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2021-22 Catalog [ARCHIVED 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


Notes:


Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. See below for more detail about this exciting transition!

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. Connecticut State Community College (CT State), a statewide college comprised of all Connecticut’s current community college locations, plans to open its doors in the Fall 2023. Here are some important facts students need to know:

  • the final commencement ceremony for Manchester Community College is scheduled for May 2023. Ceremonies will continue to be held at each location as campuses of CT State.
  • as a part of the planned merger, students continuing their studies beyond summer term 2023 will be matched with the CT State program that most closely aligns with their Spring 2023 major and is offered at the Manchester location,
  • students beginning Associate degree programs in Fall 2021 should plan with their advisor/program coordinator to attend full-time if they wish to graduate prior to the planned merger,
  • students who begin an Associate degree program in January 2022 would be anticipated to complete their degree at the merged college, Connecticut State Community College,
  • in all cases, the College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption and staying in touch with your advisor/program coordinator is essential,
  • further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page:  www.ct.edu/ctstate/academics.

 

COM* 173  is recommended as the Humanities elective choice for students planning to transfer to a 4-year state university in the future.

If a student is interested in transferring to another institution it is recommended that the student speaks to the Program Coordinator or program faculty as early as possible to discuss course selection and transferability.

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