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Exercise Science

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Missouri Western students interested pursuing careers in Health and Fitness can select from two options which provide targeted skill development and maximize employability. Students interested in pursuing careers in sports medicine (pre-physical therapy, pre-athletic training, pre-chiropractic, etc.) and clinical settings can prepare for graduate school and complete many standard pre-requisite courses by selecting the Health and Exercise Science concentration. Students seeking to pursue careers in fitness related settings can develop skills in both exercise programming and fitness management by pursuing the Personal and Commercial Fitness concentration.

Students are prepared to pursue advanced degrees in sports medicine and careers within clinical settings including physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, chiropractic, and cardiac rehabilitation. Moreover, the Missouri Western Health/Exercise Science program maintains current partnerships with the Doctorate of physical therapy and Masters of occupational therapy programs at Rockhurst University and Master’s of Athletic Training at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. These partnerships provide early review and automatic acceptance for two qualified Missouri Western students per year (see qualifications—provide links to the articulation agreements).

Students are prepared for careers including personal training, strength and conditioning coaching, corporate wellness, and fitness sales. The Personal and Commercial Fitness concentration prepares you for advanced certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. Additionally, the Personal and Commercial Fitness concentration is designed to be paired with a minor in Recreation/Sport Management, General Business, or Entrepreneurship. These minors increase employability and provide advanced skills in management, marketing, and sales that will set Missouri Western graduates apart in fitness related business.

Camile Banez: Health and Exercise Science major

After Graduation

Advanced Degrees/Certificates
Many recent Health/Exercise Science graduates are enrolled or have completed sports medicine related degrees in physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, chiropractic. Others have decided to pursue graduate degrees in Exercise Science.

Employment
Our alumni are working in a variety of settings including physical therapy, athletic training, personal training, and many more.

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Physical Education (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

Missouri Western's Health, Sport, and Exercise Science (HSES) program educates and prepares students to engage in careers across the health, sport, recreation, and fitness spectrum. What sets us apart is our commitment to high-impact applied learning experiences. Students will engage in a variety of hands-on learning experiences both in the classroom and professional settings.

Undergraduates interested in health and fitness can complete a degree in physical education with concentrations in Health and Exercise Science or Personal and Commercial Fitness. Health and Exercise Science students are prepared to pursue careers in sports medicine (pre-physical therapy, pre-athletic training, pre-chiropractic) and a variety of clinical settings as well as personal and commercial fitness settings.

General Studies
42-47
Core Requirements
BIO 250Anatomy and Physiology5
PED 191Foundations of Physical Education3
PED 303Kinesiology3
PED 304Physiology of Exercise3
PED 305First Aid: Responding to Emergencies3
or PED 306 Sport Safety Training
or PED 385 Athletic Training
PED 352Fitness and Sports Nutrition3
PED 393Measurement in Physical Education3
Concentration
Select one of the following concentrations:27-63
Health and Exercise Science
Personal and Commercial Fitness

Concentrations:
Health and Exercise Science
Personal and Commercial Fitness

Health and Exercise Science Concentration

Students with a concentration in Health and Exercise Science are prepared for careers as exercise specialists in clinical, industrial, and commercial settings. A degree in Health and Exercise Science also prepares students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in sports medicine and for careers within clinical settings (e.g. physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, chiropractic, cardiac rehabilitation, and others). Students should be aware that they may need to complete additional coursework to meet admission requirements for advanced degree programs.  Graduating students are strongly encouraged to obtain the following certification(s):

  • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist or higher
Concentration Requirements
PED 317Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning3
PED 327Exercise Prescription for Special Populations3
PED 373Psychology of Exercise3
or PED 374 Psychology of Sport
PED 400Advanced Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology3
PED 401Graded Exercise Testing3
PED 430Field Experience in Health and Exercise Science9
PED 480Practicum in Physical Education2
or PED 481 Children's Lifetime Sports Academy Practicum
Select a minimum of twelve credit hours from the following:12
Medical Terminology
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis
Principles of Aerobic Training
Psychology of Exercise 1
Psychology of Sport
Research in Health and Exercise Science
Applied Techniques in Personal Training
College Physics I
College Physics II
Total Credit Hours38

  Note: Students may not complete both the Health and Exercise Science Concentration and the Personal and Commercial Health Concentration.

Personal and Commercial Fitness Concentration

Students pursuing a Personal and Commercial Fitness Concentration are prepared for a wide variety of careers including personal training, strength and conditioning coaching, corporate wellness, fitness sales, and others. Additionally, the Personal and Commercial Fitness concentration has been designed to be paired with a minor in Recreation Sport Management, General Business, or Entrepreneurship. Graduating students are strongly encouraged to obtain the following certification(s):

  • NSCA Personal Trainer or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), ACSM Personal Trainer, ACE Personal Trainer, NASM Personal Trainer
PED 317Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning3
PED 327Exercise Prescription for Special Populations3
PED 373Psychology of Exercise3
or PED 374 Psychology of Sport
PED 401Graded Exercise Testing3
PED 417Applied Techniques in Personal Training3
PED 430Field Experience in Health and Exercise Science9
PED 451Research in Health and Exercise Science3
PED 480Practicum in Physical Education2-3
or PED 481 Children's Lifetime Sports Academy Practicum
RSM 325Law for the Recreation and Sport Practitioner2
Select a minimum of nine credit hours from the following:9
Introductory Financial Accounting
Personal Finance
Organizational Behavior
Principles of Marketing
Professional Selling and Sales Management
Principles of Aerobic Training
Psychology of Exercise 1
Psychology of Sport
Advanced Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology
Marketing in Recreation and Sport
Entrepreneurship in Recreation and Sport
Total Credit Hours40-41

 Note: Students may not complete both the Health and Exercise Science Concentration and the Personal and Commercial Health Concentration.

Program Graduation Requirements

1. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework.

2. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 
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Partnerships

Missouri Western’s Health/Exercise Science program maintains current partnerships with the Doctorate of physical therapy and Masters of occupational therapy programs at Rockhurst University and the Master’s of Athletic Training at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. These partnerships provide early acceptance and entrance for two qualified Missouri Western students.