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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 22 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 1104
ENG 110 Writing I3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
KIN 100 (Error: Course not found)
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
CIS/CSC 101 Computers2
Total Hours 16
Second Semester Courses Hours
CHM 105 or CHM 160 and 161 Fundamental5
COM 115 Public Speaking3
MTH 135 College Algebra3
KIN 256 Community Health2
Humanities3
KIN 212 Introduction to Exercise Science1
Total Hours 17

Sophomore Year

First Semester Courses Hours
KIN 250 or BMS 3073 - 4
BMS 240 Introduction to Nutrition3
HST 121 or HST 122 History US3
Creative and Vision Perspectiv3
Humanities Perspective3
Total Hours 15-16
Second Semester Courses Hours
Social Science Perspective3
KIN 252 or BMS 3083 - 4
KIN 257 Personal Health2
ATC 222 Athletic Injuries2
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
ENG 221, 321 or ENG 310 Writing II3
Total Hours 16-17

Junior Year

First Semester Courses Hours
KIN 362 Exercise Physiology4
BMS 335 Nutritional Assessment3
SWK 330 Substance Abuse Interventions3
KIN 361 Principles of Motor Learning in Physical Education2
Electives3
Total Hours 15
Second Semester Courses Hours
KIN 360 Kinesiology4
KIN 350 Health and Wellness Promotion3
PSY 508 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis3
PSY 200 Psychological Statistical Methods3
Elective3
Total Hours 16

Senior Year

First Semester Courses Hours
KIN 468 Adapted Physical Education4
KIN 465 Exercise Prescription: Strength and Conditioning2
KIN 567 Physical and Leisure Activities for the Aging Adult3
KIN 569 Health Appraisal and Exercise Testing Techniques4
Elective3
Total Hours 16
Second Semester Courses Hours
KIN 491 or 5003
BMS 430 Sports Nutrition3
KIN 500 Seminar in Physical Education1-3
KIN 485 Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity2
Electives6
Total Hours 14

Pre-Professional Option

Freshman Year

First Semester Courses Hours
BIO 121 or BMS 1104
ENG 110 Writing I3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
KIN 100 (Error: Course not found)
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
CIS/CSC 101 Computers2
Total Hours 16
Second Semester Courses Hours
CHM 105 or CHM 160 and 161 Fundamental5
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
MTH 135 or MTH 1383 - 5
PHI 115 Ethics and Contemporary Issues3
KIN 212 Introduction to Exercise Science1
LLT 102 Scientific and Medical Terminology2
Total Hours 17 - 19

Sophomore Year

First Semester Courses Hours
BMS 307 or KIN 2503 - 4
BMS 240 Introduction to Nutrition3
SOC 150 Introduction to Society3
CFD 155 Principles of Human Development3
THE 101 Introduction to Theatre and Drama Arts3
Total Hours 16
Second Semester Courses Hours
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
ENG 310 or ENG 3213
KIN 252 or BMS 3083-4
ATC 222 Athletic Injuries2
Electives3
Total Hours 14 - 15

Junior Year

First Semester Courses Hours
KIN 362 Exercise Physiology4
KIN 361 Principles of Motor Learning in Physical Education2
MTH 181 or 261 or 1383 - 5
CHM 170 and 1714
Total Hours 13 - 15
Second Semester Courses Hours
PHY 123 Introduction to Physics I4
BIO 210 or BIO 3103-5
KIN 350 Health and Wellness Promotion3
HST 121 or HST 1223
PSY 304 Abnormal Psychology3
Total Hours 16 - 18

Senior Year

First Semester Courses Hours
KIN 360 Kinesiology4
PHY 124 or BMS 2303-4
PSY 200 Psychological Statistical Methods3
Elective2 - 3
Gen Ed - GEP 193
Total Hours 16 - 17
Second Semester Courses Hours
KIN 468 Adapted Physical Education4
KIN 491 or KIN 5001-12
KIN 569 Health Appraisal and Exercise Testing Techniques4
KIN 465 Exercise Prescription: Strength and Conditioning2
CHM 200 (Error: Course not found) or CHM 342-5
Total Hours 18

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