Bachelor of Recreation and Sports Studies

Faculty of Kinesiology 

General Office: Kinesiology Building
Mailing Address: Faculty of Kinesiology
University of New Brunswick,
P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, N.B.,
Canada, E3B 5A3 
Phone: (506) 453-4575
Fax:  (506) 453-3511
Website: //


Dean: Wayne Albert, BSc, MA, PhD
Assistant Dean (Undergraduate Programs):
Greg Duquette, BKin, MA
Assistant Dean (Graduate Programs and Research): Usha Kuruganti, BScEE, MScEE, PhD

  • Albert, Wayne, BSc (Ott), MA (UWO), PhD (Qu), Prof and Dean - 1999
  • Barclay, Katherine, BSc (UNB), MSc (Wat.), PhD (Guelph), Sr Teaching Assoc  (Joint Biology, Nursing) - 2001
  • Bouchard, Danielle, BPE (Sherbrooke), MSc (Quebec), PhD (UdeM), Assoc Prof - 2015
  • Byers, Terri, BPE (Acadia), MA, PhD (DeMontfort), Assoc Prof - 2014
  • Chester, Victoria, BScHK (Guelph), MA (Laur), PhD (UNB), Prof - 2002
  • Cleave, Shirley, BA, MA (UWO), PhD (Ill), Assoc Prof - 1979
  • Dombrowski, Stephan, BA (Essex), MSc (Sussex), PhD, CPsychol (Aberdeen), Asst Prof - 2018
  • Duquette, Greg, BKin (McM), MA (CMU), Teaching Assoc – 2008
  • Edwards, Jonathon, BSM (Brock), MA, PhD (Alberta), Assoc Prof - 2012
  • Hebert, Jeffrey, BA (Denver), DC (Palmer College of Chiropractic), PhD (Utah), Prof – 2017
  • Kuruganti, Usha, BScEE, MScEE, PhD (UNB), Prof - 2004
  • Mason, Fred, BA, BPE (MUN), MA (Ott), PhD (UWO), Assoc Prof – 2006
  • McGarry, Timothy, BSc (Liv), MSc (Brad), MPE, PhD (UBC) Assoc Prof - 2000
  • McGibbon, Chris, BSc, MSc, PhD (UNB), Prof - 2004
  • McKenna, Mary, BSc (McG), MSc (Cornell), PhD (Nottingham), Prof - 1993
  • Noble, Jeremy, BSc, MSc, PhD (Waterloo), Sr Instructor - 2014
  • Oncescu, Jacquelyn, BRM, MR (Acadia), PhD (Ottawa), Asst Prof - 2018
  • Scott, David, BA, PGCE (Ulster), MA, MA, PhD (Vic B.C.), Assoc Prof – 1997
  • Seaman, Kenneth, BSc (Dal), MSc, PhD (UNB) - Sr Instructor - 2011
  • Sénéchal, Martin, BSc, MSc, PhD (Sherbrooke), Asst Prof - 2015
  • Shannon-McCallum, Charlene, BBA, B of Recr Mgmt (Acad.), MA, PhD (Wat), Prof - 2002
  • Stacey, Cynthia, BSc (Acad.), MSc (Guelph), PhD (Ott), Assoc Prof - 1995
  • Tymowski-Gionet, Gabriela, BA, BEd, MA (UWO), PhD (Gloucestershire), Assoc Prof - 1999

General Information

The Faculty of Kinesiology offers two undergraduate degree programs: Bachelor of Recreation and Sport Studies (BRSS) and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BScKin). The four year BRSS program provides a solid foundation in theories and applications in the social-psychological aspects of recreation, sport, physical activity and leisure. Students may select one of four options in the BRSS degree program: Management, Education Preparation, Wellness or BRSS with Minor. Students in the program develop competency in communication, critical thinking, problem solving, professional conduct and numeracy, as well as, comprehensive and applicable knowledge of recreation, sport, physical activity, leisure and healthy living. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a variety of vocational careers and/or further study at the graduate level.

The BRSS and the BScKin degree programs will prepare students interested in becoming elementary or secondary physical education teachers and coaches in school systems. Students who are interested in the Arts and Humanities as a teachable subject, should select the BRSS degree program, while students who are interested in the Sciences as a teachable subject, should select the BScKin degree program.

High School applicants or first-year students interested in the BEd program at UNB should refer to the Faculty of Education Admission Advantage program in either the Admissions section of this calendar (Item J) or the Bachelor of Education section under Fredericton Degree Programs.

University Regulations

Any point not covered in the following regulations will be governed by the General University Regulations as stated in this Calendar. Questions concerning the application of regulations should be directed to the Registrar in writing.

Conditions Regarding Admission to the BRSS Program

All admissions are on a competitive basis; satisfaction of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Normally, no more than 100 students will be admitted to first year in the Faculty of Kinesiology in any academic year.

