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PSU offers new degree in exercise science

June 15, 2011 12:00AM

Pittsburg State University will offer a new degree this fall that officials believe will give students many more career options. The new program was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents earlier this year.

The bachelor of science degree with a major in exercise science can be a launch pad for careers ranging from personal training and fitness management to cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy, according to Dr. Mike Leiker, an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation.

"The new degree puts an emphasis on the science in exercise science," Leiker said.

Students in the program will take core courses that cover topics such as anatomy and physiology, exercise testing and prescription, kinesiology, nutrition and research.

"There are many things a student can do with a degree in exercise science," Leiker said. "Many of the graduates may go on to a graduate program, or into a professional program such as physical therapy."

Dr. John Oppliger, chairman of the HHPR Department, said the new degree program was developed to give students a wider range of career options.

"Our changing national demographics, coupled with an expanding view of exercise as either rehabilitative or preventative medicine, indicates the opportunities for students with degrees in exercise science will only increase over the years to come," Oppliger said.

For more information, contact the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation at 620-235-4665.

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