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2016-2017 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Movement Science - Program Description

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The Department of Movement Science is a multidisciplinary unit where faculty and students critically examine and apply scientific, clinical, educational, and cultural aspects of sport and movement to promote healthy living across the lifespan.


The Movement Science Department aspires to be a center of excellence in the diverse study of sport and human movement. Faculty will adopt innovative teaching techniques, actively collaborate in scholarship, foster critical thinking and support experiential learning. With a dynamic, student-centered focus on success; faculty and students will excel as leaders in their profession.


Innovative and diverse methods of teaching - We promote multiple forms of content delivery through varied and innovative teaching techniques.

Collaborative scholarly and creative activity - We recognize that scholarly creative work is a high impact activity for students, and value the interaction between faculty and students in pursuing this form of inquiry.

Physical literacy - We value the ability, confidence, and desire to be physically active for a lifetime.

Diversity and cultural competency - We value diversity and inclusiveness in teaching, scholarship and service.

Inclusive living-learning communities - We value the opportunity for students to live in a "shared" community that allows for greater faculty and peer interaction and increases opportunities for coordinated activities and resources in a socially and academically supportive residential living environment.

Experiential learning - We promote experiential learning within our curricula. Students learn to apply knowledge by being immersed within the professional environment.

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, fitness/wellness, exercise science, athletic training, and health education. The department also provides skills development activity courses in fitness, 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, psychosocial, scientific, 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 official, 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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