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

General Education Requirements: (20 Credits Min.)

Communications (6 Credits)

ENGL 1110 – Composition I Credits: 3

ENGL 1120 – Composition II Credits: 3

ENGL 2210 – Technical and Professional Communication Credits: 3

COMM 1130 – Public Speaking Credits: 3

COMM 2120 – Interpersonal Communication Credits: 3

COMM 2140 – Small Group Communication Credits: 3

Mathematics (3 Credits Min.)
MATH 1130 – Survey of Mathematics Credits: 3

MATH 1220 – College Algebra Credits: 4
or higher-numbered MATH course except for MATH 1215 Intermediate Algebra

Laboratory Science (4 Credits)
BIOL 1130 – Introductory Anatomy and Physiology Credits: 3
BIOL 1130L – Introductory Anatomy and Physiology Lab Credits: 1

Social/Behavioral Sciences or Creative and Fine Arts (3 Credits)

Humanities (3 Credits)

Health and Wellness (1 Credit)

Program Requirements: (28 Credits)

EXSC 2110 – Exercise Physiology Credits: 3
EXSC 2120 – Structural Kinesiology Credits: 4
EXSC 2130 – IM Lifestyle Change Credits: 3
EXSC 2140 – Nutrition for Fitness and Sport Credits: 3
EXSC 2150 – Prevention and Care of Exercise Injury Credits: 3
EXSC 2160 – Fitness and Exercise Testing Credits: 3
EXSC 2170 – Physical Fitness Programming and Instruction Credits: 3
EXSC 2990 – Exercise Science Practicum Credits: 1 [Must be taken twice to fulfill degree requirements.]
EXSC 2998 – Exercise Science Internship Credits: 1
NUTR 2110 – Human Nutrition Credits: 3

Related Requirements: (13 Credits)

Choose from the following:

Any NUTR, EXSC, or HLED course. The student should see a School of Fitness Education advisor for further information.

Note: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement.

Total of 61 Credits Min.