Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) at the University of the Fraser Valley. Kinesiology is the study of human movement, including anatomical, physiological, biomechanical, psychological, and sociological perspectives; physical education is the study of pedagogical approaches to physical activity in education. Our program offers a Bachelor of Kinesiology (B.Kin.) degree program with two streams: Exercise Science and Pedagogy.
Our department is housed in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and we offer courses on both the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses, with the majority (two-thirds) of our faculty members and courses on the Chilliwack campus. In KPE at UFV you will get to know our 15 full-time faculty members and several part-time instructors individually. We limit our class sizes to 36 students, and our labs to 18. Unlike many larger universities, our hands-on labs are taught by dedicated full-time lab instructors rather than graduate students. Teaching comes first for all our faculty members.
Our students study a broad range of topics including anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, sport psychology, exercise physiology, sociology, teaching design, health and wellness, nutrition, chronic disease, therapeutic exercise and exercise prescription, and strength and conditioning. Our graduates work in a wide range of fields including teaching, personal training, athletic training and therapy, physical and occupational therapy, medicine, chiropractic, occupational health, and research. An undergraduate degree in KPE is an excellent background for those interested in any field involving sport, human health and wellness, or education.
Regular physical activity is critical to human health, happiness, and wellness. From recreation to high performance sport, from occupational activities to rehabilitation, exercise and physical activity play important roles in our society. With increasing numbers of Canadians suffering chronic lifestyle diseases, exercise has clearly been shown to be as important a lifestyle factor for long-term health and wellness as diet and smoking. If the epidemic of modern sedentary-related diseases are to be addressed, exercise must play an important role. Kinesiologists are the professionals to promote and regulate the prescription of exercise as a health and preventive modality. Similarly, sport, both at the recreational and elite levels, plays an important role in our society. Physical conditioning, skill acquisition, mental preparation, and injury management are just some of the expertise offered by Kinesiologists to sport.
Please explore our website, or come by for a visit in person, meet our program advisor, and explore if studying Kinesiology and Physical Education at UFV is the right choice for you.
Alastair Hodges, PhD
KPE Department Head