Movement Science (BS)

Health Sciences and Professional Programs
Health and Physical Education
HEGIS Number: 0835

The Online Bulletin is for information purposes only. Current students must complete the requirements as outlined in the York Bulletin as applicable.
Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin


The Movement Science Major in the Department of Health and Physical Education, Gerontological Studies and Services at York College is dedicated to providing a rigorous and informative environment that promotes education and practical applications of exercise science, in order to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life.

Major Program Goals

  1. Students will be able to discuss principles of physical fitness and the importance of lifelong physical activity.
  2. Students will be able to utilize principles and procedures for developing and implementing individualized fitness and wellness programs.
  3. Students will be able to apply effective coaching techniques.
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate resource management skills.
  5. Students will be able to initiate critical thinking skills as consumers of health and fitness products.
  6. Students will be able to employ competencies required to succeed in pursuing an advanced degree in Exercise Science and Athletic Training.

Description of the Profession

Graduates of the Movement Science program are trained to assess, design, and implement individual and group exercise and fitness programs for individuals who appear healthy and those with controlled disease. They are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors. A Movement Science graduate demonstrates competence as a leader in health and fitness programs in university, corporate, commercial, and community settings, where clients participate in health promotion and fitness-related activities.

Movement Science BS


Required Courses


Skills courses*

Select 6 credits from any 100-200*- level course and/or from Physical Education, 311, 312, 313 

Required Major Discipline Courses

PE150Fitness for Living 
PE215Basics of Motor Development and Motor Learning 
PE350Principles and Foundations of Physical Education 
PE358Physiology of Exercise 
PE363Measurement and Evaluation in Health and Physical Education 
PE365Research and Writing in Health and Physical Education 
PE452Cardiovascular Fitness 

Concentration Areas

Choose one of the following Consentration Areas

Community Coaching/Personal Training

Choose 14 Credits from the following PE courses 
PE322Recreation, Organization, and Leadership 
PE353Physical Activity for Special Populations 
PE361Sport Psychology and Coaching 
PE487Adult Fitness Programs 
Three Credits of the following: 
PE471Field Work in Physical Education and Recreation 
PE472Field Work in Physical Education and Recreation 
PE473Field Work in Physical Education and Recreation 
PE474Field Work in Physical Education and Recreation 
Proof of a current First Aid/CPR certification  
Interdisciplinary Requirements
6 credits in one of the following categories 200 level or above:Natural science (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics) Behavioral Sciences (Psychology or Political Science) Social Science (Sociology, Anthropology) Business and Economics Health Education  

Athletic Training

PEAT310Introduction to Athletic Training and Sports Medicine 
PEAT318Field Work: Introduction to Athletic Training and Sports Medicine 
PEAT320Therapeutic Exercise and Evaluation 
PEAT328Field Work: Therapeutic Exercise and Evaluation 
PEAT330Scientific Basis in Athletic Training 
PEAT338Field Work: Scientific Basis in Athletic Training 
PEAT340Modalities and Management Strategies in Athletic Training 
PEAT348Field Work: Modalities and Management Strategies in Athletic Training 
Proof of a valid First Aid/CPR certification.  

*200-level Independent Study courses do not fulfill the skills courses requirements