St. Francis College Launches First Online Degree Program: Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Movement Science

Developed in partnership with Relearnit, the program prepares students for in-demand careers in fitness-related fields and disciplines.

(St. Louis, MO and Brooklyn, NY) — August 3, 2020 — St. Francis College (SFC) has partnered with Relearnit, the online program management firm, to launch its first online degree program: a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Movement Science.

The bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Movement science offers a well-rounded-curriculum and will prepare students for careers in fitness-related fields and disciplines, including fitness and wellness, personal training, cardiac rehabilitation and sport coaching. “Relearnit has a strong reputation for creating successful online programs that add value to the college while, most importantly, offering academic opportunities for students that lead to careers and workforce development,” said Dr. Gale Gibson Gayle, SFC’s associate vice president of online learning and program development.

The program requires 88 academic hours, including 33 major-specific hours in courses that include Community Health, Designing Health Promotion Programs, Kinesiology, Motor Learning, and Sports Psychology.

“SFC is committed to delivering programs in emerging fields that ensure students are well-positioned to lead meaningful careers,” said Miguel Martinez-Saenz, SFC’s president. “We look forward to launching this program and exploring opportunities for more online programs in emerging areas of study, especially those aligned with the workforce needs of our region and beyond.”

Recognizing the increasing demand for online degree programs, SFC also wanted to expand its offerings to non-traditional students, including adults who have family and work responsibilities. “From the innovative courses our new online program offers to the experienced faculty who teach them, we’re excited to offer the distance learning modality as a way for students who are busy working professionals to complete their degree in this in-demand field,” said Dr. Jennifer Lancaster, SFC’s vice president for academic affairs.

Students who complete the bachelor’s program will be positioned for employment in popular fitness and wellness careers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fitness trainers and instructor careers are projected to grow 13 percent (2018-28) and boast a median salary of $40,390.

“Our team works with universities and their faculty to identify and develop programs that grow enrollment and lead students to degrees that matter,” said Dr. Ronald Wagner, Relearnit founder and CEO. “Academics First℠, our unique assessment of program demand and feasibility, ensures students can leverage their degree for a successful next step.”

The first cohort begins in fall 2020. Prospective students can learn more about the bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Movement Science at

About Relearnit
Relearnit partners with universities and their faculty to identify and develop degree programs that deliver career success for students and facilitate institutional growth. Relearnit’s superior academic expertise combined with keen business acumen leads to online education success. From curriculum development to faculty engagement and impactful admissions marketing campaigns, Relearnit works with university partners to set a new standard in online education. For more information, please visit

About St. Francis College
For more than 160 years, St. Francis College has provided an affordable, small-college education in Brooklyn, New York, just minutes from Manhattan. With an average class size of 20 and total enrollment of about 2,500, SFC’s bright, ambitious, values-driven culture welcomes students to study at a global crossroads. SFC offers 70+ undergraduate majors and minors and four graduate programs that prepare students for 21st-century jobs fueling the global economy. Through generous need- and merit-based scholarships, 97 percent of SFC students receive financial aid, making SFC one of the most affordable private colleges in NYC.

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