Registration Guide - Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics

Welcome to the Bachelor of Science
in Human Kinetics!

First-year course selection for the Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics offers a few options. The first decision that you have to make is which stream of the degree you want to follow. There is a basic pattern that applies to all three streams, but some have more specific requirements than others. Let’s start with an overview of the first-year course load, and the similarities across streams in the BSC HKIN degree.

First-Year Course Pattern
HKIN 115 – Principles of Human Movement (3 credits + lab) (1st or 2nd term to balance your schedule) *
HKIN 136 - Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology (3 credits + lab) (1st or 2nd term to balance your schedule) *
HKIN 151 - Applied Anatomy and Physiology I (3 credits + lab) (1st term)
HKIN 152 - Applied Anatomy and Physiology II (3 credits + lab) (2nd term)
HKIN 150 - Introduction to Sport in the Humanities (3 credits) (either term)
   or HKIN 154 - Introduction to Ethics of Sport (3 credits) (1st term)
Skills – 3 credits - see below
Science Subject A – 6 credits
     CHEM 101 and 102 (each 3 credits + 3 hour labs) if planning a minor in Nutrition.
     Either CHEM 101 and 102 or BIOL 111 and 112 (each 3 credits + 3 hour labs) if planning a minor in Health Sciences.
Science Subject B or Arts Subject X – 6 credits **

*  Be sure to register for your one-hour HKIN 115 lab in the same semester as your HKIN 115 lecture class, and your one-hour HKIN 136 lab in the same semester as your HKIN 136 lecture class.

** If you are planning a minor in Nutrition and you are comfortable taking three science courses with three-hours labs in your first year (in addition to CHEM 101 and 102, and HKIN 151 and 152), you should choose BIOL 111 and 112.  
    If you you are planning a minor in Health Sciences your final 6 credits should be chosen from PSYC 101 and 102 or SOCI 101 and 102.  Choose the subject that appeals to you most, and that you believe you may like well enough to take upper-level courses in a future year.  (You will not be required to take more courses in this subject, but you will be required to take 12 credits of either PSYC or SOCI in your degree.  You will also be required to take the 6 credits of introductory courses in the other subject as part of your degree pattern, though you will take those 6 credits in a future year.)
    If you are planning a minor in one science subject (see "Minor in One Science" section below) you should ensure that you take the 6 credits of foundation courses in that subject as your Science Subject A, and either 6 credits of a second science or 6 credits of an arts subject as your final 6 credits this year.  (See "Arts Courses" below for a list of acceptable arts subjects.) 


1. You should aim to register for a total of 30 credits, and there are different patterns how this can look:

  • With skills, you may end up with one term:  4 courses (@ 3 credits each) plus 1 skill (@1.5 credits)= 13.5 credits,then another term with 5 courses (@ 3 credits each) plus 1 skill (@ 1.5 credits)= 16.5 credits, for a total of 30 credits.
  • OR
  • you could have one term with 4 courses (@ 3 credits each) plus 2 skills (@1.5 credits each)= 15 credits, then Another term with 5 courses (@ 3 credits each) = 15 credits, for a total of 30 credits.

2. HKIN 115 and HKIN 136 are offered in either term.  Therefore you need to match the course section with the appropriate lab section.  For example:  HKIN 115:11A corresponds with HKIN 115L:11A.  This means you must register for section 11A for both the course and the lab.  Remember to register for the lab at the same time as the course or you will receive a registration error for the co-requisite.  This error will also occur if you try to register for a lab that does not correspond with the course or if one component is full. 

Skill courses run 12 weeks in first and second terms. Each skill has a credit value of 1.5 credits. Grades will be pass/fail and are not included in the academic average.

The maximum number of skills for the pre-education major is 15 credits (or 10 skills) and for the kinesiology major is 12 credits (or 8 skills). Credit will be granted for only one of the same or similar skills.

