Why Choose Movement Science?
Mission and Program Overview
Forms and Bulletins
MVS Faculty
MVS Links

See also...
IONM Program Option for MOVESCI Majors
MOVESCI Course Descriptions
MVS Alumni and Their Careers
What Can I Do with My Major: MVS

Why Choose Movement Science?

Those interested in health, fitness, and the human body should consider studying Movement Science! This program is excellent preparation for a career in health. The curriculum includes coursework, laboratory research opportunities, and out-of-class activities. The program culminates with a B.S. degree in Movement Science with emphasis in three disciplines:

Biomechanics applies principles of mechanics to human movement. Biomechanics courses offer good preparation for graduate studies in biomechanics, ergonomics, prosthetics, physical therapy or rehabilitation medicine.

Exercise Physiology focuses on the body’s response to exercise and movement. The curriculum lays a foundation for graduate studies and certifications in personal fitness training, athletic training, strength and conditioning, coaching, and worksite wellness.

Motor Control examines the ways movement is learned and controlled through neural and behavioral mechanisms. Motor control knowledge can be applied in physical and occupational therapy careers, as well as physical education, coaching, music and the arts, and ergonomics.

Top 5 Reasons to Study Movement Science at U-M

5. Study abroad in an exchange program
4. Small class sizes
3. Conduct research for academic credit
2. Excellent graduate school preparation
1. Engaging faculty

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Mission and Program Overview

Mission Statement

The Movement Science (MOVESCI) major strives to fully develop the intellectual abilities of each student during their learning experiences in the School of Kinesiology. The program emphasizes the study of human movement from biological and behavioral perspectives across the lifespan. The Movement Science Department achieves their mission by offering a diversified program that includes introductory and advanced course work, research, and laboratory experiences. Success is evaluated by the academic and professional placement of graduates.

Program Overview

The Movement Science major comprises coursework that emphasizes the causes and consequences of human movement from biomechanical, motor control and development, and physiological perspectives. The requirements include courses both in and outside of Kinesiology.

The Movement Science curriculum emphasizes competencies in these areas:

  1. The three areas of Movement Science: Biomechanics, Motor Control, and Exercise Physiology;
  2. Research;
  3. Scientific communication, including oral, written and graphic skills;
  4. Computer literacy.

Students will gain these competencies by mastering concepts in courses, by exposure to research in laboratory sections of courses and in independent study and research courses.

MOVESCI Course Offerings:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Human Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • Motor Control
  • Exercise, Nutrition, and Weight Control
  • Biomechanics

Full list of MOVESCI Courses

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Forms and Bulletins

School Bulletin
Bulletin Undergraduate 2014-15
Bulletin MOVESCI Section

MOVESCI Documents

MVS Honors Program Application
MVS Cognate Courses 2013-14
MVS Cognate Courses 2008-August 2013

Movement Science Internship Policy Guidelines 2013-14 (Word)

Sample 4-Year Curriculum
MVS Sample Curriculum 2014-15
MVS Sample Curriculum 2013-14
MVS Sample Curriculum 2012-13
MVS Sample Curriculum 2011-12
MVS Sample Curriculum 2010-11

Record Sheets
MVS Record Sheet 2014-15
MVS Record Sheet 2013-14
MVS Record Sheet 2012-13
MVS Record Sheet 2011-12
MVS Record Sheet 2010-11

Earlier versions...

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Movement Science Faculty

Peter Bodary Ph.D. (pfbodary@umich.edu)
Katarina Borer Ph.D. (katarina@umich.edu)
Susan Brown Ph.D. (shcb@umich.edu)
Greg Cartee Ph.D. (gcartee@umich.edu)
Daniel Ferris Ph.D. (ferrisdp@umich.edu)
Deanna Gates Ph.D. (gatesd@umich.edu
Melissa Gross Ph.D. (mgross@umich.edu)
Rebecca Hasson Ph.D. (hassonr@umich.edu)
Jeff Horowitz Ph.D. (jeffhoro@umich.edu)
Victor Katch Ed.D. (vkass@umich.edu)
Scott McLean Ph.D. (mcleansc@umich.edu)
Sean Meehan Ph.D. (skmeehan@umich.edu)
Riann Palmieri-Smith Ph.D., A.T.C. (riannp@umich.edu)
Leah E. Robinson Ph.D. (lerobin@umich.edu)
Rachael Seidler Ph.D. (rseidler@umich.edu)
Beverly Ulrich Ph.D. (bdulrich@umich.edu)
Dale Ulrich Ph.D. (ulrichd@umich.edu)
Ron Zernicke Ph.D., D.Sc. (zernicke@umich.edu)

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American College of Sports Medicine

American Physical Therapy Association

American Physiological Society

American Society of Biomechanics

National Strength and Conditioning Association

National Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity

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Your Kinesiology Connection

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