DSU to Offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science

DSU to Offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science


Friday, July 31st, 2015

Students interested in earning a degree in exercise science will be able to do so at Dixie State University, as the Utah State Board of Regents approved the university offering a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. Final approval is pending from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

“This is a huge area of growth for us. Through the strategic plan, we identified academic programs we would like to build, and there is so much potential within the health sciences,” Dixie State President Richard B. Williams said. “We are excited to bring these programs to Dixie.”

The new degree includes science-based curriculum that will provide students with a firm foundation in anatomy, physiology, nutrition, psychology and biomechanics. This knowledge can be applied in a variety of ways, including optimizing exercise sessions, increasing ease and productivity in everyday endeavors, preventing and fighting disease, preventing and rehabilitating injury and training for specific athletic performances.

The exercise science program will provide students with many hands-on experiences through laboratory courses, community engagement opportunities, and a required internship experience. Additionally, the curriculum will prepare students to pass credentialing examinations.

The Department of Health and Human Performance within the university’s School of Health Sciences will offer the degree. School administrators expect that the program will be popular with students who are pursuing healthcare-related professions as well as others who are attracted to the geography and culture of St. George, which promotes enjoyment of the outdoors, physical activity and athletic competition.

Gaining approval of the exercise science degree meets a goal outlined in Dixie 2020: Status to Stature, the university’s strategic plan. The plan, which outlines how the institution intends to build its academic programs and shape its other offerings for the next five years, identified the need for the university to expand its academic offerings in key programs, such as health sciences. As part of this effort, Dixie State is working to add more health science degrees, such as Bachelor of Science degrees in health promotion, recreation & sports management, athletic training and physical education teacher education.

To accommodate the new programs, Dixie State University is working toward gaining approval and funding for a Human Performance/Student Wellness Center. If approved, the facility will house specialized classrooms, labs and exercise facilities that will support student success. Additionally, the center would include an Olympic-size swimming pool complete with a spectator gallery, three full-size basketball courts that convert to indoor soccer venues, a fitness center, running track, climbing wall, intramural offices and locker rooms.

Williams outlined plans for the building with the Board of Regents’ Facility Committee earlier this week. To come to fruition, the center must be prioritized by the Regents and the State Building Board and approved by the Utah State Legislature.

For more information about Dixie State University’s School of Health Sciences, visit www.dixie.edu/health.