The following 100-level skills will introduce students to the basic skills:

102 Group Fitness (first term)
103 Skateboarding (first term)
119 Aquatic Activities (SUP, snorkeling, water polo, aquafit) (second term)
121 Badminton (second term)
122 Ball & Wall (handball, squash, racquetball) (first term)
123 Basketball (first term)
125 Contemporary Dance (first term)
126 Fitness (either term)
127 Gymnastics (either term)
128 Football (first term)
129 Hockey (second term)
131 Rugby (second term)
132 Soccer (either term)
133 Volleyball (either term)
134 Golf (first term)
135 Ice Games (power skating, ringette, broomball) (second term)
137 Low Organized Games (either term)
139 Movement Education (second term)
140 Net Games (pickle ball, tennis, team handball, Sepak) (first term)
141 Outdoor Education Camps (first term)
142 ParaSport (goal ball, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball) (first term)
143 Social Dance 
144 Target Games (curling, bowling, bocce) (either term)
145 Track & Field (first term)
146 Weight Training (either term)
147 World Dance (first term)
148 Yoga (either term)

There are also 200-level skills. You must have completed the HKIN 100-level course in that activity prior to registration in the 200-Level skill (when required). Normally, first year students do not register for 200-level skill courses. 

The following 200-level skills involve advanced instruction and coaching instructional strategies and analysis:

203        Judging and Officiating
204        Advanced Instruction in Group Exercise Leadership Certificate
227        Advanced Instruction in Gymnastics; prerequisite: HKIN 127
246        Advanced Instruction in Sport Science Theory and Application; prerequisite: HKIN 146

As there are many skills in each of the terms, you should choose your skills after all other courses have been scheduled. Please note that some skills courses are popular and you may not be able to take your preferred skill in the first year.  However, you will be able to that skill in your second year.

Choose Your Stream
At this point, you need to think about your particular stream. There are three options to consider, and they relate to the minor you want to complete within your degree.

  1. Health Sciences is a minor intended for students who are considering further study in certain health sciences fields (for example, medical school). The “minor” is not in one subject, as is the norm for a minor, but is rather a set of courses that allows students to take the myriad of courses recommended and required for admission to various health sciences programs. This minor is composed of specific biology, chemistry and physics courses.  Students intending to pursue further study in the health sciences are not required do do the Health Sciences minor, although those who plan to write the MCAT for medical school admission will find this minor to be the most logical choice.  Those intending dentistry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, or pharmacy will easily be able to accommodate all required undergraduate courses within another minor, if they so choose.
  2. The minor in Nutrition requires several specific science courses, in addition to the human nutrition courses, and students need to ensure that they take those foundational science courses in first and second years to be properly prepared for other required courses in subsequent years.
  3. Students may complete a minor in any one science (biology, chemistry, climate and environment, computer science, Earth sciences, mathematics, or physics).

If you’re unsure which stream to choose, you would be advised to choose the stream that is most specific from among the ones you are considering. The good news is that students often do change their minds about their streams, and the transition is easy. There is enough flexibility within the first year to allow students to make changes in second year, and sometimes even beyond. To make your path smoothest, however, it is recommended that you choose the most restrictive stream in which you’re interested.

Health Sciences Minor
This is the most restrictive stream. Course choice for this stream is the easiest, however, because you have little choice in the courses you need to take (see above notes in "First-Year Course Pattern" section).

Nutrition Minor
Course choice for this stream has required science courses (see below).  Because human nutrition has a strong base in chemsitry, CHEM 101 and 102 needs to be taken in first year.  For those students who feel comfortable taking an additional science lab course (with three-hour weekly labs) in first year (in addition to Anatomy and Physiology, and General Chemistry), BIOL 111 and 112 are the remaining foundational introductory science courses for this stream.

BIOL 111 – Introductory Cell Biology (first term, 3 credits + lab)
BIOL 112 – Diversity of Life (second term, 3 credits + lab)
CHEM 101 - General Chemistry I (3 credits + lab)
CHEM 102 - General Chemistry II (3 credits + lab)

Minor in One Science
Course choice for this stream is dependent on your intended minor. Most students choose to minor in biology, but any one of the sciences is an allowable option.

  • Biology minors will choose BIOL 111 and 112 and CHEM 101 and 102, the same combination of science courses in the other two streams.
  • Chemistry minors will choose CHEM 121 and 122 or CHEM 101 and 102, and 6 credits of introductory course(s) in one of the other sciences. PHYS 101 and 102 or PHYS 121 and 122 is a good companion course, but is not required.
  • Computer Science minors will choose CSCI 161 and 162, and 6 credits of introductory course(s) in one of the other sciences.
  • Earth Sciences minors will choose ESCI 171 and 172, and 6 credits of introductory course(s) in one of the other sciences. CHEM 101 and 102 or 121 and 122 are highly recommended as the second science, as some upper-year ESCI courses require chemistry as a prerequisite.
  • Physics minors will choose PHYS 121 and 122, and normally MATH 111 and 112 (calculus). In this instance, the calculus courses serve as the second science.  Calculus is recommended as the second science because it is a prerequisite for many upper-year physics courses.
  • Mathematics minors will choose MATH 111 and 112, and 6 credits of introductory course(s) in one of the other sciences.

