues of the spine and extremities.  Experiential approach to functional movement anaylsis.

  • KINESIOL 2F03  GROWTH, MATURATION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH Examines the growth and maturation from various perspectives (i.e., biological, behavioural/psychological and social/envirnomental), and the influence these processes have on physical activity in the first two decades of life.

  • KINESIOL 2G03 HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY An introduction to health psychology issues including stress, exercise, weight control and diet, health promotion, addictions and coping with illness.

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    Level III and IV

From a menu of more than 30 courses that are offered, students choose 12 courses (36 units), reflecting personal interests and career aspirations. Sample courses offered include:

  • Acute Injury Assessment and Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Biomechanics
  • Ergonomics
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Exercise Testing & Prescription
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Growth and Maturation
  • Human Aging: Biological Lifestyle Influences
  • Human Nutrition &Metabolism
  • Integrative Physiology of Human Performance
  • Leadership & Motivation in Physical Activity
  • Neural Control
  • Paediatric Exercise Physiology
  • Physical Activity & Coronary Heart Disease
  • Physical Activity for Special Needs Populations
  • Research Practicum
  • Rehabilitation Techniques
  • Senior Thesis (Independent Research Course)
  • Skeletal Muscle Cell & Molecular Physiology


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Contact Kinesiology

The Department of Kinesiology is located in the Ivor Wynne Centre (IWC) and IWC East Building, on the northeast side of the university's central campus.
Department of Kinesiology
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Ivor Wynne Centre
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1