Exercise Science Transfer Major, A.S.

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Program Information

The Exercise Science program of study prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution for further education in pre-health professional degrees (pre-physical therapy, athletic training, or per-physician assistant), corporate wellness, personal trainer, cardiac rehabilitation, and human performance. Students gain a solid foundation of human biology, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and exercise programming. Included in this program are tools to obtain a personal trainer certificate. Graduates of this program are awarded an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree.

Job Outlook

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 


  •  This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

Career Examples

  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Gym Teachers

First Semester

PEH 142 - First Aid 1 3.0 Credit(s)
ENG 105 - Composition I 3.0 Credit(s)
PEH 102 - Health 1 3.0 Credit(s)
PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology 1 3.0 Credit(s)
MAT 157 - Statistics 4.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Second Semester

BIO 151 - Nutrition 1 3.0 Credit(s)
BIO 157 - Human Biology 1 4.0 Credit(s)
ENG 106 - Composition II 3.0 Credit(s)
PSY 210 - Sport and Exercise Psychology 3.0 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

    Third Semester

    PEH 170 - Principles of Weight Training 1 3.0 Credit(s)
    PEC 230 - Introduction to Sports Medicine 3.0 Credit(s)
    BIO 168 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 1 4.0 Credit(s)
    SPC 112 - Public Speaking 3.0 Credit(s)

    Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

    Fourth Semester

    BIO 272 - Biomass to Bioenergy 1 4.0 Credit(s)
    PET 230 - Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3.0 Credit(s)
    BIO 173 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 1 4.0 Credit(s)
  • Mathematics/Science Elective 3.0 Credit(s) 2
  • Distributed Requirement 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

    Total Semester Hours Required: 64.0


    One elective must also satisfy the diversity requirement.
    1 Required courses for the program

    2 Recommended science electives:

    Science Electives

    PTA 120 - Kinesiology 3.0 Credit(s)
    CHM 166 - General Chemistry I 5.0 Credit(s)
    PHY 156 - General Physics I 4.0 Credit(s)

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    Program Outcomes

    Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of human anatomy and how the body moves, based on the knowledge of muscles, bones, and tissues.
    • Recognize harmful health practices and intervene to effect attitudinal behaviors.
    • Demonstrate skills necessary to assess a possible injury in an emergency situation.
    • Demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of weight training and physical fitness activities.
    • Design an exercise and/or weight training program for an individual’s specific situations and goals.

    Program Disclaimers

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