Just half way through its first year, PSU’s new degree program in exercise science is booming. According to Dr. Mike Leiker, assistant professor in HHPR, said there are more than 70 majors and 13 minors in the program.

“This first semester was a little chaotic at times,” Leiker said. “We were trying to promote the program with the admissions office on the counselor days and the many students were signing up to be a part of the program. It seemed like the flood gates were wide open.”

The new degree was created in order 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,” said Dr. John Oppliger, chairman of the HHPR Department.