Exercise Science - A.S. Degree

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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.

Upon completion of this program, graduates 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.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
MATH110 Pre-Calculus I** 3
EXSC101 Introduction to Exercise Science 3
EXSC000 Option Elective* 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - First Year
ENGL102 English Composition II 3
BIOS103 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOS107 Nutrition Fundamentals 3
CHEM100 Introductory Chemistry 4
Total Semester Credits
Fall - Second Year
BIOS104 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIOS150 Nutrition, Fitness, & Wellness*** 3
EXSC105 First Aid and Emergency Care 3
EXSC110 Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription*** 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - Second Year
COMS110 Computer Concepts & Applications 3
EXSC201 Kinesiology**** 3
EXSC210 Exercise Physiology**** 3
PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 3
GSOC000 Social Science Gen Ed Requirement 3
Total Semester Credits

*General Education courses: Choose from the list of approved General Education courses in the College Catalog.

**Students testing higher than MATH110 on the CLM test may take MATH112, MATH113, MATH114 or MATH213 to satisfy this requirement.

***Course only offered in fall

****Course only offered in spring

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.