B.S. in Exercise and Movement Science

Exercise and Movement Science Program – Pre-Professional and Health Studies Options, Bachelor of Science
Department of Kinesiology

Academic Program
The Exercise and Movement Science program offers students two options: Pre-Professional and Health Studies with both options leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.  The Pre-Professional track is designed for students interested in pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy,  pre-physician assistant studies, and pre-chiropractic track structured to align with admission requirements in those areas.  The Health Studies option is structured to prepare students for health-related graduate degrees, immediate employment in health education, health promotion, wellness, personal training, and sport performance.

Comprehensive Major
Exercise and Movement Science Core with two options:
(1) Pre-Professional Track– Pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy; pre-physician assistant studies; pre-chiropractic track structured to align with admission requirements in those areas.
(2) Health Studies Track- structured to prepare students for health-related graduate degrees, immediate employment in health education, health promotion, wellness, personal training, sport performance.
 
Program Quality
The program is designed to comply with program accreditation criteria set by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (COAES), and requires that each graduate become professionally certified by a national organization such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
 
Coursework
Program coursework is academically challenging and rich with integrated hands-on and field experiences.  Each EMS student is required to complete an internship or an undergraduate research project and may opt to participate in Service Learning placements in the community.  This is a comprehensive degree which does not require a minor, but does permit the flexibility to pursue a minor in one of several related fields.  Typical minors include nutrition, Spanish, biomedical sciences, psychology, business and chemistry.  Study Abroad opportunities/options are available. There is also an option of an accelerated masters  in the M.S. in Health Promotion and Wellness Management degree program. 
 

Contact Information:
Dr. Rhonda Ridinger, Coordinator
E-mail: RhondaRidinger@MissouriState.edu
Office Location: McDonald Arena, Room 119
Office Phone: 417-836-5346
Fax: 417-836-5371