Exercise Science, Associate of Science

The anatomy, physiology and mechanics of human body movement.

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. In exercise science you will build knowledge in physiology, chemistry, and psychology. But you will 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.

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.

Now available, a two-semester Exercise Science Certificate. Learn more on this page.


Suggested Schedule of Classes

Usual first semester courses

  • Public Speaking
  • Writing I
  • Freshman Seminar
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • First Aid & Emergency Procedures
  • Medical Terminology

Usual second semester courses

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Computer Literacy
  • Writing II
  • College Algebra
  • Intro to Exercise Science

Usual third semester courses

  • General Psychology
  • an ECON, HIST, PSCI or SOC Course
  • General Chemistry
  • Principles & Practices of Exercise Science
  • Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries

Usual fourth semester courses

  • ART, MUS, or SPAN Course
  • Literature Course
  • REL or PHIL Course
  • ECON, HIST, PSCI or SOC Course
  • Exercise Science Internship

Concentration Requirements: 18 credit hours

General Education Requirements: 44 credit hours

ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE TOTAL:  60-64 credit hours

Exercise Science Certificate

The Exercise Science certificate is designed to provide a broad background in general education and a basic foundation in the area of exercise science. For those students seeking an entry-level position in health and fitness, the Exercise Science certificate prepares students for the certification in health and fitness. For students interested in furthering their education by transferring to a four-year institution, the program prepares students to transfer to an exercise science or other health-related program. This certificate is part of a pathway program leading to the associate’s degree.  The primary goals of the Exercise Science Program are to define concepts related to the anatomical, physiological and biomechanical aspects of human movement. Students will demonstrate evaluation and rehabilitation techniques related to individual responses to external stressors (heat, cold, etc.) and evaluate scientific literature in exercise science and apply it to their field.

Suggested Classes for Exercise Science Certificate Semester I

  • First Aid & Emergency Proc
  • Medical Terminology
  • Intro to Exercise Science
  • Prin. & Pract. Of Exercise Science
  • Care & Prev. of Athletic Injuries
  •  Exercise Science Internship
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I

Suggested Classes for Exercise Science Certificate Semester II

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Writing I
  • Public Speaking
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Psychology
  • Intro to Sociology

Total Credits Required for Certificate………………………………………………………. 30-31 credits

What are my career options with this program?

Personal trainers

Group exercise instructors

Recreational sports director

Adventure sports director

Fitness worker