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Exercise Science: Health, Fitness and Sports Performance

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Exercise Science: Health, Fitness and Sports Performance program prepares students for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer certifications. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for employment in entry-level positions such as personal training within health and fitness clubs, wellness centers, and public and private recreation facilities. This curriculum also provides good preparation for transfer to a four-year bachelor program.

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Exercise Science: Health, Fitness and Sports Performance (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3059
Total Credits Required
63-74.5
Catalog Year
2021-2022
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better required for all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Explain health and human movement using a fundamental understanding of the relevant scientific concepts of physiology, biomechanics and psychology.
  2. Locate and critically evaluate relevant scholarly literature.
  3. Conduct and interpret foundational assessments of health and human movement.
  4. Design, implement and evaluate evidence based physical activity programs that promote health, improve fitness, and enhance quality of life.
  5. Apply theories of motivation and behavior change to develop and implement strategies for improving exercise adoption and adherence.
  6. Explain the role of culture in physical activity and health behaviors.
  7. Integrate social and ethical responsibility in decision making and actions.
  8. Adapt instructional techniques to ensure client safety and goal attainment.
  9. Collaborate with diverse individuals to achieve common goals.
  10. Communicate verbally, non-verbally and in writing in an articulate, respectful, empathetic and culturally competent manner for diverse audiences and contexts.
  11. Use relevant scholarly literature and quantitative and qualitative reasoning to inform decision making and solve problems.
  12. Demonstrate dependability, adaptability and persistence to set and achieve goals.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors

$41,920

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science Critical course Gateway course 3
HES100 Healthful Living Critical course SB 3
EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
PED101ST Strength Training 1
PED101++ PED101 Course selection PED101BC, PED101BS, PED101CY, PED101GF, PED101KB,
PED101PC, PED101PS,
PED101SR, PED101TC,
PED101TX,
PED101YG, PED101YH, PED101YO, PED101YP, PED101YR, or
PED101ZU
1
EMT101 or
HES106
Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) OR Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer certification 0–0.5
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
MAT155 or
MAT156
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions with Review or College Algebra/Functions with Review Critical course MA 3–6
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS210 Assessment and Program Design: Muscular Fitness 2
EXS211 Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance 2
EXS212 Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness 2
EXS213 Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation 2
EXS215 Resistance Training and Recovery Techniques 3
EXS217 Cardiorespiratory and Flexibility Training 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS239 or
(EXS239AA and
EXS239AB)
or
EXS275 or
(EXS275AA and
EXS275AB)
or
(EXS239AA and
EXS275AB)
or
(EXS239AB and
EXS275AA)
Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship or (Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship and Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship) or Methods Of Enhancing Physical Performance or (Sport Science Internship and Sport Science Internship) or (Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship and Sport Science Internship) or (Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship and Sport Science Internship) 3
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology SB 3
FON241 or
FON100
Principles of Human Nutrition or Introductory Nutrition SG or 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I BIO181 OR 1 year of high school biology SQ 0–4
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I SG 4
HES210 Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness C, G 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
Elective Elective Course Recommended for students who intend to transfer: (CHM130 and CHM130LL), OR CHM130AA, OR CHM150, OR (CHM151 and CHM151LL) OR, CHM150AA, OR, CHM151AA, OR BIO202 4–5
EXS290 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice L 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HES100 Healthful Living Critical course SB 3
PED101ST Strength Training 1
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science Critical course Gateway course 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
MAT155 or
MAT156
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions with Review or College Algebra/Functions with Review Critical course MA 3–6
PED101++ PED101 Course selection PED101BC, PED101BS, PED101CY, PED101GF, PED101KB,
PED101PC, PED101PS,
PED101SR, PED101TC,
PED101TX,
PED101YG, PED101YH, PED101YO, PED101YP, PED101YR, or
PED101ZU
1

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
EMT101 or
HES106
Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) OR Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer certification 0–0.5
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FON241 or
FON100
Principles of Human Nutrition or Introductory Nutrition SG or 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS210 Assessment and Program Design: Muscular Fitness 2
EXS211 Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance 2
EXS212 Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness 2
EXS213 Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation 2

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS215 Resistance Training and Recovery Techniques 3
EXS217 Cardiorespiratory and Flexibility Training 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS239 or
(EXS239AA and
EXS239AB)
or
EXS275 or
(EXS275AA and
EXS275AB)
or
(EXS239AA and
EXS275AB)
or
(EXS239AB and
EXS275AA)
Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship or (Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship and Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship) or Methods Of Enhancing Physical Performance or (Sport Science Internship and Sport Science Internship) or (Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship and Sport Science Internship) or (Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship and Sport Science Internship) 3
BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I BIO181 OR 1 year of high school biology SQ 0–4
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology SB 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I SG 4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS290 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice L 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Elective Elective Course Recommended for students who intend to transfer: (CHM130 and CHM130LL), OR CHM130AA, OR CHM150, OR (CHM151 and CHM151LL) OR, CHM150AA, OR, CHM151AA, OR BIO202 4–5
HES210 Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness C, G 3

Program Notes

Students can achieve the AGEC-A by completing the following:
An additional course with the Humanities, Arts and Design general studies designation 3
An additional course with the Natural Science general studies designation 4
Recommend BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
An additional course with the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications general
studies designation 3
Recommend MAT206 Elements of Statistics 3 OR PSY230 Introduction to Statistics 3

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Exercise Science: Health, Fitness and Sports Performance (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=162088).


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Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2020-20215/26/2020 – 5/24/2021
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-20195/29/2018 – 5/27/2019