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See Admission to Undergraduate Programs and General Admission Requirements for general admission requirements to the University. Specific admission information regarding the BKin, BA (Recreation, Sport and Tourism), the BSc Kinesiology, and the Combined BKin/BEd Degrees programs is set out in Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation .
Residence and Enrolment Requirements
- The Bachelor of Kinesiology, Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport and Tourism, and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology are degree programs of ★120 of which:
- a minimum ★60 must be in courses taken at the University of Alberta; and
- a minimum of ★30 must be taken while registered as a student in a degree program within the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation.
- The Bachelor of Kinesiology/Bachelor of Education are degree programs of ★159 of which:
- a minimum of ★93 must be in courses taken at the University of Alberta; and
- a minimum of ★24 must be taken in the BKin/BEd degree program within the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation; and
- a minimum of ★45 must be taken within the Faculty of Education
- Students enrolled in courses offered by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation must take responsibility for ensuring that they are physically and medically fit to be taking the course. If a student has a physical or medical condition that may compromise their physical participation and ability to meet requirements of the course, it is the student's responsibility to inform the instructor of the particular course in which they are enrolled. Students may contact the Faculty for further information on physical activity requirements and are encouraged to seek medical advice if necessary.
- Students should be aware that under the Protection for Persons in Care Act, they can be required to satisfy a criminal records check before being allowed to serve a period of internship/practicum placement/work experience placement. Refer to Requirement for Police Information Checks .
Undergraduate Program Bloodborne Pathogen Policy
The University of Alberta recognizes its duty to minimize the risk of transmission of bloodborne pathogens to/by individuals studying or working at this University. The Bloodborne Pathogen Policy limits the possibility of transmission of bloodborne pathogens within the educational setting. The University recognizes, however, that it is not possible to completely eliminate the risk of infection (see University Bloodborne Pathogens Policy ).
The Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, in accordance with University of Alberta policies and other available guidelines, has developed the following policies concerning bloodborne pathogens. These policies are to be reviewed and adapted as further information on bloodborne pathogens becomes available.
For applicants who are accepted into the BSc Kinesiology, BKin or combined BKin/BEd Programs, immunization against Hepatitis B is strongly recommended, though not mandatory at this time. However, for undergraduate students who become involved as research project assistants in the biological sciences areas, Hepatitis B surface antigen testing will be performed by the University Health Centre at the University of Alberta. For students who test negative for the Hepatitis B surface antigen (HbsAg), Hepatitis B vaccination will be required. (Contact the Undergraduate Programs Office Room E466, Van Vliet Centre, for details about testing and immunization.) Program restrictions will be applied when necessary to minimize the risk of transmission of bloodborne pathogens from students to other students, experimental subjects and service clients. Program restrictions, in keeping with reasonable accommodation guidelines, can be expected in cases where students test positive for any bloodborne pathogen, or refuse to complete the screening questionnaire, or refuse a questionnaire based requirement for Hepatitis B testing. Program restrictions may include prohibition from participating in certain activities and procedures performed as part of a research, service testing or teaching function.
Since the risk of HIV transmission from students to other students, service clients and experimental subjects is very low for the procedures followed in these settings, HIV risk assessment and testing will not be made a requirement at this time. However, all students accepted into the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation are encouraged to undergo HIV testing whenever concerns about infection arise.
Note: For updates on changes to medical testing and immunization refer to the Faculty Office.
- Continuous Registration: Students must register in their program on a continuous basis to ensure a place in the program. Students who want to temporarily discontinue their program must obtain prior approval for a Leave of Absence by submitting a request to the Undergraduate Programs Office. Discontinuance without permission requires the student to seek readmission and, in this case, readmission is not guaranteed.
Normally, a Leave of Absence is granted only if all the following conditions are met:
- A minimum of ★18 must be completed within the degree program before the term in which the Leave of Absence begins
- The student is in good academic standing
- The Leave of Absence period does not exceed 12 months
- No transferable courses are being completed at another institution during the Leave of Absence period.
- Normal Course Load: A normal full academic course load is ★30 taken during Fall/Winter.
- Fall/Winter: A normal full course load in the Fall and Winter Terms is ★15 taken each term, for a total of ★30.
- Spring/Summer: A normal full course load in the Spring and Summer Terms is ★6 taken each term, for a total of ★12.
- To complete the BKin/BEd Combined Degree program in the recommended five years, students must take an average of ★33 each Fall/Winter.
- Students are permitted to take a maximum of ★18 in each Fall and Winter term and ★7.5 in each Spring and Summer term.
Normally, permission to enrol in extra courses (beyond ★18 in Fall and Winter or ★7.5 in Spring and Summer) is not granted. Where a student wishes to enrol in more than the maximum allowed credits during any term, a request must be submitted to the Undergraduate Programs Office. Such requests will be considered only if the student has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a minimum of ★24 during the previous Fall/Winter period.
