Academic Catalog

Health Sciences Cuyamaca

Exercise Science Associate in Science

This degree program is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers including education, physical therapy, coaching, personal training and other allied health professions by providing classes oriented toward fitness, wellness and health promotion throughout the lifespan. The major also provides preparation for transfer to a four-year college in physical education, exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition or athletic training, as well as teacher credentialing programs.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • List and define the five basic components of physical fitness.
  • Describe the concepts of frequency, intensity and time, and how they relate to personal fitness goals.
  • Outline a basic strategy for achieving fitness through the lifespan.
  • List options within the community for continued lifelong physical activity.
  • List benefits of daily physical activity.
  • Demonstrate competence in acquiring sound nutritional information.
  • Demonstrate improvement in sport skills.
  • Outline appropriate goals and activities for increasing the fitness of children.
  • Describe appropriate preventive measures as well as treatments for various sport injuries.
  • List and describe opportunities for employment in the field.
  • Describe their field of interest and a course of instruction that will meet their professional needs.

Career Opportunities

Aerobics Instructor
Athletics Coach
Athletics Trainer1
Cardiovascular Rehabilitation1
College Professor1
Elementary School Teacher1
Exercise Physiologist1
Health Club Manager1
Personal Trainer
Physical Therapist/ Assistant1
Registered Dietician1
Secondary School Teacher1


Bachelor Degree or higher required.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

BIO-130General Biology I3
BIO-131General Biology I Laboratory1
BIO-140Human Anatomy4
COMM-122Public Speaking3
ES-250Introduction to Kinesiology3
ES-255Care and Prevention of Athletic and Recreational Injuries3
PSY-120Introductory Psychology3
SOC-120Introductory Sociology3
Select one of the following:4-5
Introduction to General, Organic and Biological Chemistry
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Preparation for General Chemistry
General Chemistry I
Select one of the following:1.5
Beginning Body Building
Intermediate Body Building
Advanced Body Building
Beginning Physical Fitness
Intermediate Physical Fitness
Advanced Physical Fitness
Select one of the following:3
Nutrition for Fitness and Sports
Science of Nutrition 1
Select one of the following:3-4
Statistics for Life Sciences
Elementary Statistics
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
Select two of the following (fulfills the activity requirement for the associate degree):2-3
Adapted Physical Exercise
Beginning Aerobic Dance Exercise
Intermediate Aerobic Dance Exercise
Advanced Aerobic Dance Exercise
Beginning Physical Fitness
Intermediate Physical Fitness
Advanced Physical Fitness
Beginning Yoga
Intermediate Yoga
Advanced Yoga
Beginning Badminton
Intermediate Badminton
Advanced Badminton
Beginning Tennis
Intermediate Tennis
Advanced Tennis
Beginning Golf
Intermediate Golf
Advanced Golf
Beginning Basketball
Intermediate Basketball
Advanced Basketball
Beginning Soccer
Intermediate Soccer
Advanced Soccer
Beginning Softball
Intermediate Softball
Advanced Softball
Beginning Volleyball
Intermediate Volleyball
Advanced Volleyball
Total Units36.5-39.5

Students planning to transfer to SDSU must take NUTR-255 Science of Nutrition.

Plus General Education Requirements