If you are considering applying to B.Ed. programs after completion of your Human Kinetics degree, see Question 6 at the end of this document for more specific recommendations regarding course choice.

Arts Courses
Explore the available options and choose course(s) that sound interesting to you.  It’s reassuring to know that there are no “wrong” choices, and that you can explore your arts options risk-free! You may decide to choose subjects that are familiar to you, but don’t hesitate to be adventurous and try something new.

If you are considering applying to B.Ed. programs after completion of your Human Kinetics degree, see Question 4 at the end of this document for more specific recommendations regarding course choice.

Please note that the subjects displayed in the following tables are also links to their respective pages on this website.  If first-year, 100-level courses are offered in a particular subject, their course descriptions are displayed at the bottom of the applicable subject page.

Arts Subjects
Art (Art History and Studio Art)
Catholic Studies
Celtic Studies
Classical Studies
Climate and Environment
Development Studies
Political Science
Public Policy and Governance
Religious Studies
Women’s and Gender Studies


Questions You Might Have

1. The Academic Calendar refers to “Arts X”, “Arts Y”, “Science A” and “Science B”. What do these mean?
“Science A” and “Science B” are terms that are normally used only in the stream in which a student does a minor in one science subject. Science A is your minor, in which you will have to complete a total of 24 credits over the duration of your degree. Science B is your second science, in which you are required to complete 6 credits; that requirement will normally be met by the end of first year.

“Arts X” and “Arts Y” are terms used in all Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics streams. As mentioned above, you are required to complete a “pair” in one arts subject. This is your Arts X. In addition, you are required to complete 6 credits in a second arts subject. This is your Arts Y. At the end of first year, one of your arts subjects will be usable as your Arts Y, and that requirement will be complete.

Arts X and Y must be from different departments. Therefore, you may not do Arts X in one language and Arts Y in a second language (because all French, German and Spanish courses are offered by the Department of Modern Languages). That is why it is not advisable for first-year students in your program to take two different language courses. (As an exception to this, a Celtic language course or a Latin course, CLAS 111 and 112, may be taken in addition to one of the three languages offered by Modern Languages because Celtic courses and Classical Studies courses are offered by different departments.)

2. What if I am interested in an honours degree?
Course selection is no different for first year. You may wish to check table 7.1.5 in the Academic Calendar for grade and average requirements, so that you are aware of the grades you will need for admission to this program at the end of second year.

3. I am interested in Sport Management, what can I do?
You can take SMGT 101 (as an elective course) in the first or second term. Please note that Sport Management can only be a minor in the BA Human Kinetics and the Business programs.  If you are interested in pursuing Sport Management as a Minor, you would need to change programs to BA Human Kinetics at the end of your first.

4. Is it true that I can complete a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition in one year after completing my Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics with the Nutrition Minor stream?
Yes. With careful course planning, you most certainly can. The Human Kinetics and the Human Nutrition sections of the Academic Calendar each outline the courses needed to complete these two degrees in five years. You may also want to meet with the Human Kinetics department chair or with an academic advisor if you have questions.

If you think you might be interested in this option, you should choose one of your arts courses, in the future, from the humanities (Art, Catholic Studies, Celtic Studies, Classical Studies, English, French, German, History, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Spanish) and one from the social sciences (Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies). The BSc in Human Nutrition requires at least 6 credits in one humanities subject and at least 6 credits in one social sciences subject, so this would ensure that your arts courses are in line with the arts requirements for the Human Nutrition degree.

5. I want to do a Bachelor of Education degree after I complete my Human Kinetics degree. Are there any particular courses that I should be taking?
This answer will be given in the context of the StFX B.Ed. program. You should understand that each university to which you might want to apply could have slightly different admission requirements, and you should do some research on each university in which you might be interested. Overall, the admission requirements will be similar in many ways, but there will definitely be differences, and you’ll want to try to incorporate those different requirements into your HKIN degree.

