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Movement Science prepares students for careers in different health related disciplines, such as medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physical rehabilitation, and biomedical research. The curriculum includes coursework, laboratory research opportunities and hands on learning experiences that focus on understanding the control, mechanics, and physiology of human movement. 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 metabolic, hormonal, and cardiovascular responses to acute and chronic physical activity. The curriculum prepares students for careers in health-related fields, as well as for graduate studies in exercise physiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and biomedical research.
Motor Control examines the ways movement is learned and controlled across the lifespan through neural and behavioral mechanisms that include cognitive factors. Motor control knowledge can be applied in physical and occupational therapy careers, as well as other health professions.
Top 5 Reasons to Study Movement Science at U-M
5. Study abroad in a partnership program
4. Small class sizes
3. Conduct and participate in research
2. Excellent graduate school preparation
1. Internationally recognized faculty
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 program achieves their mission by offering a diversified program that includes introductory and advanced coursework, research, and laboratory experiences. Success is evaluated by the academic and professional placement of graduates.
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:
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
Sample 4-Year Curriculum
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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