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Health and Exercise Science

Find your fit with an Associate of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science from Arapahoe Community College.

ACC Physical Therapy Assistant student assists student on exercise ball with physical therapy exercises.

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 Health and 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. Begin your journey today.

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Jessica Blatecky
Health, Wellness & Exercise Program Chair / Biology Faculty
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Transfer Options

An AS in Health and Exercise Science from ACC enables you to seamlessly transfer to Colorado State University’s state-of-the-art facilities to complete your Bachelor's of Science (BS) in Health and Exercise Science. 

CIP 240199 (ASHE)

This program is designed to transfer exclusively to Colorado State University's BS in Health and Exercise Science – Sports Medicine or 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 – 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)
  • GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Science courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, or GT-SS3) 3 Credits
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

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 pre-requisites 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.

Job Opportunities in Health and Exercise Science