Jul 18, 2019  
2019-20 Catalog 
    
2019-20 Catalog

Health and Exercise Science, A.S.


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Program Design

The Health and Exercise Science associate degree program is designed for students who have an interest in understanding the importance of physical activity and exercise and their direct connection to the prevention of disease, and the promotion of wellness and good health. The courses in the program address the biological, physiological, health and socio-cultural aspects of the need for physical activity and exercise in our daily lives. Students who complete this program may also be eligible for the State of Connecticut Coaching Certificate.

Curriculum

Students may select a full- or part-time plan, attending day or evening. The Health and Exercise Science program is designed for students who have an interest in understanding the importance of physical activity and exercise and their direct connection to the prevention of disease, and the promotion of wellness and good health. It offers a mix of theory, applied courses and internships for majors. The courses in the program address the biophysical, physiological, health and socio-cultural aspects of the need for physical activity and exercise in our daily lives. Understanding the human body and the role of exercise in the prevention of disease are important aspects of this degree program.

The program includes six core courses that apply specifically to Health and Exercise Science (HPE), eleven liberal arts and science courses with an emphasis on the sciences, and seven elective courses.

Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of all Health and Exercise Science degree program requirements, graduates will:

  1. Understand basic knowledge in anatomy and physiology to apply to health and fitness testing, training and prescription.
  2. Evaluate a subject’s wellness profile using a holistic wellness model that promotes health beyond just the physical aspect.
  3. Evaluate a client’s health and fitness with standardized protocols.
  4. Develop an exercise program to improve a client’s health, fitness and sport performance.
  5. Obtain the necessary math skills to understand scientific literature as well as compute metabolic equations for fitness testing and prescription.
  6. Develop excellent communication skills in both public speaking as well as written communication.
  7. Understand a variety of  public health issues, especially those of physical activity, nutrition and unhealthy behaviors
  8. Apply concepts of fitness, health and wellness at a fieldwork placement site.

Total Minimum Credits Required: 60


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