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Movement Science Minor

What is Movement Science?

In the expert form of a dancer or athlete, the human body is literally poetry in motion.

Movement Science is the interdisciplinary study of movement and performance in the human body. It includes coursework from the natural and health sciences concerning physical activity, as well as movement theory.


Who Should Pursue this Minor?

Rider University’s 21-credit undergraduate minor in Movement Science is open to students in any academic major. It is ideally structured to complement the studies of students majoring in dance or double majoring in dance and a science. It is also an excellent credential for undergraduates planning to apply to Rider’s master’s program in athletic leadership. Faculty members for the minor have deep expertise in the natural sciences, health sciences, exercise science and dance.


Program Highlights

Through the study of movement science, you will develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the fundamental aspects of human performance. Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and practical scientific concepts of movement and movement science, such as anatomy, physiology, nutrition, biomechanics/kinesiology, and biopsychosocial and behavioral applications;
  • Identify and explain diseases that may result from and affect biological and behavioral health; and
  • Articulate a philosophy that demonstrates the role of movement in the development and maintenance of overall health and the prevention of disease.

Career Options

An understanding of Movement Science offers an excellent academic foundation for students considering further study or careers in such areas as sport and exercise science, movement education, nutrition, dance and/or choreography.


Drue Stapleton
Assistant Professor I
Science Hall 339F
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