Rehabilitation Science, Comprehensive Major

Rehabilitation Science, Comprehensive Major (B.S.)

The following is a sample degree plan, based on the 2024-2025 catalog. It is based on the 120-credit graduation requirement and assumes no transferred credits, no requirements waived by placement tests, no courses taken in the summer or winter, no repeated courses, and no remedial courses that may be required. This sample degree plan is intended for first-year students entering UW-Eau Claire in the fall semester. Your own degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). UW-Eau Claire cannot guarantee all courses will be offered as shown, but will provide a range of courses that may enable prepared students to fulfill their requirements in a timely period. This sample degree plan is just a guide. Please consult your advisor, your degree audit, and the catalog to create your own degree plan. Note: In order to earn the required minimum of 120 credits for the degree in four years, you should plan to take 15 credits each semester or 30 credits each year.

To earn a degree, students must fulfill all University Graduation Requirements, including the Liberal Education (LE) Core.  LE Core course work in the following sample degree plan uses abbreviations such as LE-K1, LE-S2, LE-R3, and LE-I1 to represent the learning outcomes students will meet via completion of their liberal education course work.  Please click here for a description of the Liberal Education Core outcomes and requirements.  Note that the LE Core may be completed through both course and non-course experiences.

Writing Requirement:2-5
Intensive Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (LE-S1)
Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (LE-S1)
Accelerated Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (LE-S1)
Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing for Transfer Students (LE-S1)
Science Requirement (K1) Choose one:4-5
Physical Science (LE-K1L)
General Physics (LE-K1L)
LE Free Choice - See "Liberal Education Core"3
LE Free Choice - See "Liberal Education Core"3
KINS 200Orientation to Kinesiology (fall only)1
KINS 294Anatomical Kinesiology3
Chemistry Requirement:5
CHEM 105
CHEM 106
General Chemistry I Lecture
and General Chemistry I Laboratory (LE-K1L)
LE Free Choice - See "Liberal Education Core"3
LE Free Choice - See "Liberal Education Core"3
LE Free Choice - See "Liberal Education Core"3
Apply for Admission to Major the semester you are enrolled in KINS 320
KINS 320Foundations of Rehabilitation Science3
KINS 304Biomechanical Kinesiology3
KINS 308Exercise Physiology3
BIOL 214Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
LE Free Choice - See "Liberal Education Core"3
BIOL 314Human Anatomy and Physiology II (LE-K1L)4
MATH 246Elementary Statistics (LE-S2)4
LE Free Choice - See "Liberal Education Core"3
LE Free Choice - See "Liberal Education Core"3
Professional Prep. *3
KINS 355Exercise Physiology Laboratory Assessment3
KINS 358Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription4
KINS 484Adapted Physical Activity3
Professional Prep. *3-4
LE Free Choice - See "Liberal Education Core"3
KINS 464Clinical Exercise Physiology3
KINS 466Community Fitness Programming (LE-SL)3
KINS 472Research Methods in Kinesiology I2
LE Free Choice - See "Liberal Education Core"
KINS 491Practicum in Rehabilitation Science **1-2
Professional Prep. *3-4
KINS 426Motor Development Across the Lifespan3
KINS 440Rehabilitation Science Seminar2
KINS 351Cancer Recovery and Fitness Lab1
KINS 473Research Methods in Kinesiology II2
Professional Prep. *5-6
Professional Prep. *3
LE Free Choice - See "Liberal Education Core"3
Professional Prep. *3
Professional Prep. *3
Professional Prep. *3

Minimum total for the baccalaureate degree = 120 credits 


Numbers of credits and courses required in “Professional Preparation” areas will depend on the graduate program the student is working toward. Typical graduate programs for Rehabilitation Science majors include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Physician’s Assistant, and Medical. School. Each of these graduate programs have different required undergraduate courses. Your academic and faculty advisors will assist you with choosing the correct classes each semester so that you are ready to apply to the graduate program of your choice. 


