Exercise Science and Personal Training (AAS)

Program Information

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Exercise Science and Personal Training program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and experience required to be eligible for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) personal trainer certification, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) personal trainer certification, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) personal trainer certification and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer certification. The curriculum is designed to strengthen students` educational background in fitness and nutrition potentially increasing their marketability in these fields. This degree may also meet the needs of individuals with existing degrees in such fields as Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Athletic Training and other health related disciplines. Registered dietitians, clinical exercise physiologists, personal trainers, exercise specialists, strength and conditioning specialists, coaches, athletes and others interested in acquiring knowledge in exercise, nutrition and health may also find this program appropriate.

Program Notes

You must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required within this program.

The semesters in which general education courses (SB, HU, COM, and Science) are suggested are flexible and may be switched in sequence. You should consider taking one or more of these courses during the summer session in order to distribute your class load more evenly between the semesters.

A total of six (6) credits of Restricted Electives are required for this program. Some restricted electives may have prerequisites and/or corequisites that are not included in the total program credits. If you are interested in taking restricted electives that had additional requisites, you will need to adjust your academic plan to incorporate these courses, or obtain permission from your instructor to waive these requirements based on prior experience and/or training.

If you are planning to transfer to a university for your bachelor’s degree, this program may not be the best choice for you, as some of these courses may not transfer. You should meet with an Academic Advisor or the Program Director to discuss your academic and/or professional goals, and decide the best curriculum path for you.

Name: SID:
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Recommended Course Sequence

Semester I 15-17 Credits Grade Sem/Year
EXS 101 Introduction to Exercise Science, Kinesiology, and Physical Education 3    
HES 100 Healthful Living OR 3    
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3    
ENG 101 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG 107 First-Year Composition for ESL 3    
MA ANY Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.

(MAT120, MAT121, or MAT122 are recommended.)

RE ANY Restricted Electives

Select three (3) credits from the Restricted Electives list below.

Semester II 13-16 Credits Grade Sem/Year
EXS 125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3    
EXS 130 Strength Fitness-Physiological Principles and Training Techniques 3    
COM 225 Public Speaking 3    
CRE 101 College Critical Reading OR

Test Reading Exempt on the district placement test. (0-3 credits)

BIO 160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology OR 4    
BIO 156 Introductory Biology for Allied Health OR 4    
BIO 181 General Biology (Majors) I

(BIO156 or BIO181 are recommended for university transfer; otherwise BIO160 is recommended.)

Semester III 15 Credits Grade Sem/Year
EXS 112 Professional Applications of Fitness Principles 3    
EXS 132 Cardiovascular Fitness: Physiological Principles and Training Techniques 3    
HU ANY Any approved General Education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area. 3    
FON 100 Introductory Nutrition OR 3    
FON 105 Nutrition Principles for Fitness Professionals OR 3    
FON 241 Principles of Human Nutrition

(FON241 is recommended for university transfer.)

RE ANY Restricted Electives

Select three (3) credits from the Restricted Electives list below.

Semester IV 15-15.5 Credits Grade Sem/Year
EMT 101 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Basic Cardiac Life Support OR .5    
HES 106 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED)


Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer certification. (0-0.5 credits)

EXS 145 Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription 3    
EXS 214 Instructional Competency: Flexibility and Mind- Body Exercises 2    
EXS 216 Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning 2    
EXS 218 Instructional Competency: Cardiorespiratory Exercises and Activities 2    
FON 210 Sports Nutrition and Supplements for Physical Activity 3    
ENG 102 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG 108 First-Year Composition for ESL 3    
Semester V 15-15.5 Credits Grade Sem/Year

You should apply for graduation this semester. See an Academic Advisor for help, if needed.

FON 247 Weight Management Theory 3    
EXS 239 Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship 3    
Restricted Electives 6 Credits Grade Sem/Year

The following restricted electives are offered at GCC. Choose any combination from the list of options below to complete a total of six (6) credits. Courses used to meet other required areas may not be used to satisfy this program requirement unless otherwise stated. For assistance with course selection, contact an Academic Advisor or the Program Director.

EXS ANY Any Exercise Science (EXS) course *    
FON ANY Any Food and Nutrition (FON) course *    
HES ANY Any Health Science (HES) course *    
SPM ANY Any Sports Management (SPM) course *    
WED ANY Any Wellness Education (WED) course *    

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