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Degree: Bachelor of Science

Studying the science of human movement to improve an individual’s physical activity, health, and wellness through prevention, treatment, coaching, or rehabilitation

You might like this program if you

  • Enjoy working with a diverse group of people. 

  • Are passionate for health and wellness and want to share that with others. 

  • Have solid communication and interpersonal skills. 

  • Value experiential learning. 

  • Want to address physical problems through an interdisciplinary understanding of human health and wellness. 


Types of classes you’ll take

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Sports History
  • Biomechanics
  • Ethics
  • Psychology of Movement

Possible careers

Movement Science Option

  • Physician Assistant
  • Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy
  • Physical Therapy 
  • Occupational Therapy 
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation 

Applied Exercise and Health Option

  • K-12 Health and Physical Education Teaching
  • Coaching Youth, Interscholastic, Intercollegiate Sports
  • Corporate Wellness Programs
  • Fitness Facilities 
  • Health Promotion
  • Public Health
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Whatever your interests, whichever direction you want to go—business, science, medicine, healthcare, social science—the Penn State College of Health and Human Development has programs and options that lead to a future where you can do good work, and work while doing good.