Associate in Applied Science in Exercise Science

This program provides students with the foundational knowledge and skills required of fitness professionals. Successful completion of course work prepares students to take national-level certification exams offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and American Council on Exercise (ACE). If students wish to transfer, they must work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisers to ensure smooth transitions to four-year schools. Students need to show current proof of American Heart Association or American Red Cross Adult CPR/-AED certification

NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Apply the basic principles of exercise science, behavior modification, nutrition, and weight management to help clients achieve a healthy lifestyle.
  • Describe and apply basic elements of anatomy, applied kinesiology, biomechanics, and exercise physiology.
  • Administer and interpret health screenings and fitness assessments to design safe exercise programs for a diverse range of individuals.
  • Explain and employ the scope of practice and professional responsibilities of a certified fitness professional.

Class Requirements


Communications (6 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 112         Composition and Literature (3)


ENGL 216         Technical Writing (3)


Any SPCH course (3)

Mathematics (3 hrs. min.)

MATH 119       Applications of Mathematics for Nonscience Majors (3)


MATH 121       College Algebra (4)

Laboratory Science (4 hrs.)

BIOL 136          Non-Majors Anatomy and Physiology (3)

BIOL 136L       Non-Majors Anatomy and Physiology

Lab (1)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 hrs.)

Humanities and Fine Arts (3 hrs.)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
9 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)



EXSC 200          Exercise Physiology (3)

EXSC 201          Human Movement (4)

EXSC 202          Instruction in Lifestyle Change (3)

EXSC 210          Prevention and Care of Exercise

Injury (3)

EXSC 220          Fitness and Exercise Testing (3) ♥

EXSC 230          Physical Fitness Theory and

Instruction (3)

EXSC 293L       Practicum (1) [Must be taken twice to fulfill degree requirements.]

EXSC 298          Internship (1)

NUTR 200         Nutrition (3) S ♥

NUTR 230         Nutrition for Fitness and Sports (3)



Choose from the following:

BIOL 123          Biology for Health Sciences (3)

BIOL 123L        Biology for Health Sciences Lab (1)

EXSC 120          Instructional Methods: Pilates (.5)

EXSC 122          Instructional Methods: Youth Fitness (.5)

EXSC 123          Instructional Methods: Fitness
Cycling (.5)

EXSC 124          Instructional Methods: Senior Fitness (.5)

EXSC 126          Instructional Methods: Personal

Training (1)

EXSC 129          Instructional Methods: Group
Exercise (1)

EXSC 132          Instructional Methods: Alternative Strength Training (.5)

EXSC 133          Instructional Methods: Training Techniques Review (.5)

EXSC 134          Instructional Methods: Outdoor

Applications (.5)

EXSC 150         Fitness Instructor Training I (4)

EXSC 151         Fitness Instructor Training II (4)

HLED 112         Weight Management and Exercise (2) ♥

HLED 113         Stress Management (3)

NUTR 121         Dietary Guidelines (1)

NUTR 205         Nutrition in the Life Cycle (3)

NUTR 206         Community Nutrition (3)

NUTR 221         Diabetes Management (3)

Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)