Health Sciences


The Health Sciences program at Missouri Baptist University provides a high-quality, student-centered learning environment for undergraduate education in the health and exercise science professions. The goal of the Health Science program is to develop professionals who promote and support creative and healthy lifestyles that positively influence the health and well being of all individuals. The Health Sciences program is designed to advance the body of knowledge in our field; develop future professionals; provide opportunities for intellectual and professional growth and development; and prepare students for graduate studies.

Students who major in health science typically pursue careers in:

  • Allied sport health, including corporate fitness and exercise science/technology
  • Management in corporate or private fitness centers, recreation facilities, or sports organizations

Students choosing to study Health Sciences at the graduate level will typically pursue a degree in exercise science, allied health, athletic training, sport management or kinesiology.

All students who complete the health science undergraduate program should be able to:

  • Work productively as individuals and in groups
  • Demonstrate expertise in health science and understand that discipline in relation to the larger world of the arts, sciences and technology
  • Demonstrate an understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy
  • Demonstrate knowledge of exercise physiology, including muscle physiology, cardiovascular physiology and respiratory physiology
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct safe and effective fitness tests and health risk appraisals
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and skills required for basic emergency procedures and first aid
  • Recommend appropriate exercise programming guidelines for normal and special populations
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop safe and effective exercise programs for normal and special populations

Suggested Certifications

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

(for those not seeking teacher certification)

Applicable Degrees: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

With Minors in Exercise Science, Physical Education, and/or Sport Management

Required Biology (BIOL) courses:
BIOL 213+211 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 223+221 Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 303 Nutrition Science

Required Health Science (KHSC) courses:
KHSC 102 Substance Abuse
KHSC 333 Health and Wellness
KHSC 373 Community Health

Required Physical Education (PHED) courses:
PHED 133 First Aid and CPR

Required Exercise Science (EXSC) course:
EXSC 233 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries/Illnesses

Required Psychology (PSYC) courses:
PSYC 213 Personal Adjustment

Required Sociology (SOCO) courses:
SOCO 323 Marriage and the Family

Total Hours (minimum): 31

A degree in Health Sciences will require at least one of the following minors:

Physical Education Minor 16 hrs
(courses necessary to complete PE minor)
EXSC 283 History and Philosophy of Sport
EXSC 313 Exercise Physiology I
EXSC 411 Exercise Testing and Prescription Lab
EXSC 413 Exercise Testing and Prescription
EXSC 433 Biomechanics
SMGT 433/5331 Sport Psychology

Exercise Science Minor 20 hrs
(courses necessary to complete EXSC minor)
EXSC 113 Introduction to Exercise Science
EXSC 313 Exercise Physiology I
EXSC 321 Exercise Physiology II Lab
EXSC 323 Exercise Physiology II Lecture
EXSC 343 Motor Learning and Control
EXSC 363 Adapted Physical Activity
EXSC 411 Exercise Testing and Prescription Lab
EXSC 413 Exercise Testing and Prescription

Sport Management Minor 18 hrs
(courses necessary to complete SMGT minor)
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