Human Movement Science

'4+1' in Exercise Science

New dual degree program offers seamless track to a competitive edge

Students in exercise lab

icon of a calendarOctober 30, 2020

icon of a pencilBy Nina Googasian

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Building on the strength of the longstanding master’s-level exercise science (EXS) degree and the popularity of the new bachelor’s degree launched one year ago, a new B.S. to M.S. in EXS “4+1” program is now available.

For students enrolled in the bachelor’s program, this pathway offers motivated students an expedited way to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in exercise science in just five years. Dr. Daniel Goble, associate professor and director of the exercise science program, believes the “4+1” program is a great fit for those students who know they want to earn a master’s degree, especially within their major.

“Students can save a lot of money with reduced course requirements and the ability to complete 12 graduate level credits at undergraduate tuition rates. And, with an extra year in the workforce, the program offers an additional financial advantage,” explains Goble. “While a master’s degree may not be required for an entry-level position, having one might lead to increased job opportunities, career advancement or higher pay.”

The “4+1” curriculum draws on multiple disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and health sciences, and explores the interrelationships among physical fitness, disease prevention, stress management, nutrition, and overall health.

Working with practitioners and patients in real-world clinical settings enables students to gain valuable, hands-on experience with diverse populations. The dual degree program also includes a required practicum.

The mentorship and academic guidance our attentive faculty provide are additional benefits to students in this accelerated program. Small class sizes and research opportunities allow students to form real connections with faculty. “From a faculty perspective, having this continuous contact through both programs shortens the ‘learning curve’ and gets students producing high-level research more quickly,” Goble says. “The dual degree program will also serve as a pipeline for high-achieving students to a recently-approved Doctor of Philosophy in Human Movement Science.”

For more information on the Exercise Science dual degree program, visit

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