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Health, Fitness, and Exercise Studies (A.S.)

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Title of Major: Health, Fitness, and Exercise Studies, A.S.

Award: Associate of Science degree, A.S.


Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 60

Learn more about the Health, Fitness, and Exercise Studies Program

Purpose: This program is for students to pursue career options in the health fitness industry; commercial/corporate fitness specialist, personal trainers, health promotion, community health, sports medicine, kinesiology/sports conditioning, or other related allied health career pathways.

Range of Occupations

  • Personal trainer
  • Fitness specialist for corporate/commercial, private, or municipal and community recreation
  • Health coach
  • Health promotion
  • Sports conditioning

Additional Program Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all program requirements. Consult with an academic advisor to ensure the most effective choice of courses to prepare for transferring to a four-year institution. Elective credits must be chosen with the approval of the department chair or program coordinator.

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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General Education Requirements: 33-37 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Two different disciplines required. See General Education Arts and Humanities Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Biological and Physical Sciences: 8 credits

Computer Technology: 4 credits

See General EducationTechnology Requirements  for a list of approved courses. 

Wellness: 3 credits

Mathematics: 3-4 credits

(Must choose a general education mathematics course. See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.)

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Computer Competency Requirement

Students may satisfy the Computer and Information Technology Requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the general education requirement for Computer Technology. See Computing and Information Technology Competency Requirement  for a list of approved courses.

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by SOC 111  requirement.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Design and instruct individualized exercise programs for healthy adults and special populations.
  • Apply current technology in the health, fitness and exercise industry.
  • Identify aspects of diversity as they relate to health and wellness.
  • Identify and critique health-related lifestyle behaviors including national fitness and nutritional guidelines, as they relate to the dimensions of wellness.
  • Apply legal and ethical issues and professional responsibilities within their scope of practice.
  • Demonstrate basic injury prevention techniques and perform first aid and basic life support procedures.
  • Identify how the skeletal and neuromuscular structures of the human body adapt and contribute to human performance.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies.

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