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 seven minors are offered: 1) Addictions, 2) Aging, 3) Child Welfare and Social Services, 4) Corrections, 5) Disabilities Studies, and 6) Recreation Services. Students must choose at least one of these minors in order to complete the requirements for the degree.

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 public 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, senior centers, addictions treatment facilities, 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. Entry into some of these graduate programs require specific electives that will be explained during advising. 

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

  • complete the rehabilitation and related core, including 12 hours credit (1 class) of internship or one service learning course plus two field placement courses (3 classes for a total of 12 hours credit).


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

1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2A minor must be completed in one of the following areas: Addictions, Aging, Child Welfare and Social Services, Corrections, Disability Studies, Recreation Services..
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 RS 4104 Service Learning in Rehabilitation Science, RS 4194 Field Placement I, and RS 4294 Field Placement II. However, with Program Director permission, students taking the internship option may be allowed to take RS 4104 Service Learning in Rehabilitation Science as an additional course. 
4A grade of C or better required for Rehabilitation Science Majors. 
5RS 3203 Interviewing Skills MUST be taken prior to RS 4023 Case Management Strategies.