- Directed Studies Courses: Students are normally allowed a maximum of ★6 Directed Studies courses to count toward their degree program.
In order to be eligible to complete a Directed Studies course, students must have completed a minimum of ★30 and be in good academic standing. Students must complete an application form to enrol in a Directed Studies course, available at the Undergraduate Programs Office.
Academic Standing is assessed based on a student's GPA. [Rules for computing the GPA are listed in Grade Point Average (GPA) .] Students are expected to maintain a 2.0 minimum GPA.
Initial assessment and subsequent reassessment are conducted after Fall/Winter if a minimum of ★9 have been completed. If, at the time of the review, students have completed less than ★9 during Fall/Winter, the review is deferred and the academic standing assigned at the last review remains in effect until the next review. Any courses completed during Spring/Summer Terms will not be considered as part of the Academic Standing decision.
Note: Academic standing is assessed at the end of a student's program even if less than ★9 have been taken since the last review.
- Dean's List: This designation is given to undergraduate students who achieve a GPA of at least 3.7. Students must take a minimum of ★24 in Fall/Winter. Students who attend in only one term of Fall/Winter are eligible if they complete at least ★12 with a minimum GPA of 3.7.
- First-Class Standing: First-class standing in a given year is awarded to any undergraduate student who obtains a GPA of not less than 3.5, the GPA to be computed on a minimum of ★24 taken during that year, the year to consist of Fall and Winter terms. Students who attend in only one term of the Fall/Winter are eligible if they complete at least ★12 with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
- Satisfactory Standing: Satisfactory Standing is given to a student who achieves a GPA of 2.0 or above and normally indicates that the student is eligible to continue in the program.
- Marginal Standing - Academic Warning: Marginal Standing is given to a student who achieves a GPA of 1.7 to 1.9. A student who is assigned Marginal Standing will be placed on Academic Warning and must meet the following conditions:
- Must achieve a GPA of 2.0 or greater on a minimum of ★9 during Fall/Winter. Students are strongly advised to meet with their Undergraduate Programs Advisor prior to Fall/Winter to discuss their course load and options available for academic support and/or counselling.
- Complete specific course requirements as dictated by the Faculty, such requirements to be communicated to the student in writing prior to registration.
Students on Academic Warning as a result of acquiring Marginal Standing will clear their Academic Warning upon successful completion of these requirements.
- Students who do not complete the conditions of their Academic Warning will be Required to Withdraw from the University. See Transfer from a Postsecondary Institutions (5) .
- Students assigned Marginal Standing on two separate occasions (not necessarily consecutively) will be assigned Unsatisfactory Standing and will be Required to Withdraw from the University. See below.
- Unsatisfactory Standing - Required to Withdraw: Unsatisfactory Standing is given to a student who achieves a GPA of 1.6 or below, or to a student who has been assigned Marginal Standing on two occasions (not necessarily consecutively) while registered in the Faculty. Students who are assigned Unsatisfactory Standing are required to withdraw from the University. Any registration in the Summer Term and in the subsequent Fall/Winter will be cancelled.
Students who are required to withdraw for the first time in their academic record may elect to discontinue studies for a minimum period of one year and then apply for Fall readmission. Should any coursework be attempted at any institution during this period, the grades may be taken into consideration for readmission purposes. Alternatively, students who are required to withdraw for the first time in their academic record may elect to requalify by successfully completing at another postsecondary institution.
★18 of postsecondary courses transferable to the University of Alberta with a minimum GPA of 2.7, or
- ★24 of postsecondary courses transferable to the University of Alberta with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
Students who have failed probation or been twice required to withdraw (not necessarily consecutively), or equivalent by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation standards, may discontinue their studies for a period of five years from the date of last attendance and seek consideration for Fall readmission by writing a letter of petition to the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs). Readmission, if offered, will be on probation, subject to conditions specified by the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs).
Students who have been required to withdraw three times or equivalent are ineligible for readmission to the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation.
- Fresh Start Program
Note: Year 1 and 2 students who have achieved a GPA of between 1.3 and 1.6 may be eligible for admission to the Fresh Start program. Students must be recommended by the Faculty for participation in the Fresh Start program. Students who have been found to have committed an offence under the University of Alberta Code of Student Behavior will not normally be recommended for Fresh Start. Further, detailed information can be found in Fresh Start Program , First- and Second-Year Students with GPAs of 1.3 to 1.6—Admission to Fresh Start Program and Academic Warning, Academic Probation, Required to Withdraw .
- Readmitted Students: A student who has previously been required to withdraw from any postsecondary institution and is admitted or readmitted to the Faculty will be assigned Probation. A student who subsequently fails to meet the conditions of probation will be required to withdraw, and will not be readmitted to the Faculty.
