Professional Studies AS – Exercise Science Option

Code: AS.PS.EXER

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

  • Use an appropriate theoretical framework for determining exercise needs and goals for individuals.
  • Use appropriate methodology in health/fitness appraisal of specified parameters in lifestyle behavior modification.
  • Create an appropriate exercise program design with the aid of software relative to the needs and desires of individuals.
  • Implement, when necessary, appropriate knowledge and skill in the treatment of exercise related injury/emergency and nutritional suggestions to individuals.
  • 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.

Career Pathways

Exercise Physiologist 
Fitness or Personal trainer
Gym/Spa attendant 
     

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

MAT Mathematics Elective* - One 4-cr. Mathematics or [One 3-cr. Math + One 1-cr. INF] 4
  Humanities Elective* 3
WEX-159Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation [CPR] and Emergency First Aid

3

WEX-164Exercise Science

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester

  Social Science Elective* 3
COM  Communication Elective: Choose COM-100 or COM-102   3
WEX-182Fitness Measurement and Interpretation

3

WEX-184Sports Medicine - Theory and Practice

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Third Semester

  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Humanities Elective* 3
  Social Science Elective 3
  Free Elective ** 3
WEX-106Nutrition, Exercise, and Fitness

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Humanities Elective 3
  Free Elective  3
WEX-183Principles of Conditioning

3

Total Credit Hours:13

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM... Choose COM-100 or COM-102 3
WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

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).

Total Credit Hours:6

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).

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology Electives

  Mathematics -Select [one 3-credit general education course in Mathematics (MAT) AND a 1-credit general education course in Information Technology (INF-102)]
OR Select one 4-credit general education course in Mathematics (MAT).
4
  Natural Science Electives -Two general education courses selected from the following fields: BIO, CHM, PHY.
8
Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 30

Program Requirements

  Social Science Elective 3
  Humanities Elective  3
WEX-159Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation [CPR] and Emergency First Aid

3

WEX-164Exercise Science

3

WEX-182Fitness Measurement and Interpretation

3

WEX-184Sports Medicine - Theory and Practice

3

WEX-106Nutrition, Exercise, and Fitness

3

WEX-183Principles of Conditioning

3

Total Credit Hours:24

Free Electives**

Total Credit Hours:6

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.