Arapahoe Community College

2015-2016 Catalog

Human Performance/Exercise Health Science AAS

Associate of Applied Science Degree

CIP 310501 (HPF)

Human Performance/Exercise Health Sciences is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the scientific and psychological foundations of movement, exercise and sport. Students in the HUP/ EHS program receive skilled instruction in cardiovascular and strength training, health appraisals and fitness assessments, exercise prescription, behavior modification, sport nutrition, equipment use and function, exercise psychology and safety as well as wellness concepts which include smoking cessation, stress management, physical activity and weight control. Students will receive practical hands on experiences in our on-site fitness center, so you’ll feel comfortable and prepared to go out and actually do your work when you graduate or go on to pursue an advanced degree or national certification offered by the American College of Sports Medicine. The achievement of optimal health remains a worldwide priority in the twenty-first century. The growing fields of movement and exercise sciences promise increasing opportunities for movement practitioners in the field of Kinesiology. The primary role of a movement practitioner is to act as an educator and assist others with behavior modification that positively impacts both the individual and the society we live in. If you want to facilitate individuals in reaching their fullest potential, Human Performance/Exercise Health Sciences is the field for you. These classes transfer to several four-year schools in Colorado.

Course sequence does apply, It is recommended that students seek advising from program coordinator, Sophie Mabry ( to ensure success in the classroom and transferability of classes to four year schools. Students need to attend a new student HUP/EHS program meeting prior to the first day of class. Email the program coordinator for dates.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • Prerequisite: ENG 090 and REA 090 or CCR 092/093/094 with a grade of "C" or better, or ACCUPLACER sentence skills score of 95+ and MAT 050/055/090 ot higher with a grade of "C" or better or ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra score of 45+
  • Program approval is required in order to transfer in exercise health science classes credit from other institutions
  • Attending a new student meeting specific to the HUP/EHS program is required of all new and perspective students in the HUP/EHS program. Email the program coordinator for dates and times
  • Successful results of a criminal background check is required by the first day of specified classes
  • Specific course sequences and prerequisites apply.
  • The Human Performance/ Exercise Health Sciences program expects all students in the HUP/EHS program to have access to a computer with Microsoft word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.
  • Required materials include: jump drive, calculator capable of 10 decimal points, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, stop watch and professional exercise attire, as stated in the new student program meeting.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses

(18 credit hours)

BIO 111

General College Biology with Lab (GT-SC1)


BIO 201

Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab (GT-SC1)


COM 115

Public Speaking


ENG 121

English Composition I (GT-CO1)


PSY 101

General Psychology I (GT-SS3)


Major courses:

(40 credit hours)

HWE 100

Human Nutrition


HWE 111

Health and Fitness


HWE 122

Responding to Emergencies


HWE 125

Introduction to Human Performance


HWE 136

Skills & Methods of Teaching Weight Training


HWE 230

Exercise and Sports Psychology


HWE 237

Exercise, Nutrition and Body Composition


HWE 245

Physiology of Exercise


HWE 248

Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription


HWE 255

Certified Personal Trainer Preparation


HWE 288

Internal Practicum


PED 200

Swimming I or any other aquatic course


PED 102

Weight Training I OR

any other activity based course


HPE 231

Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries


HWE 289



Elective Courses

(2 credit hours)

Students must choose 2 credit hours from the following:

BIO 202

Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (GT-SC1)


HPR 117

Anatomical Kinesiology


HPR 176

Anatomical Kinesiology Lab


MAT 121

College Algebra (GT-MA1)


HPE 141

Lifeguard Training


PED (100-275)

Activity based course



60 credit hours

Graduation Requirements

  • All major, general education and other courses required for the degree must be completed with a grade of "C" (70%) or better.
  • To graduate, students must apply for graduation and complete the graduation survey (available via myACC). (form available at
  • After applying for graduation, all correspondence to a student about the status of their program conferral will be sent to their student email address only.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.
  • "Information regarding occupations, completion rates, placement rates, program costs and median loan debt may be found at"

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