This program of study meets all the General Education Requirements at Chesapeake College.
Award: Associate of Arts Degree
Program Mission: The Chesapeake College Health, Fitness and Exercise Science Degree — Exercise Science Area of Concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills to prepare for transfer to four-year colleges and universities to complete a baccalaureate degree in exercise science.
Program Description: The Exercise Science Area of Concentration is designed to prepare students for transfer and eventual employment in the field of exercise science. Students majoring in exercise science examine the relationship between exercise and human performance and the role of physical activity in the promotion of healthy lifestyles. The program of study is designed to prepare students for baccalaureate study, where they will train for careers that include exercise/fitness specialist, group fitness instructor, or personal trainer (employment settings include corporate fitness programs, community exercise/wellness settings, health clubs, and fitness-related organizations), and strength and conditioning coach (employment settings include high school, college, and professional sports teams). Students should consult with the college’s Transfer Advisor in planning an appropriate program.
Program Goals: The Exercise Science Area of Concentration will:
- Facilitate proficiency in content knowledge and skills for the college’s general education competencies.
- Introduce the fields of exercise science and individualized fitness in the corporate/community exercise and wellness-related settings or in educational/professional sports organizations.
- Prepare students for further study in the exercise science field.
Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Perform client assessments on activity level of members of the general public
- Formulate exercise plans for members of the general public
- Perform and interpret diagnostic procedures
- Communicate effectively with clients and other professionals
- Conduct oneself in an ethical and professional manner.
- Use critical thinking skills to assess and treat clients in emergency sports or fitness settings
Contact Person: Dr. Carol Wilson-Robbins