2023-2024 Catalog 
    Dec 04, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog

Professional Studies AS - Exercise Science Option


The Exercise Science option provides a comprehensive exposure to courses which are basic to understanding and applying the science of exercise and its effect on the human condition. It provides the opportunity for transfer to a Baccalaureate degree program or for employment in the exercise industry.

Additionally, the program provides preparation for National Certification Examinations such as those offered by the American Council on Exercise.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

  1. Use an appropriate theoretical framework for determining exercise needs and goals for individuals.
  2. Use appropriate methodology in health/fitness appraisal of specified parameters in lifestyle behavior modification.
  3. Create an appropriate exercise program design with the aid of software relative to the needs and desires of individuals.
  4. Implement, when necessary, appropriate knowledge and skill in the treatment of exercise related injury/emergency and nutritional suggestions to individuals.
  5. Demonstrate command of the knowledge base and skills necessary to seek a variety of employment situations, agency certifications and/or transfer to a four-year institution.


Exercise Physiologist Fitness or Personal trainer Gym/Spa attendant

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

Subtotal: 16 Credits

Subtotal: 15 Credits

Third Semester

Subtotal: 16 Credits

Fourth Semester

Subtotal: 13 Credits

General Education Requirements

Subtotal: 9 Credits

Humanities Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Subtotal: 6 Credits

Social Science Elective*

One general education course selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Subtotal: 3 Credits

Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology Electives

  • one general education course in Mathematics (MAT) 3 Credit(s) and
  • or

  • one general education course in Mathematics (MAT) 4 Credit(s)
  • Natural Science Electives -Two general education courses selected from the following fields: BIO, CHM, PHY. 8 Credit(s)

Subtotal: 12 Credits

Subtotal: 30

Subtotal: 24 Credits

Free Electives**

Subtotal: 6 Credits

Total Credit Hours: 60

Specific Program Notes

Students are encouraged to take their courses in semester sequence order.

Please note that required courses may have prerequisites. Click on each course to view details.

* General Education Elective(s)  

** IST-123  will fulfill 3 Free Elective credits for students who place into the course.