The Wiess School of Natural Sciences
The department was one of the first of its kind in the nation to institute an academic program structure that allows students to concentrate their efforts in a specific sub-discipline. Within the Kinesiology major there are two distinct major concentrations: health sciences and sports medicine. Additional information on the Kinesiology major and the two major concentrations can be found on the KINE website .
BA in Kinesiology with major concentration in Health Sciences
The goal of the health sciences program is to provide students with a fundamental background in health promotion and disease prevention. This background will enable them to understand the role that health promotion plays in society and the mechanisms that affect public and community health while also considering the complexities of maintaining an optimal level of personal health. The health science program is viewed as an excellent option for undergraduate students who are preparing to enter graduate school in public health, health promotion, and health education, as well as other health-related graduate or professional programs such as medicine or dentistry.
BA in Kinesiology with major concentration in Sports Medicine
The sports medicine curriculum intends to provide a strong natural science foundation and interface this foundation with application to the human body. Prerequisite courses in chemistry and physics, elective courses in biology and biochemistry, as well as an array of required and elective courses offered within the department provide this foundation. The sports medicine program is the only academic specialization on campus that provides detailed exposure to human anatomy and human physiology. In addition, students receive coursework in foundations of Kinesiology, research methods, motor learning, statistics, exercise physiology, and sports medicine. Practical experience is afforded through several academic labs. Other elective courses include epidemiology, case studies in human performance, motor control, advanced exercise physiology and preventive medicine, sports nutrition, medical terminology and muscle physiology and plasticity. During advising sessions, students are encouraged to select from these electives according to their respective career goals. Students in the sports medicine program are expected to develop a strong scientific knowledge.
Students who choose the sports medicine program typically continue their education at the graduate level or plan on attending medical school or other medically related professional schools, such as physical therapy. Graduates also may be directly employed in medical and corporate settings, which include both preventative and rehabilitative programs. Graduates who choose not to seek postbaccalaureate education generally are encouraged to obtain certification for exercise testing, physical fitness evaluation, or exercise prescription through the American College of Sports Medicine website .
Upon completing the BA degree, a student majoring in Kinesiology with a major concentration in Health Sciences will be able to:
Upon completing the BA degree, a student majoring in Kinesiology with a major concentration in Sports Medicine will be able to:
For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Kinesiology (KINE) must complete:
The requirements of a major concentration. When students declare the major in Kinesiology, students must additionally identify and declare one of the major concentrations, either in a.) Health Sciences or b.) Sports Medicine.
Advisors: Nicholas K. Iammarino, Heidi Perkins, and Augusto X. Rodriguez
CORE REQUIREMENTS Students must complete a total of 7 courses (21 credit hours) to complete the Core Requirements for the major concentration in Health Science. These required courses include an introductory course designed to acquaint students with the fundamental concepts of personal health and models of health promotion, understanding and assessing community health needs, methods of understanding the disease process, a course that introduces statistics, a professional preparation course that introduces students to the profession, theories and models commonly used in health promotion research and practice, and an application course in which students plan a health promotion program.
ELECTIVESTo fulfill the remaining requirements for the major concentration in Health Sciences, students must complete a total of 8 additional courses (24 credit hours) from the courses listed below. The remaining credit hours needed are drawn from elective courses that are both within the Department of Kinesiology and, at present, more than 20 courses from other academic departments. In keeping with the university’s interest in an interdisciplinary approach to undergraduate education, this allows students to choose health-related courses within the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities divisions.
Major Concentration in Sports Medicine
Advisors: Bruce Etnyre, Augusto X. Rodriguez
CORE REQUIREMENTS Students must complete a total of 11 courses (29 credit hours) to complete the Core Requirements for the major concentration in Sports Medicine. The Core Requirements include detailed exposure to human anatomy and human physiology. In addition, students receive coursework in research methods, motor learning, statistics, exercise physiology, and sports psychology.
ELECTIVES To fulfill the remaining requirements for the major concentration in Sports Medicine, students must complete a total of 5 additional courses (15 credit hours) from the courses listed below. The remaining credit hours needed are drawn from courses that are both within the Department of Kinesiology and from other academic departments. Our elective courses include epidemiology, case studies in human performance, motor control, advanced exercise physiology and preventive medicine, sports nutrition, medical terminology and muscle physiology and plasticity. Other electives include courses in chemistry, physics, biology and biochemistry, which may also be utilized as medical school prerequisites.
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the Kinesiology undergraduate degree, major, and major concentrations. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: KINE - Course offerings/subject code: HEAL Department Description and Code - Kinesiology: KINE Degree Description Code - Bachelor of Arts degree: BA Major Description and Code - Major in Kinesiology: KINE Major Concentration Descriptions and Codes - Major Concentration in Health Sciences: KHSC - Major Concentration in Sports Medicine: KSPM
Kinesiology does not offer an academic program at the graduate level.
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, for Kinesiology can be found in Rice's Course Catalog: Kinesiology and Health Sciences.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Kinesiology, see the department's website: http://kinesiology.rice.edu/.