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Exercise Science

Excerise Science

Exercise Science is a cross-disciplinary subject area involving the scientific study of human performance and the acute and chronic changes within the body resulting from physical activity, repetitive motion and exercise. Students will apply this scientific foundation to practical application of health/fitness assessment, programming, and leadership through a variety of hands-on labs and service-learning opportunities.

Program Goal

The mission of the Exercise Science program is to prepare students to become leaders within the many areas of the health/wellness industry by focusing on the professional/client relationship utilizing rapport building, physical assessments, and interactive programming. With these skills along with fundamental knowledge of the human body, the students will safely and effectively plan, implement, and lead successful health/wellness and exercise programs.

Program Outcomes

Students who graduate from this program will be able to:

  • Possess the knowledge and skills needed to safely and effectively screen, assess, analyze, design and lead health/wellness and exercise programs for various populations
  • Possess the knowledge and skills needed to successfully complete industry leading (ACSM, ACE, NSCA, NASM) national certification exams
  • Possess an appreciation for and knowledge of the human body systems as well as understanding of the acute and chronic effects within the body resulting from physical activity, everyday repetitive motion and exercise
  • Demonstrate strengths in rapport building, interpersonal skills, professional integrity and responsibility, independent thinking and problem solving
  • Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the importance of involvement in local business, community and industry organizations

Employment Opportunities

Students are prepared for an entry-level position in a field that has a broad choice of career options. Graduates seek employment as Personal Trainers, Health/Wellness Specialists and Fitness Leaders in health/wellness/fitness facilities, corporate fitness organizations, sports medicine and rehabilitative clinics, community/older adult programs, as well as health promotions companies. Completion of the degree also prepares students for transfer into exercise physiology, physical therapy, kinesiology, athletic training and health education programs.

Transfer Credit Policy

There is no time limit on courses eligible for transfer into the Exercise Science program.

Program Policies

  • All certificate and degree students must take the English and Math portions of the Accuplacer. Students must place into ENGL095M and MATH090M or higher before registering for EXER courses. Students placing into ENGL095M and MATH090M must take these courses in the first semester of enrollment and earn a grade of “C” or better to continue in the program. Students may retake a course once if the minimum grade is not earned.
  • A grade of "C" or better in EXER105M is required to continue in the program. Students may retake a course once if the minimum grade is not earned.
  • Due to physical activity requirements of the program, students must complete an Informed Consent and a PAR-Q form prior to participation in EXER courses. Based on PAR-Q results, students may be asked to obtain a medical clearance for exercise from their physician. Students with any limitations to exercise should contact the program coordinator to discuss the physical activity requirements of the program or specific courses they wish to register for.
  • All students enrolled in the certificate and degree must purchase the required Fitness Assessment Kit which includes a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, heart rate monitor, gulick tape measure, skinfold calipers and stop watch prior to participation in EXER112M (consult faculty for more information).
  • Students will be required to show proof of physical exam, immunizations and a background check prior to participation at certain professional experience and community service sites.
  • Students are responsible for any travel to and from professional experience sites, community service sites or site visits for EXER111M.
  • All students enrolled in the certificate and degree program must purchase an Exercise Science uniform shirt to be worn during class events, community service and professional experience. Additional information on shirt purchase will be given in EXER111 or consult faculty member for more information.
  • Students must acquire and maintain American Heart Association Heart Saver CPR/ AED Certification or American Red Cross equivalent throughout the program. The certification is available in EXER111M for an additional fee.
  • Students must acquire American Heart Association First Aid Certification or American Red Cross equivalent for completion of EXER 240M. The certification is available in EXER 240M for an additional fee.

Technical Standards

  • Students seeking careers within health and fitness should be physically and mentally fit to withstand a physically active work environment and have the ability to respond quickly and appropriately as required.
  • Students are expected to have the maturity to exercise sound judgement, maintain confidentiality, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships with teachers, fellow students and clients.

Exercise Science Degree

Degree Program - First Year

First Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
EXER105M Essentials of Exercise Science 3 0 3
EXER109M Applied Nutrition for Health Fitness Professionals 3 2 4
EXER111M Introduction to Exercise Science Profession 3 0 3
EXER112M Health Risk Appraisal 2 1 2
ENGL109M or
College Composition I with Corequisite or
College Composition I
4 0 4
FYE100M MCC Essentials 1 0 1
  Total 16 3 17
First Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
EXER113M Exercise Physiology 3 2 4
EXER135M Functional Assessment and Programming 2 3 3
BIOL110M Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 3 4
MATH145M or
Quantitative Reasoning or
Quantitative Reasoning - Corequisite
4 0 4
CIS110M Microsoft® Computer Applications I 2 2 3
  Total 14 10 18
First Year Summer Semester TH LAB CR
EXER213M Resistance Training 2 3 3
  Total 2 3 3

Degree Program - Second Year

Second Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
EXER220M Performance Training 2 2 3
EXER230M Kinesiology 3 2 4
BIOL120M Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 4
  Social Science Elective 3 0 3
  Total 11 7 14
Second Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
EXER218M Group Exercise Leadership for Special Populations 2 4 3
EXER221M Professional Experience 2 4 3
EXER240M Injury Prevention and Post-Rehabilitative Exercise 3 2 4
  Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
  Total 10 10 13
Total Credits - 65


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