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

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Official 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 including commercial/corporate fitness, personal training, kinesiology, sports medicine, sports conditioning. sport management and recreation and parks. Student may transfer to a four year institution in exercise science, kinesiology, sport management, sports medicine, and recreation and parks.

Range of Occupations

  • Personal trainer
  • Fitness specialist for corporate/commercial, private, or municipal and community recreation
  • Health coach
  • Sport management
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Recreation and parks

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.

Honors Program Courses

If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

Graduation Requirements

Refer to Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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General Education Requirements: 35 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education and Diversity, Technology and Wellness Requirements  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English Composition: 6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Select one course from COM and select a course from a different Arts and Humanities.

Biological and Physical Sciences: 8 credits

Mathematics: 3 credits

(Must choose a general education mathematics course. See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses. Transfer students should consult with an academic advisor or with their transfer school before choosing a math course.)

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Select PSY 111 and one SOC from SOC 111, 105 or 150.

Additional General Education Requirements: 6 credits

Program Electives (consult with an advisor): 9 credits

Must be chosen from the following (due to a variety of transfer requirements at four-year schools, students should consult with an academic advisor or with their transfer school before choosing their electives):

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by SOC 111  or SOC 105  or SOC 150 .

Technology Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Technology Requirement . In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective. 

Wellness Requirement

Satisfied by HEA 100 .

Program Outcomes

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

  1. Design and instruct individualized exercise programs for healthy adults and special populations.
  2. Apply current technology in the health, fitness and exercise industry.
  3. Identify aspects of diversity as they relate to health and wellness.
  4. Identify and critique health-related lifestyle behaviors including national fitness and nutritional guidelines, as they relate to the dimensions of wellness.
  5. Apply legal and ethical issues and professional responsibilities within their scope of practice.
  6. Demonstrate basic injury prevention techniques and perform first aid and basic life support procedures.
  7. 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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