Starting in the fall, students at William Woods University will be able to major in exercise science.
“It gives our students one more option in the ever increasing field of sports and exercise,” said Marshall Robb, assistant professor and chair of the division of human performance.
The division, which was founded in 2002, recently expanded its programs to include exercise science as its fourth major. The division previously consisted of athletic training, sports management and physical education.
“We have made tremendous progress,” said Robb. “In two years, we have expanded the division to four majors with 46 students participating in one of those majors or minors.”
Designed to give students the necessary academic preparation and practical experience to serve as fitness and exercise specialists, exercise science courses will include exercise physiology, biomechanics, fitness/wellness assessment and exercise leadership and programming.
Robb, along with Bob Jones, the strength and conditioning coach for the WWU athletic department, will be in charge of the exercise science program. Both Robb and Jones are Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
The first course, principles of strength and conditioning, will be offered this fall.