WELCOME TO KINESIOLOGY!
Kinesiology faculty and staff (left to right)
Back row: Dr. Alastair Hodges, Pam Hunt, Dr. Emilio Landolfi, Dr. Jason Brandenburg, Brian Justin, Dr. Lauren Couture, Dr. Ashley Moyse
Front row: Amber Johnston, Dr. Kathy Keiver, Corry Jensen, Dr. Joanna Sheppard, Alison Pritchard-Orr, Dr. Michael GaetzMissing: Roger Friesen, Dr. David Harper, Kevin Antonishen, Dr. Chris Bertram
Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology at the University of the Fraser Valley. Kinesiology is the study of human movement, including anatomical, physiological, biomechanical, psychological, and sociological perspectives. 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 KIN at UFV you will get to know our 14 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 KIN is an excellent background for those interested in any field involving sport, human health and wellness, or education.
Regular exercise 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 at UFV is the right choice for you.
Alastair Hodges, PhD
KIN Department Head