May 29, 2022  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Articulation Agreement

Pre-Exercise Science, A.A. (Grand Valley State University - Health Fitness Instruction)

Academic Plan Code: 663



This program is intended for students interested in transferring to Grand Valley State University to complete a degree in the Health Fitness Instruction track of the Exercise Science program.  This program focuses on the psychological and sociological principles underpinning exercise science and prepares students to work with individuals and groups in settings such as corporate wellness, community health, fitness clubs, and athletic settings.  This program is designed for students to spend two years at GRCC and then transfer seamlessly to Grand Valley State University for two years, where they may graduate with a B.S. in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Health Fitness Instruction. 

General Education

Select a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work from the General Education course list.  Course work must be selected as directed in the areas below.

English Composition and Communications


Select two (2) Humanities General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas.  Only one (1) Foreign Language course can be used for the Humanities requirement.

Social Science

Select one (1) Social Sciences General Education Elective from a discipline other than PY.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Select one (1) Natural Sciences General Education Elective from a discipline other than BI.


General Education Total Credit Hours

30 (minimum)

Total Credit Hours


Transfer Notes

The GRCC course EXS 225 will transfer to GVSU as PH 222 and substitute for BMS 223 in the Exercise Science/HFI major transfer and declaration of the major.

MOV 304 - Students should either dual enroll and take this course at Grand Valley State University while they are attending GRCC or students should take this course during the Spring semester before their first Fall semester at Grand Valley State University. 

Admission to Grand Valley State University requires a 2.50 cumulative transfer grade point average.

EN 102 – English Composition II – must be graded at a “C” or above to receive specific WRT 150 credit in transfer.

EXS 320, 321 and 420 must be completed with a B- or better to allow for progression through the major and meet graduation requirements.

All Issues courses must be taken at Grand Valley State.

Additional advising notes provided on the full curriculum guide for the Exercise Science – Health Fitness Instruction Emphasis program

This agreement is not appropriate for pre-PT or pre-AT students. Students who plan to pursue an advanced degree in Physical Therapy or Athletic Training should work closely with faculty or professional advisors at Grand Valley State University to include the appropriate prerequisite courses as part of their undergraduate preparation.

Students interested an advanced degree in Occupational Therapy should consider adding a Psychology minor.

It is recommended that students meet with an advisor to review the degree, course schedule, and have any questions answered prior to completing the GRCC/GVSU articulated program.

It is the responsibility of the students to confirm transferability of courses with the receiving institution. 


Bachelor’s Degree Requirements at GVSU

The following requirements apply to all undergraduate degree-seeking students:

1. A minimum of 120 semester hours. 

2. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 GPA.

3. Graduation major GPA of at least 2.00.

4. General education requirements. 

5. Capstone course is EXS 495. 

6. The last 30 semester hours toward a baccalaureate degree must be earned in Grand Valley courses. 

7. A minimum of 58 semester hours must be earned at a senior (4 yr) institution. 

8. A minimum of 12 Grand Valley earned semester hours must be included in the major (six for a minor).

It is recommended that students meet with an advisor to review the requirements and advising notes for this articulated program, and have any questions about transfer answered prior to completing this degree program at GRCC.

Program Updates

Per the agreement with Grand Valley:

July, 2019

  • Addition of Transfer Note regarding EXS 225 transfering as PH 222 (see Transfer Note section)

September, 2019

Essential Abilities/Technical Standards

The Grand Rapids Community College Exercise Science Department faculty has specified essential abilities critical to the success of students in any GRCC program. Students must demonstrate these essential abilities to succeed in their program of study. Qualified applicants are expected to meet all admission criteria and matriculating students are expected to meet all progression criteria, as well as these essential abilities with or without reasonable accommodations.

I. Essential judgment skills to include: The mission of the Exercise Science Department is to educate and positively impact the health of students and the community by offering academic course work, outreach, and practical learning opportunities that promote individual wellness skills and prepare future health, exercise science and wellness professionals for their future. That being said, the periphery goal of the department is to enable those who are/have been enrolled in a Wellness/PE course to identify behaviors and activities that promote their personal health, and thereby general education, and allow them to aid those surrounding them as needed.

II. Essential physical/neurological functions to include: Exercise Science related jobs are intellectually, physically, and psychologically demanding professions. Although this is the case, it is important to note that exercise and general wellness are not limited to any specific demographic. The importance of wellness, physical education and exercise science is vital to the success of all students, regardless of physical and neurological function. Behaviors that demonstrate essential neurological and physical functions relative to the Exercise Science Department and its courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Varying types of physical activity
  • Observation
  • Listening
  • Understanding relationships
  • Writing and psychomotor abilities consistent with course and program expectations

III. Essential communication skills to include: Ability to communicate effectively with fellow students, faculty, patients, and all members of the Exercise Science Department. Skills include verbal, written, and nonverbal abilities as well as information technology skills consistent with effective communication. Students should be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills in the areas of leadership, motivation, management, and communication.

IV. Essential emotional coping skills: Exercise Science courses may aid in the ability of students to develop emotional coping skills, but students enrolling in an Exercise Science courses should have the ability to demonstrate the mental health necessary to safely engage in the practice of Exercise Science as determined by professional standards of practice.

V. Essential intellectual/conceptual skills to include: Ability to measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate to engage competently in the safe practice of Exercise Science. Specifically, this includes the ability to understand, synthesize, and apply nationally recognized standards for fitness and health and be able to communicate the benefits and precautions associated with exercise. Students will be able to understand, analyze and apply behavior modification strategies to enhance exercise and health behavior change

VI. Other essential behavioral attributes: Ability to engage in activities consistent with safe Exercise Science practice without demonstrated behaviors of addiction to, abuse of, or dependence on alcohol or other drugs that may impair behavior or judgment. The student must demonstrate responsibility and accountability for actions as a student in the Exercise Science Department and as a developing professional in the Wellness/PE/Exercise Science fields consistent with accepted standards of practice.

Grand Rapids Community College strives to be more than ADA compliant. We strive to be accessible and welcoming to all students of all abilities. After reviewing the Essential Abilities/Technical Standards for this program; your responsibilities as a student entail determining if you can complete all associated coursework either:

  1. With Accommodation. I am otherwise qualified to meet the same academic standards as any other student entering the program. However, based on a medically documented condition or diagnosis, I would qualify for reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990). I will meet with Disability Support Services on campus to arrange those accommodations in an interactive process with the Exercise Science Department.

  2. Without Accommodation. I am able to complete the program without need for reasonable accommodation or modification. In the event my medical documentation reveals otherwise or a condition manifests that would necessitate an accommodation; it is my responsibility to inform a responsible authority figure within the Exercise Science Department and work with Disability Support Services to see if a reasonable accommodation or modification can be made.

If you have a medically documented condition or diagnosis, please contact the Wellness Department office, or contact Disability Support Services (DSS) at or by phone at 616.234.4140 to arrange accommodations through our interactive process.