Drake’s pre-professional Kinesiology major offers an intensive focus in anatomy and physiology, with courses sequenced and proactively planned to allow students to take all prerequisites needed for medical school.

The Bachelor of Science degree consists of 68 or 69 credit hours, depending upon options chosen. Required courses for the major have been organized into basic science and exercise science categories.

Required 32 credit hour Basic Science Core:

  • BIO 012 and BIO 012L: Pre-Professional Biology I with Lab 
  • BIO 013 and BIO 013L: Pre-Professional Biology II with Lab 
  • CHEM 001 and CHEM 002: General Chemistry I with Lab 
  • CHEM 003 and CHEM 004: General Chemistry II with Lab 
  • CHEM 097 and CHEM 098: Organic Chemistry I with Lab 
  • CHEM 108 and CHEM 110: Organic Chemistry II with Lab 
  • PHYS 011: General Physics I with Lab 
  • MATH 050: Calculus I 

Required 36-37 credit hours Exercise Science Core:

  • BIO 031: Kinesiology Orientation
  • BIO 032: Wellness & Nutrition
  • PSY 080: Sport Psychology
  • 1 course in fundamental physiology, with 2 options:
    • BIO 129 and BIO 129L: Mammalian Physiology with Lab or
    • HSCI 125: Medical Physiology with Lab 
  • 1 course in applied physiology, with 2 options:
    • BIO 134 and BIO 134L: Exercise Physiology with Lab or
    • HSCI 1##: Exercise Physiology with Lab* 
  • HSCI 150: Muscle Physiology 
  • HSCI 141: Human Anatomy with Lab 
  • BIO 133 and BIO 133L: Kinesiology with Lab 
  • BIO 145/PHY 189: Medical & Sport Biomechanics with Lab 
  • BIO 1##: Motor Control & Development* 
  • BIO 1##: Kinesiology Capstone*

Optional exercise science courses:
Optional exercise science/sports medicine-associated courses that support and enrich the major by providing additional content and experiences but do not fulfill any requirements for the major.

  • BIO 135L: Foot & Ankle Research Lab
  • EDUC 172: Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries or HSCI 149: Introduction to Sports Medicine
  • HSCI 095: Medical Terminology
  • HSCI 140: Patient Assessment 
  • HSCI 145: Health Coaching and
  • HSCI 150: Exercise Testing & Prescription 

Recommended courses for pre-medical students:
These courses are often required by medical schools for entering students. They may help students meet admissions requirements and/or be more competitive when applying but the courses do not fulfill any requirements for the major.

  • BIO 099: Biological Research and Statistical Methods or STAT 060: Statistics for the Life Sciences
  • BIO 131 and 131L: Biochemistry with Lab
  • PHYS 012: Physics II with Lab
  • PHIL 090: Ethics
  • PSY 001: Introduction to Psychology
  • SCSS 001: Survey of Sociology
  • and 6 credit hours in composition (e.g., ENG 040, ENG 090-094)

* New courses being added

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