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Exercise Science (AS)

Why Choose Exercise Science?

Exercise Science is a great way for people who like to help others, and are passionate about health and fitness. These professionals learn to create individualized and group exercise programs for apparently healthy populations and special-need populations.

Degrees & Certificates in Exercise Science

  • Click on the REQUIREMENTS Tab above to find out the required courses to complete an Exercise Science Assoicate of Science degree.
  • Associate of Science Degree in Exercise Science is a rigorous, science-based, 60-credit degree that includes several Exercise Science-specific courses and prepares students for transition similar to Exercise Science B.S. or B.A. programs. 
  • Be sure and check out receiving a Bachelors in Science in Exercise Science here at Normandale through Southwest Minnesota State University.
  • Normandale has estabalished a transfer agreement with Concordia-St. Paul University's Exercise Science Program.
  • The Exercise Specialist Certificate includes courses that provide comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students to successfully participate in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Training Examination and enter the workforce as a personal trainer working with generally healthy populations.

Recognition

The Exercise Department teaches the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification curriculum within their professional, required courses.

Careers in Exercise Science

Projected Job Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth of 19% from 2012 to 2022 for Exercise Physiologists and Athletic Trainers, and 13% for fitness trainers and instructors, faster than the average for all occupations.

Types of Jobs

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Students who study in Exercise Science typically pursue careers as:

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
  • Physical Therapists

 

Average State Pay

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, athletic trainers and exercise physiologists earned an annual median salary of $42,690 nationally ($20.52 per hour). Fitness trainers and instructors earn a median salary of $31,720 per year ($15.25).

Description

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Exercise physiologists develop fitness and exercise programs that help patients recover from chronic diseases and improve cardiovascular function, body composition, and flexibility.

Skills Acquired

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Exercise Science programs include topics such as:

  • Human anatomy
  • Kinesiology
  • Therapeutic exercise and adapted physical education
  • Motor learning and performance
  • Patient assessment and management

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Students in Exercise Science may also pursue professions in:

  • Athletic Training
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Therapies
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy Assisting
  • Physiology
  • Podiatric Medicine

Associate of Science Degree in Exercise Science

This program will provide the associate level students the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science in Exercise Science. The focus of this program prepares students to transfer to a bachelor degree program in a related Exercise Science field at Southwest Minnesota State University. The Normandale program focuses on a comprehensive curriculum designed for individuals wanting to pursue professions in the fitness and wellness industry. The students will gain in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology and its application to human movement.

Required Courses - 60 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
CHEM 1050 Foundations of Organic and Biochemistry 3
BIOL 2042 Human Physiology 4
MATH 1100 College Algebra and Probability 4
PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology 4
SOC 1101 Cultural Diversity 3
PSYC 2210 Developmental Psychology: Life Span 4
HLTH 1103 College First Aid and Adult CPR 2
HLTH 1107 Principles of Nutrition 3
EXSC 1129 Fitness for Life I 2
EXSC 2300 Introduction to Exercise Science 3
EXSC 2305 Exercise Physiology 3
EXSC 2315 Exercise Prescription 3
EXSC 2325 Psycho-Social Aspects of Sport and Exercise 3
BIOL 2041 Human Anatomy 4
CSCI 1100 Fundamentals of Computers 4
EXSC 2310 Foundations of Personal Training 3
or EXSC 2320 Foundations of Group Exercise Instruction 3

EXSC **** - Choose one (1) credit activity-based EXSC course.

Recommended Academic Completion Plan

Year 1 (Fall Semester) - 15 credits

Code Title Credits
EXSC 2300 Introduction to Exercise Science 3
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
CHEM 1050 Foundations of Organic and Biochemistry 3
PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology 4

EXSC **** - Choose one(1) credit activity-based EXSC course.

Year 1 (Spring Semester) - 15 credits

Code Title Credits
EXSC 2305 Exercise Physiology 3
BIOL 2041 Human Anatomy 4
MATH 1100 College Algebra and Probability 4
HLTH 1103 College First Aid and Adult CPR 2
EXSC 1129 Fitness for Life I 2

Year 2 (Fall Semester) - 15 credits

Code Title Credits
EXSC 2310 Foundations of Personal Training 3
or EXSC 2320 Foundations of Group Exercise Instruction 3
PSYC 2210 Developmental Psychology: Life Span 4
BIOL 2042 Human Physiology 4
CSCI 1100 Fundamentals of Computers 4

Year 2 (Spring Semester) - 15 credits

Code Title Credits
EXSC 2315 Exercise Prescription 3
HLTH 1107 Principles of Nutrition 3
COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
EXSC 2325 Psycho-Social Aspects of Sport and Exercise 3
SOC 1101 Cultural Diversity 3