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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Exercise Science

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Exercise Science provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Sport Science, Healthy Lifestyles Coaching, or Fitness and Wellness. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career as a fitness specialist or director, strength and conditioning specialist, healthy lifestyles coach, or an exercise physiologist. With a graduate degree, students may pursue careers in a number of fields, including but not limited to physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, exercise physiology, medicine, and physician assistant. Certificates of Completion (CCLs) in Personal Trainer and Personal Trainer Advanced as well as an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Exercise Science: Health, Fitness, and Sports Performance are also available.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Exercise Science (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-64
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Examine human movement using a fundamental understanding of human anatomy and physiology and the relevant scientific concepts of biology, the physical sciences, and psychology. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS215, EXS217, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS275++, HES271, BIO156++, BIO160, BIO181++, BIO182++, BIO201++, BIO202, CHM130, CHM130LL, CHM151, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152LL, MAT206, PHY111, PSY101, PSY230, PSY240, PSY250, PSY260, PSY275, [MA])
  • Integrate knowledge of the human body and psychological concepts to promote health and well-being in self and others. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS215, EXS217, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS275++, HES100, HES271, BIO156++, BIO160, BIO181++, BIO182++, BIO201++, BIO202, FON241, PSY101, PSY240, PSY250, PSY260, PSY275, [HU], [SB])
  • Locate and critically evaluate relevant scholarly literature. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS215, EXS217, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS275++, EXS290, HES100, ENG102, PSY230, (CRE))
  • Use relevant scholarly literature, quantitative and qualitative reasoning, and statistical analysis to inform decision making and solve problems. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS215, EXS217, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS275++, EXS290, HES100, BIO156++, BIO160, BIO181++, BIO182++, BIO201++, BIO202, CHM130, CHM130LL, CHM151, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152LL, FON241, MAT206, PHY111, PSY230, PSY275, (CRE), [FYC], [MA])
  • Interpret foundational assessments of health and human movement. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS215, EXS217, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS275++, HES100, HES271, BIO160, BIO201++, CHM130, CHM130LL, CHM151, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152LL, FON241)
  • Design basic movement programs. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS215, EXS217, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS275++, HES100, HES271, PED101++, BIO160, BIO201++)
  • Effectively communicate with diverse audiences and within varied contexts. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS215, EXS217, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS275++, EXS290, HES100, FON241, MAT206, PSY230, PSY240, PSY250, PSY260, PSY275, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [SB], [MA])
  • Collaborate with diverse individuals to achieve common goals. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS215, EXS217, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS275++, EXS290, HES100, HES271, FON241, PSY240, PSY250, PSY260, PSY275, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [SB])
  • Integrate social and ethical responsibility in decision making and actions. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS215, EXS217, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS275++, EXS290, HES100, HES271, ENG102, FON241, MAT206, PSY230, PSY250, (COM), (CRE), [HU], [MA], [SB])
  • Demonstrate dependability, adaptability, and persistence to set and achieve goals. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS215, EXS217, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS275++, EXS290, HES100, HES271, BIO156++, BIO160, BIO181++, BIO182++, BIO201++, BIO202, CHM130, CHM130LL, CHM151, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152LL, FON241, MAT206, PHY111, PSY101, PSY230, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SB])
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:6
EXS101Introduction to Exercise Science3
EXS290Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice3
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:26-46
Complete requirements in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (College of Health Solutions), Health Sciences (Healthy Lifestyles and Fitness Science), Bachelor of Science
BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
BIO201++Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)4
Students selecting BIO201++ must complete the following requisite:
BIO156++Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181++General Biology (Majors) I (4) OR
One year of high school biology (0)0-4
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR
CHM130AAFundamental Chemistry with Lab (4)
OR
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry (4)4-5
EXS125Introduction to Exercise Physiology3
EXS215Resistance Training and Recovery Techniques3
EXS217Cardiorespiratory and Flexibility Training3
FON241Principles of Human Nutrition3
GBS221Business Statistics (3) OR
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3) OR
SWU225Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government (3)3
Recommended: PSY230
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Transfer Plan 2: Arizona State University (College of Health Solutions), Sports Science and Performance Programming, Bachelor of Science
BIO156++Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181++General Biology (Majors) I (4) OR
One year of high school biology (0)0-4
BIO201++Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR
CHM130AAFundamental Chemistry with Lab (4)
OR
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry (4)4-5
EXS125Introduction to Exercise Physiology3
EXS215Resistance Training and Recovery Techniques3
EXS239AAPractical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship (1) AND
EXS275ABSport Science Internship (2)
OR
EXS239ABPractical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship (2) AND
EXS275AASport Science Internship (1)
OR
EXS275Sport Science Internship (3)
OR
EXS275AASport Science Internship (1) AND
EXS275ABSport Science Internship (2)3
FON241Principles of Human Nutrition3
GBS221Business Statistics (3) OR
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3) OR
SWU225Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government (3)3
Recommended: PSY230
