Health and Human Performance Major

The undergraduate major in Health and Human Performance (HHP) at Montana State University is a general pre-health professional curriculum that prepares students for health-related graduate programs (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical school, etc.), exercise science graduate programs (e.g., exercise physiology, health promotion, biomechanics), as well as entry-level occupations within the health and wellness industry. HHP majors can choose to focus their course work within one of the following curriculum options: exercise science or kinesiology. Students within the exercise science option intend to pursue a health-related graduate degree to meet their career aspirations, whereas students within the kinesiology option will pursue careers within the health and wellness industry that do not require a graduate degree.

 Exercise Science Option

The exercise science option within the Health and Human Performance (HHP) major focuses on both clinical and performance-based understandings of human movement. The exercise science option emphasizes a cross-disciplinary understanding of human movement through non-departmental courses in biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, math, and statistics. These courses then serve as the foundation for mechanical (e.g., biomechanics), physiological, and nutritional perspectives within the departmental courses. The exercise science option specifically allows students to customize their junior and senior year course work as needed for later application to health-related graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical physician assistant, sports medicine, exercise science graduate programs (exercise physiology, health promotion, biomechanics), as well as medical school. Additional careers for exercise science students can include those within the health and fitness industry (e.g., those requiring ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist and/or Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist certifications), corporate wellness programs, exercise rehabilitation programs (cardiac rehabilitation, gait laboratories, sport medicine facilities, older adult programs, etc.), as well as careers in the sport and rehabilitative medicine equipment industries. Regardless of a student's career goals, each student's course work will culminate in one of the following "capstone experience" courses: KIN 415; KIN 490R; or a pre-approved internship (KIN 498).

Students must receive a grade of "C " or higher in all required courses as outlined in the major.

Freshman YearCredits
BIOB 160 - Principles of Living Systems4
CHMY 141 - College Chemistry I4
CHMY 143 - College Chemistry II4
M 161Q - Survey of Calculus4
PSYX 100IS - Intro to Psychology4
University Core and Electives9-11
Year Total: 30
Sophomore YearCredits
BIOH 201 - Hum Anatomy & Physiology I5
KIN 105 - Fnd of Exercise Science3
NUTR 221CS - Basic Human Nutrition3
Choose one of the following sequences:8
PHSX 205 - College Physics I
& PHSX 207 - College Physics II
PHSX 220 - Physics I (w/ calculus)
& PHSX 222 - Physics II (w/ calculus)
STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics3
STAT 217Q - Intermediate Statistical Concepts3
University Core and Electives4-7
Year Total: 30
Junior YearCredits
BIOH 211 - Hum Anatomy & Physiology II4
FCS 371 - Research Methods in HHD3
KIN 320 - Exercise Physiology4
KIN 322 - Kinesiology4
KIN 325R - Biomechanics4
University Core and Approved Electives11
Year Total: 30
Senior YearCredits
Choose one of the following:2-6
KIN 415 - Adv Exercise Test and Prescrip
KIN 490R - Undergraduate Research
KIN 498 - Internship
University Core and Approved Electives24-28
Year Total: 30
Total Program Credits: 120


 

Kinesiology Option

The kinesiology option within the Health and Human Performance (HHP) major prepares graduates for careers requiring leadership in organizing, directing, and managing fitness and wellness programs in corporate and commercial settings. The overall goal of the kinesiology option is to develop basic knowledge, comprehension, and appreciation of a) historical and cultural perspectives of human movement, b) social and psychological influences of human movement, and c) physiological and biomechanical correlates of human performance. From this broad knowledge base, the program's inherent flexibility allows students to pursue a variety of areas related to physical activity and sport. This option also prepares students for professional certifications in fitness and conditioning through professional organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Finally, each student's course work will culminate in one of the following "capstone experience" courses: KIN 415, Advanced Exercise Testing and Prescription; KIN 490R, Undergraduate Research; or a pre-approved internship (KIN 498). Students must receive a grade of "C" or higher in all required courses as outlined in the major.

Freshman YearCredits
BIOB 160 - Principles of Living Systems4
CHMY 141 - College Chemistry I4
M 151Q - Precalculus4
PSYX 100IS - Intro to Psychology4
Choose one of the following:3-5
BIOH 201 - Hum Anatomy & Physiology I
KIN 221 - Hlth Anatomy & Physiology
University Core and Electives10-12
Year Total: 29-33
Sophomore YearCredits
COA 205 - Introduction to Coaching3
KIN 105 - Fnd of Exercise Science3
KIN 270 - Exercise Prog for Older Adults3
NUTR 221CS - Basic Human Nutrition3
PHSX 205 - College Physics I4
STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics3
University Core and Electives12
Year Total: 31
Junior YearCredits
FCS 371 - Research Methods in HHD3
KIN 320 - Exercise Physiology4
KIN 322 - Kinesiology4
KIN 325R - Biomechanics4
University Core and Approved Electives15
Year Total: 30
Senior YearCredits
Choose two of the following:6
CHTH 317 - Health Behavior Theories
KIN 410 - Adv Strength Training and Cond
NUTR 411 - Nutrition for Sports/Exercise
Choose one of the following:2-6
KIN 415 - Adv Exercise Test and Prescrip
KIN 490R - Undergraduate Research
KIN 498 - Internship
University Core and Approved Electives17-19
Year Total: 30
Total Program Credits: 120