Nov 20, 2019  
SFCC Catalog 2019-2020 
  
SFCC Catalog 2019-2020

Exercise Science, A.A.S.


CIP: 51.0913
School of Fitness Education, 505-428-1651

This program provides students with the foundational knowledge and skills required of fitness professionals. Successful completion of course work prepares students to take national-level certification exams offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and American Council on Exercise (ACE). If students wish to transfer, they must work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisers to ensure smooth transitions to four-year schools. Students need to show current proof of American Heart Association or American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED certification

NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions. For more information on transfer, refer to the Transfer of Credit  section of this catalog, or speak with an academic advisor.

Students can earn the following certificate included in this degree:

Students can earn the following certificate related to this degree:

Program Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply the basic principles of exercise science, behavior modification, nutrition, and weight management to help clients achieve a healthy lifestyle.
  • Describe and apply basic elements of anatomy, applied kinesiology, biomechanics, and exercise physiology.
  • Administer and interpret health screenings and fitness assessments to design safe exercise programs for a diverse range of individuals.
  • Explain and employ the scope of practice and professional responsibilities of a certified fitness professional.

General Education Requirements: (20 Credits Min.)


Mathematics (3 Credits Min.)


Social/Behavioral Sciences or Creative and Fine Arts (3 Credits)


Humanities (3 Credits)


Health and Wellness (1 Credit)


Related Requirements: (13 Credits)


Choose from the following:

Any NUTR, EXSC, or HLED course. Student should see a School of Fitness Education advisor for further information.

Total 61 Credits Min.