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Grand Valley State University    
  Apr 21, 2018
2013-2014 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Exercise Science - Program Description

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Exercise Science is the study of movement and the associated functional responses and adaptations the human body experiences. The exercise science major will seek to serve the students of Grand Valley State University by providing theoretical foundations for exercise testing and prescription in apparently healthy and clinical populations. Students receive hands on experience and skill preparation to work in a wide variety of health, fitness, and wellness careers. The exercise science degree, with emphasis areas in health/fitness instruction and clinical exercise science, is consistent with American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) standards. The major prepares students for opportunities in community health and fitness, corporate wellness, personal training, cardiac rehabilitation, performance enhancement, and future graduate study in related areas.

Exercise Science Mission Statement

To prepare students for physical activity, exercise, health & sport related professions through academic, practical, and research experiences.  Our students will have the knowledge and skills to promote and impact their health and that of society.

Exercise Science Vision Statement

The exercise science program in the Movement Science Department at Grand Valley State University is committed to being nationally recognized for its excellence in teaching and scholarship. Through our excellence, we prepare future leaders in the areas of health, physical activity, exercise, and sport. We achieve excellence in teaching by using innovative teaching strategies that incorporate active student learning. We complement excellence in teaching with innovative scholarship addressing critical issues related to health, fitness, and sports performance across the life span.

Career Opportunities

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

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Community Fitness
  • Community and Public Health
  • Corporate Health and Wellness
  • Education
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Fitness/wellness
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Personal Training
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Research
  • Strength and Conditioning

Graduate School Opportunities

Students are well-prepared to enter graduate school. Examples of graduate programs are:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Kinesiology
  • Exercise Science
  • Physiology
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Biomechanics
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Medical School
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Nutrition

Student Organizations (

  • Exercise Science Club

The following program is available:

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science