Exercise Science
Exercise Science
Associate in Science Degree (A.S.)
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Math, Science, and
Health Professions Division


The Exercise Science program provides the opportunity for students to acquire the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to enter the continually evolving field of exercise science and to transfer into related baccalaureate programs.

Exercise Science offers a variety of career opportunities, such as those involving coaching, education, exercise physiology, exercise research, health promotion and program management, personal training, rehabilitative exercise, and sport-specific athletic performance.

The program prepares students to take the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) exam. It also incorporates certification for First Aid Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the Professional, and Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Admission to the program requires a high school diploma or its equivalent.

  • Succeed academically upon transfer to a baccalaureate program related to exercise science;
  • Secure employment in the field of exercise science;
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and ethical integrity necessary to succeed and grow as a health, wellness, fitness, and/or athletic performance professional;
  • Apply scientific and physiological principles to the promotion and enhancement of health, wellness, fitness, and athletic performance;
  • Assess and evaluate an individual’s health and performance;
  • Prescribe workouts for generally healthy individuals as well as for athletic populations and those with special considerations;
  • Conduct safe and effective training sessions with generally healthy individuals.
2023-2024 Academic Year
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CIP 310505

The course sequence below represents a recommended example of how this degree program can be completed in two years, presuming a Fall Term start and satisfaction of all Developmental Studies (foundation courses) requirements and prerequisites. Actual approaches toward completion depend on each student's anticipated transfer institution, career objectives, or other individual circumstances.

Students are encouraged to meet regularly with an academic advisor or Success Coach to consider options, establish plans, and monitor progress.

Code Course (lecture/lab hours) Credits
To Do This Semester
BIO 103 Anatomy and Physiology I (3/3) 4

✔ Meet with your faculty advisor to complete an academic plan. Make sure you are aware of any course prerequisites you may need to take, and how long it will take to complete your degree.

✔ Use your online tools: Check your MercerMail daily, utilize features of Office 365, and get to know Student Planning.

✔ Take advantage of Learning Centers or Online Tutoring to support your studies and assignments.

CSH 100 College Success for Health Professions (1/1)
  • Some exemptions apply. Consult academic advisor for details.
ENG 101 English Composition I (3/0) 3
HPE 151 Introduction to Exercise Science (1/0) 1
MAT 125 Elementary Statistics I (3/0) 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (3/0)

BIO 104 Anatomy and Physiology II (3/3) 4

✔ Transitioning to college can be challenging. Meet with your Success Coach for guidance and support.

✔ Apply for financial aid by May 1.

✔ Contact professors with questions and use their office hours to develop a connection.

✔ Apply for Continuing Student scholarships at www.mccc.edu/m-scholarships.

✔ Begin attending college transfer events and visit campuses. Be sure to visit the Transfer Services and Career Services offices to get to know how the transfer process works and to explore career options.

✔ Plan for how you will complete transfer applications while finishing your classes.

ENG 102 English Composition II (3/0) 3
HPE 111 Living with Health (3/0)  
HPE 105 First Aid, CPR, and AED (2/2) 3
HPE 113 Medical Terminology (3/0)  
HPE 134 Prevention, Assessment and Care of Athletic Injuries (3/0) 3
HPE 171 Personal Fitness (1/0)

CMN 111 Speech: Human Communication (3/0)  

✔ Keep in contact with each professor and your faculty advisor. Make sure you are on track to graduate.

✔ Complete your applications to desired transfer institutions.

✔ Develop team and leadership skills by getting involved in activities and clubs.

✔ Manage your stress! Take advantage of the MCCC pool, Fitness Center, free yoga and Zumba. Reach out for counseling or other support if you need it. Your Success Coach can connect you with resources.

  OR 3
CMN 112 Public Speaking (3/0)  
HPE 164 Principles of Coaching (3/0) 3
HPE 242 Exercise Measurement and Prescription (2/3) 3
PTA 105 Kinesiology (3/0) 3
  —    — General Education elective
  • Select from ART 101; DAN 101; ECO 103; HIS 101, 102, 105, 106, 109, 112, 113; MUS 103; PHI 102, 113, 123, 204, 205; PHO 110; POL 101, 102, 201; PSY 206, 207; SOC 101, 107, 201; THR 101; any World Language course.
HPE 101 Basic Concepts of Nutrition (3/0) 3

✔ Apply for financial aid by May 1.

✔ Talk to your faculty advisor and the Transfer office for advice on how to successfully transition to a new school.

✔ Apply for Graduating Student scholarships at www.mccc.edu/m-scholarships.

HPE 241 Applied Exercise Physiology (2/2) 3
HPE 243 Exercise Science Field Experience (225 hours) 3
  —    — Humanities general education elective
  • Select from ART 101; DAN 101; MUS 103; PHI 102, 113, 123, 204, 205; PHO 110; THR 101; any World Language course.
  —    — General Education elective
  • Select from ART 101; DAN 101; ECO 103; HIS 101, 102, 105, 106, 109, 112, 113; MUS 103; PHI 102, 113, 123, 204, 205; PHO 110; POL 101, 102, 201; PSY 206, 207; SOC 101, 107, 201; THR 101; any World Language course.

NOTE: Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all required BIO, PTA, and HPE courses to graduate.