Transfer Students

  1. Normally, a minimum session grade point average of 3.0 is required for a student to be considered for transfer into one of the Faculty's programs.
  2. Normally, a student will not be allowed to transfer into the Faculty mid-way through the academic year.
  3. In addition to scholastic record, a transfer applicant's record of participation and interest in the "Kinesiology", "Recreation", and "Sport Science" field is also considered for admission.
  4. Students presently registered in the Faculty will continue to be governed by the regulations in effect when they first registered. Students who were formerly in the Faculty and apply for re-admission, if accepted, will be governed by the regulations in effect at the time of their re-admission.

Time Limitation

The maximum time period permitted between the first registration in the BRSS degree program and the completion of the BRSS degree shall normally be eight (8) years. Normally, BRSS students who are re-admitted within this time frame must complete the degree requirements in effect at the last re-admission.

BRSS as a Second Degree

In addition to the University's regulations for a second undergraduate bachelor's degree as specified in the UNB Undergrduate Calendar, the Faculty of Kinesiology requires that any student accepted into the BRSS degree program as a second undergraduate bachelor's degree be required to: (a) Complete at least (30) credit hours of courses, and (b) Complete the requirements of the selected program within the BRSS degree. 

General Regulations

Grade Point Averages

  1. The method of calculating grade point averages is explained in the Calculation of Grade Point Averages, section H, of this Calendar.
  2. To earn a BRSS degree, a student must have successfully completed 120 ch of approved courses in the BRSS with Minor and Management options, 121 ch in Wellness or 122 ch in the Education Preparation option.
  3. Students should refer to the Standing and Promotion Requirements, section I, Calendar for regulations regarding academic probation and withdrawal.

Policy on Grades

BRSS students must obtain a grade of "C" or better in required degree program courses. These courses include:
a. all first year required courses
b. all required core courses

NOTE: KIN 1001 is considered to be pre-requisite or co-requisite to all other KIN and RSS courses. Students receiving a final grade of "D" in KIN 1001 may repeat KIN 1001 as a co-requisite to other second year KIN and RSS courses.

Repeating Courses

  1. Regulations pertaining to repeating courses can be found in the Repeating Courses Section of this Calendar.
  2. Any required courses no successfully completed during a given year must be attempted not later than the next academic year, except by special permission of their academic advisor.

Summer Term Courses

BRSS students who wish to take Summer Term courses that are to be credited towards their degree should first consult with their Academic Advisor.

Practicum and Directed Studies

  1. Normally, students may elect a maximum of six (6) ch from practicum courses, i.e. RSS 3911 (1), RSS 3912 (2), RSS 3913 (3), RSS 3914 (3), RSS 4910 (6).
  2. Normally, students may elect a maximum of six (6) ch from directed study courses, i.e., RSS 4093 (3), RSS 4094 (3), RSS 4800 (6). 

Approval of Elective Courses

Advice concerning elective courses will be provided by members of the Faculty. All elective courses require approval of the Faculty.

Normal Workload

The maximum student workload is considered to be 20 ch per term, or 40 ch per year (not including Summer Term). Permission from their academic advisor is required to exceed 20 ch per term or 40 ch in any given academic year.

BRSS Year Designation Based on Credit Hours 

For the purposes of on-line registration and administrative operations, BRSS students shall be considered as in:

  1. Second year after the student has successfully completed 30 ch toward their BRSS.
  2. Third year after the student has successfully completed 60 ch toward their BRSS.
  3. Fourth year after the student has successfully completed 90 ch towards their BRSS.


General Notes

  1. It is the students’ responsibility to complete the degree program curriculum for the year in which they enrol.
  2. All students take a common core listed in section A AND MUST choose from one of four options: Management, Education Preparation, Wellness or BRSS with Minor as outlined in sections B through E, respectively.
  3. The minimum credit hour total to graduate is 120 ch for Management and BRSS with Minor options, 121 ch for Wellness option; and 122 ch for Education Preparation option.
  4. Students must complete at least 48 ch of 3000, 4000 level courses in order to graduate (42 ch min. in Education Preparation Option).

A. CORE PROGRAM (total 51ch for Management and BRSS with Minor, 52ch for Education Preparation and Wellness)

Students in the BRSS degree program are required to attend a two-day conference (or equivalent) sponsored by a recognized professional or academic organization prior to enrolling in RSS 4092, Senior Integrative Course and graduation. Written approval of the conference must be obtained through the Faculty prior to attendance. A written post-conference reflection report and session moderator attendance sheet must be submitted.

