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Exercise Science (BSc)

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Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Program type
Major, Honours
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter
Experiential learning

Why study Exercise Science?

Explore the science behind human exercise, health and physical activity. Our programs give you the professional knowledge and skills to interpret, apply and conduct health science research. You learn to assess, evaluate and design programs that can maintain and improve health, fitness and athletic performance.

Through lectures, hands-on lab instruction and internships, you practice clinical skills related to rehabilitation, and the improvement or maintenance of personal health. Working in small groups and using state-of-the-art facilities, you study a range of people, from individuals suffering from chronic disease to elite athletes.

The department offers you three options to specialize in:

Whatever option you choose, you will graduate with an applied knowledge of health science that focuses on health and fitness.

Program highlights

  • The Science First-Year Experience Program → for students from other Canadian provinces. Connect with other first-year science students and engage in interdisciplinary, research-based approaches to the foundational sciences. Learn more

Program structure

A Bachelor of Science degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Program options

  • Major in Exercise Science (45 credits)
  • Honours in Exercise Science* (60 credits)
    The BSc Honours in Exercise Science offers additional courses providing research training in a variety of applied-science and health areas. Students graduating from the BSc Honours program will possess an academic background compatible with the entry requirements for the majority of graduate schools. Students must meet the University regulations concerning the Honours degree. 

    *Students seeking admission to the Honours program apply to the Department Honours Committee normally following the completion of 24 program credits. Applications should be sent to the Interim Honours Advisor, Robert Panenic, by March 15th. Applications must include a:
    • Statement of Intent
    • Student Record
    • Email address

  • Download the BSc Honours summary sheet to learn more


Students may apply for a transfer to Kinesiology and Clinical Exercise Physiology after having completed certain courses and obtained a Grade Point Average of 3.0.


Admission requirements

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: 27 overall, 24 math / science
  • High School: B overall, B in math / sciences
  • University Transfers (internal/external): B overall, B in math / sciences
  • Bacc. français: 13 overall, 13 in math / science
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 29 overall, 4 math, 5 science

Course requirements for admission

  • CEGEP STUDENTS: Calculus 1 and Calculus 2 – Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism and Wave, Optics and Modern Physics – General Chemistry and Chemistry of Solutions – General Biology OR Natural Science DEC OR DEC intégré en sciences, lettres et arts.
  • HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: one math and two of either biology, chemistry or physics
  • BACC FRANÇAIS STUDENTS: Science programs require the completion of Série S (Sciences) Bacc. français
  • IB STUDENTS: one math, one science (HL preferred but SL acceptable). SL grade requirement may vary. Science HL or SL acceptable.
  • UNIVERSITY TRANSFERS: one math, one science (if courses are completed during previous studies, they may be considered as the basis of admission)

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

After your degree

Our programs open up career paths in health- and fitness-related sectors that can include:

  • Kinesiology and Clinical Exercise Physiology
    • Assess human movement, performance and function in healthy and clinical populations
    • Develop rehabilitation programs for people with various chronic diseases (cardiac, pulmonary, metabolic, oncologic, renal, etc.) and clients with injuries
    • Create, plan and implement a variety of fitness activities and programs for diverse populations
    • Promote healthy lifestyles to enhance quality of life
    • Conduct workplace assessment to reduce the risk of employee injury
  • Certified Athletic Therapist in Canada (C.A.T.[C])
    • Professional sport
    • National athletes
    • Clinical settings

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