New Exercise Science Major at Gardner-Webb Offers Potential to Countless Careers

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This Undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree Underway with Fall Semester 

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Gardner-Webb University has officially launched a new Exercise Science (EXSI) major this semester.  It is designed to prepare undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to work as professionals in various health professions.

“Exercise science professionals can perform what they learn in medical, commercial, university, corporate, or community settings where their clients participate in health promotion, fitness, and rehabilitation activities,” said Jeff Hartman, program director and intern supervisor for Exercise Science at GWU.  “These professionals are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risks factors, conducting fitness assessments, developing and implementing safe and effective exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits for positive lifestyle behaviors.”

The EXSI Bachelor of Science major has two tracks or concentrations – Health Fitness and Pre-Professional.  The Health Fitness track is intended to prepare entry-level professionals for careers in such areas as cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, public health, and corporate wellness.  The Pre-Professional track is intended to prepare students for graduate (clinical careers such as exercise physiologist, nutritionist, sports medicine, and motor behaviorist) or professional schools (health care careers such as medical, dental, chiropractic, and physical and occupation therapy).

Dr. David Granniss will serve as assistant professor and laboratory coordinator for EXSI.  Hartman and Granniss will be responsible for teaching the EXSI curriculum, while other departments on campus teach required and elective courses within the major but outside the EXSI prefix, such as biology, chemistry, math, and sociology.

“The EXSI major is competitive.  Students must complete an application packet prior to acceptance into the major.  Once accepted, students must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA, earn a “C” or better in all major coursework, and complete a 300 hour internship,” said Hartman.

More information is available for prospective students and the general public by contacting Hartman at or, as well as and

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University blends a liberal arts core curriculum with more than 55 major and minor programs of specialized study, a comprehensive academic experience grounded in a Christian environment of service, leadership and intellectual freedom.