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2011-2012 Catalog 
2011-2012 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science, Associate of Science

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The Associate of Science degree in Exercise Science prepares students for jobs in the fitness industry, including health clubs, corporate fitness centers and personal training. At the same time, the program prepares the student for transfer into a four-year degree program as a junior in majors such as Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Athletic Training, Sports Management, Exercise Science, Sports Marketing, Pre-Medical and related programs.

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:

  • gain practical, hands-on experience from both outside companies and within the College’s fitness center
  • possess a broad knowledge of exercise, including its benefits and risks, influence on overall health and its limitations with special populations
  • 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
  • have the knowledge and practical experience needed to sit for a nationally recognized personal fitness trainer certification

Curriculum – A.S. Degree

Total Credits 63-64

1 May select another course from the Technological Competency category of the General Education  list.

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

3 Mathematics by official placement test. Students may not take courses below placement level. Recommended courses are Quantitative Literacy (MATH 103C ), Statistics (MATH 110 ) or Calculus I (MATH 151 ). 

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

5 Students may select two courses from the following Fitness and Wellness Electives:

Pilates (DANC 109 )
Swimming for Fitness (
FITN 133 )
Volleyball (
FITN 108 )
Dynamics of Fitness & Wellness (FITN 115  )
Golf (FITN 103 )
Yoga (
FITN 143 ) 

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