Exercise Science: Health, Fitness and Sports Performance

Exercise Science: Health, Fitness and Sports Performance - AAS

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

Major Code: 
3059
Award: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
63-72.5
Award notes

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

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
None

At Scottsdale...

The Exercise Science, Personal Training, & Nutrition program at Scottsdale Community College is designed to prepare students for jobs in the fields of exercise science, fitness, and nutrition. The AAS degree in Exercise Science also prepares students for National Certification testing, which once complete, allows them to enter the Personal Training workforce.  In addition, students have multiple options for University transfer if more education is desired.

SCC’s Exercise Science, Personal Training, & Nutrition program gives students hands on learning experience to prepare them to effectively apply the principles of exercise training to individuals.  Our instructors have a minimum of a Masters degrees in the Exercise Science field as well as Personal Training certifications from major organizations. Our program has the distinction of being a “Recognized Personal Training Education Program” by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, day, evening, full-time and part-time.  

How long will it take?

It takes a minimum of 1.5 years (~18 months) as a full-time student to complete the AAS degree in Exercise Science.  The AAS degree can also be pursued as a part-time student.

Cost

The estimated cost of tuition for the AAS in Exercise Science: Health, Fitness, & Sports Performance is $5,355 to $6,162.50 for Maricopa County residents.  Course fees may also add to the total tuition cost. 

Financial aid is available for students who qualify.  Please contact the SCC financial aid office to determine the process to apply. 

Visit Financial Aid for more information.

Textbooks

The cost of Personal Training textbooks and supplies is approximately $1,932 and should be added to the tuition cost above. 

Importantly, General Education courses required for the AAS degree in Exercise Science have textbooks that add to the total cost.  However, these costs have not been estimated at this time.  

Program Curriculum

Semester 1

  • EXS 101 – Introduction to Exercise Science (3 credits)
  • HES 100 – Healthful Living (3 credits)
  • PSY 101 – Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • ENG 101 – First-Year Composition (3 credits)
  • MAT 150/151/152 – College Algebra / Functions (3 credits)
  • PED xxx – Physical Activity Class (1 credit)
  • Total credits: 16 credits

Semester 2

  • EXS 125 – Introduction to Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
  • ENG 102 – First-Year Composition (3 credits)
  • BIO 156 – Introductory Biology for Allied Health OR BIO 181 – General Biology I (4 credits)   
  • FON 100 – Introduction to Nutrition OR FON 241 Principles of Nutrition (3 credits)
  • PED xxx – Physical Activity Class (1 credit)
  • Total Credits: 14 credits

Semester 3

  • BIO 201 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
  • EXS 210 – Assessment & Program Design: Muscle Fitness (2 credits)
  • EXS 211 – Assessment & Program Design: Flexibility & Balance (2 credits)
  • EXS 212 – Assessment & Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness (2 credits)
  • EXS 213 – Assessment & Program Design: Weight Management & Motivation (2 credits)
  • EXS 290 – Introduction to Evidence Based Practice (3 credits)
  • Total credits: 15 credits

Semester 4

  • Humanities Class of student’s choice (3 credits)
  • COM 110 – Interpersonal Communication (3 credits) OR COM 225 – Public Speaking (3 credits)
  • HES 106 – CPR / AED OR EMT 101 CPR / BSL (0.5 credits) *can show proof of CPR cert
  • HES 210 – Cultural Aspects of Health (3 credits)
  • EXS 214 – Instructional Competency: Flexibility & Mind-Body Exercises (2 credits)
  • EXS 216 – Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength & Conditioning (2 credits)
  • EXS 218 – Instructional Competency: Cardiorespiratory Exercises & Activities (2 credits)
  • EXS 239 – Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills & Techniques Internship (3 credits)
  • Total Credits: 18-18.5 credits
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:44-48.5
EXS101Introduction to Exercise Science3
EXS125Introduction to Exercise Physiology3
EXS210Assessment and Program Design: Muscular Fitness2
EXS211Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance2
EXS212Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness2
EXS213Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation2
EXS214Instructional Competency: Flexibility and Mind Body Exercises2
EXS216Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning2
EXS218Instructional Competency: Cardiorespiratory Exercises and Activities2
EXS290Introduction to Evidence Based Practice3
 
EXS239Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship (3) OR
EXS239AAPractical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship (1) AND
EXS239ABPractical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship (2)3
 
HES100Healthful Living3
HES210Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness3
 
HES106Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) (0.5) OR
EMT101Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers (0.50) OR
Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer certification (0) 0-0.5
 
FON100Introductory Nutrition (3) OR
FON241Principles of Human Nutrition (3)3
 
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
 
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4) OR
1 year of high school biology AND
RDG100Successful College Reading (3) or higher level Reading course OR
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Eligibility by reading test score (0)0-4
 
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
 
PED101STStrength Training1
 
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
Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:4
Students must choose four (4) additional credits of general elective courses.
 
(CHM130AND CHM130LL), OR (CHM151 and CHM151LL) OR BIO202 are recommended for students who intend to transfer.
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 15-20
 
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
 
First-Year CompositionCredits: 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
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 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 assessment0-3
 
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3)3-5
 
General Education DistributionCredits: 3
 
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
 
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 0
Met by HES100 in Required Courses.
 
Natural SciencesCredits: 0
Met by BIO201 in Required Courses.
Competencies
  • Explain health and human movement using a fundamental understanding of the relevant scientific concepts of physiology, biomechanics and psychology. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS290, BIO181, BIO201, CHM130, CHM130LL, [COM], FON100, FON241, PSY101).
  • Locate and critically evaluate relevant scholarly literature. (EXS101, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS290, HES100, [COM], CRE101, RDG100, [FYC]).
  • Conduct and interpret foundational assessments of health and human movement. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS290, HES100, HES106, EMT101, CRE101, RDG100, [MA])
  • Design, implement and evaluate evidence based physical activity programs that promote health, improve fitness, and enhance quality of life. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218,EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS290, HES100, HES106, EMT101, FON100, FON241, PED+++, [MA])
  • Apply theories of motivation and behavior change to develop and implement strategies for improving exercise adoption and adherence. (EXS101, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, HES100, PSY101)
  • Explain the role of culture in physical activity and health behaviors. (EXS101, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, HES210, [COM], [HU])
  • Integrate social and ethical responsibility in decision making and actions. (EXS101, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS290, HES106, EMT101, PED+++, [HU])
  • Adapt instructional techniques to ensure client safety and goal attainment. (EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, [COM], PED+++)
  • Collaborate with diverse individuals to achieve common goals. (EXS101, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS290, HES106, EMT101, BIO181, BIO201, CHM130, CHM130LL, [COM], [HU], [MA])
  • Communicate verbally, non-verbally and in writing in an articulate, respectful, empathetic and culturally competent manner for diverse audiences and contexts. (EXS101, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214,EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS290, HES106, EMT101, HES210, [COM], CRE101, [FYC], [HU])
  • Use relevant scholarly literature and quantitative and qualitative reasoning to inform decision making and solve problems. (EXS101, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS290, HES100, [COM], CRE101, [FYC])
  • Demonstrate dependability, adaptability and persistence to set and achieve goals. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, EXS290, HES100, HES106, EMT101, HES210, PED+++, BIO181, BIO201, CHM130, CHM130LL, [COM], CRE101, FON100, FON241, [FYC], [HU], [MA], PSY101)

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.