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, or the NCSA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), 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 Advanced Exercise Testing and Prescription; KIN 430 Physical Fitness Program Design and Delivery; 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
FallSpring
CHMY 141 - College Chemistry I4  
M 161Q - Survey of Calculus4  
Choose one of the following:3-4  
PSYX 100IS - Intro to Psychology
or KIN 105 - Fnd of Exercise Science
Choose one of the following:3  
WRIT 101W - College Writing I
or University Core
CHMY 143 - College Chemistry II  4
COMX 111US - Introduction to Public Speaking  3
Choose one of the following:  3-4
KIN 105 - Fnd of Exercise Science
or PSYX 100IS - Intro to Psychology
NUTR 221CS - Basic Human Nutrition  3
Choose one of the following:  3
University Core
or WRIT 101W
Year Total: 14-15 16-17
Sophomore YearCredits
FallSpring
BIOB 160 - Principles of Living Systems4  
PHSX 205 - College Physics I4  
STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics3  
University Core6  
BIOH 201 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I  5
PHSX 207 - College Physics II  4
STAT 217Q - Intermediate Statistical Concepts  3
Directed Elective  3
Year Total: 17 15
Junior YearCredits
FallSpring
BIOH 211 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II4  
HDFS 371 - Research Methods in HHD3  
Choose one of the following:4  
KIN 320 - Exercise Physiology
or KIN 322 - Kinesiology
Directed Electives3  
Choose one of the following:  4
KIN 322 - Kinesiology
or KIN 320 - Exercise Physiology
Choose one of the following:  3
KIN 410 - Adv Strength Training and Cond
or KIN 490R - Undergraduate Research
or NUTR 411 - Nutrition for Sports/Exercise
Directed Electives  6
Electives  3
Year Total: 14 16
Senior YearCredits
FallSpring
Choose one of the following:3  
NUTR 411 - Nutrition for Sports/Exercise
or KIN 410 - Adv Strength Training and Cond
or KIN 490R - Undergraduate Research
Directed Electives12  
KIN 325R - Biomechanics  4
Choose one of the following:  2-6
KIN 415 - Adv Exercise Test and Prescrip
or KIN 430 - Physical Fitness Program Design and Delivery
or KIN 498 - Internship
Directed Electives  6
Year Total: 15 12-16
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 430 Physical Fitness Program Design and Delivery; or a pre-approved internship (KIN 498). 
Students must receive a grade of "C" or higher in all required and approved elective courses as outlined in the major.

Freshman YearCredits
FallSpring
CHMY 141 - College Chemistry I4  
COA 205 - Introduction to Coaching3  
M 151Q - Precalculus4  
Choose one of the following:3-4  
PSYX 100IS - Intro to Psychology
or KIN 105 - Fnd of Exercise Science
Choose one of the following:3  
WRIT 101W - College Writing I
or University Core
COMX 111US - Introduction to Public Speaking  3
KIN 105 - Fnd of Exercise Science  3
Choose one of the following:  3-4
NUTR 221CS - Basic Human Nutrition
Choose one of the following:  3
University Core
or WRIT 101W
University Core  3
Year Total: 17-18 15-16
Sophomore YearCredits
FallSpring
Choose one of the following:3-5  
KIN 221 - Hlth Anatomy & Physiology
or BIOH 201 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
PHSX 205 - College Physics I4  
Electives6  
University Core3  
BIOB 160 - Principles of Living Systems  4
KIN 270 - Exercise Prog for Older Adults  3
STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics  3
Directed Electives  3
Electives  3
Year Total: 16-18 16
Junior YearCredits
FallSpring
HDFS 371 - Research Methods in HHD3  
Directed Electives6  
Electives6  
Choose one of the following:  3
CHTH 317 - Health Behavior Theories
or KIN 410 - Adv Strength Training and Cond
or KIN 490R - Undergraduate Research
or NUTR 411 - Nutrition for Sports/Exercise
Choose one of the following:  4
KIN 320 - Exercise Physiology
or KIN 322 - Kinesiology
Directed Electives  3
Electives  3
Year Total: 15 13
Senior YearCredits
FallSpring
Choose one of the following:4  
KIN 322 - Kinesiology
or KIN 320 - Exercise Physiology
Choose one of the following:3  
KIN 410 - Adv Strength Training and Cond
or KIN 490R - Undergraduate Research
or NUTR 411 - Nutrition for Sports/Exercise
or CHTH 317 - Health Behavior Theories
Directed Electives6  
Electives3  
KIN 325R - Biomechanics  4
Choose one of the following:  2-6
KIN 415 - Adv Exercise Test and Prescrip
or KIN 430 - Physical Fitness Program Design and Delivery
or KIN 498 - Internship
Directed Electives  3
Electives  3
Year Total: 16 12-16
Total Program Credits: 120