Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology, students will be able to:

  1. Explain anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical principles related to sports medicine and exercise physiology including prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of injuries and disease.
  2. Translate fundamental principles of human nutrition to practical application in exercise and sport.
  3. Apply theoretical and practical knowledge of psychological factors in sport, exercise, rehabilitation, and performance settings.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work in a collaborative environment and disseminate information about sports medicine and exercise physiology through the preparation and delivery of effective presentations employing proper use of technology.
  5. Analyze sports science and exercise physiology research, including physical activity research, through identification and critical evaluation of relevant scientific literature.
  6. Design and conduct research studies applying appropriate methodologies and ethical standards including collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data in sports medicine and exercise physiology related classroom and laboratory settings.

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology must complete:

  • A minimum of 14 courses (43 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 8 courses (25 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.

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 Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology43
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology120

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements 1
HEAL 103NUTRITION3
KINE 300HUMAN ANATOMY WITH LAB4
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 440RESEARCH METHODS3
Elective Requirements
Select 5 elective courses (see course list below)15
Total Credit Hours for the Major in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology43
Additional Credit Hours to Complete Degree Requirements *46
University Graduation Requirements *31
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information

Course List to Satisfy Requirements

Elective Requirements

To fulfill the elective requirements for the Major in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology, students must complete a total of 5 elective courses (minimum of 15 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 other academic departments. Kinesiology elective courses include courses in epidemiology, case studies in human performance, motor control, advanced exercise physiology and preventive medicine, sports nutrition, medical terminology and psychology of sports injury. Electives from other departments 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 I
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY II
INTERMEDIATE EXPERIMENTAL BIOSCIENCES
BIOCHEMISTRY I
BIOCHEMISTRY II
ADVANCED EXPERIMENTAL BIOSCIENCES
EXPERIMENTAL SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY
IMMUNOLOGY
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 1
AP/OTH CREDIT IN GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I 1
AP/OTH CREDIT IN GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II 1
AP/OTH CREDIT IN GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II 1
AP/OTH CREDIT IN GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
EPIDEMIOLOGY
SCIENTIFIC FOUNDATIONS OF KINESIOLOGY
EXERCISE EPIDEMIOLOGY
ADVANCED HUMAN ANATOMY LAB
SPORTS MEDICINE INTERNSHIP
SPORT NUTRITION
CASE STUDIES IN HUMAN PERFORMANCE
MOTOR CONTROL
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF SPORTS INJURY & REHABILITATION
MOVEMENT DISORDERS
ADVANCED TOPICS IN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
SPORTS INJURY: EVALUATION, MANAGEMENT, AND TREATMENT
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN SPORTS MEDICINE
SPECIAL TOPICS IN SPORTS MEDICINE
TEACHING PRACTICUM IN SPORTS MEDICINE
MECHANICS (WITH LAB)
ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM (WITH LAB)
GENERAL PHYSICS (WITH LAB)
GENERAL PHYSICS II (WITH LAB)
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Footnotes and Additional Information

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 Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • Request 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.
  • Required core coursework must be taken at Rice. Request for transfer credit will only be considered for elective coursework.

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Department of Kinesiology website: https://kinesiology.rice.edu/

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.

Unique Program: Rice-UTSPH Public Health Scholars

Rice undergraduate students interested in pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth School of Public Health (UTSPH)) may apply to the Rice-UT Public Health Scholars Program. This unique coordinated program enables accepted Rice students to earn credit towards their Rice undergraduate degree (BA or BS with any major), and to accelerate in the completion of their UTSPH Master of Public Health degree to within one year after completing their Rice undergraduate degree. For more information on the Rice-UTSPH program, please see the program's website: https://dou.rice.edu/student-resources/public-health-scholars-program

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Department of Kinesiology website: https://kinesiology.rice.edu/