Newberry College Launches New Major In Exercise Science

Program offers new option for students interested in sport or health professions

NEWBERRY, S.C. (Feb. 15, 2018) – Newberry College has added a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science major to its programs of study. The new major allows students to explore the science of physical activity and learn how health and healing can be affected by nutrition and exercise.

“Our new Exercise Science major provides an added dimension to our offerings in the Department of Sport Professions,” said Dr. John Lesaine, Chair of the Department of Sport Professions. “We already have strong programs focused on the management and teaching aspects of sport professions; the new major will appeal to students interested in the science of sport and physical movement.”

Students with an Exercise Science major are equipped with the knowledge and skills for employment right after graduation, in jobs such as exercise physiologist, fitness trainer or conditioning coach. The degree also provides the foundation for students interested in allied health professions, such as physical therapy or chiropractic, which require graduate studies.

“Fitness, health and wellness is a multi-billion industry that continues to grow,” said Exercise Science professor and program coordinator Rebekah Dixon. “That growth promises new employment opportunities that our students will be ready to pursue with their Newberry College degree.”

Newberry’s Exercise Science major is a four-year, liberal arts degree offered by the Department of Sport Professions, which also offers majors in Sport Management and Physical Education. Students can enroll in the Exercise Science major beginning with the Fall 2018 semester.

For more information about the Exercise Science program at Newberry College, email or call 803.321.5127 or to


ABOUT NEWBERRY COLLEGE: Newberry College is a private, residential, co-educational college with a diverse student population. Founded in 1856 by the Lutheran Church, Newberry College appears in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings for regional colleges in the South: Best Colleges (#17); Best Value (#7); and Least Debt at Graduation (3). Newberry College offers baccalaureate degrees in 32 majors, 29 minors, 31 areas of concentration and 10 pre-professional programs, and recently launched an online degree-completion program. The College offers 20 NCAA Division II sports, cheerleading and dance. Newberry College is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the National Association of Schools of Music. For more information, go to

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