Movement Science Degree (B.S.), Exercise Science Concentration

Overview

The Exercise Science Program is accredited by the Commission of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Commission on the Accreditation of the Exercise Sciences (CoAES).

Topics Covered

  • Professional Issues in Exercise Science 
  • Exercise Injuries: Prevention and Treatment 
  • Principles of Group Exercise 
  • Principles of Strength and Conditioning 
  • Fitness  Assessment & Exercise Prescription 
  • Organization and Administration in Exercise Science 
  • Fitness Rehabilitation for Special Populations 

Program Highlights

The option to participate in either an Exercise Science Capstone Internship (4-12 credits) or an Independent Study in Exercise Science (4-12 credits) 

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program students will have met the academic requirements necessary to sit for an examination for a nationally recognized certification in exercise and sport science.

Admission Requirements

Once in the Sports Medicine and Human Performance Major students must apply to be formally accepted into the program.

  • 120

    credits

  • Prep for

    National Certification

  • Personalized

    INTERNSHIPS

Requirements

Requirements for the Movement Science Major - 27 Credits

All majors in the department of Sports Medicine and Human Performance must complete the twenty-seven (27) credits of courses specified below. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the Major Core Classes is required to be eligible to graduate with a degree from the department.

Major Core Classes

Note:

In order to progress through the major, students must meet the academic and professional development criteria necessary to earn intermediate and advanced standing in the department as outlined in the Professional Development section below.

Exercise Science Concentration

The Exercise Science Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Commission on the Accreditation of the Exercise Sciences (CoAES). Upon successful completion of the program the student will have met the academic requirements necessary to sit for an examination for a nationally recognized certification in exercise and sport science.

Exercise Science Concentration Entrance (Acceptance) Requirements

All students in the Department of Sports Medicine and Human Performance may apply to the Exercise Science Program (ESP). Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Movement Science with a concentration in Exercise Science. The number of students accepted will vary in accordance with retention and graduation rates. The ESP is minimum 4-semester commitment, and, therefore, students are encouraged to apply during the end of first semester of their second year.

Admissions Minimal Requirements

Admission to the program is competitive, and based on the following criteria. Students interested in applying for entrance to the Exercise Science Program must meet the following prerequisite requirements:

  1. Complete MOVP 0100
  2. Be accepted into the Movement Science Major
  3. Enrolled in, or completed, MOVP 0101
  4. Observation hours (minimum 20 hours at four different types of facilities)
  5. Current CPR and First Aid certification
  6. Member of Professional Organization
  7. Minimum overall GPA of 2.7

Application materials may be found in the Exercise Science Program Manual.

Transfer students will be considered on an individual basis based on University policies explained in the Admission section of this Bulletin, in addition to courses and clinical experiences completed at the previous institution. Any courses considered equivalent to the required courses must be presented to the Department Chair and/or Program Director(s) for approval prior to application. A copy of the course description, course syllabus and confirmation of grade/course completion is required for review.

Once accepted into the Exercise Science Program, the student will be required to meet the academic and clinical requirements of the program as outlined in the Exercise Science Program Manual. Students must be granted Advanced Standing and complete an internship in order to graduate from the Exercise Science Program.

Required Course List:
Note:

Additional information about the Exercise Science Program may be found in the Exercise Science Program Manual.

Professional Development Procedures

In order to progress through the Movement Science and Athletic Training majors, students must meet the academic and professional development criteria necessary to earn intermediate and advanced standing in the department.

Intermediate Standing

Requirements for Intermediate Standing to progress through the Movement Science and Athletic Training majors:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.3 in the following courses:
  • MOVP 0100 - Science of Physical Activity and Health
  • MOVP 0202 - Introduction to Motor Learning
  • OR
  • MOVP 0203 - Motor Development and Behavior
  • BIOL 0237 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 0239 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Additional Requirements (all Movement Science/Athletic Training majors):Personal Statement Resume First Aid/CPR Certification Membership in a professional organization Earn a minimum of 15 Professional Development Points Two (2) Faculty Recommendations Two (2) examples of best work Additional Requirements (specific to Physical Education concentration):Students must show proof of registration and/or scores for the Communcation (reading) and Literacy (writing) portion of the MTEL tests. Keep a monthly fitness log using a logging system approved by the Coordinator of the Physical Education program. Keep a record of competencies met for NASPE standards. Student progress towards meeting Advanced Standing in Teacher Education is monitored at the end of the sophomore year (57 credits). All students must meet the requirements for Advanced Standing to achieve teacher cadidacy. Please see section on Licensure for Teaching under Academic Policies.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing is required for those completing an internship, ATEP clinical experience, or student teaching practicum. The requirements are as follows:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major core area (29 credits)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7 in the courses in the concentration (Placement in the Teaching Practicum requires a 2.8)
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.8
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • First Aid / CPR Certification
  • Membership in a professional organization
  • Earn a minimum of 15 Professional Development Points (in addition to those earned for Intermediate Standing)
  • Three (3) Faculty Recommendations and two (2) additional recommendations from outside the department
  • Five (5) samples of best written work
  • Supervising Practitioner Recommendations

Additional information can be found in the MSSLS Department manual.

Additional Graduation Requirements

All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .

Exercise Science Club
The Exercise Science Club will provide opportunities for students to engage in activities that support healthy and fit lifestyles.

Advisor

Movement Science Club
The MS Club provides social and professional experiences relating to Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies through activities.

Advisor

Sports Medicine Club

To provide the students with information concerning the sports medicine field and its various related professions. To allow the students various service learning and civic engagement opportunities through at least one (1) service project and one (1) professional development event each semester.

Advisor

Still have questions?

Program Director
Dr. Melissa Roti
mroti@westfield.ma.edu