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Healing and restoring active populations

The Rehabilitation Science major utilizes a strong scientific base and flexible curriculum options for students interested in healthcare fields, preparing students for graduate programs in athletic training, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, occupational therapy and chiropractic medicine.

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Is This Major for Me?

Students who select the Rehabilitation Science major are often embarking on journeys that involve grad school.

Many students seek professional licensure to become physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, and more.

If you want to become a licensed medical professional and plan to go to grad school to do so, the Rehabilitation Science major is for you.

How Can I Use This Major?

The Rehabilitation Science major is specifically designed for students interested in careers in healthcare or research. Therefore, these graduates will primarily work in the following areas: 

  • Athletic trainer
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Cardiac rehabilitation 
  • Chiropractor
  • Researcher
  • Biomechanist
  • Higher education


NOTE: Graduate education or additional training is necessary for many careers in this area.


Pre-Admission Courses (9 cr.)

Kinesiology 121 – Orientation to Kinesiology (1 cr)

Kinesiology 122 – Kinesiology Admissions Seminar (1 cr)

Kinesiology 170 – Medical Terminology (1 cr)

Kinesiology 171 – Prevention, Recognition, & Treatment of Athletic Injuries (2 cr)

Biology 211 – Human Anatomy (26-105) (4 cr)

Required CourseS (29 cr.)

Biology 212 – Human Physiology (26-211) (4 cr)

Kinesiology 173 – Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology (26-211) (3 cr)

Kinesiology 201 – Strength Training Techniques (1 cr)

Kinesiology 331- Motor Learning (3 cr)

Kinesiology 340- Biomechanics (3 cr) *previously Kinesiology 280*

Kinesiology 349 – Behavioral Aspects of Kinesiology (86-101) (3 cr)

Kinesiology 350 – Physiology of Exercise (26-212) (3 cr)

Kinesiology 351 – Nutrition for Health & Performance (26-212) (3 cr)

Kinesiology 361 – Medical Aspects of Kinesiology (77-350) (3 cr)

Kinesiology 368 – Research Techniques in Kinesiology (3 cr)

Elective CourseS (Choose 10 cr.)

Kinesiology 104 – AED, CPR, and First Aid (1 cr)

Kinesiology 200 – Strength and Conditioning Practicum (1 cr)

Kinesiology 202 – Advanced Strength Training Techniques (1 cr)

Kinesiology 320 – Business of Wellness (3 cr)

Kinesiology 352 – Performance Assessment Techniques (3 cr)

Kinesiology 363 – Addictive, Ergogenic, & Therapeutic Agents (2 cr)

Kinesiology 370 – Principles of Strength Training & Conditioning (3 cr)

Kinesiology 371 – Strength & Conditioning Program Design (3 cr)

Kinesiology 380 – Running Injuries, Assessment, & Intervention (3 cr)

Kinesiology 405 – Group Exercise Leadership (1 cr)

Kinesiology 410 – Applied Biomechanical Principles and Techniques (3 cr)

Kinesiology 425 – Current Topics in Kinesiology (1-3 cr)

Kinesiology 443 – Progressive Training Techniques (2 cr)

Kinesiology 407 – Clinical Experience in E&F (3 cr)

Kinesiology 461 – Clinical Experience in S&C (3 cr)

Kinesiology 446 – Kinesiology Independent Study (1-3 cr)

Kinesiology 447 – Adminstration and Facilities Management (3 cr)

Kinesiology 450 – Advanced Physiology of Exercise (3 cr)

Kinesiology 474 – Honor’s Thesis (1-3 cr)

Professional School Prerequisites (15 cr.)

Physical Therapy

Chemistry 105 (5)

Chemistry 106 (5)

Physics/Astronomy 171 (5)* 

Physics/Astronomy 172 (5)

Math 201 (3)   


Occupational Therapy

Chemistry 105 (5)

Physics/Astr. 171 (5)*

Math 201 (3)

Psychology 303 (3)

Psychology 338 (3)



Athletic Training

Chemistry 105 (5)

Physics/Astr. 171 (5)*

Math 201 (3)


*Math 106, 108 or testing out of trigonometry at admissions is required for enrollment in Physics/Astronomy 171.

Admission To The Major

When students begin at UW Oshkosh with an interest in a Kinesiology major, they are entered into the Pre-Kinesiology major.

In order to obtain admission into one of the majors in the Department of Kinesiology, students must submit an application. Students are required to complete the following prerequisite courses to apply: Human Anatomy; Orientation to Kinesiology; Kinesiology Admissions Seminar; Medical Terminology; and Prevention, Recognition & Treatment of Athletic Injuries (Biology 211 along with Kinesiology 121, 122, 170, 171) While there is no official minimum GPA for admissions, students in the Department of Kinesiology must finish with a 2.75 GPA. Therefore, pre-admission grades and GPA are reviewed to assess the likelihood of success in completing the majors. Formal acceptance is necessary prior to completing most upper-level courses within the major.

To apply, a student submits an admissions portfolio that includes a cover letter, a resume, and an admissions essay. The deadline for submission of the admissions portfolio is on the last Friday of each semester.

Students may apply for admission while the courses are in progress; however, admission is dependent upon successful completion of each course. All applications will be reviewed and evaluated within three weeks following the end of the semester. Students will receive formal notification of the admission committee’s decision no later than five weeks after the semester ends. The decision will be sent to each student’s University email address.

If you have any questions about whether or not you should apply please contact the Admissions Committee chair, Dr. Schmidt (


Kinesiology students will begin advisement at the  University Advising Resource Center (UARC). Once students are admitted to a major, they will be assigned a faculty advisor in the Department of Kinesiology. Students are expected to meet with their faculty advisor each semester, at least one week prior to their registration date.

When students arrive at the meeting with their advisor they should bring:

  • An updated Academic Report (don’t print)
  • A list of courses they plan to take the following semester
  • A copy of the the major 4 year plan found on the Student Resources page


A major function of the advisor is to work with the student in designing their curriculum, so they not only complete the requirements of the program but also maximize the worth of their undergraduate education. Another purpose of an academic advisor is to give students counsel with respect to their intended career directions. Although faculty and staff will do their best to follow the student’s progress, it is the student’s responsibility to make absolutely sure they complete all degree requirements and are thus eligible to graduate.

If you have questions prior to program admission, Dr. Lace Luedke and Dr. Robert Sipes are the primary faculty advisors for this major.

NOTE: It is crucial that students meet with an advisor every semester as courses in the department may not be offered each semester. Your advisor will help you choose the best elective courses for your intended career goals.


Wait List Policy

If a class you’d like to take is full, you may elect to get on the wait list. You can view full courses in TitanWeb by unchecking the “Show Open Only” box when searching for Kinesiology. If the full class has an online wait list, it will display a yellow triangle in the status box. To join the wait list simply “enroll” in the course, checking the box for “wait list if class is full.” You should see a message confirming that you’re on the wait list upon completion.

If you need assistance, contact Deb Suess in the Kinesiology office at (920) 424-0834. Don’t procrastinate, or our ability to help may become limited.

Careers and Internships

Career opportunities in the field of Kinesiology are varied and numerous. The following is a partial list of opportunities.

It’s worth noting that a graduate program is necessary for licensed work in rehabilitation, so keep that in mind!

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Researcher
  • Biomechanist
  • Professor