Exercise Science and Wellness

This program of study is designed primarily for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Physical Education for Teaching, Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Health and Wellness, Physical Therapy or Nutritional Science. This program combines a broad foundation in the liberal arts and sciences with technical courses in the emerging and expanding field of Exercise Science. Graduates of the program will be encouraged to sit for the certification examination for Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer given by an accredited certifying body thus providing a beginning credential for those who choose to seek employment as Fitness Instructors or Personal Trainers at local health clubs and fitness centers.

The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is awarded upon completion of the requirements for this program.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Identify personal goals, and construct a workable individual plan for transfer and success to a four-year institution to pursue a major such as: Physical Education Teaching, Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Health and Wellness, Physical Therapy, and Nutritional Science.
  • Communicate introductory professional knowledge of the basic concepts, terminology, and trends, as well as current issues within the exercise science field.
  • Accurately interpret health status and risk stratification data and perform industry standard fitness assessments and exercise tests for individuals of all ages, fitness levels, and special populations.
  • Effectively demonstrate a variety of exercises and teach safe and correct use of exercise equipment and other health-related apparatus to individuals of all ages and fitness levels.
  • Effectively design, implement, supervise, and evaluate exercise prescriptions and exercise programs in accordance with individual’s needs, goals, and assessment date results.
  • Effectively educate, motivate, and/or communicate with individuals to influence healthy lifestyle behavior modifications which include the dimensions of wellness, occupational wellness, and stress management.
  • Perform safe, ethical, and legal practices in a variety of health and fitness-related settings within the scope of practice.

Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

First Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 101 Composition I 3
BHS 103 Social Problems in Today's World 3
BIO 105 General Biology I 4
HED 134 First Aid, Safety and CPR 3
WFE 101 Lifetime Wellness and Fitness 3
ESW 100 Exercise Science and Wellness Seminar 1
TOTAL   17

Second Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 102 Composition II 3
BIO 106 General Biology II 4
HED 201 Stress Management OR 3
PED (b) Physical Education  
ESW 101 Intro to Exercise Science 2
PSY 111 Psychological Principles I 3
TOTAL   15

Third Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
BIO 209 Mammalian Anatomy 4
MAT 118 Elementary Statistics (a) 3
BIO 122 Nutrition 3
General Education Elective (c) 3
ESW 201 Exercise Testing 3
TOTAL   16

Fourth Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
BIO 210 Mammalian Physiology 4
American History (Appendix D) 3
SPE 101 Public Speaking 3
ESW 202 Exercise Prescription 3
Free Elective   3
TOTAL   16

a. MAT 110 or higher, MAT 118 recommended. Students must meet Math course prerequisites.

b. In the second semester, Physical Education majors should choose the three (3) credit PED course(s). These credits can be take by choosing PED 202 for three credits or by choosing three, 1 credit PED courses of your choice. All other students are to choose the Stress Management course.

c. General Education Elective: Courses applicable to this program are listed in Appendices E, F, H and I.