Are you interested in sport, physical activity, and wellness? Would you like to work with children, adults and seniors and help them become and remain physically active? If so, a degree in kinesiology may be an appropriate undertaking for you.

Kinesiology explores human development and movement from a number of lenses. For example, the physical, psychological, and social experiences of sport and physical activity are investigated to provide students with a holistic view of how they affect human development.

Within the kinesiology degree, students take courses in areas including (but not limited to) sport psychology, exercise physiology, biomechanics of sport and physical activity, motor learning and control, human development, and research methods. Students interested in international study opportunities should contact their faculty advisor and check potential exchange opportunities well ahead of time.

Upon degree completion, students will have the ability to apply their knowledge to a number of fields or have can continue their studies in fields such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and education. In addition, graduate studies in any of the sub-disciplines of kinesiology are possible for interested students.

The program currently consists of a 4-year degree within the Faculty of Science (1 + 3 years).

Students interested in the program directly out of high school are required to register in the Faculty of Science and complete a list of pre-kinesiology courses. Students having completed the qualifying courses need to apply to the Kinesiology program by March 31st of the current year. Information on the application process along with the associated forms can be found on the Kinesiology program page (link on the right of this page).

Additional program information:

Rebecca Reed-Jones
Applied Human Sciences
(902) 628-4358

Foods and Nutrition

Foods and nutrition describes the science of nutrients in food and their actions within the body. Students in the Foods and Nutrition program study the role of foods and nutrients in both health promotion and disease treatment as well as the psychological and cultural factors that influence our food choices. The Foods and Nutrition program at UPEI is accredited by the Dietitians of Canada; our accreditation is evidence of the high quality program offered at UPEI.

Foods and nutrition courses offered at UPEI include:

  • Community and clinical nutrition
  • Food service management
  • Food science
  • Nutrition and dietary behaviour
  • Human metabolism

Students must also take courses in other scientific disciplines including microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, and mathematics.

Check out the Foods and Nutrition program page (link on the right of this page) for course descriptions and courses required for a major in Foods and Nutrition. Students interested in international learning experiences should contact their faculty advisor and check out possible international exchange opportunities well ahead of time.

For information on the requirements to complete the Honours thesis program in foods and nutrition, you can find our handbook under the "Honours" tab on the Foods and Nutrition program page.

Additional program information:

Katherine Gottschall-Pass
Applied Human Sciences
(902) 566-0492

Family Science

Please note: The application process for majors in Child and Family Studies and Family Science, along with Family Science minor programs have been suspended.

Working with children, youth, families, or vulnerable populations is challenging, but it can offer a very fulfilling and rewarding career experience. Think you're up to the challenge? Then a degree in Family Science could be right for you.

Do you have career aspirations that require a science background? The Family Science program is an excellent combination of traditional science courses along with courses that focus on the science of people. Students in the Family Science program take courses in a wide range of scientific disciplines - biology, chemistry, math and nutrition. And because it's a science degree program about people, students also take courses in family dynamics, human development, family resource management, family violence, human sexuality, and parent-child interactions. Family Science focuses on the health and well-being of individuals and families by promoting the social and physical environments that support families and communities, appropriate access to resources, and healthy family relationships.

The Family Science program at UPEI is one of only a few Canadian programs with approval from the National Council on Family Relations. This approval means that our graduates are eligible to apply for certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) upon graduation. Our graduates are working with children, youth and families in diverse areas such as family education, community education and outreach, social assistance or immigrant settlement programs.

Find out more about what Family Science graduates can do with their degree.  

If you're interested in professional or graduate studies, our program offers plenty of flexibility to make sure you are well prepared for post-degree and graduate programs in diverse areas such as education,  social work, occupational therapy, child and youth studies 

Additional program information:

Child and Family Studies

Please note: The application process for majors in Child and Family Studies and Family Science, along with Family Science minor programs have been suspended.

Open new doors with child and family studies!

Do you have a diploma in early childhood care and education and a desire to continue your learning to better serve children, youth and families? Then the articulated Bachelor of Child and Family Studies program at the University of Prince Edward Island is an option you will want to check out.

Graduates with an early childhood education diploma spend an additional two years completing upper-level university courses at UPEI.

Full-time studies won’t work for you? Don’t worry. The majority of the students in the program are part-time. They are taking one to two courses per semester while continuing to meet their work or family commitments.

