Exercise Science

Associate of Arts (DTA) Degree

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 most positions in the health and exercise field.

TCC offers courses that cover the first two years of a typical four-year college science program, as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses. Students will earn an Associate in Arts (DTA) degree to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Degree Program

The Associate of Arts (DTA) degree is directly transferable to most Washington baccalaureate institutions (four-year colleges and universities). 
Students who successfully transfer and meet all requirements will be granted junior standing.

Recommended Class Schedule
Degree Outcomes

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

Degree Requirements include:

  • 90 quarter credit hours in courses numbered 100 or above.
  • At least 30 applicable credits earned at Tacoma Community College.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all coursework applied to the degree, and a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all TCC college-level courses.
  • No more than 3 physical education activity credits will apply toward the degree.
  • At least 5 credits applied to the degree must be an approved multicultural course.

Here is the recommended class schedule for students who wish to earn the Associate of Arts (DTA degree.)

(PHYS&114, 115, 116)

** 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.

See the Associate of Arts (DTA) Degree in the TCC Catalog for the complete description of the degree requirements.

First Year




NUTR 101
PSYC& 100
ENGL& 101

CHEM& 121
MATH& 146
Communication Distribution

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

Below is a list of local Northwest 4-year schools with exercise science programs and other useful links:

Other information:


Want to Get Started?

Contact us to help you develop your path to accomplish an Associate of Arts degree with the track to earn a Bachelor's in exercise science.

Jack Lelko, Faculty Advisor


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