Exercise & Movement Sciences

The concentration in Exercise & Movement Sciences serves students interested in biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, motor learning and development, sport and exercise psychology, sport history, sport sociology, at-risk youth development, and physical or occupational therapy.



Exercise & Movement Sciences: Emphasis and Specialties



Study of human movement from the perspective of the mover/performer (the status of performer, their abilities and characteristics), the task, what the mover is trying to accomplish (the goal of the movement or task and expected outcome), and the environmental conditions in which the task is performed.


  • Neuromuscular Science:

    Focuses on motor development and learning and the understanding of how movements are learned and neurologically controlled, new purposeful and relearned (due to stroke or disease) adapted movements. Career directions: PT, OT, Physicians Assist, Ergonomics, chiropractics. 


  • Human Performance Analysis:

    Focuses on understanding and measurement of human performance through use of video and computer based assessment paradigms related to forces that generate and control movement outcome and quality. Career directions: PT, Ergonomics, Biomechanist, chiropractics.



Study of human movement from the physiological perspective including the understanding the factors that influence work performance, training programs, adaptations including the reduction of risk factor for medical conditions such as coronary heart disease, cerebral vascular disease, adult-onset diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis, as well as special conditions such as pregnancy and thither hyopkinetic illness, or adaptations that are effective youth, aged and disabled populations.


  • Physiology of Fitness and Health:

    Focuses on the physiological basis and effects of exercise on fitness and health.  Career direction: Fitness specialist, personal trainer, strength specialist, exercise physiologist, PT.


  • Fitness Programming in Youth and Elderly Populations

    Focuses on exercise fitness activity programming for youth and elderly populations.  Career directions:  Fitness program director or manager.



Study of physical activity using theoretical and methodological approaches from sociology, history, cultural studies, pedagogy, psychology, youth development and philosophy focusing on the context in which activity occurs. Supports an understanding of the meanings and experiences of all forms of human physical activity for individuals and groups across the life span, from children and youth to older individuals across all forms of physical activity.


  • Fitness, Physical Activity & Society:

    Focuses on how society influences selection of and involvement in fitness and physical activity. Career directions: OT, Sport or fitness director or manager, mass media, consultant, community youth and adult programs.


  • Social Science Studies in Physical Activity:

    Focuses on the interrelationships between society, culture and physical activity.  Career directions, mass media sport specialist, sport or fitness director, manager or sports consultant, community youth and adult programs.