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Dance Science

Bachelor of
Science in
Dance Science

GCU Dancers on stage
GCU dancers

Bachelor of Science in Dance Science

Dance science is an interdisciplinary major that combines the art and creativity of dance with exercise science and integrative health. Dancers graduating from this program—one of just a few in the U.S.—will enhance their dance artistry, creativity, physicality, and scientific understanding of human movement, performance, and wellness.

With a dance science degree from GCU, you’ll be prepared to dance professionally across multiple modalities as an “aesthetic athlete” while taking proactive steps to maximize your physical and mental wellbeing, overall health, and career longevity.

GCU’s dance science program provides a strong foundation in exercise science, physiology, anatomy, and global, holistic approaches to health and wellness. Graduates can work as performers and/or coaches, therapists, teachers, and trainers, helping others to be and feel their best as they extend and expand their own career opportunities.

"At GCU, students in the dance science program have the opportunity to perform alongside renowned guest artists, collaborate with a tight-knit community of fellow dancers, train in spacious and stunning studio facilities, and engage in a curriculum that prioritizes holistic wellness, focusing on the body as a whole. My goal is to work with students to create their own pathway in the world of dance while emphasizing the importance of a finding a stable and fulfilling career."
Megan Mazarick
Megan Mazarick, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor

Why Study Dance Science at GCU?

GCU Dance Major Ally Ferry

What Students Might Be Interested in Dance Science?

Students passionate about dance who are interested in enhancing their dance artistry and movement performance, broadening their career options, and promoting mental and physical health and wellness for themselves and others are a great fit for a dance science program.

GCU Dancers on stage

What Can I do with a Dance Science Degree?

Many of the occupations supported by a dance science degree are expected to grow by 12% to 19% between 2021 and 2031—more than twice the average of all other jobs. A sampling of careers and median annual salaries from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics are shown below. Note: Dance science jobs that require a double major, minor, and/or an advanced degree and additional certifications and licensures are marked with an asterisk:

  • Fitness Trainers/Instructors - $40,700
  • Athletic Trainers - $48,420
  • Choreographers - $50,990
  • Exercise Physiologists - $51,350
  • Dieticians/Nutritionists* - $61,650
  • Acupuncturists* - $72,220
  • Postsecondary Teachers* - $79,640
  • Occupational Therapists* - $85,570
  • Physical Therapists* - $95,620

B.S. in Dance Science Program Information

GCU’s bachelor’s program in dance science combines 36 credits in dance, including movement analysis, modern dance, and ballet and 35-42 credits in science, including exercise physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, and psychology in addition to General Education requirements. You’ll be ready for a variety of career opportunities in dance, exercise science, health, and wellness so you can remain actively engaged in the world of dance your entire career.

To earn this degree, students must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including General Education requirements and the major requirements below.

Major Sequence

Students will complete a placement evaluation during the first week of school, and will be placed in the appropriate technique level accordingly.

Dance Core Courses:
DA100Dance Essentials & Wellness3.0
DA150Dance Improvisation2.0
DA201History of Dance3.0
DA250Choreography I3.0
DA280Kinesiology & Experiential Anatomy3.0
DA360Laban Movement Analysis3.0
DA400Capstone Project3.0
or DA450 Choreography Project
DA471Internship in Dance1.0
Contemporary Movement Practice/Ballet (Any combination of technique courses)16.0
Contemporary Movement Practice 1 (2.0 cr)
Contemporary Movement Practice 2 (2.0 cr)
Contemporary Movement Practice 3 (3.0 cr)
Contemporary Movement Practice 4 (3.0 cr)
Ballet I (2.0 cr)
Ballet II (2.0 cr)
Ballet III (3.0 cr)
Ballet IV (3.0 cr)
Science Core Courses:
MA109College Algebra 13.0
BI111Life: Human Biology 24.0
or BI121 Cellular Organiz., Energetics & Function
BI213Human Anatomy & Physiology I4.0
BI214Human Anatomy & Physiology II4.0
Select one of the following:4.0-8.0
Chemistry for the Health Sciences 2
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
PS111Introduction to Psychology3.0
or PS113 Foundations of Psychology
ES111Found Ex Science & Wellness3.0
ES220Introduction to Nutrition3.0
ES310Sport & Exercise Psychology3.0
ES330Exercise Physiology4.0
Total Credits75.0-79.0

May be replaced by evidence of proficiency in College Algebra


Students in the PT track should choose BI121, and CH113 and CH114

There are three optional tracks in the Dance Science program: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Dance Therapy, with additional course requirements as shown:

Physical Therapy Track:

Select one of the following:4.0
Genetics & Evolution
CH113General Chemistry I4.0
CH114General Chemistry II4.0
MA103Introduction to Statistical Thinking3.0
PH115College Physics I4.0
PH116College Physics II4.0
SO101Principles of Sociology3.0
Total Credits32.0

Occupational Therapy Track:

MA103Introduction to Statistical Thinking3.0
PS227Lifespan Development3.0
SO101Principles of Sociology3.0
Total Credits12.0

Dance Therapy Track:

DA310Dance/Movement Therapy: Fundamentals3.0
DA410Dance Move Therapy: Working w/Groups3.0
PS221Child & Adolescent Development3.0
PS270Theories of Personality3.0
Total Credits15.0

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

"Being a part of the dance and integrative health departments at GCU was instrumental to where I am today. Faculty mentorship, applicable learning materials, and a customizable learning journey created space for me to expand and create a unique vision for my current private practice and gain the confidence I needed to pursue a doctoral program. Ultimately, my time at GCU empowered me to make a bigger impact on those I serve through somatic and integrative methods of healing."
Krista Morton
Krista Morton, M.A., ’19, ’20
Integrative Health Practitioner (INHP)
Owner, SomaSonder

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