Rehabilitation Science, Comprehensive Major

(Code 998-001)

University Requirements

Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements 3
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the four learning goals of our liberal education core and the 11 learning outcomes they comprise. 

Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experiences
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

Human Sciences Departments

Specific Degree Requirements

Specific requirements for some human science degrees are published in conjunction with the Catalog description of the major leading to the degree, with specific courses required in several Liberal Education outcomes.

Bachelor of Science Degree in the College of Education and Human Sciences

Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science from a human sciences department must fulfill the requirements for credits, curriculum, GPA, and University residency as specified in the section of this catalog titled University Graduation Requirements.(see University Graduation Requirements)

General Information

Placement Tests. The mathematics/foreign language placement tests are given during the orientation periods for new freshmen and transfers. Further information about the foreign language or the mathematics tests is available from the chair of the appropriate department.

Laboratory Science Courses. The following have been designated as fulfilling the requirements for laboratory science courses in the human sciences departments:

Degree Requirements

University Graduation Requirements. All candidates for degrees must fulfill the requirements for credits, curriculum, GPA, and University residency as specified in the section of this catalog titled University Graduation Requirements.

Human Sciences Graduation Requirements: Grade Point Averages. All degree candidates must earn minimum resident and total GPAs of 2.00 or higher in both the major and the second program if one is required. The resident and total GPAs for the major are computed using all attempted credits applicable to the major including those offered by departments other than the major department. The resident and total GPAs for the second program are computed similarly.

Major-Minor and Major-Certificate Requirements.  Each candidate for a baccalaureate degree must present one of the following:

  • Comprehensive major (at least 59-60 credits)
  • Standard major (at least 36 credits) plus one of the following:
    • Another standard major (at least 36 credits), or
    • A minor (at least 24 credits), or
    • A certificate (12-18 credits)

No minor or certificate is required with a Comprehensive Major or with two majors of 36 credits each.

Certain degree programs which include Comprehensive Majors may require more than the minimum of 120 credits for graduation.

Admission Requirements

Admission to Rehabilitation Science Comprehensive Major

This major is designed to provide foundational coursework and experiential learning with the intention to prepare students for professional school/graduate study in the area of cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic medicine, therapeutic recreation, rehabilitation sciences or medical school and physician assistant programs.  In addition, this major will also prepare students to enter the workforce directly in medical-based fitness centers, cardiac rehabilitation programs, gerontology/senior fitness programs, and community centers involving physical activity programs for individuals with disabilities or special needs.  Formal application to the Rehabilitation Science Major should be made during the second year (either fall or spring semester) of attendance while enrolled in KINS 320 Foundations of Rehabilitation Sciences. This will allow students to begin the 2-year course of study during the following academic year.  The number of students admitted to the program is limited by available resources. Thus, not everyone who applies can be guaranteed admission ( up to 25 new students are admitted each semester).

The Rehabilitation Science Program Committee will screen students for admission to the program. At the time of application, students must:

  1. Students must have a minimum resident and total GPA of 2.75.

  2. Submit a completed program application form.

  3. Be enrolled in or have completed KINS 304, KINS 308, and KINS 320.

  4. Submit a cover letter and resume highlighting qualifications related to Rehabilitation Science

Student admission will  be based on the following criteria:

   1.  Total GPA - 40%

   2.  Overall performance in KINS 304, KINS 308, and KINS 320 - 36%

   3.  Evaluation of student cover letter, resume, and application self-reflective essays - 24%

Students who are not accepted in the Rehabilitation Science program may apply again the following semester. Those students who choose to re-apply are reminded that the program is a two-year course of study once accepted and that reapplying could delay their graduation up to one year.


Once admitted into the Rehabilitation Science program, the student must meet the following criteria to remain in the program:

  1. Maintain a 3.00 GPA in all Rehabilitation Science core courses.
  2. Continue to display appropriate dispositions regarding professional development, as outlined in the Policy for Disposition Intervention, Department of Kinesiology, Rehabilitation Science Major.
  3. Complete each course, lab, and practicum experience within the Rehabilitation Science core (KINS 320, KINS 355, KINS 358, KINS 440, KINS 464, KINS 466, KINS 474, KINS 484 and KINS 491) with at least a C+.

To graduate from this program a student must achieve a 2.75 or higher total GPA.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must meet all application requirements prior to application to the program. KINS 309 must be taken on campus. Transfer students who are interested in the Rehabilitation Science Comprehensive Major should inform the Admissions Office upon application for admission to the University and contact the Rehabilitation Science program director.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements for All Kinesiology Majors

(Except Athletic Training  Code 995-060)

Core Requirement
KINS 294Anatomical Kinesiology3
KINS 304Biomechanical Kinesiology3
KINS 308Exercise Physiology3
KINS 426Motor Development Across the Lifespan3
Total Credits12
Sixty semester credits including the Core:
Rehabilitation Science Core (28 credits)
KINS 320Foundations of Rehabilitation Science3
KINS 355Exercise Science Lab Assessment3
KINS 358Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription3
KINS 440Human Performance Seminar3
KINS 464Clinical Exercise Physiology3
KINS 466Community Fitness Programming3
KINS 474Research Methods in Kinesiology (Meets LE-I1 and LE-S3)4
KINS 484Adapted Physical Education3
KINS 491Practicum in Rehabilitation Science3
Rehabilitation Science Secondary Area (20-21 credits)
BIOL 214Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 314Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHEM 103General Chemistry I (Meets LE-K1 and LE-K1L)4-5
or CHEM 105
CHEM 106
General Chemistry I Lecture
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
MATH 246Elementary Statistics (Meets LE-S2)4
PHYS 100Physical Science (Meets LE-K1 and LE-K1L)4
or PHYS 211 General Physics
Required LE courses:
K1 (Natural Sciences)
PHYS 100Physical Science4
or PHYS 211 General Physics
CHEM 103General Chemistry I4-5
or CHEM 105
CHEM 106
General Chemistry I Lecture
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
S1 (Written and Oral Communication)
WRIT 114Intensive Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing5
or WRIT 116 Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing
or WRIT 118 Accelerated Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing
or WRIT 120 Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing for Transfer Students
S2 (Mathematics)
MATH 246Elementary Statistics4
I1 (Integration), S3 (creativity)
KINS 474Research Methods in Kinesiology4

Note: The Service-Learning graduation requirement is met by the completion of required course work within this major.

NOTE: No degree credit may be earned under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option in any course presented for completion of a major or minor in Athletic Training or Kinesiology unless Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory is the only grading option available for a course.

NOTE: Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in all Rehabilitation Science core courses and obtain at least a C+ in each of these courses.