PSU will offer a new degree this fall that officials believe will give students many more career options. The 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.”

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

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Dennis Burke and Dee Dee Allai, left, were honored for their years of service to students at the Clyde U. Phillips Award Ceremony. Kayla Pruitt and Gene Nelson, right, were recognized for the potential they have shown in their first years of teaching.