At StFX, as at other universities, there are two basic streams of study in the B.Ed. program: elementary and secondary. The full explanations of these programs are found in the Academic Calendar, section 6. If you are interested in the B.Ed. program, you are strongly advised to read that section and to attend information sessions offered by the Faculty of Education (normally in October). The earlier you make yourself aware of the requirements for that program, the easier it will be to tailor your HKIN degree to fulfill the necessary requirements. The Faculty of Education loves to see first-year students attend those sessions!

Following is a summary of section 6.1.3 and 6.1.4, with information as it pertains directly to courses offered at StFX.

For the elementary stream, there are five basic requirements:

(i) 9 credits of social studies from any one or any combination of the following disciplines: history, economics, political science, anthropology, sociology and/or philosophy. The introductory courses in any of these subjects will fulfill 6 of these 9 credits.
(ii) 6 credits of mathematics. The most common choice is MATH 101 and 102. One alternative is 6 credits of calculus (MATH 111 and 112).  A third option is any 6 credits from MATH 101, 102, 111, 205; or any one of these 3-credit courses plus 3 credits of statistics.
(iii) 6 credits of English. ENGL 100, or ENGL 111 and 3cr of ENGL at the 200 level, will fulfill this requirement.
(iv) 6 credits of science. You will have plenty of science courses completed by the end of your degree.
(v) 3 or 6 credits of developmental psychology. You will need to take PSYC 101 and 102 before being permitted to take the 6-credit PSYC 260 - Developmental Psychology or the 3-credit PSYC 354 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology for the Health Sciences I:  Childhood and Adolescence.

So if you’re interested in the elementary stream of the B.Ed., it would be wise for you to take one of the following three arts options this year: ENGL 111 in 1st term and a 3cr ENGL at the 200 level in 2nd term  (or ENGL 100); 6 credits of “social studies” (as defined above); PSYC 101 and 102. If you are intending a minor in mathematics or physics in your human kinetics degree, you will be taking your math requirement this year, as well. You can take any remaining requirements in later years.

For the secondary stream, there are two basic requirements:

(i) “Major Subject Field”: A minimum of 30 credits of university coursework in one discipline of a subject taught in Nova Scotia secondary schools. For you, this will be “Physical Education”, and your 54 credits of HKIN courses will more than satisfy this requirement.
(ii) “Minor Subject Field”: A minimum of 18 credits of university coursework in one discipline of a second subject taught in Nova Scotia secondary schools. Allowable subject fields are English; French; Social Studies (all 18 credits must be in one of the related disciplines: economics, history, political science, sociology or anthropology);  Mathematics;  Science (all 18 credits must be in one of the related disciplines: biology, chemistry, earth sciences or physics); Gaelic; Fine Arts (studio art or music); Family Studies (which is not possible within the framework of the HKIN degrees); Spanish.

If you’re interested in the secondary stream of the B.Ed., you should think about which of the “Minor Subject Field” options you would want to choose. As a student in the BSc in Human Kinetics, you would need to choose mathematics or one of the other sciences. Ultimately, the minor you choose for your BSC HKIN degree will be your “Minor Subject Field” in a B.Ed. program. You will be following the “minor in one science” stream if you intend to pursue an education degree.

  • Though the following tips may sound a little confusing at the moment, they will become clearer to you as you move along the process, and actually begin to build your schedule. You can always refer back to this page later.
  • When building your course schedule, be sure to begin with your required HKIN courses. You will also have to register for an associated lab time, and there are several afternoon timeblocks from which to choose. (This reference to timeblocks will also become clearer as you navigate through this website.)
  • You should then schedule your science courses and labs, as there are fewer timeblock options available for those than for most of the arts courses. When choosing lab times, you should try to avoid morning labs, as those may result in time conflicts with many of the skills courses.
  • You should next schedule your arts course (if desired). If you have to make adjustments to your science courses because a desired arts course is offered at only one time and it conflicts with a science course, then do so. Work back and forth among courses until you can fit everything into your schedule with no time conflicts. If there is no way to fit all of your desired courses into your schedule, you may need to change your choice of arts course. Your science courses are of most importance to your program, so be sure to get those scheduled as your top priority.
  • The HKIN skills are offered various timeblocks. You will need to look for skills that fit into your open timeblocks.
  • When scheduling your skills, note that your 1st term skill cannot conflict with any first-term courses, and your 2nd term skill cannot conflict with any second-term courses.