- Probation is granted to students who are required to withdraw and successfully appeal or to students who are readmitted after studies were discontinued for academic reasons. Students may also be admitted on probation if their previous academic record is either deficient in some respect or below the standard ordinarily required. When placed on probation, a student must fulfil specific conditions specified by the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) at the time of readmission. To clear probation and return to satisfactory standing, students must normally successfully complete a minimum of ★24 during the Fall/Winter, obtain a minimum 2.0 GPA, and successfully fulfil all other conditions of the probation. Students who fail to satisfy any of the conditions fail Probation, and are required to withdraw without the option of appeal. Students who fail a second period on probation are ineligible for readmission to the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation.
Promotion Standards for Bachelor of Kinesiology, Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology), and Bachelor of Arts (Recreation, Sport and Tourism) Degree Programs
- Full-time students are promoted from year to year based on the following:
- Promotion from Year 1 to Year 2: Students must have successfully completed a minimum of ★30 applicable to their program.
- Promotion from Year 2 to Year 3: Students must have successfully completed a minimum of ★60 applicable to their program.
- Promotion from Year 3 to Year 4: Students must have successfully completed a minimum of ★90 applicable to their program.
- Students who have been approved to pursue the degree on a part-time basis are promoted from one year to the next when they have met the appropriate criteria.
Promotion Standards for the Bachelor of Kinesiology/Bachelor of Education (Elementary) (Secondary) Combined Degrees Program
- Full-time students enrolled in the BKin/BEd program are promoted from year to year in the program based on the following guidelines:
- Promotion from Year 1 to Year 2: Students must have successfully completed a minimum of ★33 applicable to the combined program.
- Promotion from Year 2 to Year 3: Students must have successfully completed a minimum of ★66 applicable to the combined program.
- Promotion from Year 3 to Year 4: All qualified Year 3 BKin/BEd students will be promoted to Year 4 in the Faculty of Education provided that
- a minimum AGPA of 2.0 has been achieved and
- a minimum of ★90 applicable to the BKin/BEd program has been successfully completed.
Note: Students in Year 3 who have completed less than ★90 toward the BKin/BEd program, but who have an AGPA of at least 2.0, may select one of two alternatives:
- Remain in Year 3 of the BKin/BEd program in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation for one additional year, or
- Apply to enter the BKin degree program and complete a modified Individualized Major.
- Application for Degree: Students who intend to receive their degree must apply for graduation on Bear Tracks (https://www.beartracks.ualberta.ca) by February 1 for Spring Convocation or by September 1 for Fall Convocation.
Note: Students are encouraged to contact their student advisor early (October 15 for Spring convocation and August 15 for those completing programs in Fall Term) so students can be assured in advance of their final terms that their course selections will make them eligible to convocate.
- Degree Requirement Deadlines: All requirements for graduation at Spring Convocation must be completed by the end of Fall/Winter. Those completing degree requirements during Spring/Summer will graduate at Fall Convocation.
- Common Graduation GPA: To qualify for the Bachelor of Kinesiology, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, or Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport and Tourism degree, a student must successfully complete all requirements including a GPA of at least 2.0 on the last ★60 of their program completed at the University of Alberta.
- BKin/BEd Graduation Requirement: To receive the BKin and the BEd degrees concurrently, a student must have completed all the requirements of the combined program and must meet the requirements for graduation for each degree (see BEd and BEd (After Degree) ).
- Degree with Distinction: The notation "With Distinction" is inscribed on the permanent record and graduation parchment if a student has obtained a GPA of 3.5 or higher on the last ★60 of their program completed at the University of Alberta.
Academic Appeals and Grievances
A student wishing to appeal an academic decision within this Faculty must first attempt to resolve the issue with the instructor concerned (if applicable) and, if this is not satisfactory, with the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs). If there is still no satisfactory resolution of the issue, the student may then appeal to the Faculty's Undergraduate Student Academic Appeals Committee by submitting an appeal in writing to the Chair of the Undergraduate Student Academic Appeals Committee within 14 calendar days of notification of the decision to be appealed. Delivery of notification is deemed to have been effected on the date of pick up, personal receipt of hand or courier delivery, or seven calendar days following regular or registered mail. Further details of the Faculty's appeal procedure are available from the Office of the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs). Certain decisions of this Faculty Undergraduate Student Academic Appeals Committee may be appealed to the Academic Appeal Committee of General Faculties Council. For further information, contact the secretary of General Faculties Council. See Appeals and Grievances .
Attendance in Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Courses
- Physical Participation: Students enrolled in courses offered by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation must take responsibility for ensuring that they are physically and medically fit to be taking such courses. If a student has a physical or medical condition that may compromise their participation in a course, it is the student's responsibility to so inform the instructor of that course. Students may contact the Faculty for further information on physical activity requirements and are encouraged to seek medical advice if necessary.
- Attendance in courses: Attendance at lectures and class participation are important components of courses. Students serve their interests best by regular attendance. Those who choose not to attend must assume whatever risks are involved.
Activity course dress requirement for first class: Students are to attend activity course classes appropriately dressed for participation.