Associate in Applied Science in Exercise Science: Health, Fitness and Sports Performance

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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.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Degree
Academic Plan
Exercise Science: Health, Fitness and Sports Performance (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3059
Total Credits Required
63-72.5
Catalog Year
2019-2020

Career Opportunities

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors $40,870
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Course Sequence by Term

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

  • 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 placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16-21
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science Critical course Gateway course 3
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology Course carries SB Value 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions Critical course Course carries MA Value 3–5
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course Course carries FYC Value 3
HES100 Healthful Living Critical course Course carries SB Value 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3
PED+++ Any PED Course Requirement not met with Sports Skills or Lifetime Fitness/Fitness Center PED courses 1
Congrats! You have completed 25% of your degree!

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
11-18
EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking 0–3
(Elective) (Elective Course) Recommend CHM130 and CHM130LL or CHM151 or CHM151LL to satisfy the Natural Sciences Area for AAS and SQ AGEC-A 4
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I 0–4
PED+++ Any PED Course Requirement not met with Sports Skills or Lifetime Fitness/Fitness Center PED courses 1
Congrats! You have completed 50% of your degree!

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
18
EXS290 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice Course carries L Value 3
EXS210 Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning 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
FON241 or
FON100
Principles of Human Nutrition or Introductory Nutrition Course carries SG Value 3
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Course carries SG Value 4
Congrats! You are ready for your graduation check! Meet with an ASU or NAU Transfer specialist if intending to transfer.

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
18-18.5
EXS214 Instructional Competency: Flexibility and Mind-Body Exercises 2
EXS216 Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning 2
EXS218 Instructional Competency: Cardiorespiratory Exercises and Activities 2
EXS239 or
(EXS239AA and
EXS239AB)
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) 3
HES210 Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness Course carries C, G Values 3
HES106 or
EMT101
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) or Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers Students must gain AHA or Red Cross CPR/AED certification through completion of HES 106 OR EMT 101 OR other approved certifying body 0–0.5
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100, COM110 and COM230 carry SB Value.
COM225 carries L Value
3
HU Humanities, Arts and Design (HU) Course 3
Obtain CPR/AED Certification. Congrats - you have finished your degree and are ready to register for your ACSM, NSCA, NASM or ACE Certification Exam!

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
10-11
HU Humanities, Arts and Design (HU) Course Optional for AGEC A 3
MAT206 or
(PSY230 and
PSY231)
Elements of Statistics or (Introduction to Statistics and Laboratory for Statistics) Course carries CS Value.
Optional for AGEC A
3–4
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Course carries SG Value.
Optional for AGEC A
4
Congrats! You have completed your AGEC - A and are now ready for transfer!

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-10
HES100 Healthful Living Critical course Satisfies SB for AAS and AGEC A 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3
PED+++ Any PED Course Requirement not met with Sports Skills or Lifetime Fitness/Fitness Center PED courses 1

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-11
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science Critical course Gateway course 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions Critical course Course carries MA Value 3–5
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
PED+++ Any PED Course Requirement not met with Sports Skills or Lifetime Fitness/Fitness Center PED courses 1

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
(Elective) (Elective Course) Recommend CHM130 and CHM130LL or CHM151 or CHM151LL to satisfy the Natural Sciences Area for AAS and SQ AGEC-A 4
EXS210 or
EXS211 or
EXS212 or
EXS213
Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning or Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance or Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness or Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation 2

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
8-10
EXS210 or
EXS211 or
EXS212 or
EXS213
Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning or Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance or Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness or Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation 2–4
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology Satisfies second SB for AGEC-A 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100, COM110 and COM230 carry SB Value.
COM225 carries L Value
3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
5-9
HES210 Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness Satisfies C & G Values for AGEC A 3
EXS210 or
EXS211 or
EXS212 or
EXS213
Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning or Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance or Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness or Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation 2
BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I Course carries SQ Value 0–4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
10-12
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Course carries SG Value 4
EXS210 or
EXS211 or
EXS212 or
EXS213
Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning or Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance or Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness or Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation 2–4
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Course Satisfies SG for AGEC A 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
EXS214 Instructional Competency: Flexibility and Mind-Body Exercises 2
EXS216 Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning 2
EXS218 Instructional Competency: Cardiorespiratory Exercises and Activities 2

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-6.5
EXS290 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice Course carries L Value 3
HES106 or
EMT101
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) or Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers Students must gain AHA or Red Cross CPR/AED certification through completion of HES 106 OR EMT 101 OR other approved certifying body 0–0.5
HU Humanities, Arts and Design (HU) Course 3
Congrats! You are ready for your graduation check! Obtain CPR/AED Certification. Meet with an ASU or NAU Transfer specialist if intending to transfer.

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
EXS239 or
(EXS239AA and
EXS239AB)
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) 3
FON241 or
FON100
Principles of Human Nutrition or Introductory Nutrition Course carries SG Value 3
Obtain CPR/AED Certification. Congrats - you have finished your degree and are ready to register for your ACSM, NSCA, NASM or ACE Certification Exam!

Term 11

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 11
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-7
HU Humanities, Arts and Design (HU) Course Optional for AGEC A 3
MAT206 or
(PSY230 and
PSY231)
Elements of Statistics or (Introduction to Statistics and Laboratory for Statistics) Course carries CS Value
Optional for AGEC A
3–4

Term 12

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 12
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
4
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Course carries SG Value.
Optional for AGEC A
4
Congrats! Congrats! You have completed your AGEC - A and are now ready for transfer!

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

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.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program 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=134402).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.