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Exercise Science Offered at GC This Fall

Exercise Science Major at Greenville CollegeStarting this fall, students at Greenville College will have a new opportunity to major in exercise science. A partnership agreement between Greenville College and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIU-E) makes the new offering possible. 

According to the agreement, students will take most of their classes on GC’s campus, plus three classes at SIU-E that include two lab classes at SIU-E’s Exercise Physiology Laboratory. The 3,000 square foot lab includes space dedicated to scientific investigations in body composition, cardiovascular and exercise biochemistry.   

“This is a broad allied health program that applies to many careers, including athletic and personal training and physical therapy,” explained GC’s Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Department Chair, Roy Mulholland. “It expands what we already do.” 

In addition to gaining access to state-of-the-art technology in the SIU-E lab, Greenville College students will engage with SIU-E faculty, including GC alumnus Dr. David Cluphf. "Dave and Dr. Eric Kirk, department chair, have been a great help in designing the mechanics of this program," said Mulholland.

Greenville College previously offered an adult fitness program that produced graduates who went on to work with fitness centers like The Zone and Gold’s Gym. 

“We wanted to expand opportunities for students to make them more marketable,” said Mulholland. The new major prepares students for a field that is currently enjoying growth, due in part to greater awareness of sports-related injuries.   

In addition to meeting GC’s full slate of liberal arts requirements, students majoring in exercise science can expect to learn about anatomy and physiology, biomechanics and exercise prescription and adherence. “Academically, it’s a strong program,” adds Mulholland.

The new name and format carry instant recognition in today’s marketplace both by college-bound students investigating careers and by hiring managers with fitness and health care organizations.

“We’re excited about this. It is a great step for our department,” said Mulholland. “It offers a good market for our graduates, and it’s a niche that fits well with what we already do.” 

For more information about exercise science at Greenville College, contact Roy Mulholland:, 618.664.6625.  


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This story was published on September 04, 2015

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