Transfer Plans

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For additional information and possible next steps, please refer to the following information:

  • If you are considering transferring to GVSU, please visit our Transfer Admissions resource page for all the information you need to get started.
  • For information on how your courses transfer to GVSU, please review the Course Equivalencies online.
  • If you decide to transfer to GVSU prior to completing your Associates Degree, you should consider taking advantage of the reverse transfer agreement we have with all Michigan community colleges.
  • Our online catalog provides a wealth of information on GVSU's academic programs, policies and procedures, course descriptions, etc.
  • Each college at GVSU has an academic advising center that serves specific majors in that college. If you have specific questions about program requirements, you could contact the advising center to seek additional information.
  • Each academic department at GVSU provides additional information about specific programs of study and links to important resources. You may access a comprehensive list here.
  • Our Career Center provides comprehensive support and resources for all students at GVSU. It is recommended that you connect with the counselors there as soon as you transition to GVSU.
  • The Career Guides by Major allow students to investigate possible career or graduate/professional school opportunities based on specific programs of study.

Transfer plans are meant to provide you with a suggested outline of courses for your respective academic interest. They are simply a guide while you attend community college. If you have additional questions regarding the content of this transfer plan, please contact the GVSU Admissions & Recruitment Office by phone at 616-331-2025 or by email at [email protected].


Northwestern Michigan College

Program Guide for Exercise Science

First Year, First Semester

Course Credits
ENG 111 4
MTH 111 4
PSY 101 3
BIO 115 + 115L 4
Total 15

First Year, Second Semester

Course Credits
ENG 112 4
MTH 131 3
Humanities elective 3
CHM 101 + 101L 4
Social Science elective 3
Total 17

Second Year, First Semester

Course Credits
PHY 105 + 105L 4
BIO 227 + 227L 4
Humanities elective 3
Global Perspectives elective 3
Total 14

Second Year, Second Semester

Course Credits
BIO 220 3
BIO 228 + 228L 4
U.S. Diversity elective 3
Elective 5
Total 15


  • Degree offered: B.S. in exercise science
  • This guide fulfills the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).  Social science elective must be a non-PSY course.  Humanities electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.  GVSU will still honor the MACRAO agreement.
  • Students must take both BIO 227 + 227L and BIO 228 + 228L to get credit that counts in this major.
  • Global Perspectives electives:  Please see general education guide for list of approved courses
  • U.S. Diversity electives:  Please see general education guide for list of approved courses
  • Students interested in pursuing a doctoral program in Physical Therapy should take PHY 121/122L instead of PHY 105/105L
  • Upon transfer to GVSU, students will need to choose from one of the three following emphasis areas for the Exercise Science major: Health Care, Physical Activity and Health, or Exercise Physiology and Sport Performance. More information on these three emphases can be found on the Movement Science website.


Students graduating with an exercise science degree can be employed across a wide variety of health, medical, wellness and physical activity related fields. Examples of employment are:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Community Fitness
  • Community Health
  • Corporate Health
  • Fitness/wellness
  • Nutrition
  • Personal Training
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation