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Westfield State University    
 
    
 
  Nov 19, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog/Handbook

Movement Science, Exercise Science Concentration, B.S.


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Requirements for the Movement Science Major - 29 Credits


All majors in the department of Movement Science, Sports and Leisure Studies must complete the twenty-nine (29) credits of courses specified below. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the Major Core Classes is required to be eligible to graduate with a degree from the department.

Note:


In order to progress through the major, students must meet the academic and professional development criteria necessary to earn intermediate and advanced standing in the department as outlined in the Professional Development section below.

Exercise Science Concentration


The Exercise Science Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Commission on the Accreditation of the Exercise Sciences (CoAES). Upon successful completion of the program the student will have met the academic requirements necessary to sit for an examination for a nationally recognized certification in exercise and sport science.

Exercise Science Concentration Entrance (Acceptance) Requirements

All students in the Department of Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies may apply to the Exercise Science Program (ESP). Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Movement Science with a concentration in Exercise Science. The  number of students accepted will vary in accordance with retention and graduation rates.  The ESP is minimum 4-semester commitment, and, therefore, students are encouraged to apply during the end of first semester of their second year.

Admissions Minimal Requirements

Admission to the program is competitive, and based on the following criteria.  Students interested in applying for entrance to the Exercise Science Program must meet the following prerequisite requirements:

  1. Complete MOVP 0100  
  2. Be accepted into the Movement Science Major
  3. Enrolled in, or completed, MOVP 0101  
  4. Observation hours (minimum 20 hours at four different types of facilities)
  5. Current CPR and First Aid certification
  6. Member of Professional Organization
  7. Minimum overall GPA of 2.7

Application materials may be found in the Exercise Science Program Manual.

Transfer students will be considered on an individual basis based on University policies explained in the Admission section of this Bulletin, in addition to courses and clinical experiences completed at the previous institution. Any courses considered equivalent to the required courses must be presented to the Department Chair and/or Program Director(s) for approval prior to application. A copy of the course description, course syllabus and confirmation of grade/course completion is required for review.

Once accepted into the Exercise Science Program, the student will be required to meet the academic and clinical requirements of the program as outlined in the Exercise Science Program Manual. Students must be granted Advanced Standing and complete an internship in order to graduate from the Exercise Science Program.

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Additional information about the Exercise Science Program may be found in the Exercise Science Program Manual.

Professional Development Procedures


In order to progress through the Movement Science and Athletic Training majors, students must meet the academic and professional development criteria necessary to earn intermediate and advanced standing in the department.

Intermediate Standing


Requirements for Intermediate Standing to progress through the Movement Science and Athletic Training majors.

Advanced Standing


Advanced Standing is required for those completing an internship, ATEP clinical experience, or student teaching practicum. The requirements are as follows:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major core area (29 credits)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7 in the courses in the concentration (Placement in the Teaching Practicum requires a 2.8)
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.8
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • First Aid / CPR Certification
  • Membership in a professional organization
  • Earn a minimum of 15 Professional Development Points (in addition to those earned for Intermediate Standing)
  • Three (3) Faculty Recommendations and two (2) additional recommendations from outside the department
  • Five (5) samples of best written work
  • Supervising Practitioner Recommendations

Additional information can be found in the MSSLS Department manual.

Additional Graduation Requirements


All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements  and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core  .

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