Exercise Science (Associate of Science)
Exercise Science is the study of anatomy, physiology, and the mechanics of human body movement. Earning a degree in this field enables you to assist people to be more active, move and navigate through activities better, and to live healthier lives through exercise, rehabilitation, and nutrition. Students build knowledge in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, statistics, physics, and psychology. But they also gain skills in first aid, performance improvement, coaching, wellness promotion and safety. If you think exercise science is just a fancy name for a PE major, you are in for a surprise.
Why exercise science?
Exercise science can be used to launch a career in athletic training, personal training, group exercise instructor, coaching, strength and conditioning specialist, physical education teacher, recreation director, and sports management. Your degree can prepare you as an occupational therapy assistant, as a physical therapy assistant, or for transfer to bachelors programs in related fields in nearby universities.
The primary goals of the Exercise Science program are demonstrate an understanding of general principles of exercise science concepts, ability to apply basic nutrition and weight management, and an understanding of safety, injury prevention and emergency procedures.
Potential careers in exercise science include:
• Personal trainers
• Group exercise instructors
• Recreational sports director
• Adventure sports director
• Fitness worker at local fitness forums and assisted living facilities
There are also many bachelor programs available such as Personal Training, Physical Therapy Assistant, and Athletic Training that the Associate’s Degree coursework in Exercise Science prepares you for.
Suggested Schedule of Classes
Concentration requirements in bold type
COMM 115 Public Speaking – 3 credit hours
ENGL 110 Writing I – 3 cr. hrs.
HUM 101 Freshman Seminar - 1 cr. hr.
BIOL 252 Human Anatomy & Physiology I – 5 cr. hrs.
HLTH 160 First Aid & Emergency Procedures – 2 cr. hrs.
HLTH 250 Medical Terminology - 1 cr. hr.
BIOL 254 Human Anatomy & Physiology II - 5 cr. hrs.
CS 135 Computer Literacy - 3 cr. hrs.
ENGL 212 Writing II – 3 cr. hrs.
MATH 110 College Algebra - 3 cr. hrs.
HPER 212 Intro to Exercise Science - 3 cr. hrs.
PSY 115 General Psychology - 3 cr. hrs.
an ECON, HIST, PSCI or SOC Course * - 3 cr. hrs.
CHEM 120 General Chemistry – 5 cr. hrs.
HPER 215 Principles & Practices of Exercise Science. - 3 cr. hrs.
HPER 259 Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries - 3 cr. hrs.
ART, MUS, or SPAN Course - 3 cr. hrs.
Literature Course - 3 cr. hrs.
REL or PHIL Course - 3 cr. hrs.
ECON, HIST, PSCI or SOC Course * - 3 cr. hrs.
HPER 299 Exercise Science Internship - 1 cr. hr.
Concentration Requirements: 18 credit hours
General Education Requirements: 44 credit hours
ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE TOTAL: 62 credit hours