Exercise Science

The primary purpose of the proposed Associate in Science Degree in Exercise Science is to serve as a sound foundation for advanced study in exercise science, as well as in other areas such as exercise physiology, physical therapy, sports nutrition, sports medicine, or other related health and wellness fields; however, it can also serve as an opportunity for several health-related careers when coupled with personal training certifications. The College will add specific personal training certification exam-prep courses through continuing education, and will become an official testing site for these exams. After the initial exercise science degree is established, the College will add degree options to the core AS degree to blend business applications for individuals wishing to focus more on managerial and entrepreneurial ventures.

Health and Wellness-related fields are growing in popularity with today’s educated and health conscious consumer demanding a variety of wellness services. The health and fitness industry is booming nationwide and is seeing growing opportunities in various fields of exercise prescription and rehabilitative medicine for students graduating with exercise science-related majors. Jobs for graduates include opportunities in Personal Training, Group Fitness Instruction, Life Coaching, Small Group Training, Pilates Instructor, Medical Exercise Assistant, Yoga Instructor, and Fitness Management. Students are getting jobs in this rapidly expanding market in health and fitness centers, corporations, personal training studios, in-home training businesses, and hospital-based wellness centers.

At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Evidence substantial knowledge of the Exercise Science discipline.
  • Demonstrate the physiological, metabolic, and psychological functions of the individual in creating both a safe physical and educational environment.
  • Employ effective verbal and nonverbal techniques to enhance learning and engagement in exercise science settings.
  • Demonstrate ethical care for diverse clients, patients, and/or athletes.
  • Employ techniques reflective of professional best practices in the field of exercise science.
  • Evidence critical thinking skills such as elaborating multiple perspectives and hypothesizing potential consequences of decisions and corresponding actions.