Exercise Science

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Exercise science is the study of acute physical activity and exercise, and the associated short and long-term physiological and biomechanical adaptions that the human body experiences.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in exercise science is consistent with American College of Sports Medicine standards and has emphasis areas in:

  • Clinical exercise science
  • Health fitness instruction

The program also offers students high-impact experiences during the degree via fieldwork and internship courses.

Coursework

Coursework varies with emphasis selection but focuses on the following areas:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Behavior modification
  • Exercise physiology
  • Exercise prescription and programming
  • Exercise testing
  • Research methods
  • Special populations

Career Options

Career opportunities include positions in:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Community health and fitness
  • Corporate wellness
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physician assistance
  • Physical therapy
  • Public health
  • Strength and conditioning

Why Study Exercise Science at Grand Valley?

  • Student-oriented, teaching-focused program.
  • Extensive high-impact experiences offered in diverse settings from local to international locations.
  • Learning takes place using state-of-the-art equipment and instructional materials.
  • Opportunities to engage in research and scholarly activities with GVSU faculty.

For More Information

Department of Movement Science
www.gvsu.edu/exercisescience
(616) 331-3515
Admissions Office
www.gvsu.edu/admissions

The exercise science program has helped me grow professionally. Through quality instruction, I gained an understanding of the subject and have learned to apply my knowledge to situations I may encounter in the workforce.

MATT WITTBRODT
B.S. EXERCISE SCIENCE (CLINICAL) 2010; M.S. EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY, WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY 2012; PH.D. APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY STUDENT, GEORGIA TECH

My experiences with the faculty and professional staff within the movement science department were phenomenal!

ALLYSON E. CAUDELL
B.S> EXERCISE SCIENCE (HEALTH FITNESS) 2009; M.S. RECREATIONAL STUDIES, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, 2011; FITNESS AND RECREATION COORDINATOR, BROWN UNIVERSITY

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