Exercise Science

The Exercise Science program at Missouri Baptist University is designed to provide students with a strong science foundation that emphasizes preparation for further specialized graduate study or direct entrance into a related career. Opportunities include athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness management, medicine and pre-physical therapy.

CoAES/CAAHEP Accreditation Statement

All necessary accreditation standards mandated by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES) were met by Missouri Baptist University in the fall of 2008.  The exercise science program was subsequently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in the summer of 2009, one of only 18 programs nationally to have earned this accreditation and acclaim.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Counseling
  • Training
  • Innovating
  • Diagnosing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Analyzing
  • Organizing
  • Interpersonal
  • Supervising
  • Assessing
  • Planning
  • Decision-making
  • Giving speeches and talks to groups

Typical Work Activities

  • Research with athletes to identify human biomechanical principals
  • Develop customized exercise prescriptions for athletes
  • Evaluating performances
  • Analyze and compare information between human physique and endurance, agility and muscle strength
  • Instructing students
  • Organizing sports events

Suggested Certifications

  • ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor
  • ACE Personal Trainer
  • NSCA Personal Trainer
  • NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Aerobics Certifications
  • Aquatics Certifications

Possible Job Titles in Exercise Science

  • Exercise Specialist
  • Hospital Wellness
  • Physical Education Director
  • Health Fitness Instructor
  • Community-Based Fitness
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Industrial Fitness Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Director of Sports Facility
  • Exercise Test Technologist
  • Sport Event Coordinator
  • Director of Intramurals and Recreation
  • Corporate Fitness Director
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Aerobic Instructors
  • Sports Instructors
  • Kinesiotherapists
  • Director of Media Relations
  • Exercise Program Director

Typical Places of Employment

  • College/University Instructor
  • Community Organization
  • Commerce and Industry
  • Rehabilitation Programs
  • Competitive Sports Programs
  • Camps
  • Resorts
  • YMCAs
  • Public Health Service
  • Department of Health & Human Services
  • Hospitals
  • High Schools
  • Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Exercise Science Clinics
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers

With Minors in Health Science and Physical Education

Required Natural Sciences for General Education and Degree Requirements:
BIOL 103+101 Introduction to Biology 1
BIOL 213+211 Anatomy and Physiology I 2 , 3
CHEM 113+111 Introduction to Chemistry4
CHEM 123+121 Survey of Organic and Biochemistry 2

1Satisfies general education requirement in biology
2Satisfies 1 of 2 additional sciences required for BS degree
3A grade of C or better is required for minors
4Satisfies general education requirement in chemistry or physical

NOTE: A grade of C or better is also required in KHSC 333 Health and Wellness for the minor in Health Science.

Major Requirements:
Required Biology (BIOL) courses:
BIOL 223+221 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIOL 303 Nutrition Science 3

Required Exercise Science (EXSC) courses:
EXSC 113 Introduction to Exercise Science 3
EXSC 233 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries/Illnesses 3
EXSC 313 Exercise Physiology I 3
EXSC 321 Exercise Physiology II Lab 1
EXSC 323 Exercise Physiology II Lecture 3
EXSC 343 Motor Learning and Control 3
EXSC 363 Adapted Physical Activity 3
EXSC 411 Exercise Testing and Prescription Lab 1
EXSC 413 Exercise Testing and Prescription 3
EXSC 433 Biomechanics 3
EXSC 443 Exercise Physiology Laboratory Experience 3
EXSC 453/5531 Fitness Management 3
EXSC 463 Senior Seminar 3
EXSC 476 Internship in Exercise Science 6
EXSC 483/5831 Principles of Human Performance 3

Required Health Science (KHSC) courses:
KHSC 413/5231 Chronic Diseases and Obesity 3

Required Physical Education (PHED) course:
PHED 133 First Aid and Emergency Care 3

Required Sport Management (SMGT) course:
SMGT 433/5331 Sport Psychology 3

Total Hours: 60

EXSC 113 Introduction to Exercise Science
EXSC 313 Exercise Physiology I
EXSC 321+323 Exercise Physiology II and Lab
EXSC 343 Motor Learning
EXSC 363 Adapted Physical Education
EXSC 411+413 Exercise Testing and Prescription and lab

Total Hours: 20

BIOL 213+211 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 223+221 Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 303 Nutrition Science
KHSC 102 Substance Abuse
KHSC 373 Community Health
EXSC 233 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries/Illnesses
KHSC 333 Health and Wellness

Total Hours: 22

SMGT 113 Introduction to Sport Management
SMGT 263 Communication in Sport
SMGT 373 Sport Marketing
SMGT 423/5231 Sport Law
SMGT 433/5331 Sport Psychology
SMGT 463/5631 Sport Finance

Total Hours 18