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A.S. Degree in Exercise Science

The Department of Exercise Science and Wellness offers a solid academic foundation for further study in the field of Exercise Science, Kinesiology and/or Physical Education. The primary emphasis of the Exercise Science and Wellness major program is to prepare students for successful transfer to baccalaureate (four-year) institutions as well as for entry-level jobs within the fitness industry. The course package for majors is modeled on the preparation for major at San Diego State University, and allows for an emphasis in either Fitness, Nutrition and Health, or in Athletic Training in line with SDSU. The package may also satisfy many requirements for most other California State University institutions as well, but students should check the catalog of the school being considered for its specific requirements.

Students wishing to enter the fitness industry quickly rather than focusing on a degree may wish to consider the Fitness Specialist Certificate of Proficiency.
More information on the Fitness Specialist Certificate of Proficiency.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Fitness Professional *
  • Physical Education Teacher **
  • Sports Medicine **
  • Youth Sports Coach
  • Physical Therapy **
  • Secondary School Coach **
  • Athletic Training **

* requires certification or Associate's Degree
** requires bachelor's degree or higher

Associate Degree Requirements

Major code: 52060
Note: All courses in the major must be completed with a "C" grade or higher.

CORE CURRICULUM FOR DEGREE:

Subject & Number Course Title Units
ES 005 Aerobic Fitness and Weight Training 1.5
ES 290 Methods in Exercise Teaching 1.5
ES 250 Introduction to Physical Education 2
ES 255 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
Biology 140 Human Anatomy 5
Chemistry 115 or 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry (115) or Preparation for General Chemistry (120) 3 or 4
HED 158 Nutrition for Athletes 3
OR
HED 255 Science of Nutrition (required for Kinesiology major at SDSU) 3
Psychology 120 Introductory Psychology 3
Sociology 120 Introductory Sociology 3
Speech 122 Oral Communication 3
Total 27.5 - 30



SELECT ONE (1) OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

Subject & Number Course Title Units
Biology 215 Statistics for Life Science 3
Psychology 215 Statistics for The Behavioral Sciences 4
Sociology 215 Statistics for The Behavioral Sciences 4
Mathematics 160 Elementary Statistics 4
Total 3 - 4



SELECT ONE (1) OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

Subject & Number Course Title Units
ES 006 A or
B or C
Total Body Fitness 1
ES 009 A or
B or C
Aerobic Dance Exercise 1
ES 023 A or
B or C               
Weight Training 1
ES 043 A or
B or C
Swimming 1
ES 060 A or
B or C
Badminton 1
ES 070 A or
B or C
Racquetball 1
ES 176 A or
B or C
Tennis 1
ES 120 A or
B or C
Bowling 1
ES 125 A or
B or C
Golf 1
ES 130 A or
B or C
Gymnastics 1 - 1.5
ES 171 A or
B or C
Softball 1
ES 175 A or
B or C
Volleyball 1
Total Units Required for the Degree 32.5 - 33
Plus General Education and Elective Requirements



CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT: 
Any student who chooses to complete only those courses required above for the above major (32.5 - 33 units) qualifies for aCertificate of Achievement in Exercise Science and Wellness. All classes in the major must be completed with a "C" grade or higher. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the academic calendar.

 

AREA OF EMPHASIS - ATHLETIC TRAINING

In addition to completion of the core curriculum for the degree, the following courses must be completed:

Subject & Number Course Title Units
Biology 220 Principles of Cellular, Molecular and Evolutionary Biology 3
Biology 221 Principles of Cellular and Molecular Biology Lab 1
Chemistry 116 Introductory Organic Chemistry 4
Chemistry 141 General Chemistry 1 5
CSIS 110 Principles of Information Systems 4
Total 17
Total Units Required for the Degree 49.5 - 50
Plus General Education and Elective Requirements


CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT: 
Any student who chooses to complete only those courses required above for the above major (49.5 - 50 units) qualifies for a Certificate of Achievement in Exercise Science and Wellness with an emphasis in Athletic Training. All classes in the major must be completed with a "C" grade or higher. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the academic calendar.

NOTE: To complete the preparation for major in Kinesiology with Specialization in Athletic Training at San Diego State University, the following courses are required:

Last Updated: 03/14/2016
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