Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Kinesiology and a Major Concentration in Health Sciences

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Kinesiology and a Major Concentration in Health Sciences

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in Kinesiology and a major concentration in Health Sciences, students will be able to:

  1. Prepare and deliver presentations effectively and be able to use information technology.
  2. Work and collaborate in groups toward a common goal.
  3. Read, select, and interpret important information from health sciences literature. They will be able to design and conduct public health research studies using appropriate methodologies.
  4. Promote public health education within the framework of legal, ethical, moral, and professional standards.
  5. Collaborate with other professionals, staff, and communities in the planning and implementation, and evaluation of health education programs. They will be able to administer and manage health education programs, serve as a health education resource person, and communicate and advocate for health and health education.

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Kinesiology

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Kinesiology must complete:

  • A minimum of 14-15 courses (42-43 credit hours), depending on major concentration declared, to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements.
  • A minimum of 5-9 courses (15-25 credit hours), depending on major concentration declared, taken at the 300-level or above.
  • The requirements of a major concentration. When students declare the major in Kinesiology, students must additionally identify and declare one of two major concentrations, either in:  

It is possible for students to change their major concentration at any time, even after initially declaring the major. To do so, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the major's Official Certifier.) Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Kinesiology and a Major Concentration in Health Sciences 42
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Kinesiology and a Major Concentration in Health Sciences120

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements 1
HEAL 222PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY HEALTH3
HEAL 313FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH PROMOTION AND EDUCATION3
HEAL 407EPIDEMIOLOGY3
HEAL 422THEORIES AND MODELS OF HEALTH BEHAVIOR3
HEAL 460PLANNING AND EVALUATION OF HEALTH PROMOTION AND EDUCATION3
KINE 319STATISTICS FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONAL3
Elective Requirements
Select 8 elective courses (see course list below)24
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Kinesiology and a Major Concentration in Health Sciences 42
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements18
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Elective Requirements

To fulfill the elective requirements for the Major in Kinesiology and the Major Concentration in Health Sciences, students must complete a total of 8 elective courses (minimum 24 credit hours) from the course list below. This list of electives is drawn from course offerings that are both within the Department of Kinesiology and, at present, more than 20 courses from other academic departments at Rice. In keeping with the university’s interest in an interdisciplinary approach to undergraduate education, this allows students to choose health-related courses from within the schools of natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Elective Requirements
Select 8 courses from the following:
ANTH 381MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY3
ANTH 386MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY OF FOOD AND HEALTH3
ANTH 388 / SWGS 335THE LIFE CYCLE: A BIOCULTURAL VIEW3
ANTH 446ADVANCED TOPICS IN BIOMEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY3
BIOC 122CURRENT TOPICS IN BIOLOGY3
BIOC 201INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY3
BIOE 360 / GLHT 360APPROPRIATE DESIGN FOR GLOBAL HEALTH3
ECON 481HEALTH ECONOMICS3
ENGL 272LITERATURE AND MEDICINE3
ENGL 273 / SWGS 273MEDICINE AND MEDIA3
ENST 315ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH3
GLHT 201INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HEALTH3
HEAL 103NUTRITION3
HEAL 119INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS3
HEAL 132MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY3
HEAL 208CHEMICAL ALTERATIONS OF BEHAVIOR3
HEAL 212CONSUMER HEALTH AND THE MEDIA3
HEAL 306 / SWGS 306HUMAN SEXUALITY3
HEAL 350UNDERSTANDING CANCER3
HEAL 360VIOLENCE IN AMERICA: A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE3
HEAL 379INTERNSHIP IN HEALTH SCIENCES1-3
HEAL 380DISPARITIES IN HEALTH IN AMERICA3
HEAL 495INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN HEALTH SCIENCES1-3
HEAL 498SPECIAL TOPICS IN HEALTH SCIENCES1-3
KINE 300HUMAN ANATOMY3
KINE 301HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY3
KINE 326EXERCISE EPIDEMIOLOGY3
KINE 440RESEARCH METHODS3
PHIL 314THE PHILOSOPHY OF MEDICINE3
PHIL 315ETHICS, MEDICINE, AND PUBLIC POLICY3
PHIL 336TOPICS IN MEDICAL ETHICS3
POLI 329HEALTH POLICY3
PSYC 345HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY3
SOCI 313DEMOGRAPHY3
SOCI 345MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY3
SOCI 465 / SWGS 465GENDER AND HEALTH3
SOSC 330HEALTH CARE REFORM IN THE 50 STATES3

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Kinesiology and a Major Concentration in Health Sciences

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in Kinesiology should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Kinesiology website: http://kinesiology.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Kinesiology and a Major Concentration in Health Sciences

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Kinesiology website: http://kinesiology.rice.edu/