Health and fitness is a booming industry. Stephens College is expanding its curriculum to provide students with a new opportunity to join the growing field.
Beginning in Fall 2017, the School of Health Sciences will offer a new Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science.
Dr. Susan Muller, dean of the School of Health Sciences, said the new four-year degree will prepare students for a variety of careers in the health and fitness industry, including personal training, strength and conditioning coaching and wellness coaching. She expects at least half of the students who graduate with the degree will go on to study in physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant studies programs.
“Once students have the scientific foundation this degree provides, they can easily branch into other health fields,” Muller said.
The Exercise science core includes human anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, exercise and special populations, stress testing and exercise prescription and human movement science. Students will also have the opportunity to strengthen their science backgrounds by taking electives from the biology offerings and to enhance their people skills by selecting some health science courses to complete their required 120 credit hours.
Muller is looking forward to the inaugural class and expects enrollment to grow quickly.
“This is a very popular field of study,” she said.
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