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Exercise Science

Find your fit with an Associate of Science degree in Exercise Science, Health Promotion or Sports Medicine, from Arapahoe Community College.

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If you are passionate about the role of physical activity in enhancing health and preventing disease, this is the program for you! An Associate of Science degree in Exercise Science will kick start your path to a career helping others optimize their health and wellness. Employers are looking for people who know the science of human movement and can apply this knowledge to enhance overall well-being. You will be in demand. Choose between Exercise Science - Health Promotion AS if you are interested in the field of health promotion or wellness or Exercise Science - Sports Medicine AS if you are interested in a career in physical therapy, exercise physiology, medicine, or other clinical health professions. Begin your journey today.

ACC Admissions
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Christine Lo Bue-Estes
Biology / Health and Wellness Faculty
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christine.lobue-estes [at] arapahoe.edu

Transfer Options

The Exercise Science - Health Promotion AS degree provides a strong science foundation and introduces principles of human health, nutrition, and movement and will prepare you for careers in a variety of allied health and wellness fields. This AS degree will transfer to the BS in Health and Exercise Science at CSU - Fort Collins or CSU - Pueblo.

The Exercise Science - Sports Medicine AS degree provides a strong science foundation and introduces principles of human health, nutrition, and movement and will prepare you for pre-professional training in medical fields, physical therapy, or other clinical health fields. This degree will allow you to transfer to the BS in Health and Exercise Science at CSU - Fort Collins.

CIP 240199 (ASHE)

This program is designed to transfer exclusively to Colorado State University's BS in Health and Exercise Science – Health Promotion Concentrations.

Health and Exercise Science students are introduced to concepts related to human movement and the promotion of positive health behaviors. Topics include human physiology and anatomy, nutrition, and factors contributing to chronic disease states.

Career paths for Health and Exercise Science – Health Promotion graduates include corporate health and wellness, sports psychology, health promotion or insurance programs,
fitness centers or health clubs, military training, and sports management and marketing. These careers typically require a bachelor's degree or higher.

A full time student can complete this Associate of Science (AS) degree in two years. This degree prepares students to transfer to a four-year university to complete the second half of a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health and Exercise Science.

To be successful, students should have a foundation in science and math and an interest in working with people to support healthy lifestyles.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (41 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
Oral Communication (3 credit hours)
Mathematics (4 credit hours)
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • GT Pathways Arts & Humanities courses (GTAH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4) 6 Credits
History (3 credit hours)
  • GT Pathways History course (GT-HI1)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)
Total: 60 credit hours

All courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to be considered for transfer to another Colorado institution. Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Graduation Requirements

CIP 240199 (ASHE)

This program is designed to transfer exclusively to Colorado State University's BS in Health and Exercise Science – Sports Medicine Concentrations.

Health and Exercise Science students are introduced to concepts related to human movement and the promotion of positive health behaviors. Topics include human physiology and anatomy, nutrition, and factors contributing to chronic disease states.

Career paths for Health and Exercise Science – Sports Medicine graduates include physical therapy, cardiovascular rehabilitation, exercise physiology, medicine, and a variety of allied health professions. These careers typically require a bachelor's degree or higher.

A full time student can complete this Associate of Science (AS) degree in two years. This degree prepares students to transfer to a four-year university to complete the second half of a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health and Exercise Science.

To be successful, students should have a foundation in science and math and an interest in working with people to support healthy lifestyles.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (41 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
Oral Communication (3 credit hours)
Mathematics (4 credit hours)
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • GT Pathways Arts & Humanities courses (GTAH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4) 6 Credits
History (3 credit hours)
  • GT Pathways History course (GT-HI1)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)

Add one of the following:

Total: 60 credit hours

Graduation Requirements

ACC academic plans will help guide you through your chosen program. The academic plan will provide you with important information, like which semesters courses are offered if there are any prerequisites or co-requisites for courses, program outcomes, course sequence recommendations, notes for the program, graduation requirements, and other important information. These are updated annually, so we recommend downloading a copy of yours to keep on track to graduation.

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