Department of Behavioral Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Rehabilitation Science

The Rehabilitation Science curriculum is designed to produce undergraduate rehabilitation generalists who have training and experience conducive to successful careers in various rehabilitation service programs. Within the Rehabilitation Science major six emphasis areas are offered: 1) Addictions, 2) Aging, 3) Child Welfare, 4) Corrections, 5) Social Services, and 6) Disabilities/Vocational Rehabilitation.

The Rehabilitation Science Program is dedicated to nurturing the scholastic development, respect for diversity, ethical behavior, passion for advocacy, and professionalism of future rehabilitation practitioners.  The graduates from the program will effectively serve the needs of the community, individuals with disabilities, and other human service populations.  In order to accomplish this mission, the program has a primary objective to develop personnel for careers with state and private agencies that provide rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities.  The program prepares scholars to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation or to pursue additional educational training in graduate school.

Upon graduation from the program students may work in a variety of roles such as case worker, case manager, parole officer, probation officer, juvenile intake officer, children and family service worker, addictions professional, or a number of rehabilitation service provider roles in direct service settings. Examples of these settings are state rehabilitation services, developmental disability centers, psychiatric treatment facilities, correctional settings, nursing homes, halfway houses, community based rehabilitation facilities, workforce centers, disability determination units, and occupational training schools.

Graduates from the program who elect to attend graduate school typically pursue degrees in rehabilitation counseling, other counseling specialties, psychology related fields, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and other human service related fields of study.

The student majoring in rehabilitation science must, in addition to completing the general education requirements:

  • complete the rehabilitation and related required core, including 12 hours of field placement or a 12-hour internship in rehabilitation science. If the field placements are taken instead of an internship, the student must take one placement course in the core rehabilitation area, one in the chosen primary emphasis area, and one in the chosen secondary emphasis area.
  • complete a minimum of 12 non-field placement hours in a primary emphasis area and 6 hours of the indicated courses in a secondary emphasis area. Emphasis areas available are vocational rehabilitation, social services, aging, corrections, child welfare and addictions.


The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program.

1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
218 hours of emphasis area courses are required. 12 hours in a primary emphasis and 6 hours in a secondary emphasis.
3Students who choose to complete a 12 hour internship (RS 4012) will do so either their last or next to last semester and will not take the three field placements RS 40_4.