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St. Andrews University announces three major curriculum additions

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St. Andrews University announces three major curriculum additions to their growing list of majors and degrees beginning with the fall 2019 term.  They are:  Bachelor of Science in Biology with Specialization in Biomedical Sciences;  Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management;  Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Pre-Doctor of Physical Therapy.

According to Dr. John Knesel, Natural and Life Sciences Department Chair, “We are pleased to be able to offer a more focused major to the increasing number of students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine.”  A Bachelor of Science in Biology Specialization in Biomedical Sciences will better equip and more clearly focus those students whose primary interests lie in professional programs, e.g., medical schools, as well as programs in the allied health fields.

Dr. Knesel lists some of the learning outcomes as:  demonstrate proficiency in biological science commensurate with national undergraduate standards;  understand scientific methodology and being able to employ it in a practical setting;  conduct experiments or making observations in the laboratory or field;  analyze data, formulate hypotheses and draw conclusions.

Courses will include Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Organic Chemistry, all with accompanying labs, plus junior and senior seminars.

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Pre-Doctor of Physical Therapy program is designed to provide students interested in the Physical Therapy profession with a clearly delineated undergraduate curriculum that meets all the course requirements for admission to graduate Physical Therapy programs.  The curriculum design follows the recommendations of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) as well as the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) guidelines.

Dr. Edna Ann Loftus, Academic Dean, says, “While St. Andrews graduates have been admitted to graduate programs in Physical Therapy through our current range of majors, this new interdisciplinary studies major has been designed specifically to prepare students for the Physical Therapy profession.  The St. Andrews program is unique as it combines strong preparation in the sciences with courses in Health Services Administration designed to acquaint students with various aspects of the health care profession.  This feature of the program will enable students to develop leadership and management skills essential to advancement in the Physical Therapy profession.”

Student learning outcomes for the program include demonstrating proficiency in biological science with an emphasis on the structure and function of the human body;  understanding scientific methodology and be able to employ this methodology in a variety of practical settings;  being introduced to the structure and management of the American healthcare system;  completing a research project that includes 15-20 volunteer hours in a clinical setting meeting APTA standards

The degree in Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management is a change from what was known as Sports and Recreation Study.  Ms. Pebbles Turbeville, Sport Management Program Chair, said, “We updated the Sport Management curriculum so students have more sports specific information and concepts about the field that can be applied in a variety of positions in the multi-billion dollar sport industry.”

Changes to learning outcomes include students being able to:  describe and explain the components of the sport management industry such as careers, marketing, risk management, leadership as well as financial and economics principles;  demonstrate skills and knowledge in the area of sport management through internships, practicums or guided independent studies;  apply administrative skills, knowledge and understanding of planning, organizing, as well as evaluating various sporting events and programs.

Future careers in sport management could be realized in the areas of amateur sports (clubs, youth, college), event management, facility management, ticketing, media, manufacturers and products, retail, sport travel, game operations and community relations.

New sport management courses will add sport marketing (such as consumers, markets, strategies, sponsorship, as well as products, pricing and promotion) sport funding and finance, sport economics, sport leadership and sport communication including social media.

Additional information and admissions materials are available from the Admissions Office by calling 910.277.5555 or accessing the university website at

St. Andrews University is a branch of Webber International University located in Laurinburg, NC.  The University’s mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core.  Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines.  Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills.

The university awards degrees at the bachelor and master levels at locations in Florida and North Carolina, as well as at the associate level in Florida.  Traditional classroom, online, and hybrid learning environments are available.  Opportunities exist for students to draw on the courses and programs of study at both locations through online courses and/or periods of residence at either campus.