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Exercise and Movement Science

Department of Kinesiology 


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Exercise and Movement Science Advisor

Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5370
Fax: 417-836-5371
Email: kin@missouristate.edu
http://www.missouristate.edu/kinesiology/
ExerciseandMovementScience.htm

Career Preparation

The B.S. in Exercise and Movement Science program prepares graduates for human performance, health promotion, and health-related careers in clinical, commercial, corporate, educational, and governmental settings. Option areas provide a strong undergraduate foundation for professional studies in physical therapy and physician assistant studies and for graduate work in human performance, health promotion, and health-related fields.

Academic Program

The B.S. in Exercise and Movement Science is a comprehensive major. It offers an exercise and movement science core of classes and two option areas: the pre-professional option which has been structured to align with admission requirements in physical therapy and physician assistant studies; and the health studies option structured to prepare students for health-related graduate degrees and for employment in human performance, health promotion, and fitness/wellness careers.

Curriculum

Program coursework is academically challenging and exposes students to dietetics, biomedical sciences, social work, psychology, and other health-related disciplines in the College of Health and Human Services. Many courses have formal laboratories or include enriching hands-on experiences. Elective requirements in each of the two options permit the flexibility to pursue a minor in one of several related fields. The required capstone experience optimizes student-faculty interaction through either an undergraduate research project or through an external internship.

Program Quality

The program is structured 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).

Faculty

The Department of Kinesiology has 20 full-time faculty members. Fifteen faculty members hold doctorates. Experience and expertise is varied and comprehensive. 

Facilities

The Department is located in McDonald Arena. The Director of the Exercise and Movement Science program, Dr. Rhonda Ridinger, has an office in McDonald Arena 119.

Career Options

Exercise and Movement Science graduates in the Pre-Professional track are prepared to (1) enter professional schools to be trained in clinical programs such as physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and occupational therapy, and (2) to enter graduate school in human performance areas such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise psychology, sports medicine, sports nutrition, and motor control and development. Graduates of the Health Studies track are prepared to enter the workforce in corporate wellness, university fitness centers, human performance centers, public health, as strength and conditioning coaches, and as personal trainers. They are ready for graduate study in exercise science, health promotion and wellness management, health administration, and public health.

Sample Schedule

Missouri State is committed to assisting students to graduate in four years--see sample graduation plans for this major.

The following is a sample schedule for this major--your actual schedule will vary.

Exercise and Movement Science Program of Study Bachelor of Science - Two Options

Health Studies Option

Freshman Year

First Semester Courses Hours
BIO 102 or BIO 121 or BMS 110 4
ENG 110 Writing I 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
KIN 100 Fitness for Living 2
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
CIS/CSC 101 Computers 2
Total Hours 15
Second Semester Courses Hours
CHM 105 or CHM 160 Fundamental 5
COM 115 Public Speaking 3
MTH 135 College Algebra 3
KIN 256 Community Health 2
Humanities 3
KIN 212 Introduction to Exercise Science 1
Total Hours 17

Sophomore Year

First Semester Courses Hours
KIN 250 or BMS 307 3 - 4
BMS 240 Introduction to Nutrition 3
HST 121 or HST 122 History US 3
Creative and Vision Perspectiv 3
Humanities Perspective 3
Total Hours 15-16
Second Semester Courses Hours
Social Science Perspective 3
KIN 252 or BMS 308 4
KIN 257 Personal Health 2
ATC 222 Athletic Injuries 2
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
ENG 310 or ENG 321 3
Total Hours 16-17

Junior Year

First Semester Courses Hours
KIN 360 Kinesiology 4
BMS 335 Nutritional Assessment 3
PSY 200 Psychological Statistical Methods 3
KIN 350 Health and Wellness Promotion 3
Electives 2/3
Total Hours 15-16
Second Semester Courses Hours
KIN 362 Exercise Physiology 4
SWK 330 Substance Abuse Interventions 3
BMS 430 Sports Nutrition 3
KIN 485 Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity 2
Elective 2/3
Total Hours 14-15

Senior Year

First Semester Courses Hours
KIN 361 Principles of Motor Learning in Physical Education 2
KIN 465 Exercise Prescription: Strength and Conditioning 2
KIN 567 Physical and Leisure Activities for the Aging Adult 3
KIN 468 Adapted Physical Education 4
KIN 569 Health Appraisal and Exercise Testing Techniques 4
Total Hours 15
Second Semester Courses Hours
KIN 499 Special Problems 1-5
KIN 508 3
KIN 500 Seminar in Physical Education 1-3
Electives 4-5
Total Hours 15-16

Pre-Professional Option

Freshman Year

First Semester Courses Hours
BIO 121 or BMS 110 4
ENG 110 Writing I 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
KIN 100 Fitness for Living 2
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
CIS/CSC 101 Computers 2
Total Hours 16
Second Semester Courses Hours
CHM 105 or CHM 160 4-5
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
MTH 138 or MTH 181 or MTH 261 3 - 5
KIN 212 Introduction to Exercise Science 1
Humanities 3
Total Hours 17 - 19

Sophomore Year

First Semester Courses Hours
KIN 250 Applied Human Anatomy 3
BMS 240 Introduction to Nutrition 3
BMS 307 Human Anatomy 4
HST 121 or HST 122 3
BIO 210 Elements of Microbiology 3
Total Hours 16
Second Semester Courses Hours
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
ENG 310 or ENG 321 3
KIN 252 Applied Human Physiology 3
BMS 308 Human Physiology 4
Social Science Perspective 3
KIN 350 Health and Wellness Promotion 3
Total Hours 14 - 15

Junior Year

First Semester Courses Hours
CHM 200 Essentials of Organic Chemistry 5
PHY 123 Introduction to Physics I 4
PSY 200 Psychological Statistical Methods 3
ATC 222 Athletic Injuries 2
Total Hours 18
Second Semester Courses Hours
KIN 362 Exercise Physiology 4
CHM 352 Introduction to Biochemistry 3
CHM 353 Introduction to Biochemistry Laboratory 2
PHY 124 Introduction to Physics II 4
Elective 3
Total Hours 16

Senior Year

First Semester Courses Hours
KIN 468 Adapted Physical Education 4
KIN 569 Health Appraisal and Exercise Testing Techniques 4
KIN 465 2
Elective 3
Total Hours 13
Second Semester Courses Hours
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PSY 304 Abnormal Psychology 3
Humanities 3
Electives 3
KIN 361 Principles of Motor Learning in Physical Education 2
Total Hours 14

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