May 26, 2024  
2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science, A.S.

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HEGIS: 5299.30
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Prof. Christine Fey


The Exercise Science AS degree is designed to provide students with the foundational courses for transfer to baccalaureate programs in pursuit of active, wellness-oriented careers. Courses provide the required knowledge and applicable skills for fitness assessment, exercise program design, strength and flexibility training, weight management, health and nutrition, anatomy and physiology, professional responsibilities and ethics, and educational, licensing, and certification requirements.     

The curriculum presented here applies to students who started the major in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024. If you enrolled as a matriculant prior to that, please see the College Catalog for the year you started the major as a matriculant for the curriculum requirements that apply to you.

Consultation with the Program Advisor is required.

Degree Map:

Degree Map for Exercise Science, A.S.  

Your Degree Map contains the suggested term-by-term course sequence for your academic path towards graduation. 

To ensure successful and timely completion of your degree, it is recommended that you meet with your academic advisor to discuss your unique map. 

Please note some courses may only be offered once an academic year.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Exercise Science/Personal Training degree program requirements, graduates will:

  1. demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills
  2. articulate knowledge of the structure and function of the human body at rest and during exercise
  3. demonstrate core principles in Exercise Science including fitness assessment and program design, strength and flexibility, and concepts of life-long wellness
  4. perform fitness assessment protocols for measuring body composition, muscular strength and endurance, range of motion, and cardiorespiratory fitness
  5. design safe and effective person exercise plan that meets individualized goals
  6. demonstrate appreciation for various forms of physical activity through exposure to a wide variety of physical fitness activities
  7. explain basic concepts of nutrition and energy balance to improve or maintain healthy body composition across the lifespan
  8. identify scholarly research articles and professional sources of information pertinent to the field of Exercise Science
  9. describe professional responsibilities of various career paths available in Exercise Science
  10. explain the role and mission that professional organizations play in advancing and promoting Exercise Science
  11. describe educational, licensing, and certification requirements for various career paths in Exercise Science
  12. identify appropriate baccalaureate programs that suit their particular area of interest within Exercise Science or related field

College Requirements:

English and Math proficient as determined by the CUNY Proficiency Index, unless otherwise exempt, or successful completion of any required developmental course(s).

Civic Engagement Experiences:

One (1) Civic Engagement experience satisfied by Civic Engagement Certified or Civic Engagement Component course or approved outside activity.

Writing Intensive Requirement:

One (1) Writing Intensive Course  in any discipline is required. 

Required Core (4 Courses, 13 Credits):

When Required Core Courses are specified for a category, they are required for the major

Flexible Core (6 Courses, 19 Credits):

When Flexible Core Courses are specified for a category, they are required for the major

One course from each Group A to D (Group E is satisfied by the course shown.)

No more than two courses can be selected from the same discipline

A. World Cultures and Global Issues Designated Course

B. U.S. Experience in its Diversity Designated Course

C. Creative Expression Designated Course

D. Individual and Society Designated Course

E. Scientific World Designated Course*


0 credits sufficient to meet required total of 60 credits. 


* This program has a waiver to require particular courses in the Common Core, otherwise more than the minimum credits for the degree may be necessary.

Total Credits: 60

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