NEWTON — Sussex County Community College has signed an Exercise Science degree agreement with East Stroudsburg University in its ongoing effort to provide smooth transitions into local, trusted bachelor’s degree programs.


Under the new agreement, students graduating SCCC with an associate’s degree in Exercise Science can transfer up to 60 credits to the Exercise Science bachelor’s degree program at ESU, allowing for a timely graduation.


“By partnering with East Stroudsburg University, our Exercise Science students at Sussex County Community College will be guaranteed a seamless transition into one of the best Exercise Science programs in the tri-state area,” said Nicholas Lionetti, Exercise Science program supervisor.


To be eligible for the transfer, students must hold at least a 2.0 GPA overall and a 2.5 QPA in degree-focused courses. Students should work with their advisors to ensure courses will transfer.


The Exercise Science program at SCCC prepares students who wish to complete a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, pre-physical therapy, or other health- and fitness-related program to transfer to a four year-institution. Classes utilize SCCC’s fitness center, gymnasium, and Human Performance Lab to teach students how to work with fitness equipment commonly used in the fitness field.


The Human Performance Lab is a dedicated learning laboratory for students to experience performing a variety of exercise tests on human subjects. In this laboratory, students work with specialized fitness equipment in order to develop the essential skills necessary for conducting those exercise tests and to better understand how to evaluate health and fitness.


“Previously, a few students have transferred to East Stroudsburg University’s Exercise Science program, and I expect the number of transfers to increase considering its convenient location and excellent academic reputation,” Lionetti said.


Aside from ESU, other four-year universities that have crafted transfer agreements with include Drew University, Rutgers University, The College of New Jersey, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Felician College, Berkeley College, Centenary University, Montclair State University, NJIT, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Marywood University, Ramapo College and William Paterson University.


To learn more about the academic programs at Sussex, please visit sussex.edu/academics.