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.

Effective Fall 2016 

Movement Science BS


Required Major Discipline Courses


A. Skills Courses

PE141Weight Training 
Select any five (5) credits from among the following: 
Any 100-200 level Physical Education course except PE 291, 292, 293, 294 
PE311Creative Rhythms and Dance for Children 
PE312Educational Gymnastics for Children 
PE313Games and Sports for Children 

B. Foundation Courses

HE314Nutrition & Health 
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 

Choose One Concentration Area


A. Community Coaching/Personal Training

PE322Recreation, Organization, and Leadership 
PE353Physical Activity for Special Populations 
PE361Sport Psychology and Coaching 
PE487Adult Fitness Programs 
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 
Interdisciplinary Requirements
6 credits in one of the following categories 200 level or above:  
1. Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics  
2. Behavioral Sciences (Psychology or Political Science  
3. Social Science (Sociology, Anthropology  
4. Business and Economics  
5. Health Education  
Proof of a current First Aid/CPR certification 

B. 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 
Note: Movement Science major pre-requisites include: 
MATH 111 which fulfills the Pathways requirements in Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning, and BIO 120 for Scienctific World. In addition majors are required to take BIO 281, or BIO 234 and 235 as equivalent courses. 

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

Admissions Criteria

All students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Students interested in the Movement Science program should contact the Movement Science program coordinator.