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2014-2015 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Movement Science - Program Description

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The Department of Movement Science is a multidisciplinary unit, which encompasses programs in physical education, health education, exercise science, athletic training, and sport leadership bound by the common theme of movement as the basis for healthy living. The department contributes to the enrichment of society through excellent teaching, scholarly activity, and service, which reflect the department's commitment to university, community, state, national, and global issues related to healthy, active lifestyles.

Degrees Offered

B.S. in athletic training, B.S. in exercise science, and B.S. in physical education. The B.S. in physical education with a physical education major and emphasis in K-12 professional instruction, is required to seek Michigan K-12 teacher certification in physical education. Secondary-level (7-12) teachable minors in school health education and physical education may also be used for teacher certification purposes.


The athletic training education program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (C.A.A.T.E.).

The Department of Movement Science serves the diverse preprofessional needs of Grand Valley State University students who seek careers in K-12 physical education professional instruction, sport leadership, tness/wellness, exercise science, athletic training, and health education. The department also provides skills development activity courses in tness, wellness, and leisure sport activities for motor skill development and the personal enrichment of Grand Valley State University students, faculty, and staff.

The major programs in the Department of Movement Science provide students with broad theoretical and conceptual foundations for professional preparation in athletic training, exercise science, and physical education. The programs are designed to encourage the examination of philosophical, historical, psycho-social, scientic, ethical, and legal constructs of the professions. In addition, the programs provide opportunities for majors and minors to complete appropriate fieldwork, clinical, and internship experiences to fulfill program requirements.

The majors and minors in movement science are designed for the professional preparation in the areas of exercise science, athletic training, health education, physical education, and sport leadership. This professional preparation may lead to graduate study and/or the following career opportunities: physical education teacher, health education teacher, coaching, athletics programming, marketing and management, certified athletic trainer, exercise scientist, fitness/wellness instructor, health/fitness club administrator, intramural director, recreation leader, athletic ofcial, camp administration, exercise physiologist, cardiac rehabilitation specialist, strength and conditioning specialist, personal trainer, outdoor-adventure activities programming, aquatics instructor, and corporate fitness administration.

The following programs are available:

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education

Physical Education Minor

School Health Education Minor

Certificate in Sport Coaching

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