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Exercise Science, Associate of Science

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The Associate of Science degree in Exercise Science promotes a dynamic, interactive approach to learning exercise science that prepares students for careers in health and fitness-related fields in both public and private industries.  At the same time, the program prepares the student for transfer into a four-year degree program, as a junior, in a variety of fitness related majors such as Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy.  Students in the program cover all aspects of Exercise Science taught through both laboratory experience and lecture.  Students interested in Sports Management or Sports Marketing should consider the AS Exercise Science, Sports Management option.

The fitness industry has a wide variety of jobs available and is projected to be a growth industry throughout the next decade.

Graduates are able to:

  • apply acquired fitness knowledge working in outside companies and within the college’s fitness center.
  • explain and evaluate the benefits and risks of exercise and its influence on overall health
  • administer and interpret fitness/exercise tests and prescribe exercise programs for a variety of populations
  • demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the muscles, bones, connective tissue, energy systems and how to train them; common injuries and basic first aid; and the effects of exercise in relation to many diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity
  • apply knowledge and practical experience to pass a nationally-recognized, accredited personal fitness trainer certification
  • identify key factors in the management and administration of a fitness/sport related business

Raritan Valley Community College Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree programs are designed to comply with the New Jersey Community Colleges General Education Foundation which supports transfer of courses to NJ Public four-year colleges and universities.  Students who intend to transfer to a NJ college or university can further improve the transfer of courses by using the Recommended Transfer Program (RTP) feature in NJTransfer.org.



Curriculum – A.S. Degree

Total Credits 60

1 May select another course from the Technological Competency category of the General Education  list.  If a student passes the technological competency test, another course must be selected from Math, Science or Technological Competency General Education, so that the student has earned at least 12 credits in those categories.

2 Students must pass the Red Cross Lifesaving minimum skills test the first week of class for FITN 148 Lifeguarding . Students do not receive credit for both Lifeguarding and FITN 129 First Aid & CPR  .

3 Mathematics by official placement test. Students may not take courses below placement level. Students are encouraged to check with transfer college for required Math courses.   

4 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education   list. 

Students may substitute FITN 211 Introduction to Personal Training   or FITN 124 Sport Law & Risk Management  for Cooperative Education upon approval by department chair or program coordinator.

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