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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 – Fitness 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 declare a Rehabilitation Science major they automatically enter the pre-major program.

In order to obtain entrance into the major, students are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in the following prerequisite courses: Biological Concepts, Human Anatomy, Medical Terminology, and Prevention, Recognition & Treatment of Athletic Injuries.

Students must also earn a grade of “B” or better in Orientation to Kinesiology and pass the Kinesiology Admissions Seminar to apply to the program.

The student then submits an application portfolio that includes a cover letter, admission essay, a report indicating at least two hours of volunteer service, and a report indicating performance in all classes and performance in the prerequisite classes listed above.

***The volunteer requirement will be waived for students applying during the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters due to COVID-19 restrictions put in place at volunteer locations.***


First Year

Any student interested in completing the Rehabilitation Science major should enroll in the following courses during their first semester (along with appropriate USP courses):

  • Biology 105 – Biological Concepts (4 cr.)
  • Kinesiology 121 – Orientation to Kinesiology (1 cr.) [“B” grade or better]
  • Kinesiology 170 – Medical Terminology (1 cr.)


The following courses should be taken in the second semester (along with appropriate USP courses) to apply at the end of the second semester:

  • Biology 211 – Human Anatomy (3 cr.)
  • Kinesiology 122 – Kinesiology Admission Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Kinesiology 171 – Prevention, Recognition & Treatment of Athletic Injuries (3 cr.)


Formal application for the program should also be submitted at the end of the second semester. This is done by submitting an admission portfolioStudents are required to submit an admission portfolio to be considered for acceptance into the major. Formal acceptance is necessary prior to completing some 200- and all 300- or 400-level courses within the major. 

Students may apply once they have completed Kinesiology 121, 122, 170, 171, and Biology 211.

The deadline for the admission portfolio is at the end of each semester. Students may apply for admittance while the courses listed above are in progress. Admittance, however, is dependent upon completion and the student’s grade in each course.

NOTE: Students may take apply at the end of either semester as long as the prerequisite courses have been completed.


Additional Admissions Requirements:

  • Students must complete and document at least 2 hours of approved volunteer experience (form can be found here) within the field prior to the application deadline.
  • **The volunteer requirement will be waived for students applying during the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters due to COVID-19 restrictions put in place at volunteer locations.***

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


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