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Transfer Plan 3: Arizona State University (College of Health Solutions), Exercise and Wellness, Bachelor of Science
BIO156++Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181++General Biology (Majors) I (4) OR
One year of high school biology(0)0-4
BIO201++Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR
CHM130AAFundamental Chemistry with Lab (4) OR
One year of high school chemistry taken within the last five years (0)0-4
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry (4)4-5
EXS125Introduction to Exercise Physiology3
EXS215Resistance Training and Recovery Techniques3
EXS217Cardiorespiratory and Flexibility Training3
FON241Principles of Human Nutrition3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
GBS221Business Statistics (3) OR
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3) OR
SWU225Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government (3)3
Recommended: PSY230
Transfer Plan 4: Arizona State University (College of Health Solutions), Kinesiology, Bachelor of Science
BIO181++General Biology (Majors) I4
BIO182++General Biology (Majors) II4
BIO201++Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry (4)4-5
CHM152General Chemistry II (3) AND
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory (1) OR
CHM152AAGeneral Chemistry II (4)4
GBS221Business Statistics (3) OR
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3) OR
SWU225Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government (3)3
Recommended: PSY230
PHY111General Physics I4
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Transfer Plan 5: Northern Arizona University, Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science
BIO181++General Biology (Majors) I4
BIO182++General Biology (Majors) II4
BIO201++Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry (4)4-5
CHM152General Chemistry II (3) AND
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory (1) OR
CHM152AAGeneral Chemistry II (4)4
FON241Principles of Human Nutrition3
HES100Healthful Living3
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3)3
Recommended: PSY230
PHY111General Physics I4
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Select 3-5 credits from the following related areas:
BIO205Microbiology4
HES271Sports Medicine Foundations3
MAT220Calculus with Analytic Geometry I5
MAT221Calculus with Analytic Geometry I4
PSY240Developmental Psychology3
PSY250Social Psychology3
PSY260Psychology of Personality3
PSY275Biopsychology4
Transfer Plan 6: Northern Arizona University, Fitness and Wellness, Bachelor of Science
BIO156++Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181++General Biology (Majors) I (4) OR
One year of high school biology (0)0-4
Note: Students who do not complete either BIO156++ or BIO181++ will need to complete a Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ] course in the AGEC area. (CHM151 and CHM151LL) is recommended.
BIO201++Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
EXS125Introduction to Exercise Physiology3
EXS210Assessment and Program Design: Muscular Fitness (2) OR
EXS211Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance (2) OR
EXS212Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness (2) OR
EXS213Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation (2)2
FON241Principles of Human Nutrition3
HES100Healthful Living3
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3)3
Recommended: PSY230
PED101GFGroup Fitness/Aerobics (1) OR
PED101KBKickboxing (1) OR
PED101PSPilates (1) OR
PED101TCTai Chi (1) OR
PED101YHHatha Yoga (1) OR
PED101YOYoga (1) OR
PED101YPPower Yoga (1) OR
PED101YRRestorative Yoga (1) OR
PED101BSBody Sculpting (1) OR
PED101PCPhysical Conditioning (1) OR
PED101BCBoot Camp (1) OR
PED101ZUZumba Fitness (1) OR
PED101SRStretch and Relaxation (1) OR
PED101CYCycling - Indoor (1) OR
PED101YGGentle Yoga (1) OR
PED101TXSuspension Training (1)1
PED101STStrength Training1
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 15-34
A single course with an [L], [HU], [SB], [SG], or [SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, and/or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0
Met by EXS290 in the Required Courses Area.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-9
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (Healthy Lifestyles and Fitness Science) and Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science in Fitness and Wellness
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6)3-6
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Sports Science and Performance Programming
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) OR
MAT155College Algebra/Functions with Review (5) OR
MAT156College Algebra/Functions with Review (6)3-6
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Wellness, Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, and Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) OR
MAT155College Algebra/Functions with Review (5) OR
MAT156College Algebra/Functions with Review (6)
AND
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3)
OR
MAT187Precalculus (5)
OR
Higher level course that meets [MA] requirement3-9
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0
Met by GBS221 or MAT206 or PSY230 or SWU225 in the Restricted Electives Area.
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0-3
Met by PSY101 in Restricted Electives
AND
Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area OR
May be met by HES100 in Restricted Electives
Recommended: HES100
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 0-4
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Met by BIO160++ or BIO201++ in the Restricted Electives area (0)4
[SQ] may be met by specific Transfer Plan option selections in the Restricted Electives area.
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Some courses in this area have [SB] and [L] designations and may also be applied to the corresponding AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.
For students intending to transfer to ASU to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, the following courses are recommended:
BIO205Microbiology (4) OR
CHM235General Organic Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM235LLGeneral Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
PHY112General Physics (4)4
For students intending to transfer to NAU to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, the following courses are recommended:
CHM230Fundamental Organic Chemistry (3) AND
CHM230LLFundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR
CHM235General Organic Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM235LLGeneral Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)4
PHY112General Physics4
For students intending to transfer to NAU to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Fitness and Wellness, the following courses are recommended:
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4) OR
BIO181XTGeneral Biology (Majors) I (4)4
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry (4)4-5

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