BS Four-Year Degree Plan: Health Studies Track

The following is a sample schedule for this major – your actual schedule may vary.

Meet with your advisor and find out the class schedule before scheduling classes. 

Missouri State is committed to helping you graduate in four years. 

Sample schedule

The below schedule is only one example of a possible degree plan and is provided for informational purposes only. Meet with an advisor early to develop a degree plan that best suits your needs.

The following degree plan is based on the 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

BIO 101 Biology in Your World
or BMS 110 Introduction to Human Biology
or BIO 121 General Biology I
BIO 111 Laboratory for Biology in Your World
or BMS 111 Introduction to Human Biology Laboratory
ENG 110 Writing I 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
KIN 257 Personal Health 2
KIN 212 Introduction to Exercise Science 1
Total hours15

Second semester (spring)

CHM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4
CHM 117 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory 1
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
KIN 256 Community Health 2
Humanities - General Education 3
Total hours16

Third semester (fall)

KIN 250 Applied Human Anatomy
or BMS 307 Human Anatomy
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
DTN 240 Introduction to Nutrition 3
The Arts - General Education 3
Electives 3
Total hours15

Fourth semester (spring)

KIN 252 Applied Human Physiology
or BMS 308 Human Physiology
KIN 485 Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity 2
KIN 253 First Aid
or ATC 222 Athletic Injuries
Written Communication and Integrative and Applied Learning - General Education 3
SWK 330 Social Work Practice with Addictions 3
Electives 2
Total hours15-16

Fifth semester (fall)

KIN 362 Exercise Physiology 4
KIN 350 Health and Wellness Promotion 3
KIN 567 Physical and Leisure Activities for the Aging Adult 3
Social and Behavior Sciences - General Education 3
Electives 3
Total hours16

Sixth semester (spring)

KIN 465 Exercise Prescription: Strength and Conditioning 2
KIN 360 Kinesiology 4
KIN 550 Organization and Administration for Kinesiology Professionals 3
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
DTN 334 Introduction to Nutrition Assessment and Sports Nutrition 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

KIN 468 Adapted Physical Education 4
PSY 508 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis 3
KIN 361 Principles of Motor Learning in Physical Education 2
PSY 200 Psychological Statistical Methods 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

KIN 569 Health Appraisal and Exercise Testing Techniques 4
KIN 491 Field Experience
or KIN 500 Seminar in Physical Education
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Electives 3
Electives 3
Electives 3
Total hours18

Careers and Outcomes

  1. Employment in the health promotion, wellness or human performance industry.
  2. Graduate programs in human performance, Master of Public Health, Master of Health Administration and other health-related fields.
  3. An accelerated master's degree in health promotion and wellness management.
  4. Occupational therapy graduate programs (add PHY 123 Physics I; CFD 155 Lifespan Development; and LLT 102 Medical Terminology).
  5. BSN-accelerated nursing programs (add BIO Microbiology; and CFD 155 Lifespan Development).

Option for a minor

Your degree in exercise and movement science is a comprehensive degree. This means that a minor is not required.

However, most minors on campus are 18-to-20 hours. With careful planning, you can use the 16 hours of electives toward a minor. Students in the health studies option commonly add minors in psychology, general business, nutrition, coaching, dance or create a personalized minor.


KIN 362 is a prerequisite for KIN 465 and KIN 569; Physiology is a prereq to KIN 362, 550, 567, and/or 569 could be taken as KIN 650, 667, 669 for the accelerated master's classes. DTN 240 must be taken at MSU (BMS accepts few transferred nutrition courses)

Suggested electives

  • KIN 281, 282, 499
  • BIO 197 (CERT)
  • MKT 350
  • HCM 301 Health Care Management
  • PHI 513 Bioethics
Degree plan last reviewed 06-18-2018.