DSU College of Education undergoes name change

The DSU College of Education is to become College of Education & Human Performance

The potential for growth in Dakota State University’s heritage mission of education is bringing about a name change.

Physical education has long been housed in the College of Education, and the complementary degree of exercise science began being offered in 1988 as the B.S. in Physical Health Management.

The name was changed to Exercise Science in 2002, and it is now the seventh largest major on campus, said Dr. David De Jong, Dean of the College. However, it has the potential to grow, given emerging technology in biomechanics, or the study of movement.

Ben Witt, an Exercise Science/Biology double major from Burke, S.D., said the field is very exciting, particularly with the impact of emerging technologies.

“I think AI could have many applications in biomechanics and could be very helpful with injury prevention in the future,” he said. “I think with all of the technology advancements in the exercise science field will enable people working in our field to work more efficiently and effectively.”