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Masters of Arts: Applied Physiology

Degree Description

The Masters of Arts program in Applied Physiology requires 32 points of graduate study and typically takes one year of full-time or two years of part time study. The program includes:

  • Substantive study of applied physiology and movement sciences theory and research as embodied in lecture, tutorials, and special topics courses.
  • Development of clinical or educational skills in laboratory and fieldwork courses.
  • Research training to enable students to critically read and interpret original research and to carry out educational, clinical, or laboratory research.
  • Seminars to discuss movement sciences-related research, identification of research problems, and clinical/ educational applications.
  • Elective courses to meet specific student needs which may be taken throughout the College and University. Electives are taken with provision that the total program includes at least two Teachers College courses (for at least 6 points) outside of the movement sciences. These may include areas such as anatomy, biology, business, chemistry, computer science, health education, higher and adult education, neurosciences, nutrition, physiology, psychology and science education.  These courses may be taken pass/fail.
  • A culminating project or comprehensive examination is required for the M.A. and may involve:

(a)   A scholarly review of research in applied physiology and movement sciences within a topical area drawing application to practice, OR
(b)  An applied research study and report in applied physiology and movement sciences, OR
(c)   An educational project including the development of an assessment instrument/method for clinical or educational practice or a presentation for a continuing education, health promotion or physical activity program, OR
(d)  A comprehensive examination covering all applied physiology core courses, research methods and substantive study in movement sciences.

Course Work Requirements

Specific requirements (and points) for the Masters of Arts in Applied Physiology include:
Required Core Courses (minimum 15 points):

  • BBSR 4095 Applied physiology I (3)
  • BBSR 4195 Applied physiology laboratory I (3)
  • BBSR 5194 Applied physiology laboratory II (3)
  • BBS 5060 Neuromuscular responses and adaptation to exercise (2)
  • BBS 5068 Brain and Behavior I Communication in the nervous system (1)
  • BBSR 5582 Research Design in the Movement Sciences (3)

Substantive Study in Movement Sciences (minimum 6 points). These may include, but are not limited to:

  • BBSR 5095 Exercise and health (3)
  • BBSR 5596 Topics in applied physiology (3)
  • BBSR 4060 Motor learning (3)
  • BBSR 4005 Applied anatomy and biomechanics (3)
  • BBSR 5028 Motor Development (3)
  • BBSR 5057 Movement disorders (3)
  • BBSR 5195 Advanced applied physiology laboratory (3)
  • BBSR 4900 Research and Independent Study in Movement Science and Education (1-3) (please note that no more than 3 points in Independent Study will be counted toward the M.A. degree)
  • BBSR 5595 Research seminar in applied physiology (1)

Elective Courses outside of Movement Sciences/ Biobehavioral Sciences (a minimum of 6 points). Electives may include, but are not limited to:

  • MSTC 4054 Human anatomy and physiology (3)
  • HBSS 4100 Introduction to health education (3)
  • HBSS 4102 Principles of epidemiology in health promotion (3)
  • HBSS 4118 Relapse prevention for problem behaviors (3)
  • HBSS 5110 Determinants of health behavior (3)
  • HBSS 4114 Health promotion for multicultural populations (3)
  • HBSS 4115 Health promotion for aging adults (3)
  • HBSS 5111 Planning health education programs (3)
  • HBSS 4140 Developing workplace health promotion programs (3)
  • HBSS 4122 Women’s health (3)
  • HBSV 4000 Introduction to nutrition: Facts, fallacies, and trends (3)
  • HBSS 6145 Health psychology (3)
  • HBSV 4010 Food, nutrition and behavior (3)
  • HBSV 4011 Women and weight, eating problems and body image (2)
  • HBSV 4150 Sports nutrition (3)
  • HUDM 4120 Basic concepts in statistics (3)
  • HUDM 4122 Probability and statistical inference (3)
  • ORLD 4051. How adults learn (3)
  • ORLD 4053. Facilitating adult learning (3)
  • ORLA 5017. Groups and interpersonal behavior (2-6)
  • ORLA 4071. The leadership of private schools and non-profit organizations (3)