What are the strengths of a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (BPHE, Honours) program at Queen’s University?

The Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degree program has been designed to meet and exceed the minimum accreditation standards for pre-teaching preparation in Physical Education as set out by the Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators (CCUPEKA). It 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.

In the BPHE program, students will 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. Students will learn about the physical aspects of human movement through courses in the area of applied exercise science (e.g. biomechanics, ergonomics, exercise physiology, as well as how physical movement (e.g. sport and exercise) is also shaped by psychological and socio-cultural factors. They will also 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 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.

Each year, only a small, select group of students are accepted into the BPHE program. It is a direct-entry program for students – without any reduction in class size as students progress through the years of study. The Bachelor of Physical and Health Education program is also prepares students for graduate study in the three distinct fields of graduate studies offered in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies’ graduate programs that include:

  1. Psychology and Socio-Cultural Studies of Physical Activity and Health (M.A., Ph.D.)
  2. Physical Activity Epidemiology and Health Promotion (M.Sc., Ph.D.)
  3. Applied Exercise Science (M.Sc., Ph.D.)

How many first-year spaces are available in the BPHE program?

There is space for 50 first-year students each year.

Is there a qualifying first-year for the BPHE (Honours) program?

All students who are accepted into the program in first year are guaranteed a seat in the program until they graduate, as long as they meet the academic requirements to continue in the program.

What are the admission criteria to apply to this program?

Six grade twelve courses with a minimum of three 4U courses, including:

  • 4U English (or equivalent)
  • 4U Biology (or equivalent)
  • 4U Exercise Science (or equivalent) is strongly recommended if available but not required.

Students may contact Admissions for Assistance with the admissions process.

What are the differences between a BSCH KINE and a BPHE (Honours) program?

  • The BPHE (Honours) curriculum has a focus on the application of physical activity and sport knowledge including teaching, coaching and fitness consulting in all areas of populations (e.g. children and youth) and abilities (e.g. persons with disabilities, older adults, etc.). The program is recognized as a Physical Education teachable for admission into teacher preparation programs.
  • The BSCH KINE curriculum has a focus in the fields of applied exercise science – biomechanics, ergonomics, exercise physiology and physical activity epidemiology as well as exercise and sport psychology, and the socio-cultural context of physical activity. Students completing this program will satisfy the criteria for membership in the Ontario Kinesiology Association and the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance.

At the end of first year, if I wanted to apply for a transfer to the BSCH KINE program, am I able to and will all my courses transfer?

Yes. The program has been specifically designed for ease of transfer from one program to the other,after first year. (It will be more difficult, but not impossible, to transfer after second or third year.) Most of the first-year courses in the BPHE and BSCH KINE programs are the same courses. The exception is the activity course, which is not available to BSCH KINE students. That means that a student in the BPHE (Honours) program who transfers to the BSCH KINE program after first year will not be able to count the 100-level activity (PACT) course towards the Kinesiology degree.

Note: Activity courses are required in the BPHE (Honours) program in order that students obtain pre-teaching qualifications - as set out by the Canadian University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators (CCUPEKA).

How many years will it take to complete a BPHE (Honours) program?

Four years.

What courses will I take in first year?

  • HLTH 101/3.0 Social Determinants of Health
  • KNPE 125/3.0 Human Physiology I
  • KNPE 153/3.0 Introductory Biomechanics
  • KNPE 167/3.0 Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Sport and Physical Activity
  • PACT P01/0.0 Aquatics
  • PACT 100/3.0 Fundamental Activity Practicum
  • PSYC 100/6.0 Principles of Psychology
  • 9.0 course unitsof  Arts & Science electives - select a second teachable, e.g. History, English, Biology Geography, etc.

Students interested in applying to teacher preparation programs after their undergraduate degree are advised to select the first-year course(s) for this second teaching subject.

Students interested in other areas of study (e.g. socio-cultural study of sport and physical activity) should consider a first-year course in a related discipline (e.g. sociology, philosophy, history).

What is a second teachable?

Each Faculty of Education has specific course requirements in order to apply to a consecutive Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) program and to teach at the various levels (i.e. Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate, Intermediate/Senior). The BPHE program fulfills the requirements for offering Physical and Health Education as a teaching subject for entry into teacher preparation programs (see example below).

Example: Candidates applying to Queen's University for the Intermediate/Senior program (which qualifies candidates for teaching Grades 7-12) would also require a second teaching subject as stated below - based on 2006-07 Admission criteria.

"Two teaching subjects must be selected from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dramatic Arts, English, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music (Vocal or Instrumental), Native Studies, Physical and Health Education, Physics or Visual Arts. At least five full-year courses are required for the selection of one teaching subject and at least three full-year courses are required for the selection of the other."

Students are advised to consult specific requirements for applying to teaching, found in each university's Calendar for their Faculty of Education.

What areas of study are in the BPHE (Honours) program at Queen's?

In addition to the core program of first year, students will take courses from the following areas.

