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Exercise Science

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A degree program in exercise science is a step toward a career in sports medicine, fitness and related fields. Fitness coaches, personal trainers, high school and college athletic trainers, community health directors and others rely on knowledge of exercise science. Certification is required for the majority of positions in the health and exercise field.

Contact Katie Gulliford, Faculty Advisor in Exercise Science.

Program Description

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year science program, as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses.

Degree Options: Associate in Arts Degree (PDF)

Program Planning

High School Preparation: While in high school, students should pursue all the available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics.

Recommended Class Schedule: We suggest the following schedule of classes for students who wish to earn the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree (college transfer).

First Year

NUTR 101
PSYC& 100
ENGL& 101
CHEM& 121
MATH& 146
ENGL& 102 or ENGL 103
CHEM& 131
Social Science

Second Year

BIOL& 160
Social Science
BIOL& 241
PHYS 114*/BIOL& 260**
PE 100
PE Activity Credit
BIOL& 242
Multicultural Elective
  • *If intending to pursue a career in physical therapy, most programs require a full year of physics (PHYS 115 and 116 in addition to PHYS 114)
  • ** Some programs require BIOL& 260
  • Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.
  • The humanities and social science courses must be chosen from the humanities and social science distribution course lists.
  • At least one course must be chosen from the multicultural course list.

Learn More

See a list of local Northwest 4-year schools with exercise science programs, as well as a list of useful links.

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