Bachelor of human kinetics and recreation co-operative

School: Human Kinetics and Recreation Campus: St. John's
Length: Four years Honours available: Yes
Practical experience: Three mandatory work terms
University Calendar: Bachelor of human kinetics and recreation co-operative 
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The bachelor of human kinetics and recreation co-operative (BHKRC) is designed for those interested in planning their educational path to get where they want to go, preparing you for careers in a variety of health-related professions, including, but not limited to, health promotion, kinesiology, community and therapeutic recreation, fitness, health and wellness, and lifestyle professions.

This interdisciplinary program offers you the ability to choose between multiple pathways which include a progressive education and experiential learning. Co-operative education work terms provide you with the opportunity to explore your interests in the field of your choice and earn income to support your education.

As a BHKRC student, you will take fundamental courses in exercise science, health promotion and physical activity, in addition to pursuing your optional focused pathway. 


Tailoring your course selections to your interests, you can concentrate in one of these four areas:

Admission requirements

Fall semester
Application deadline:
March 1

New Memorial students

You may apply for admission into the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation directly from high school by indicating your desired degree option in the appropriate place on the undergraduate application for admission. Direct entry into the program from high school is competitive for a limited number of placements and is subject to meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee your acceptance into the program.

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Current Memorial and transfer students 

If you're seeking admission into the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation through transfer from within Memorial University or other accredited post-secondary institutions, indicate your desired degree option in the appropriate place on the undergraduate application for admission.

Overall academic performance and evidence of ability to successfully maintain a full course load are important criteria in reaching decisions on applications for admission and will be considered in the selection process.

HKR degree programs are competitive for a limited number of seats.

Transfer applicants must submit an official transcript showing completed courses and current registrations to the Office of the Registrar. No applicant will be granted admission beyond academic term four.

Note: Current students and transfer students seeking admission to a HKR degree program should still be prepared for it to take a minimum of three additional years to complete their HKR degree.

Sample first year

Wondering what courses you would take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses for BHKRC students.

Sample courses beyond first year

HKR 2500 - Diversity & Inclusion
HKR 3330 - Health Issues I
HKR 3410 - Sociology of Physical Activity & Sport

Career opportunities

The BHKRC prepares students for a variety of careers including:

  • health and wellness specialist
  • entrepreneur
  • sports and recreation manager
  • occupational therapist and physiotherapist
  • kinesiologist

Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.