Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University students previously had to choose between two concentrations in the exercise science program, but changes in the department will give them the best of both worlds.
The current exercise science major offers concentrations in pre-professional fitness and personal and community fitness. This major will be replaced by applied exercise science in the fall of 2007, and both concentrations will be streamlined into the program.
“At the very heart of what the students are learning is how to apply exercise science to students’ areas of interest, whether that be physical therapy, graduate school in exercise science, or personal training, so the proposed name is actually a more precise descriptor of what the students will study,” said Matthew Ruiz, instructor in exercise science.
In addition, an exercise science minor will be added. The minor would be available for students who are interested in working in a fitness setting such as a YMCA. This minor would be ideal, for example, for a recreation management major who also wants to become a personal trainer at a health club.
“These changes will achieve our intensions to provide a quality Christ-centered education that will prepare our students for professional/graduate schools or career-related interests,” Ruiz said.
The 128-credit applied exercise science major will include 59 credits in the applied science curriculum, 53 credits in the core curriculum, six credits from January Terms and 10 elective credits. To further strengthen the core, students will take anatomy and physiology II, one business course (from a choice of three), one recreation management course (from a choice of three) and one “other sciences” course (from a choice of four).