Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science (KRS)

Typical Length 4 years

Delivery Campus-Based

The Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science Bachelor of Science degree in Health & Exercise Science is part of the allied health care discipline, primarily dealing with the study of how individuals can influence their own state of wellness, the response and adaptation of the human body to physical activity and sports participation, and how modern management skills can be used to help others achieve a higher state of wellness and better use of their leisure time.

This program area has been structured to enable the student to design an academic curriculum that reflects their individual interests in this program. Career paths within this area of study include, but are not limited to: athletic training, exercise physiology, sports nutrition, physical therapy, sports psychology/rehabilitation counseling, and coaching/personal training. Additionally, this degree program has been designed to fulfill the requirements for entry into graduate programs in the area of health sciences (e.g. Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physicians Assistant, Physician, Nurse, Nurse Practitioner).

Common Careers

The emphasis in our course selection is the link between science, sport, fitness, and allied health sciences.  Following undergraduate completion, some students go directly into careers in coaching, fitness (personal training), and sport performance. The program is particularly designed to emphasize strength and conditioning program planning and prescription. The program is an Education Recognition Program for those interested in the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). 

Many students also desire careers that require graduate level degrees. Since 2016, our students have been admitted to Physical Therapy schools (i.e., University of Colorado, Pacific University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Chapman University, Rocky Mountain University, University of Washington); Occupational Therapy schools (i.e., University of Puget Sound); graduate nursing programs (i.e., John Hopkins, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of San Diego, University of Hawai‘i; and Athletic Training (University of Hawai‘i).  

This program area has been structured to enable the students to design an academic curriculum that best reflects their individual interests as well as general prerequisites for graduate or professional programs. More specifically, pathways are outlined to provide a coordinating matrix for required and recommended courses in which students should enroll.

View the “What can I do with this major?” document for more career options.

Admission Requirements

The Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science follows the UH Mānoa admissions requirements. Please see the general admission website

Application Deadlines

See the UHM Admissions page for Application Deadlines.

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Delivery Format

This is an on-campus traditional degree program.


For coursework information, review the program sheet.

General University Requirements: Min. 120 credits

Students must meet with an advisor from the Office of Student Academic Services (OSAS) at the College of Education for General Education and Focus Requirements, schedule an appointment with an OSAS advisor.

Academic Major and Related Courses:

Students must meet with a KRS Advisor for HES core and elective requirements,

HES Core Requirements (73-77 cr): Min. C- is required

  • LTEC 112: Technology Reources for Learning
  • *FSHN 185: The Science of Human Nutrition
  • *PHYS 100, 151, or 170: College or General Physics + Lab
  • *CHEM 161: General Chemistry I + Lab
  • KRS 152: Weight Training
  • KRS 153: Olympic and Power Lifting
  • *KRS 113: Human Physiology & Anatomy or PHYL 141/141L and PHYL 142/142L
  • KRS 203: Introduction to Kinesiology
  • KRS 305: Intro to Sports Medicine
  • KRS 332: Emergency Care & First Aid
  • KRS 353: Structural Kinesiology
  • KRS 354: Exercise & Sport Physiology + Lab
  • KRS 395: Personal Health & Wellness
  • KRS 415: Prevent/Care of Athletic Injuries
  • KRS 419: Administration in Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Allied Health
  • KRS 420: Lower Extremity Assessment
  • KRS 421: Upper Extremity Assessment
  • KRS 443: Diversity & Disability in Physical Activity
  • KRS 463: Sport Biomechanics
  • KRS 474: Intro to Statistics in Kinesiology or EDEP 429: Introductory Statistics
  • KRS 480: Nutrition in Exercise & Sport
  • KRS 488: Practicum
  • KRS 489: Program Design for Strength Training

*Course can be used for both General Education and HES Core (16 – 19 credits)

Elective Coursework:

Minimum 18 credits REQUIRED for graduation (Minimum Grade = C minus [C-])

Students are required to complete EITHER:

  1. Six (6) credits of Elective Activity Classes AND twelve (12) credits of Career Pathways coursework OR
  2. Three (3) credits of Elective Activity Classes and fifteen (15) credits of Career Pathways coursework.

Please refer to the program sheet and meet with a KRS advisor for more detailed information.


Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of anatomical, physiological, biomechanical, and psychological principles of how the body moves in relation to space, time, and distance.
2. Students will demonstrate knowledge in the application of movement principles and concepts related to movement
3. Students will demonstrate the ability to coordinate, plan, manage, and facilitate exercise prescription and information
4. Students will demonstrate application of programming for healthy lifestyles
5. Students will demonstrate civic responsibility through a service learning project [capstone experience]
6. Students will demonstrate pro-social skills and professional dispositions in human interaction especially for persons of color and Native Hawaiians. (1c. Understand Hawaiian culture and history, 3b. Respect for people and cultures, in particular Hawaiian culture, 3c. Stewardship of the natural environment)
7. Students will be able to demonstrate culturally responsive teaching and interaction with persons of color and Native Hawaiians.



For general information please contact:

College of EducationOffice of Student Academic Services (OSAS)
phone: (808) 956-7915

For KRS courses please contact:

Da Houl

Program Specialist/KRS Advisor