  • Psychology and Socio-Cultural Studies of Physical Activity
  • Applied Exercise Science
  • Physical Activity Epidemiology and Health Promotion
  • Statistics and Research Methods (options l)
  • Professional-Based Courses
  • Physical Activity Practical Courses.

As well, fourth-year students have the opportunity to take independent study courses (e.g. Survey of Research & Literature, Special Project and a Thesis.

What content is covered in the area of Psychology and Socio-Cultural Studies of Physical Activity?

Courses in this category offer a unique opportunity for students to engage in the interdisciplinary study of the psychological, social, cultural and historical forces that shape health, physical activity involvement, and sport participation.

What courses are available in the area of Psychology and Socio-Cultural Studies of Physical Activity?

  • Health Behaviour Change
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Sexuality
  • Psychology of Sport and Performance
  • Physical Activity and Health Behaviour Counselling
  • Fitness and Exercise in Social Context
  • Psychology of Sport Expertise
  • Cultural Studies in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Race, Class, Gender and the Study of Health
  • Social Movements in Health

What content is covered in the area of Applied Exercise Science?

This category of courses addresses the core exercise science disciplines of exercise physiology and biomechanics.

What courses are available in the area of Applied Exercise Science?

  • Human Physiology
  • Ergonomics and Human Factors
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise, Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Control in Exercise
  • Ergonomics (fourth-year level)
  • Applications in Biomechanics
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology

What content is covered in the area of Physical Activity Epidemiology and Health Promotion?

The Physical Activity Epidemiology and Health Promotion category of courses provides students with an understanding of the population health framework as established by Health Canada, and specifically on issues related to physical activity and lifestyle.

What courses are available in the area of Physical Activity Epidemiology and Health Promotion?

  • Basic Human Nutrition
  • Health Promotion
  • Introduction to the Study of Alcohol and Drug Problems
  • Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology of Physical Activity, Fitness and Health
  • Advanced Human Nutrition
  • Canadian Health Policy
  • Program Design and Evaluation
  • Advanced Topics in Epidemiology
  • Community-Based Physical Activity Promotion
  • Seminar on HIV/AIDS Prevention

What content is covered in the area of Professional-Based courses?

Courses in this category integrate theory from one of more of the discipline areas (see previous areas) and apply it in various contexts, e.g. coaching, fitness leadership, or to various populations, e.g. children and youth, persons with disabilities, older adults, etc.

What courses are available in the area of Professional-Based courses?

  • Phsyical Activities for the Pre-Adolescent
  • The Science and Methodology of Strength and Conditioning
  • The Art and Science of Coaching
  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • Sport, Recreation and Exercise for Persons with Disabilities
  • Physical Activity and Aging
  • Instructional Leadership for Health and Fitness
  • Sport and Recreation Management

What content is covered in the area of Physical Activity Practical courses?

Courses in this category are activity-based with a focus on skill acquisition, detection and correction of errors, instruction and evaluation. The sequence of courses is organized to provide introductory through in-depth understanding of the basic principles and mechanics of physical activity and sport-specific skills, as well as an exposure to rules, strategies and game tactics.

Practica courses offer instruction in a wide variety of activities including: dance; fitness and exercise activities; games and sports; recreational and leisure pursuits; and, outdoor activities.

What is the new Queen's Centre?

In 2010 Queen's University formally opened the Queen's Centre and a new building for the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies.

In addition to the new building for the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, this $230 million project provided state-of-the-art facilities including:

We're excited to be have been included in this exciting new project.

Will I be a qualified physical education teacher when I graduate?

No. Students must apply to a Bachelor of Education program in order to obtain a teaching certificate to teach Physical Education in the Canadian school system.

The Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degree program has been designed to meet and exceed the minimum accreditation standards for pre-teaching in Physical Education as set out by the Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators (CCUPEKA).

Does graduation from this program guarantee admission to the Queen's Faculty of Education?

No. Students completing this program must apply to a consecutive education program, at Queen's or elsewhere. Aside from the Concurrent Education program, there are no guaranteed spots at the Queen's Faculty of Education for student from undergraduate programs at Queen's.

What type of careers can I explore with a BPHE (Honours) degree?

An unlimited number of career possibilities are available to students graduating from this program.

The BPHE (Honours) program opens up many exciting career opportunities other than a physical education teacher.

Take a moment to look at the BPHE Career Information website for more information about potential careers.  Every year since 2007, BPHE students have been invited to post an "End Note" about their post-degree plans at the time of their graduation.  Take a look at some of the directions Physical Health graduates have gone!

Does Queen's have a general BPHE (three-year) program?

No. Queen's does not admit students into a general Bachelor of Physical and Health Education program.

If I decide to leave the program at the end of third year, would I get a degree?

BPHE (Honours) students are not allowed to register in a general BPHE program. However, students who are accepted into a post-degree program (e.g. Medical School) or who decide to enter the workforce may apply to graduate with a general BPHE program at the end of third year.

Students are advised to consult with an Academic Adviser in the Undergraduate Office in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies to ensure that they will have the minimum requirements for a general BPHE degree if they plan to leave at the end of their third year.