Movement Science

Movement Science

If you are looking to develop a career that helps others to reduce their health risks, restore physical function, or improve athletic performance, the York College Movement Science program is for you. The program coursework includes a well-rounded curriculum exploring the behavioral, functional, nutritional, physiological, psychological, and structural benefits of exercise.


The Movement Science Major in the Department of Health and Human Performance at York College provides a rigorous and informative environment that promotes education and practical applications of exercise science, thereby enhancing physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life.


The Movement Science major demonstrates academic excellence as the first in CUNY and the third in New York state to obtain accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES).

Dr. Gali Werber-Zion, a professor, infront of a classroom with students, pointing at a screen that resembles soundwaves, which are the result of electromyography

Students in Movement Science Lab

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Movement Science program can establish professional careers in a wide variety of job se

  • Exercise Physiologist 
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist 
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist 
  • Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach 
  • Sport Coach 
  • Wellness Life Coach 
  • Personal Trainer 
  • Physical Education Teacher 
  • Recreation Coordinator

A bachelor’s degree in Movement Science can be a stepping-stone for pursuing an undergraduate or a graduate degree in an allied healthcare career such as Athletic Trainer, Chiropractic, Nursing, Physical or Occupational Therapist, or Physician Assistant.

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, the projected job outlook growth of these occupations for the decade 2022-2032 will be faster than the average growth of other jobs, ranging from 10% (Exercise Physiologist) to 31% (Physician’s Assistant), with median salary ranging from $51,000 to $121,000.

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