Welcome to the Kinesiology and Physical Education department at the University of the Fraser Valley. The department is part of the Faculty of Health, and currently offers both certificate and degree programs, with a breadth of courses offered that span teaching and learning, exercise, fitness, conditioning, health and wellness.

Kinesiology and Physical Education is the study of human movement from both a theoretical and applied perspective. Movement is pervasive in our society. Each day we accomplish a variety of tasks by calling on a vast repertoire of motor skills. To gain a complete understanding of human movement, students in kinesiology and physical education approach the topic from a physiological, biomechanical, psychological, and sociological perspective. Students will not only begin to understand how and why we move, but will gain knowledge on how we can optimize the human potential for movement and skilled performance. This knowledge can be applied in many ways, resulting in myriad career opportunities for graduates, ranging from teaching to working in physical rehabilitation settings.

With a focus in science and kinesiology, students are prepared for:

  • Pre-professional program training (e.g. Medicine, Physical and Occupational Therapy, etc.)
  • Further study toward post-graduate work (e.g. a Master of Science degree)
  • Occupational/workplace Health (Ergonomics)
  • Entrepreneurial/Private Industry
  • Personal Training
  • Exercise Therapists
  • Work Conditioning Programs (in conjunction with Physiotherapists)
  • Fitness (program) Consultant/Evaluations
  • Health & Fitness Equipment and Supplies

With focus in pedagogy and physical education, students are prepared for:

  • Teaching careers in schools across the K-12 system
  • Graduate studies in instruction
  • Work with organized sports agencies
  • Community recreation centres, and seniors' centres
  • Local, Provincial, and National sport-governing bodies
  • Sport clubs

Our graduates have successfully moved into careers in teaching, medicine, physical therapy, chiropractic, personal training, and kinesiology, and have valued the close contact with professors in the department, and the opportunity to gain hands on, applied experience throughout their program. I invite you to explore our webpage and familiarize yourself with our course offerings, faculty, and staff.

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