Eau Claire, Wis. (WEAU) -- Students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will now have two new options when it comes to choosing a major.
In what's been a five year process the Kinesiology Department is adding an exercise science major and a rehabilitation science major.
Chair of the department, Jeff Janot, says the majors will be more focused and provide better clarity for students when making their choice
“We set out to take what we have and turn it into two different types of majors and describe it a little bit better,” said Janot.
the new programs are replacing human performance and movement studies and are meant to be more intensive, all at no cost to the university.
“We're really increasing the practical experience, the laboratory experience, and even some of the research experience for those majors that they didn't have before,” said Janot.
Exercise majors will be required to complete a 400-hour internship by their senior year while rehabilitation science majors will have to have hands on experience at local hospitals and clinics.
The department says the rehab science program will be geared more towards pre-professional students interested in graduate school and partner with outreach programs that provide more comprehensive experience.
“So as sophomores, juniors and seniors they're already working as practitioner within these outreach programs under the supervision of faculty,” explained Janot.
The department says exercise science will mainly be for students interested in entering the workforce.
“We've always believed as faculty in this department that this is going to give students the best experience to get them ready for graduate school, ready for the job market and give them an intensive experience to get them to the next level,” added Janot.
The majors won't start until the fall of 2018 however the department does say the university is already set to begin recruiting next year’s class and also saying incoming freshman will be able to transition their majors.