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USG to Offer Exercise Science Program

The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) announced on July 1 they will be offering Salisbury University’s (SU) bachelor’s degree program in Exercise Science in the fall. USG is a University System of Maryland campus in Montgomery County that offers more than 75 degree programs from nine difference state universities.

The B.S. degree program in Exercise Science prepares students for careers in the health and fitness field, as well as for graduate education opportunities in exercise science or other health-related disciplines, such as physical therapy, physician assistance and medicine. The program includes 11 courses within the major, three of which students entering the program will have the opportunity to complete during the fall 2013 semester.

Students who have already earned an associate’s degree in Health Fitness at Montgomery College may be eligible for admission into the program, as are other students who have completed other associate’s degrees from a Maryland community college and completed some required pre-requisite courses. Salisbury’s Exercise Science degree program focuses on subject areas such as physiology, bioenergetics, strength and conditioning, sport performance, disease and injury.

As part of the graduation requirements for the program, students must complete a 10-credit internship experience before they graduate. The internship provides students with hands-on opportunities in health and fitness initiatives, and scientific research.

We’re excited to bring the Exercise Science degree program to our students at the USG campus, as there are so many emerging career opportunities within the field. Students who complete this program will be able to master the skills and gain the scientific knowledge they will need to excel in this fast-growing industry,” said Dr. Kelly Fiala, chair of SU’s Department of Health and Sport Sciences.

“Students have access to such an excellent selection of academic programs at USG because of the partnerships we have forged with outstanding public universities from across the state,” said Dr. Stewart Edelstein, USG Executive Director and Associate Vice Chancellor for the University System of Maryland. “We’re delighted that our partnership with Salisbury continues to expand with the addition now of the Exercise Science program.”

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