Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Kinesiology and a Major Concentration in Sports Medicine

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Kinesiology and a Major Concentration in Sports Medicine

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in Kinesiology and a major concentration in Sports Medicine, 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 sports sciences literature. They will be able to design and conduct research studies using appropriate methodologies.
  4. Identify and apply ethical standards to the design and execution of research studies.
  5. Understand principles of human nutrition and its application to exercise and sport.
  6. Understand the principles of sports psychology.
  7. Be knowledgeable of anatomy relevant to sport, exercise, and sport injury. They will develop an understanding of principles of biomechanics applied to exercise and sporting activities. Students will be knowledgeable of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of injuries and diseases related to exercise and sports.
  8. Collect and analyze data in a motor learning, exercise physiology, or other sports medicine lab settings.

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 Sports Medicine 43
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Kinesiology and a Major Concentration in Sports Medicine 120

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements 1
HEAL 103NUTRITION3
KINE 300HUMAN ANATOMY3
KINE 301HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY3
KINE 302BIOMECHANICS3
KINE 310PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF SPORT AND EXERCISE3
KINE 311MOTOR LEARNING3
KINE 319STATISTICS FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONAL3
KINE 321EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY3
KINE 323EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY1
KINE 440RESEARCH METHODS3
Elective Requirements
Select 5 elective courses (see course list below).15
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Kinesiology and a Major Concentration in Sports Medicine 43
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements17
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information

Elective Requirements

To fulfill the elective 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.  

Elective Requirements
Select 5 courses from the following:15
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY
INTERMEDIATE EXPERIMENTAL BIOSCIENCES
BIOCHEMISTRY I
BIOCHEMISTRY II
ADVANCED EXPERIMENTAL BIOSCIENCES
INTRODUCTORY SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY
IMMUNOLOGY
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
HONORS CHEMISTRY I
and HONORS CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
HONORS CHEMISTRY II
and HONORS CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY II
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
EPIDEMIOLOGY
SCIENTIFIC FOUNDATIONS OF KINESIOLOGY
EXERCISE EPIDEMIOLOGY
HUMAN ANATOMY LAB
SPORTS MEDICINE INTERNSHIP
SPORT NUTRITION
CASE STUDIES IN HUMAN PERFORMANCE
MOTOR CONTROL
ADVANCED TOPICS IN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
SPORTS INJURY: EVALUATION, MANAGEMENT, AND TREATMENT
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SPORTS MEDICINE
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SPORTS MEDICINE
SPECIAL TOPICS IN SPORTS MEDICINE
TEACHING PRACTICUM IN SPORTS MEDICINE
MECHANICS (WITH LAB)
and MECHANICS DISCUSSION
ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM (WITH LAB)
and ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM DISCUSSION
GENERAL PHYSICS (WITH LAB)
GENERAL PHYSICS II (WITH LAB)
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Kinesiology and a Major Concentration in Sports Medicine

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 Sports Medicine 

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/