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Title Exercise Science Transfer Pathway A.S. 
Department Physical Education 

Program Course Requirements

Required Core Courses
BIOL 2467*  Anatomy and Physiology I (Goal 3), 4 credits
BIOL 2468*  Anatomy and Physiology II (Goal 3), 4 credits
ENGL 1410  Composition I OR ENGL 1420* Honors Composition I (Goal 1), 4 credits
ENGL 1411*  Composition II OR ENGL 1421* Honors Composition II (Goal 1), 4 credits
HLTH 1520  Principles of Nutrition, 3 credits
MATH 1460*  Introduction to Statistics (Goal 4), 4 credits
PHED 1522  Weight Training, 2 credits
PHED 1528  Introduction to Exercise Science, 3 credits
PHED 1594  Fitness for Life OR PHED 1597* Honors Fitness for Life, 2 credits
PHIL 2420  Ethics (Goals 6 and 9), 3 credits
PSYC 2421  General Psychology OR PSYC 2423* Honors General Psychology, 4 credits

Total Required Core Credits - 37

Additional General Education Courses
An associate of science degree requires a minimum of 30 general education credits selected from at least six of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Students must select additional MnTC courses to complete 12-13 credits. Courses from the following aras a highly recommended.

Goal 1 course, 3 credits
BIOL or CHEM course(s), 3 credits
Goal 5 courses, 6 credits
Goal 7 course, 3 credits
PHED courses, 4 credits
MnTC courses, 4 credits

Total Required General Education Credits - 23

*Denotes Prerequisite

Click here to download the Exercise Science Transfer Pathway Program Planning Form (PDF)

Program Information: The Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree in Exercise Science Transfer Pathway will examine the effects of exercise and physical activity on people in order to optimize their physical and mental health. This program focuses on the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and biophysics of human movement, and its application to exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation. This degree can prepare students to transfer, and choose from a broad range of careers such as clinical testing, personal training, and performance enhancement, sports management, physical therapy, strength and conditioning, athletic training, cardiac rehabilitation, and many more.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge in the basic sciences (biology, physiology, and chemistry) pertinent to the field of exercise science. 

  • Apply basic scientific principles from exercise physiology and biomechanics to human movement and exercise.

  • Discuss ethical standards, expectations and educational requirements in the exercise science professions.

  • Explain how physical activity and nutrition influence human physiology.

  • Discuss psychological factors that influence behavior change.

Special Program Requirements:

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Transfer Opportunities: The Exercise Science Transfer Pathway A.S. Degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Exercise Science bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so students completing this pathway degree and transferring to a Minnesota State university may enter with junior-year status. Courses in the Exercise Science Transfer Pathway associates degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs. Students should consult with an advisor for guidance regarding how to best meet the requirements of their intended baccalaureate program. Universities within the Minnesota State system participating in the Exercise Science Transfer Pathways include: • Bemidji State University, BS • Minnesota State University, Mankato - BS • Minnesota State University, Moorhead - BS • Southwest MN State University, BS • Winona State University - BS