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 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 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 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:24
MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY OF FOOD AND HEALTH
THE LIFE CYCLE: A BIOCULTURAL VIEW
ADVANCED TOPICS IN BIOMEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
CURRENT TOPICS IN BIOLOGY
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY
APPROPRIATE DESIGN FOR GLOBAL HEALTH
HEALTH ECONOMICS
LITERATURE AND MEDICINE
MEDICINE AND MEDIA
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HEALTH
NUTRITION
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
CHEMICAL ALTERATIONS OF BEHAVIOR
CONSUMER HEALTH AND THE MEDIA
HUMAN SEXUALITY
UNDERSTANDING CANCER
VIOLENCE IN AMERICA: A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE
INTERNSHIP IN HEALTH SCIENCES
DISPARITIES IN HEALTH IN AMERICA
INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN HEALTH SCIENCES
INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN HEALTH SCIENCES
SPECIAL TOPICS IN HEALTH SCIENCES
HUMAN ANATOMY
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
EXERCISE EPIDEMIOLOGY
RESEARCH METHODS
THE PHILOSOPHY OF MEDICINE
ETHICS, MEDICINE, AND PUBLIC POLICY
TOPICS IN MEDICAL ETHICS
HEALTH POLICY
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
DEMOGRAPHY
MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY
GENDER AND HEALTH
HEALTH CARE REFORM IN THE 50 STATES

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: http://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.

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.

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