Exercise science program slated to launch fall 2019

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Dedicated to meeting the needs of today’s workforce, Mount Mercy University is proud to announce the addition of its Bachelor of Science in exercise science, set to launch in fall 2019.

Exercise science is an interdisciplinary field that spans the physiological, psychological, nutritional, motor, and functional adaptations and responses to exercise, physical activity, and sport. The subject serves as foundation knowledge for a variety of rapidly growing health professions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects athletic training (23% growth), physical therapy (28% growth), and occupational therapy (24% growth) to grow much faster than average between 2016–26. 

“Current and prospective students have expressed interest in exercise science, kinesiology, health and human performance, and other related careers,” said Dr. Matthew Bejar, assistant professor of psychology. “This major is suitable for students pursuing professional study in physical therapy, athletic training, and occupational therapy. The program also fills a niche for students interested in sport, health and exercise careers that do not require as many foundational science courses, such as coaching and personal training.”

Additional career paths include cardiac rehabilitation, sports medicine, personal training, health promotion, strength and conditioning, coaching, and sport and performance psychology.

Approximately half of Mount Mercy’s traditional student population participates in a varsity sport, and Bejar believes this program will interest a significant portion of student-athletes.

“Students will also examine social, economic, and cultural inequalities in the exercise, physical activity, health, and sport contexts and engage in discussions about how to make these spaces more inclusive for all people,” he said.

Students take electives that support their desired career path and will be required to complete an internship, increasing practical understanding of course knowledge. An exercise science club is also in the works, with career exploration and networking being top priority.

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