Students in the Child and Family Studies program take courses in family resource management, family dynamics, life-span human development, professional practice with children, youth and families, child and family education, and parent-child interactions. Choose from electives in human sexuality, family policy, women’s experiences of aging, or housing. Courses from other disciplines are also required to prepare well-rounded family professionals. Many of the courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate the flexible schedule needs of part-time students who may be working in child care and early learning centres. Check out the Child and Family Studies program page (link on the right of this page) for course descriptions, and read information about field placements and community-based learning opportunities within the program. Students interested in international learning experiences should contact their faculty advisor and check out possible international exchange opportunities well ahead of time.

Upon completion of this program, students interested in further studies in education would be eligible to apply to any Bachelor of Education program. There’s enough flexibility in the elective courses for you to broaden your horizons with courses in history, languages, music, sciences, math or social sciences.

Additional program information:

Charlene VanLeeuwen
Applied Human Sciences
(902) 566-0691

Department of Applied Human Sciences

Please note: The application process for majors in Child and Family Studies and Family Science, along with Family Science minor programs have been suspended.

Are you interested in a rewarding career as a health or education professional? If so, welcome to the Department of Applied Human Sciences! We offer exciting programs in Nutrition, Family Science, Child & Family Studies and Kinesiology.

Our faculty believe very strongly that the best education experiences in the 21st century are those that give students the opportunity to combine academic study with real life experience. Our Nutrition students have the opportunity to take an internship program approved by Dietitians of Canada and work as a registered dietitian after graduation. Students in our Family Science and Child & Family Studies programs take a variety of courses on families and child development and complete interesting community-based field placements in family resource centres, youth programs and schools. Our Child & Family Studies program allows students to complete two years in an Early Childhood Education diploma program, finish their degree at UPEI. 

Many of our students also apply to other professional programs such as physiotherapy, speech and language pathology and occupational therapy or continue their studies at graduate schools across Canada.

We have a very active AHS Student Society which hosts fabulous pot luck dinners and social events. Over the past several years they have worked exceptionally hard to raise funds for families in need at Christmas. 

Our students know first-hand that we make excellence in teaching a priority. Our award-winning faculty take pride in getting to know our students, involving them in research and making their time with us one of the best in their lives. 

Our department is located in the Health Sciences Building, one of the newest buildings on the UPEI campus. Come and check us out!

Dany MacDonald
Applied Human Sciences
(902) 566-6482

Bachelor of Environmental Studies Program

The Bachelor of Environmental Studies at UPEI aims to equip students to integrate an understanding of the environment with other academic fields and their personal life. As an interdisciplinary liberal arts and science program, students have the opportunity to take courses in 16 different departments across the faculties of Arts, Science, Education and Business. Our close connection with the island community enables students to explore the relationship between classroom theory and action, and between environmental issues and their context, in seeking to develop sustainable solutions. The Master of Arts in Island Studies and the Masters and PhD in the Environmental Sciences provide opportunities to do personal research that helps to understand and address the increasingly complex environmental challenges that our world faces.

The key words to describe Environmental Studies are knowledge integration, leadership, and impact.

Knowledge integration

We offer you a truly interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary liberal arts and sciences approach to the theory, research, and practice of environmental studies. You have the opportunity to take courses offered in sixteen different departments and across faculties of Arts, Science, Education and Business.


Individualized attention from faculty and close connections with governments and community groups allow you to truly get involved in real-world issues. In the classroom, in the field and in the community, our program is aimed toward helping you explore your ability to lead the way toward finding environmental solutions.


Through active learning assignments, special courses, directed studies, internships, public environmental forums, and many other opportunities, you will be laying the foundation to make a positive impact toward sustainability in your personal life and career.

Dr. Carolyn Peach Brown
Environmental Studies
(902) 620-5066

Department of Psychology

Welcome to the Department of Psychology, home of a dynamic group of students, faculty, and staff!

We especially welcome our current psychology students, and those of you checking out the possibilities of joining us here at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Situated administratively within the Faculty of Arts, a Psychology major is available as a four-year BSc program.

Additional information:

Colleen MacQuarrie
(902) 566-0549

Department of Physics

Physics represents a cornerstone in the natural sciences and a foundation for research and development in the high-tech sector. It's an exciting and rewarding field of study that explores many of the deeper mysteries of the universe and can lead to a wide range of intriguing career and employment opportunities.

Our students benefit from small class sizes, dedicated faculty, and a very active and friendly Physics Student Society, as well as opportunities to participate in exciting research projects in experimental and theoretical physics. We provide excellent undergraduate programs to our students, including BSc Honours, Major, and Minor degrees. In addition our Co-operative Education program provides valuable work experience for students in an array of private- and public-sector settings across Canada and abroad.

