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Exercise Science, B.S.

The field of exercise science examines the relationships between physical activity and exercise on physical performance, health, and wellness. This includes studying acute responses and long-term adaptations in the human body, as influenced by physical movement.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

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.

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.

Helpful Links

For More Information

Department of Movement Science

gvsu.edu/exercisescience
4400A KHS
(616) 331-3515

Admissions Office

gvsu.edu/admissions

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face

Coursework

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

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

Career Options

Career opportunities include positions in:

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

 

“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