Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science (KRS)

Typical Length 4 years

Delivery Campus-Based

120

Credits

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 https://manoa.hawaii.edu/admissions/index.html

Application Deadlines

See the UHM Admissions page for Application Deadlines.


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Delivery Format

This is an on-campus traditional degree program.

Coursework

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 at the College of Education for General Education and Focus Requirements, https://coeosas.appointy.com/.

Academic Major and Related Courses:

Students must meet with a KRS Advisor for HES core and elective requirements, houl@hawaii.edu.

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

  • LTEC 112: Technology Reources for Learning or ICS 101: Tools for the Information Age + Lab
  • *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 103: Human Physiology & Anatomy or PHYL 141/141L or 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 (Min. 18 cr): Min. C- is required

  • KRS 102: Aerobic Fitness: Beginning
  • KRS 103: Swimming: Beginning
  • KRS 104: Swimming: Intermediate
  • KRS 105: Swimming: Advanced
  • KRS 135: Volleyball: Beginning
  • KRS 137: Basketball
  • KRS 151: Adapted and Prescribed Exercise
  • KRS 160: Judo
  • KRS 161: Aikido
  • KRS 163: Tai Chi Chuan
  • KRS 164: Karate: Beginning
  • KRS 170: Yoga: Beginning
  • KRS 171: Yoga: Intermediate
  • KRS 181: Sport Proficiency I: Invasion
  • KRS 182: Sport Proficiency II: Net, Field, and Target

Career Pathways (12-15 cr): Min. C- is required

Athletic Training

  • PHYL 301: Human Anatomy & Physiology + Lab
  • PHYL 302: Human Anatomy & Physiology + Lab
  • KRS 470: Fitness for Life
  • PSY 240: Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 371: Abnormal Psychology
  • BIOL 171: Intro to Biology I + Lab
  • BIOL 172: Intro to Biology II + Lab
  • PHYS 152: Physics II + Lab
  • KRS 384: Drugs & Society
  • KRS 401: Current Trends in Health
  • KRS 407: Psychosocial Aspects of Sport
  • HLTH 110: Medical Terminology  (offered at KCC & LCC)
  • PHRM 203: Pharmacology  (offered at KCC & LCC)

Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy

  • PHYL 301: Human Anatomy & Physiology + Lab
  • PHYL 302: Human Anatomy & Physiology + Lab
  • CHEM 162: General Chemistry II + Lab
  • PHYS 152: Physics II + Lab
  • BIOL 171: Intro to Biology I + Lab
  • BIOL 172: Intro to Biology II + Lab
  • MICR 130: General Microbiology
  • MICR 140L: General Microbiology Lab
  • PSY 230: Intro to Psychobiology
  • PSY 240: Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 371: Abnormal Psychology
  • BIOC 241: Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • BIOL 275: Cell & Molecular Biology + Lab
  • HLTH 110: Medical Terminology  (offered at KCC & LCC)
  • MATH 241: Calculus I

​Rehabilitation Counseling

  • KRS 210: Leisure Education & Life Skills Development
  • KRS 384: Drugs & Society
  • KRS 434: Coaching Athletics
  • KRS 484: Promoting Drug-Free Lifestyle
  • FAMR 333: Adolescence and Young Adulthood
  • EDEA 360: Dynamics of Student Leadership
  • PSY 220: Intro to Behavioral Psychology (offered at HCC)
  • PSY 230: Intro to Psychobiology
  • PSY 240: Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 341: Social Development of Children

Physician Assistant

  • MICR 130: General Microbiology
  • CHEM 162: General Chemistry II + Lab
  • CHEM 272: Organic Chemistry I + Lab
  • BIOC 241: Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • PHYL 301: Human Anatomy & Physiology + Lab
  • BIOL 171: Introduction to Biology I + Lab
  • BIOL 275: Cell & Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 375: Genetics & Lab
  • PSY 240: Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 371: Abnormal Psychology
  • HLTH 110: Medical Terminology  (offered at KCC & LCC)

Exercise Specialist, Strength & Conditioning, Personal Training and Health Fitness Instructor

  • KRS 384: Drugs & Society
  • KRS 401: Current Trends in Health
  • KRS 407:  Psychosocial Aspects of Sport 
  • KRS 434: Coaching Athletics
  • KRS 470: Fitness for Life
  • KRS 484: Promoting Drug-Free Lifestyle
  • MICR 130: General Microbiology
  • FSHN 370: Lifespan Nutrition
  • FSHN 389: Nutritional Assessment
  • FSHN 451: Community Nutrition
  • FSHN 475: Hum Nutrition for Hlth Professionals

Sport Nutrition

  • FSHN 370: Lifespan Nutrition
  • FSHN 389: Nutritional Assessment
  • FSHN 451: Community Nutrition
  • FSHN 475: Human Nutrition for Health Professionals
  • KRS 384: Drugs & Society
  • KRS 401: Current Trends in Health
  • KRS 407:  Psychosocial Aspects of Sport 
  • KRS 470: Fitness for Life
  • KRS 484: Promoting Drug-Free Lifestyle
  • CHEM 162: General Chemistry II + Lab
  • CHEM 272: Organic Chemistry I + Lab
  • MICR 130: General Microbiology
  • BIOC 241: Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • PSY 371: Abnormal Psychology

Health Promotion

  • KRS 210: Leisure Education & Life Skills Development
  • KRS 270: Introduction to Physical Education
  • KRS 384: Drugs & Society
  • KRS 401: Current Trends in Health
  • KRS 434: Coaching Athletics
  • KRS 470: Fitness for Life
  • KRS 477: Motor Development & Learning
  • KRS 484: Promoting Drug-Free Lifestyle
  • KRS 485: Healthy Sexuality Education, K-12
  • PH 201: Introduction to Public Health

​Education Related 

  • EDEP 201: Intro to Teaching as a Career
  • EDEF 310: Education in American Society
  • EDEF 360 or ITE 360: Intro to Multicultural Education
  • EDEA 360: Dynamics of Student Leadership
  • KRS 270: Introduction to Physical Education
  • KRS 384: Drugs & Society
  • KRS 401: Current Trends in Health
  • KRS 434: Coaching Athletics
  • SPED 304: Fnds Inclusive Schlg
  • SPED 412: Indiv w/Severe Dis/Autism
  • SPED 445: Educating Exceptional Students in Regular Classrooms Secondary
Contact

For general information please contact:

College of EducationOffice of Student Academic Services (OSAS)
phone: (808) 956-7915
email: osas@hawaii.edu

For KRS courses please contact:

Da Houl

Program Specialist/KRS Advisor