Dr. Bill Whelan
Chair, Department of Physics
(902) 566-0419

Department of Chemistry

Central to most fields of science, chemistry helps us to understand a range of topics including environmental issues, drugs and medicine, production of plastics and other materials, and nutrition. A fundamental understanding of chemistry is also important and interesting for its own sake. There is a great demand for chemists in many industries and government agencies. In fact, the chemical industry in Charlottetown and the rest of Canada is a booming business.

Chemistry at UPEI

At UPEI we focus on providing truly excellent undergraduate and graduate programs while carrying out innovative chemical research. Our four-year BSc Honours, Majors, Minors, and Master’s degrees are accredited through the Canadian Society for Chemistry. There is a tremendous sense of excitement in both teaching and research in chemistry at UPEI.

The Chemistry department's programs have undergone major transformations in recent years, resulting in the advent of a new honours program, designed for "professional chemists" who intend to advance to graduate school or pursue careers as chemists in industrial or government laboratories; and a revised majors program intended for students who will proceed to a second profession-oriented degree or diploma program, or seek employment as, for example, laboratory technicians. The full program, including both majors and honours, is described on the Chemistry Program page (link on the right of this page).

Much of the core of the Chemistry programs offered at UPEI is in line with nationally recognized requirements found at many universities; that is, a first year of general chemistry, followed by a year of organic chemistry and a minimum of one year in each of the subdisciplines of physical, inorganic, and analytical chemistry.

An important distinction, however, is the inclusion of two undergraduate research-oriented courses, in addition to the normal honours research dissertation. Thus a key focus of our program is the introduction of undergraduates to research, initially at the junior level (CHEM 382) and later in CHEM 482, a one-semester research project course. Such courses are key to developing problem-solving and independent thinking/decision-making skills. The advantage we have at UPEI is that in relatively small class sizes, there is extensive opportunity for close student-faculty interaction, providing an optimum environment for learning and practising these skills.

Such research skills are unique in a majors program, and will serve our graduates well as they pursue careers in the "real world."

The department is located in the K. C. Irving Chemistry Centre, which is fully equipped with dedicated research labs, undergraduate teaching labs, student computer room, and "smart” classrooms. We have a very active Chemistry Student Society, which organizes chemistry open houses, fundraising barbecues, golf days, and other social events. For more information on our department, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or visit our campus for a tour.

Rabin Bissessur
Chair, Department of Chemistry
(902) 566-0510

Department of Biology

The study of biology is one of the most natural activities of humankind. Who among us hasn’t experienced wonder and amazement at the variety of living things that surround us every day? To study biology is to study life.
The Biology department at UPEI has a strong tradition of helping people realize their potential through deep consideration of the biological world. A scientific understanding of the plants and animals is, in many ways, its own reward. But it is also a pathway to a large number of exciting and fulfilling career opportunities. A biology program is a common route toward the health professions (human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, etc.), for which we offer strong pre-professional programs. It can also lead to careers in environmental analysis, biotechnology, laboratory diagnostics, and many other things. Biology graduates also often establish other sorts of careers (lawyer, business professional) for which the knowledge of biology can be a strong personal and professional asset.
The study of biology at UPEI can be done through an Honours, Majors, or Minor program at the undergraduate level, or a Master or PhD program at the post-graduate level. We place emphasis on hands-on experience, and make sure our students get out to the field and into the laboratory as much as possible. Most years, at least a dozen undergraduates complete honours research under the supervision of our faculty. We also partner with such organizations as the Atlantic Veterinary College, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Institute for Nutrisciences and Health to offer additional research opportunities for students.
The strength of our educational programs derive from the strength of our scholarly activity and research. Our faculty hold grants from the Natural Sciences and Research Council of Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Atlantic Innovation Foundation, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Prince Edward Island Health Research Institute, among others. Our faculty have research programs in neurobiology, arctic insect ecology, cancer cell biology, watershed ecology, pollination biology, coastal habitat ecology, animal habitat fragmentation, heart and stroke physiology, aquatic toxicology, plant ecological genetics, among others.
We would be pleased to have you join us! For more information on our courses, application and admission, please visit the Biology program page (link on the right side of this page). If you would like to get together to talk about how the Biology department at UPEI can help you with your academic and scientific goals, please call feel free to contact us with any questions.
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Marva Sweeney-Nixon
Chair, Department of Biology
(902) 566-0633


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