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Exercise and Sport Science, AS

The Exercise and Sport Science Program offers an Associate of Science degree designed to facilitate the development of each student into an ethical, competent, entry-level Exercise Specialist. The program emphasizes a general health, fitness, and nutrition knowledge base, in conjunction with professional behaviors and technical skills required for this career.

Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s mission and its objectives.  Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Construct health- and fitness-related assessments and decipher those results to develop appropriate exercise prescription for all ability levels
  • Investigate health and fitness components to indoctrinate individuals regarding exercise sessions
  • Correlate between exerciser physiological adaptations and psychological factors of fitness and exercise programs
  • Interpret biomechanical principles and their relationship to optimal movement for sport and exercise
  • Analyze and evaluate real-world experiences through the appropriate legal, professional, and ethical means of care to patients, clients, and athletes
  • Identify and execute specific safety protocols to use in diverse situations
  • Develop communication strategies and styles that are appropriate for different facilities and subjects

Prerequisites for Major Courses

At a minimum, students must successfully complete the following two general education courses before beginning major coursework. A “C” or greater must be awarded in both for continuance into the core curriculum.

  •     Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  •     Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Program Outline

To receive an Associate of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science, students must complete 61 credit hours as described below. The length of this program is approximately 18 months (this will vary if a student transfers in credits).

Lower Division Courses

Exercise and Sport Science Major Courses (26.0 credit hours)
Health & Performance Assessment* 4.0 credit hours
Nutrition in Health and Wellness* 4.0 credit hours
Principles of Health and Fitness* OR 4.0 credit hours
Integrate Fitness Programming* 4.0 credit hours
Structural Kinesiology* 4.0 credit hours
Exercise Physiology 4.0 credit hours
Exercise and Sport Science HHP Externship I 3.0 credit hours
Exercise and Sport Science HHP Externship II 3.0 credit hours
Exercise and Sport Science Elective Courses (9.0 credit hours)
Psychology of Exercise and Sport 3.0 credit hours
Health and Fitness Facility Administration 3.0 credit hours
Foundations of Personal Fitness Training 3.0 credit hours
Lower Division General Education Courses (36.0 credit hours)
Credit hours in parentheses indicate the required number of credit hours in each discipline.
Behavioral/Social Science (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Sociology 3.0 credit hours
Communications (3.0 credit hours)
Speech Communications 3.0 credit hours
Computers (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
English (3.0 credit hours)
English Composition I 3.0 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)
American Literature 3.0 credit hours
English Literature 3.0 credit hours
Creative Writing 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (6.0 credit hours)
College Mathematics 3.0 credit hours
Natural Science (8.0 credit hours)
Human Anatomy and Physiology I* 4.0 credit hours
Human Anatomy and Physiology II* 4.0 credit hours

*Students must successfully pass this class with a minimum of a 2.0, or “C”.

Note: All general education courses should be successfully completed before upper division courses are undertaken.

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