The Health and Exercise Science associate degree program is appropriate for students who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate institution in preparation for opportunities as physical education teachers, athletic trainers, corporate fitness coordinators, wellness coordinators, recreation majors and coaches. Students who complete this program will also receive a State of Connecticut Coaching Certificate.
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.