KIN 1001 Introduction to Kinesiology 3 ch
1 of 1st year Psychology/Sociology/Philosophy 3 ch
**1st year Science 3 ch
ENGL 1144 or ENGL 1145 3 ch
RSS 1042 History of Sport and Recreation 3 ch
RSS 1061 Recreation and Sports Delivery Systems 3 ch
RSS 1081Health and Wellness 3 ch
RSS 1213 Leisure, Recreation and Sport Concepts 3 ch
KIN 2032 Introduction to Sport and Leisure Psychology 3 ch
KIN 3093 Ethics and Kinesiology 3 ch
RSS 2011 Management of Sport, Recreation and Wellness Organizations 3 ch
RSS 2023 Sociology of Sport, Physical Activity & Leisure 3 ch
RSS 2032 Recreation and Sport Programs and Events 3 ch
STAT 2263 Statistics for Non-Science Majors or equivalent 3 ch
RSS 3001 Assessment and Evaluation in Recreation and Sport 3 ch
RSS 4083 Community Health and Wellness 3 ch
RSS 4092 Senior Integrative Course 3 ch

** Students in the Education Preparation and Wellness options will complete 52 ch in the core as they MUST choose BIOL 1711 as the first year science option. Students in the Management option must choose one of: ECON 1013, ECON 1014, ECON 1023, ECON 1024. Students in the BRSS with Minor option must choose one of BIOL, CS, ECON or POLS.

B. MANAGEMENT OPTION (total 69 ch)
RSS 3051 Advanced Management of Sport and Recreation 3 ch
RSS 4053 Financial Management of Recreation, Sport and Wellness Organizations 3 ch
RSS 4081 Marketing and Sponsorship in the Recreation and Sport Industry 3 ch
RSS 3100 Professional Internship 12 ch
Either RSS/KIN Electives or NON RSS/KIN Electives 27 ch

ADM 1213 Financial Accounting 3 ch
ADM 1313 Principles of Marketing 3 ch
ADM 2413 Principles of Finance 3 ch
ADM 2513 Organizational Behaviour 3 ch
ADM 3123 Business Law I 3 ch
ADM 3000/4000 level electives 6ch (RSS 5071 may be used as an elective)

*RSS 2011 counts as part of Business Minor


BIOL 1782 Human Physiology I 4 ch
KIN 2051 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries 4 ch
KIN 2062 Introductory Biomechanics 3 ch
KIN 2072 Introduction to Motor Control and Learning 3 ch
KIN 2082 Introductory Exercise Physiology 3 ch
KIN 3041 Disability Awareness 3 ch
MATH 1003 or MATH 1503 Calculus or Linear Algebra 3 ch

Teachable subject NON RSS/KIN Electives 18ch
RSS 3042 Physical Literacy and Education 3 ch
RSS 3043 Coaching Pedagogy and Teaching 3 ch
RSS Practica 2 ch
KIN/RSS Elective 6ch
Either RSS/KIN Electives or NON RSS/KIN Electives 15 ch

D. WELLNESS OPTION (total 69 ch)
BIOL 1782 Human Physiology I 4 ch
KIN 2082 Introductory Exercise Physiology 3 ch
KIN 3282 Physical Activity, Health and Wellness 3 ch
KIN 3481 Nutrition for Healthy Living 3 ch
RSS 4063 Strategies for Health Promotion 3 ch
RSS 4081 Marketing and Sponsorship in the Recreation and Sport Industry 3 ch
RSS 3100 Professional Internship 12 ch
RSS Practica 2 ch
Either RSS/KIN Electives or NON RSS/KIN Electives 36 ch

*Approved Minor
NON RSS/KIN Courses 24 ch
RSS/KIN Electives 33 ch
Either RSS/KIN Electives or NON RSS/KIN Electives 12 ch

*The Minor must be approved by the awarding Faculty. 

Honours Program: BRSS

  1. The Honours program provides students with the opportunity to undertake academic research and be recognized as one of the Faculty’s top students. Upon successful completion of the program, “Honours” is printed on the student’s official academic transcript. See academic advisor for application procedures.
  2. Application requirements include: minimum CGPA of 3.7, must be in one’s final year of study, must identify a faculty member willing to serve as one’s Honours Research Project supervisor. 
  3. Once accepted into the program, students must: outline the required deliverables and expectations of the Honours project which will be approved by the Honours supervisor before being submitted to the Assistant Dean of the Undergraduate Program no later than Oct 15th. This outline (one or two pages) briefly describes: i) the nature of the study being conducted, ii) timelines, iii) deliverables and expectations. This outline serves as a course contract between the student and the supervisor.
  4. To graduate with a BRSS Honours, students must meet the following requirements: maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.5 throughout one’s undergraduate degree; successfully complete RSS 4900: Honours Research Project.

Minor in Recreation and Sports Studies

The Minor in Recreation and Sports Studies is designed for students from outside the Faculty of Kinesiology interested in a coherent package of Recreation and Sports Studies courses. Students interested in the minor, must apply through the Undergraduate Degree Program Office, Faculty of Kinesiology. Enrolment is limited.

The Minor will consist of 24 credit hours of approved Recreation and Sports Studies courses. Students enrolled in the Minor will be required to take 12ch of introductory courses and 12ch of 3000 & 4000 level courses chosen in consultation, and in advance, with the Faculty of Kinesiology. A grade of C or better is required in each course used towards the Minor.