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Exercise Science Degrees & Certificates

Associate in Science Degree:

Health and Physical Education Studies

The Associate in Science degree with an area of emphasis in Health and Physical Education Studies is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree at a transfer institution in a health- or exercise science-related major. Common university majors in this field include: Exercise Science, Health Sciences/Public Health, Kinesiology, Nutrition and Food Science, Occupational Health, Physical Education, Pre-Physical Therapy.

This degree is designed to accommodate the differing requirements of a wide variety of transfer institutions and major options. Because admission and major preparation requirements vary at each transfer institution, courses used to complete this degree should be selected with the assistance of a Miramar College counselor.

Courses Required for the Major Units
Select at least two courses from the following:
HEAL 101 Health and Life-Style 3
HEAL 131 Emergency Response (First Aid/CPR/AED) 3
NUTR 150 Nutrition 3
NUTR 170 Nutrition and Fitness 3
PHYE 164 Water Safety Instructor 3
PHYE 241B Introduction to Kinesiology 3
PHYE 242 Care and Prevention of Injuries 2
Select at least one course from the following:
BIOL 107 General Biology—Lecture and Laboratory 4
BIOL 210A Introduction to the Biological Sciences I 4
BIOL 230 Human Anatomy 4
BIOL 235 Human Physiology 4

Select at least one course and the remainder of units needed to meet the minimum of 18 from
the following:

BIOL 130 Human Heredity 3 PHYE 149 Soccer 0.5—1
BIOL 135 Biology of Human Nutrition 3 PHYE 151 Softball 0.5—1
BIOL 160 Elements of Human Anatomy and Physiology 4 PHYE 153 Aerobic and Core Conditioning 0.5—1
BIOL 205 General Microbiology 5 PHYE 154 Fitness Walking 0.5—1
BIOL 210B Introduction to the Biological Sciences II 4 PHYE 155 Swimming 0.5—1
CHEM 100 Fundamentals of Chemistry 3 PHYE 156 Water Exercise 0.5—1
CHEM 100L Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory 1 PHYE 159 Tennis 0.5—1
CHEM 130 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry 3 PHYE 161 Volleyball 0.5—1
CHEM 130L Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry Laboratory 1 PHYE 163 Water Polo 0.5—1
CHEM 200 General Chemistry I—Lecture 3 PHYE 166 Weight Training 0.5—1
CHEM 200L General Chemistry I—Laboratory 2 PHYE 204 Intercollegiate Basketball I 1—2
CHEM 201 General Chemistry II—Lecture 3 PHYE 205 Intercollegiate Basketball II 1—2
CHEM 201L General Chemistry II—Laboratory 2 PHYE 214 Intercollegiate Soccer I 2
HEAL 101 Health and Life-Style 3 PHYE 215 Intercollegiate Soccer II 2
HEAL 131 Emergency Response (First Aid/CPR/AED) 3 PHYE 216 Intercollegiate Softball I 2
MATH 116 College and Matrix Algebra 3 PHYE 218 Intercollegiate Swimming I 2
MATH 119 Elementary Statistics 3 PHYE 219 Intercollegiate Swimming II 2
MATH 121 Basic Techniques of Applied Calculus I 3 PHYE 220 Intercollegiate Tennis I 2
MATH 141 Precalculus 5 PHYE 221 Intercollegiate Tennis II 2
MATH 150 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 5 PHYE 224 Intercollegiate Volleyball I 2
PHYE 103 Aerobic Dance 0.5—1 PHYE 225 Intercollegiate Volleyball II 2
PHYE 106 Aquatic Fitness 0.5—1 PHYE 226 Intercollegiate Water Polo I 2
PHYE 108 Badminton 0.5—1 PHYE 227 Intercollegiate Water Polo II 2
PHYE 112 Basketball 0.5—1 PHYE 232 Martial Arts 1
PHYE 115 Bowling 0.5—1 PHYE 233 Kickboxing 0.5—1
PHYE 120 Fencing 0.5—1 PHYE 240 Physical Education in the Elementary Schools 3
PHYE 123 Cardio Conditioning 0.5—1 PHYS 125 General Physics 5
PHYE 126 Golf 0.5—1 PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
PHYE 132 Individual Conditioning 0.5—1 PSYC 258 Behavioral Science Statistics 3
PHYE 139 Lifeguard Training 3 PSYC 260 Introduction to Physiological Psychology 3
PHYE 141 Over-the-Line 1 SOCO 101 Principles of Sociology 3
Total Units 18

Electives as needed to meet minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

General Education:

In addition to the courses listed above, students must complete one of the general education options listed on page 71 of the College Catalog.

The IGETC pattern (page 93) is accepted by all CSU campuses and most UC campuses and majors. It is also accepted by some private/independent or out of state universities.

The CSU GE pattern (page 100) is accepted by all CSU campuses and some private/independent or out of state universities. It is not accepted by the
UC system.

The San Diego Community College District General Education pattern (page 76) may be appropriate for students transferring to a private/independent or out of state university or to a high-unit major. Students selecting this option should meet with a counselor to determine the appropriate General Education courses for their individual transfer goals.

It is strongly recommended that students consult with a counselor to determine which general education option is most appropriate for their
individual educational goals.

Fitness Specialist

Students in this program will be trained as group exercise leaders and personal trainers. Students will learn the principles of exercise and physical
conditioning, techniques of leading individual and group exercise classes, appropriate methods for establishing healthy behavior and designing
personalized exercise prescriptions. Students will be able to develop safe and effective exercise plans for a variety of clients.

The Fitness Specialist certificate program trains students for positions, entry-level or higher, in the growing fitness industry. Program graduates will be qualified to be exercise testing technicians, fitness instructors, strength training instructors, aerobic instructors, and personal fitness trainers.

This program prepares candidates for National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), American Council on Exercise (ACE), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and the National Strength & Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) certification exams.

Certificate of Achievement:

Fitness Specialist

Courses Required for the Major Units
PHYE 242 Care and Prevention of Injuries 2
PHYE 280 Applied Exercise Physiology 2
PHYE 281 Applied Kinesiology 2
PHYE 282 Techniques of Weight Training 2
PHYE 283 Exercise and Fitness Assessment 2
PHYE 284 Fitness and Sports Nutrition 2
PHYE 285 Exercise for Special Populations 2
PHYE 286 Techniques of Exercise Leadership 2
PHYE 287 Fitness Specialist Internship 2
Total Units 18

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