KinesiologyWestern Health Sciences

What's the Difference? (BA & BSc)

Each  specializations requires 10.5 Kinesiology credits. The majority of students end up choosing the Honors Specialization in Kinesiology - BA. The second most pursued program is the Honors Specialization in Kinesiology – BSc, which has 75 spaces.

Professional programs such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Medicine do not give priority to students graduating with a BSc over those who earn a BA. These programs have competitive admission averages, which makes it important for students to choose a program that fits their interests as they are more likely to do well. When choosing between the BA and the BSc it is important for students to consider not only their interests but also their strengths.

Students interested in the BSc program should consider the following:

Similarities


  • 10.5 Kinesiology credits total
  • Must take 0.5 credits in Statitics
Curriculum includes: Anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, athletic injuries, sport and exercise psychology, ethics, sport

Differences

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Bachelor of Science
Anatomy Difference
  • 0.5 Anatomy
  • 1.0 Cadaver Anatomy
Kinesiology Socio-Cultural Courses
  • 2.0 Socio-cultural credits (Sport Psychology, Sport & the Law, Ethics, etc.)
  • 1.0 Socio-cultural credits (Sport Psychology, Sport & the Law, Ethics, etc.)
Kinesiology Electives
  • 3.5 (BA students can take the majority of required BSc courses as elective options)
  • 1.0
External Sciences
  • May take sciences courses but they are not mandatory
  • 2.0 (1000-level sciences in first year)
  • 3.0 (2200-level or higher in years 2-4)  

First Year Course Comparison

BA -
Kinesiology
BSc -
Kinesiology
BA - Sport Management BA - Fitness & Exercise Prescription
1.0 Physiology 1021 1.0 Physiology 1021 1.0 Physiology 1021 1.0 Physiology 1021
0.5 Kin 1088A (Sport Psychology) 0.5 Kin 1088A (Sport Psychology) 0.5 Kin 1088A (Sport Psychology) 0.5 Kin 1088A (Sport Psychology)
0.5 Kin 1080B (Psychomotor Behaviour) 0.5 Kin 1080B (Psychomotor Behaviour) 0.5 Kin 1080B (Psychomotor Behaviour) 0.5 Kin 1080B (Psychomotor Behaviour)
3.0 Electives at the 1000 level 2.0 Science courses (Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics or Comp Sci.) 1.0 Business 1220 (Business Administration) 3.0 Electives at the 1000 level
1.0 Elective at the 1000 level 2.0 Electives at the 1000 level Experience profile reflecting on leadership and training skills