Why study Kinesiology at UNB?

degrees in one faculty

really unique orientation event

professional internships available each year


If you’re considering Kinesiology, you understand that movement is key to human health. The world needs people like you. In every country, obesity and sedentary lifestyles keep people from living their best lives. We’re working to change that. And we hope you will join us.

Our program offers a transformative student experience.  You’ll find opportunities for Honours, Directed Studies, Minor in Ergonomics, plus practicums in career-related work situations. You’ll get hands-on scientific experience in our state-of-the-art labs, working alongside professors who are leaders in their field.

What program options are there?

Bachelor of Kinesiology (BScKin)

Bachelor of Recreation and Sprot Studies with four options

  • Management
  • Wellness
  • Education Preparation
  • BRSS with a Minor

Learn more using UNB's Academic Program Search or by visiting the Faculty of Kinesiology website.

What makes Kinesiology students unique?

Our students make a difference. From helping children with disabilities learn to walk to helping athletes reach their Olympic goals, UNB Kinesiology students are becoming leaders in research and industry.

Our KIN Kids Physical Activity Program offers an invaluable experience working with children. The Take H.E.A.R.T Program puts you in touch with a variety of community health organizations.

BScKin: Our Minor in Ergonomics includes a hands-on research project related to workplace wellness. We prepare our students to challenge national certification exams such as CSEP/CPT and CSCS.

BRSS students have four options:
  • Management: Our unique program gives you the skills you need in recreation AND business.
  • Wellness. You’ll learn how to help individual and organizations promote and support wellness.
  • Education Preparation: Combine a BRSS degree with a Bachelor of Education degree.
  • BRSS with a Minor: Specialize in your area of interest. For example, if you’re interested in law enforcement or coaching, minor in sociology or psychology.

What do employers look for?

Employers are looking for students who have hands-on experience and can apply their skills to real world problems.

  • Practical lab experiences begin in first year. In KIN 2160 Laboratory Methods in Kinesiology you put theory to the test, applying knowledge gained in lectures to real life tests such as: Biomechanical Motion Analysis, Motor Learning Assessments, Influence of Anxiety on Skill Performance, and VO2 Max testing.  
  • Upper year courses offer advanced opportunities to assess, interpret, and intervene through ergonomics, exercise prescription, and/or clinical recommendations.  
  • Hands-on learning occurs not only in scheduled laboratory courses, but also in lecture-based courses through in-class activities and out-of-class assignments.
  • Our professional internships give you four months of full-time work in an organization related to your career goals. You’ll become part of the team, learning and contributing as you go. Many of our intern placements have led to full-time jobs.

What can I learn?

  • Assess, interpret, and apply interventions to human movement
  • Improve health and performance for clinical populations to high-performance athletes
  • Understand scientific links between physical activity and health
  • Understand how exercise can counteract the aging process
  • Identify ethical issues
  • Think critically, solve problems
  • Communication skills, including: ability to work independently and cooperatively; writing and presentation skills
  • Research and analytical skills to assist with the design, administration, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of a recreation or sport program
  • Identify ethical issues
  • Think critically, solve problems
  • Communication skills, including: ability to work independently and cooperatively; writing and presentation skills

Where can I go after graduation?

BScKin in a stepping stone to many careers and programs such as:

Allied Health Professions
  • Medicine
  • Chiropractic
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Athletic Therapy

Graduate programs
  • Education
  • Masters in Exercise Science
  • Nutrition
  • Ergonomics
  • Laboratory Technology
Entry-level positions in government, industry, amateur & professional sport, fitness centres, nursing homes, etc.
  • Kinesiologist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Ergonomist
  • Fitness Appraiser and Trainer
  • Sports Team Trainer
  • Strength and Training Coach
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sport and Recreation Coordinator
BRSS prepares students for a variety of Master’s program and careers such as:
  • Coaching
  • Community Development
  • Education Preparation
  • Event Planning
  • Facilities Management
  • Fitness
  • Government
  • Health
  • Leisure Services
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Professional Sport
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Senior Care
  • Tourism & Parks
  • Wellness
  • Youth Development

How do I get the skills I need?

At UNB, there are many ways to succeed in your field of study and in your future career. For example, you can participate in the Co-Curricular Program. You can complete internships, co-ops, and field schools; participate in Work-study and similar opportunities; join and lead a student group with the Student Union (Fredericton) or Students’ Representative Council (Saint John); and find other ways to volunteer doing things that interest you.

Your skill development will be guided with the help of an academic advisor and other professionals in your program of study.

Explore what's relevant to you

These avenues will assist you with your career planning depending on where you are in your studies