BPHE (Honours) Program Information
The mission statement of the School of Kinesiology
and Health Studies is “to research, teach and promote physical, mental
and social well-being from the level of the individual to society.” The
School occupies a unique position as a leader in understanding physical
activity and its effects on health enhancement, disease prevention and
Students, faculty and staff believe our program
offers students the best all-round education possible through the
multi-disciplinary study of the human body, mind and spirit as society
strives to encourage a healthy active lifestyle among citizens in a
changing world. The School proudly claims to be home to many top-notch
researchers in the areas of health promotion, epidemiology,
socio-cultural aspects of physical activity as well as in the more
traditional areas of exercise physiology, biomechanics and ergonomics,
and sport and exercise psychology.
- Both the BPHE (Honours) and BSCH KINE programs are direct-entry programs.
- The total undergraduate enrolment in the School’s Direct Entry
programs is approximately 600, with a maximum of 55 students being admitted to
first year in the BPHE (Honours) and 125 students in the
BSCH KINE (total of 180 students) in September 2016. This limited
enrolment results in a closely-knit group of students, staff, and faculty who
share a common interest in academic excellence, sport, physical activity and
- All students who enter the programs and
successfully complete their course work will be allowed to move through
the upper years of the programs. There is no reduction in the class size
moving from first to fourth year of the programs.
- Both the BPHE (Honours) and BSCH KINE programs
have been designed to meet and exceed the minimum accreditation
standards for the Physical Education Pre-Teacher Preparation and
Kinesiology programs (respectively) accredited by the Canadian Council
of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators.
- Both programs prepare students for post-degree
interests in graduate school as well as most professional schools, e.g.
medicine, rehabilitation, athletic therapy, law school, etc. The BPHE
program prepares students for the teaching profession with Physical
Education as a teaching subject.
What’s the difference between Physical Education and Kinesiology?
Both programs build on a multi-disciplinary program
with a focus in the field of applied exercise science (i.e.
biomechanics, ergonomics and exercise physiology).
In the BSCH in Kinesiology, science-based courses
form the central core, although students will also complete courses in
exercise and sport psychology, the socio-cultural context of physical
activity, and epidemiology and health promotion, Laboratory and hands-on
learning experiences are an integral part of the learning process.
Students completing this program should satisfy the criteria for
membership in the Ontario Kinesiology Association and the Canadian
In the BPHE (Honours) program, students will also
learn about human movement from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The
program is organized around a framework that includes disciplinary
content in the physical, behavioural and social sciences. The focus of
this program is on the application of knowledge about
physical activity and sport in various contexts. Students will learn
about the physical aspects of human movement through courses in the area
of applied exercise science, as well as how sport, physical activity
and exercise is shaped by psychological and socio-cultural factors. They
will learn how research findings in physical and health education are
promoted by health educators and policy makers – as well as how these
efforts are evaluated.
In addition, BPHE students will be taught how to
integrate theory from these discipline areas and apply it in various
contexts such as coaching and fitness leadership, or to various
populations, e.g. children and youth, persons with disabilities, older
adults, etc. Physical activity practical courses allow students to
participate in fitness, sports, games and leisure pursuits. The program
is recognized as a Physical Education teachable for admission into
Finally, the BPHE program has also been developed
with the social science student in mind. Students with an interest in
the psychology of physical activity, the socio-cultural study of sport
and physical activity or the study of health promotion and epidemiology
will find this program attractive to them.
How different is the curriculum in the two programs?
- With the exception of the first-year practicum
course, all courses taken through the School of Kinesiology and Health
Studies are the same in first year. BPHE students will complete the
first-year practicum (i.e. activity-based) course - which the BSCH KINE
students cannot take.
- Students in both programs will complete the first-year introductory course in Principles of Psychology.
- BPHE students will select 9.0 Arts and Science
course units from the breadth of course offerings in the Faculty . (BSCH
KINE students will select 12.0 course units in the physical or natural
- BPHE students who are interested in pursuing a
teaching career will specifically select course(s) that can serve as the
foundation for a second teaching subject.
- Students in both programs will complete the following 18.0 course units:
- KNPE 227/3.0 Exercise Physiology
- KNPE 255/3.0 Physical Activity, Fitness and Health
- KNPE 261/3.0 Motor Learning
- KNPE 265/3.0 Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
- ANAT 315/3.0 The Human Musculoskeletal System
- ANAT 316/3.0 The Human Visceral Systems
- Students in the BPHE program will also complete the following 6.0 course units:
- PACT 200/3.0 Activity-based Practicum
- KNPE 237/3.0 Physical Activities for Children
- (Note: Students in the BSCH KINE program will also complete the following 6.0 course units:
- KNPE 225/3.0 Human Physiology II
- KNPE 251/3.0 Introduction to Statistics)
- BPHE students will select 6.0 units of ASC
electives to round out their 30.0 course units in second year. Again,
students interested in pursuing a career in teaching will likely select a
course in their second teaching subject. (Note: BSCH KINE students will
select one (3.0 course unit) concentration option and one (3.0 course
unit) ASC elective to round out their 30.0 course units in second year.)
Third and Fourth Years
- By third year, the BPHE and BSCH KINE programs are
starting to differ to a greater extent. Although both groups of
students have to select concentration options from the same list of
course offerings, the BSCH KINE students take a greater number of
courses that include laboratory experiences and are restricted from
taking PACT courses that are restricted to students in the BPHE program
- PACT 300/3.0 Activity-based Practicum (Year 3)
- PACT 338/3.0 Outdoor Education I (Fall Camp School)
- PACT 400/3.0 Activity-based Practicum (Year 4)
What’s unique about Queen’s Kinesiology and Physical Education programs?
- We’re small. Both students and faculty enjoy the smaller classes that are a direct result of our size.
- Everyone stays in the program from year one
through graduation (unless of course, they choose to pursue a different
- Our affiliation with the Faculty of Arts and
Science (we are a unit within this larger faculty) provides students
with a wide selection of elective courses and, in the case of BPHE
students heading towards the teaching profession, provides the necessary
courses to satisfy the requirements for a second teaching subject.
- The BPHE (Honours) and BSCH KINE programs benefit
from our BAH Major in Health Studies. Faculty members from this
component of our School bring a strong health-based perspective to their
teaching. Many courses examine the role of physical activity as a
determinant of health and provide students with an understanding of the
complex factors that influence health and wellness. Students in the
Physical Educationand Kinesiology programs have access to the breadth of
health studies course offerings. These courses can be offered as
concentration options or electives towards their BPHE or BSCH KINE