Diploma in Sport Science - Kinesiology Specialization

New Westminster
Learning Format


Take the first step toward a rewarding career in physiotherapy or rehabilitation therapy with the Diploma in Sport Science – Kinesiology Specialization. You’ll study the anatomy of human body systems, the developmental forces of muscles, the effects of exercise on human movement and more. Much of your learning will be hands on, where you’ll take part in physical examination demonstrations, peer teaching, and designing and applying personal training exercise programs that fit people’s specific movement goals. 

Gain practical experience during your studies 

Put your skills to work by joining the optional Co-operative Education Program, which alternates semesters of study with paid, full-time work in your field. You’ll earn money while gaining experience, building your resumé and getting an employer reference, all before you graduate. 

Further education 

If you want to continue your education, you can transfer your credits into our Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching degree or into a related Kinesiology degree program at a university. Visit the B.C. Transfer Guide and your transfer university’s website regularly to confirm which courses transfer.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

60 credits (20 courses) meeting all of the following criteria:

  •  Minimum 30 Sport Science credits which must include:
    •  1103; 1105; 1151; 1164; 1195; 2205; 2231; 2275; plus 2 SPSC electives; 
  •  Minimum 12 non-Sport Science elective credits (4 courses); 
  •  6 Anatomy and physiology credits:
    •  BIOL 1109 or 1103 or equivalent, and
    •  BIOL1209 or 1203 or equivalent;
  •  3 Math credits; 
  •  3 English credits (English 1130 recommended)
  •  Any remaining credits are to be selected depending on student transfer destination


  •  All courses must be university transfer and must be selected from a minimum of four subject areas.
  •  Students are advised to align their non-Sport Science elective courses with the post-secondary institution to which they plan to transfer (e.g., UBC Kinesiology requires 4 science elective courses from Biology, Chemistry, Math, or Physics)
  •  Students need not be registered in the Sport Science program to qualify for the Diploma in Sport Science.

Admissions Requirements

The Sport Science department uses a preferential admission procedure. Admission to the Sport Science Diploma program is contingent upon:

  1. Availability of seats; and
  2. All of the admission requirements in either section A or B below; and
  3. All of the admission requirements of section C below; and
  4. Applicant ranking as determined by a process of preferential admission evaluation. The preferential admission process will assign scores to:
    1. Two professional references notes 1,2 below
    2. GPA

Following this review applicants are ranked according to their total score. Applicants with the same total score will be offered seats based on their date of application.

A) Minimum Academic Admission Requirements: Secondary Applicants

  1. General Admission Requirements; and
  2. English 12 with a minimum grade of "C", or approved substitutionnote3; and
  3. Math 11 with a minimum grade of "C", or equivalent note4; and
  4. Three grade 11 or 12 courses with a minimum grade of "C".

B) Minimum Academic Admission Requirements: Post-secondary Applicants 
(Note: Students who have completed 12 or more university transferable credits will be considered as post-secondary applicants.)

  1. General Admission Requirements; and
  2. English 12 with a minimum grade of "C", or approved substitutionnote3; and
  3. Math 11 with a minimum grade of "C", or equivalent note4; and
  4. Minimum post-secondary GPA of 2.33 (minimum 12 credits).

C) All Applicants

  1. Two reference forms from coaches, PE teachers or community leaders verifying one season of sport experience and character reference note1


  1. A professional referee may include but is not limited to: a teacher, coach, employer, etc. Family members are not able to act as referees. Each referee’s full name, contact information, and nature of relationship to applicant must be provided.
  2. Based on reference responses, the Sport Science Department may conduct interviews with all or chosen applicants.
  3. ENGL 1130 is a Graduation requirement of the program, therefore students who do not have at least a "B" grade in English 12 will be required to write the Douglas College computer-based English assessment to become eligible to register in ENGL 1130.
  4. Recommended courses:
    1. To fulfill the Math 11 admission requirement, Principles of Math 11, Foundations of Math 11, or higher are recommended 
    2. PE 11 or 12 or equivalent is an additional recommended course


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Career Pathways

A Diploma in Sport Science qualifies you for a variety of careers in sports, recreation and wellness. If you use the diploma to transfer into a related university degree program, many more career opportunities will be available to you.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.