The Exercise Science Transfer Pathway A.S. offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree whose course credits will directly transfer to designated bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The entire curriculum has been carefully designed to guarantee junior-year status to students who have been admitted to a Minnesota State university. There, students can complete their bachelor’s degree by earning 60 additional credits. Students may also transfer to additional 4-year colleges. Work with an advisor for transfer planning.
With this transfer pathway, you will be able to transfer to the following designated baccalaureate degree majors:
Minnesota State University, Mankato - Exercise Science – B.S. Minnesota State University, Moorhead - Exercise Science – B.S. Southwest Minnesota State University - Exercise Science – B.S. Winona State University - Exercise and Rehabilitative Science – B.S.
This is a sample course sequence. Please contact your program advisor regarding your academic plans.
BIOL 1500 This course surveys the basic principles of biology. Content topics include fundamental concepts of chemistry, cellular structure and metabolism, inheritance, biodiversity, ecology, and evolution. The lab component includes design and execution of experiments with an emphasis on observation, the scientific method, and analysis and presentation of results. This course provides a foundation for students pursuing health-related careers as well as those in non-science majors. Meets MnTC Goal 3
ENGL 1150 This course emphasizes the process of writing expository and persuasive essays using effective writing skills and a variety of research techniques. Also included in the course content are critical reading and logical reasoning.
Meets MnTC Goal 1. Prerequisites: See course details in eServices for prerequisite information.
EXER - 1000: Introduction to Human Performance Studies
EXER 1000 Introduction to the fields of exercise science, sport management, and physical education. Topics include: programs of study, professional roles and responsibilities, employment qualifications and opportunities.
EXER 1020 Principles and procedures of effective resistance training techniques in a supervised environment. Topics include: skeletal and muscular anatomy and physiology, program design for various experience levels, lifting safety, and weight room etiquette.
SPEE 1020 This course is intended to increase student's awareness of the processes, models, and theories of interpersonal communication relative to relationships that impact people's personal and professional lives. Through self-analysis and reflection, case studies, practical application, and critical thinking, students will examine the influence of communicative behaviors on themselves, their personal relationships, groups, and society. Concepts include self-esteem, self-fulfilling prophecies, perception, ethics, emotion, conflict, cultural awareness, language, nonverbal communication, social media, and listening. Meets Goal 7. Meets MNTC Goal 1 Fall 2016 and after.
CHEM 1500 This course is a broad introduction to chemistry - its principles and applications. It is intended for the non-science major. No previous chemistry experience is required. Topics include: the scientific method, measurement, quantitative calculations, atomic structure, periodic table, general properties of matter, the development of the model of the atom, naming, basics of chemical bonding, chemical reactions and their uses, chemical equations, acids and bases, and oxidation/reduction. Includes a lab experience.
EXER 1015 A comprehensive course that focuses on physical activity, nutrition, behavior modification, and disease prevention. Students will learn to take responsibility for their overall health and learn practical ways to achieve optimal health and wellness.
EXER - 1050: Nutrition for Health and Human Performance
EXER 1050 Explore the complex relationship of nutrition with health, fitness and sports performance. Topics include: nutrient recommendations and guidelines for health and performance, tracking food intake from ingestion through absorption and elimination, and calculating energy requirements for different types and levels of activities.
PSYC 1105 This general psychology course is an introduction and overview of the scientific study of behavior and experience. It includes topics like the history of psychology, research methods, perception, learning, human development, intelligence, motivation, social perception and group behavior, and psychological disorders.
BIOL 2000 This course is the first semester of a two-semester lab-science course intended for students pursuing careers in fitness and allied health fields. Human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach, with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. Homeostasis is an integrating theme throughout this course. Content topics include basic anatomical and directional terminology, fundamental concepts and principles of cell physiology, histology, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Dissection of individual organs and whole organisms may be included.
Meets MnTC Goal 3
Prerequisite: BIOL 1500 with a grade of C or better
ENGL 2000 This course will offer challenging insights into the act of writing. Students will continue to strengthen their writing skills while engaging in analysis of literary texts and secondary sources. In writing critical essays based on that analysis, students will apply rhetorical strategies related to purpose, audience, genre and context. Prerequisite: ENGL 1150 Composition I
Meets MnTC Goal 1
EXER 2115 Students will study the human body's acute responses and chronic adaptions to exercise and other external stressors such as altitude and environmental temperature extremes. Learning will occur through laboratory activities, demonstrations, hands-on experiences, and class discussion.
SOCY 1110 This course covers the basic concepts and terminology used in sociological studies. Sociology is broadly defined as the study of human social organization and social behavior including its forms and consequences. It will focus on the characteristics of human group life as they relate to the structure of the social environment and its influence on the individual. This course is designed to introduce students to the theories, concepts and areas of inquiry that typically characterize sociological analyses. Students will have the opportunity to examine the ethical/dimensions and issues facing political, social, and personal life as it relates to the topics in Sociology. Students will explore their own citizenship and find ways to apply their ideas and goals to civic learning and service learning through embracing facets of human society and the human condition.
Meets MnTC Goal 5 and MnTC Goal 9
BIOL 2010 This course is the second semester of a two-semester lab-science course intended for students pursuing careers in fitness and allied health fields. Interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels are studied using a body systems approach. Homeostasis is an integrating theme throughout this course. Content topics include immunity, metabolism, fluid balance, development, and the cardiovascular, hematopoietic, respiratory, lymphatic, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Dissection of individual organs and whole organisms may be included.
Meets MnTC Goal 3
Prerequisite: BIOL 2000 with a grade of C or better
MATS 1251 Fundamental principles of inferential statistics are presented in lecture augmented by computer labs using Excel. Essential topics include sampling methods; descriptive statistics; counting and probability; poisson, binomal, normal and other probability distributions; confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; inferences from two samples; correlation and regression. Optional topics include goodness-of-fit and contingency tables; ANOVA; nonparemetrics; and statistical process control. Meets MnTC Goal 4 Prerequisite: MATS0700