KINS 491 can be taken for 1 or 2 credits (need a total of 2 credits) in the fall, spring or summer

Application to Major 

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

  1. Submit a completed program application form

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

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

Student admission will be based on the following criteria: 

  1. Total GPA  

  2. Overall performance in KINS 308 and 320  

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

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. 


The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire encourages all students to participate in High Impact Practices.  The following information identifies any specific recommendations that faculty in this major have concerning which HIPs might be most beneficial to students, and any recommendations about when those HIPs best fit into the degree plan. Students should also consult their faculty advisor for information on HIPs. There are many additional high impact opportunities available. Talk to your academic advisor for more information about incorporating HIPs like Study AbroadIntercultural ImmersionInternship, and/or  Student/Faculty Collaborative Research into your time at UW-Eau Claire. 

Required: Students in the Rehabilitation Science major complete field experiences in the department outreach programs as part of the curriculum. Additionally, students will engage in a faculty-student research project during the senior year.

Liberal Education (LE) Core Guidance

Liberal Education Core (LE Core) 

The LE Core comprises 17 learning experiences across 11 learning outcomes. Students must complete a minimum of 36 credits in courses approved for the LE Core. 

  • K1 – Natural Sciences; two experiences (one lab science experience is required in K1 or K2). 

  • K2 – Social Sciences; two experiences (one lab science experience is required in K1 or K2). 

  • K3 – Humanities; two experiences. 

  • K4 – Fine Arts; one experience. 

  • S1 – Written and Oral Communication; two experiences (one experience must satisfy the University writing requirement). 

  • S2 – Mathematics; one experience (must satisfy the University math competency requirement). 

  • S3 – Creativity; one experience (can be fulfilled in a student’s major). 

  • R1 – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity; two experiences (one experience must meet the UW System Design for Diversity (DD) requirement). 

  • R2 – Global Perspectives; one experience. 

  • R3 – Civic and Environmental Issues; one experience. 

  • I1 – Integration; two experiences (one experience can be fulfilled in a student’s major). 

  • SL—Service Learning; 30 hours 

Additional LE Core Information 

  • Most LE Core learning experiences are course based, and many courses meet more than one learning outcome (e.g., K3 and R2 or K1 and R3). 

  • Some learning experiences can also be met outside of a traditional course (e.g., undergraduate research (S3), study abroad (I1)). 

  • S1 – An English placement score that fulfills the University writing requirement fulfills one S1 experience. 

  • S1 – A foreign Language placement score that qualifies the student to enter the 102 level satisfies one S1 experience. 

  • S1, R2 – A foreign language placement score that qualifies the student to enter the 202 level satisfies one experience in S1 and the R2 experience. 

  • S2 – A math placement score that qualifies the student to enter Math 111, 112, 113 or 114 fulfills the S2 experience. 

  • S3 – Completion of two credits from any approved music ensemble fulfills the S3 experience. 

  • I1 – Any semester long study abroad program can fulfill one I1 experience. 

The Master of Science in Exercise Physiology (MSEP) Accelerated Plan allows qualified students to start taking courses in the approved master’s degree while finishing their bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Science. Graduate course sequencing allows undergraduate students to complete their fourth year of the Rehabilitation Science major while completing the first-year coursework in the MSEP. This pathway for the Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology is a total of five years upon matriculation to UW-Eau Claire. 

A student interested in the MSEP Accelerated plan should consult with academic advisors and the Program Director of MSEP and declare “pre-Exercise Physiology” as their course sequencing. A student will major in Rehabilitation Science in the Department of Kinesiology and earn credits toward their Bachelor of Science degree. Upon successful completion of the fifth year in the MSEP program, a student would graduate with a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology degree.

Admission Requirements (4+1 Accelerated Plan): 

 At the time of admission to the Master of Science in exercise physiology program accelerated plan, a student must have: 

  • Earned a minimum of 95 credits at the end of the 3rd year in their undergraduate Rehabilitation Science program (or obtained a consent of the Program Director). 
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 after the 3rd year in their Rehabilitation Science program. 
  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses for MSEP (see Overview).