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.
The Exercise Specialist Certificateincludes 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.
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
Students who study in Exercise Science typically pursue careers as:
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
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).
Exercise physiologists develop fitness and exercise programs that help patients recover from chronic diseases and improve cardiovascular function, body composition, and flexibility.
Exercise Science programs include topics such as:
Therapeutic exercise and adapted physical education
Motor learning and performance
Patient assessment and management
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The Exercise Science Transfer Pathway (AS) offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Exercise Science bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities. *The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field.
*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.