Program_Bachelor of Kinesiology

Bachelor of Kinesiology and Sport Studies - University Transfer

Kinesiology is the study of the science of movement. The program is designed so that students can complete two years of studies at Red Deer Polytechnic in order to transfer to a university to complete a Bachelor's degree. The program is designed for students wishing to transfer to the University of Alberta.
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University Transfer
2 years at RDP; 2 years at most universities
Full-Time Part-Time On Campus

About the Bachelor of Kinesiology and Sport Studies - University Transfer

Movement is part of our everyday lives. It allows us to go to work, play sports, feed ourselves and socialize. Kinesiology is the scientific study of movement from a variety of perspectives. This program focuses on the promotion of health, the prevention and management of chronic disease, and the enhancement of human performance.  

The Bachelor of Kinesiology and Sport Studies is designed so that students can complete two years of studies at Red Deer Polytechnic and then transfer to the University of Alberta to complete a Bachelor's degree.  

Work-integrated Learning

Work-integrated learning opportunities will depend on the area of focus you choose. Learn more about the many types of experiential learning opportunities available at Red Deer Polytechnic through the Career Education and Experience Development Centre.  

Further Study

The program is designed for students wishing to transfer to the University of Alberta: Bachelor of Kinesiology.  

NOTE: The Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta dedicates entrance into the Bachelor of Kinesiology program for 30 students transferring from the RDP Bachelor of Kinesiology Transfer program who have between 45 and 60 transferable credits and a minimum GPA of 3.0 based on the most recent minimum 24 transferable credits.  Possession of the minimum average does not guarantee admission to the program and admission may be competitive based on applications.  

Transfer to other universities is possible with proper program consultation and careful course selection. Talk to a student advisor at the Student Connect Centre to learn more.  


Fall - Start Date: Sep 04, 2024
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Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for specific programs will often refer to Alberta Grade 12 course groups. Visit the Admission Requirements page for detailed group descriptions.   

Eligibility for admission to the Bachelor of Kinesiology and Sport Studies program at Red Deer Polytechnic requires applicants to meet minimum academic requirements. Qualified applicants who meet all minimum requirements will be offered admission on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Academic Requirements  

Minimum average of 60% with no mark below 50% in: 

  • English Language Arts 30-1 (or ENGL 095 or equivalent)  

  • Biology 30 (or BIOL 095 or equivalent)  

  • Subject from Group A or C (or equivalent)  

  • Subject from Group A or C (or equivalent)  

  • Subject from Group B, C, or Physical Education 30 (5 credit), or Recreation Leadership (REC) Advanced Level-Career and Technology (or equivalent) 

*Mathematics 30-2 is acceptable for admission as a Group C subject, however only one of Mathematics 30-1 and Mathematics 30-2 may be used for admission purposes. 

*Only one Language other than English is accepted for admission. 

  • Group A • Aboriginal Studies 30 • English Language Arts (ELA) 30-1 • Social Studies 30-1 • Language 30 or 35 (other than English)  

  • Group B • Art 30 • Art 31 • Band 35 • Choir 35 • Dance 35 • Drama 30 • Music 35 • Performing Arts 35A • Note: Other 5-credit Fine Arts and/or Advanced Level CTS courses may be considered.  

  • Group C • Biology 30 • Chemistry 30 • Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2 • Mathematics 31 • Physics 30 • Science 30 • Five credits of Advanced Level Computer Science (CSE) 

Note: If you are applying to the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, you must present ELA 30-1, Biology 30, Math 30-1 and Chemistry 30 for admission. For the U of C - Exercise and Health Physiology Major - Math 30-1 (minimum grade of 70%) is required. Math 31 is recommended. For the U of C - Biomechanics Major - Math 30-1 (minimum grade of 70%) and Math 31 are required; Physics 30 is recommended. 

Note: If you are applying to the University of Alberta Bachelor of Science Kinesiology (BScKin), admission to this program requires the following high school subject requirements - ELA 30-1, Chemistry 30, Math 30-1, Physics 30, and one of Biology 30 or Physical Education 30 (5 credits) or approved 35 level equivalent (5 credit), including Exercise Science 35, Sports Medicine 35 or Sport Performance 35. 

Additional Requirements

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who declare English as a first language are exempt from ELP requirements. Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) for admission to credit programs by providing official documentation to the Office of the Registrar after an online application has been submitted. All ELP tests must have been obtained within two years of the date their program starts. ELP requirements are in addition to the other admission requirements noted above.  

Study Permits

Students with Study Permits that are admitted to a program that has a practicum or clinical placement in childcare, primary/secondary school teaching or health service field occupations must complete their Medical Authorization as required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada one month prior to the start of classes. 

Prior Learning and Transfer

Students presenting courses from other recognized post-secondary institutions may be granted transfer credit towards the Kinesiology and Sports Studies program, visit our Recognition of Prior Learning and Transfer Credit page to learn more.   

Program Cost

Estimated Tuition and Fees
Year 1
Year 2

These costs are an estimate of tuition and fees based on the recommended course load per year.     

For tuition costs for Year 3 and 4, visit the University of Alberta tuition.

NOTE: Additional fees apply. View here for a detailed, estimated breakdown of tuition, non-instructional mandatory fees, health and dental plan costs, and estimated textbooks and supplies costs.    

Program Content

View our course guide for additional program and course information. 

Graduation Requirements

You must successfully complete all courses within the program and achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 to receive a Diploma in University Transfer Studies. 

Continuing and Professional Education

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