Health and Fitness Science

The Health and Fitness Science program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the fitness and exercise industry.

Students will be trained in exercise science and be able to administer basic fitness tests and health risk appraisals, teach specific exercise and fitness classes and provide instruction in the proper use of exercise equipment and facilities.

Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in commercial fitness clubs, YMCA’s/YWCA’s, wellness programs in business and industry, parks and recreation departments and other organizations implementing exercise and fitness programs. The appropriate coursework for each is listed below.

Award Available – See Course Requirements below.

  • Associate in Applied Science Health and Fitness Science Degree (A45630)
  • Health and Fitness Science Diploma (D45630)
  • Health and Fitness Science Certificate (C45630)
Course Requirements for A.A.S. Health and Fitness Science

Curriculum Code: A45630

For course descriptions, please refer to the current catalog.

Fall Semester (1st Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
ACA 111 College Student Success 1 0 1
BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 3 4
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 3
HFS 110 Exercise Science 4 0 4
HFS 111 Fitness & Exercise Testing I 3 2 4
13 7 16

Spring Semester (1st Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 4
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 3
PED 117 Weight Training I 0 3 1
PED 120 Walking for Fitness or 0 3 1
PED 121 Walk, Jog, Run or (0) (3) (1)
PED 210 Team Sports (0) (3) (1)
HFS 116 Pvnt & Care Exer Injuries 2 2 3
8 11 12

Summer Semester (1st Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
COM 120 Intro to Interpersonal Com or 3 0 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disc (3) (0) (3)
PED 119 Circuit Training 0 3 1
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
9 3 10

Fall Semester (2nd Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
HEA 112 First Aid & CPR 1 2 2
MAT 110 Math Measurement & Literacy or 2 2 3
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra (3) (2) (4)
PED 118 Weight Training II 0 3 1
PED 122 Yoga I or 0 2 1
PED 111 Physical Fitness or (0) (3) (1)
HFS 210 Personal Training (2) (2) (3)
HFS 218 Lifestyle Changes/Wellness 3 2 4
6 – 9 11-12 11-14

Spring Semester (2nd Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
BIO 155 Nutrition 3 0 3
HFS 118 Fitness Facility Management 4 0 4
HFS 120 Group Exercise Instruction 2 2 3
HFS 212 Excercise Programming 2 2 3
WBL 111 Work-Based learning I or 0 10 1
PSY 271 Sports Psychology (3) (0) (3)
11 – 14 4 – 14 14 – 16
Total Semester Hours: 63 – 68

Approved Humanities/Fine Arts Electives

Course ID Course Title Course ID Course Title
*ART 111 Art Appreciation HUM 130 Myth in Human Culture
*ART 114 Art History Survey I HUM 160 Introduction to Film
*ART 115 Art History Survey II HUM 211 Humanities I
DRA 111 Theatre Appreciation HUM 212 Humanities II
DRA 112 Literature of the Theatre *MUS 110 Music Appreciation
DRA 211 Theatre History I *MUS 112 Introduction to Jazz
DRA 212 Theatre History II MUS 210 History of Rock Music
*ENG 231 American Literature I *PHI 215 Philosophical Issues
*ENG 232 American Literature II *PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics
*ENG 241 British Literature I REL 112 Western Religions
*ENG 242 British Literature II REL 211 Intro to Old Testament
ENG 261 World Literature I REL 212 Intro to New Testament
ENG 262 World Literature II REL 221 Religion in America
*Approved as Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course. 

Course Requirements for Health and Fitness Science Diploma

Curriculum Code: D45630

For course descriptions, please refer to the current catalog.

Fall Semester (1st Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 3 4
HEA 112 First Aid & CPR 1 2 2
HFS 110 Exercise Science 4 0 4
HFS 111 Fitness & Exercise Testing I 3 2 4
HFS 218 Lifestyle Changes/Wellness 3 2 4
14 9 18

Spring Semester (1st Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 4
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 3
HFS 118 Fitness Facility Management 4 0 4
HFS 210 Personal Training 2 2 3
HFS 212 Exercise Programming 2 2 3
14 7 17

Summer Semester (1st Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
CIS 110 Intro to Computers 2 2 3
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 3
5 2 6
Total Semester Hours: 41

Course Requirements for Health and Fitness Science Certificate

Health and Fitness Science Certificate (C45630)

For course descriptions, please refer to the current catalog.

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
HEA 112 First Aid & CPR 1 2 2
PED 117 Weight Training I 0 3 1
HFS 110 Exercise Science 4 0 4
HFS 111 Fitness & Exercise Testing I 3 2 4
HFS 210 Personal Training or 2 2 3
HFS 120 Group Exercise Instruction or (2) (2) (3)
HFS 218 Lifestyle Changes/Wellness (3) (2) (4)
10 – 11 9 14 – 15
Total Semester Hours: 14 – 15