Norwich University offers new major in exercise science


July 5, 2016

Beginning fall 2016 Norwich University will offer a new major, a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. 

The new program adds to the previously announced new Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and is part of an administrative restructure of the College of Science and Mathematics.

The new major will roll out this fall under the leadership of Assistant Professor Thomas Roberge, who also oversees Physical Education. Norwich University pioneered the academic study of physical education when in 1822 it was the first school to incorporate PE into the curriculum. Norwich’s founder, Captain Alden Partridge, was known in the early 19th century for his long distance hiking as described in this article.

Exercise science was previously offered as a concentration of the Physical Education program.

“Norwich is such a physically active community, it just makes sense to elevate this program to full major status so that our students can immerse themselves in the science of how to be physical in the most efficient and effective ways and then pass that knowledge on,” Roberge said.

The mission of the Exercise Science major is to provide undergraduate students with the tools to become experts of the human body and the science behind how exercise can impact the human body in a positive manner. A combination of the study of physical exercise and laboratory explorations, the Exercise Science program will have a solid foundation in the natural sciences and will educate highly trained individuals, who are needed to educate people on how to exercise appropriately without causing undue harm.

Norwich University offers 39 different undergraduate majors, 5 of which are degree completion programs offered online, and 13 master’s degrees, 12 of which are offered online.

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Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) 

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