Degree Requirements

Fitness Specialist

Certificate Program Description
Students in this program will be trained to be group exercise leaders and personal trainers. Students will learn the principles of exercise and physical conditioning, techniques of leading individual and group exercise classes, appropriate methods to establishing healthy behavior and the designing of personalized exercise prescriptions. They will be able to develop safe, effective exercise plans for a variety of clients.

Program Emphasis
The Fitness Specialist certificate program trains students for positions, entry-level or higher, in the growing fitness industry.

Career Options
Graduates will be qualified to be exercise testing technicians, fitness instructors, strength training instructors, aerobic instructors, and personal fitness trainers.
The fitness industry continued to experience growth and has an ongoing need for trained instructors and trainers in health clubs, fitness centers, and sports medicine clinics.
Please note that students enrolled in an occupational program must earn a grade of “C” or better in courses required for the major.

Certificate of Achievement: Exercise Science Fitness Specialist

Courses Required for the MajorUnits
EXSC 242B Care and Prevention of Injuries
3
EXSC 280 Applied Exercise Physiology
2
EXSC 281 Applied Kinesiology
 2
EXSC 282 Techniques of Weight Training
2
EXSC 283 Exercise and Fitness Assessment
2
EXSC 284 Fitness and Sports Nutrition
2
EXSC 285 Exercise for Special Populations
2
EXSC 286 Techniques of Exercise Leadership
2
EXSC 288 Fitness Specialist Internship Lecture
1
EXSC 270 Fitness Specialist Work Experience
1-4

Total = 19-22

This program prepares candidates for American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or American Council of Exercise (ACE) certification exams.

Exercise Science (formerly Physical Education) Classes/Intercollegiate Sports Disclaimer
Participation in all sports and exercise science (formerly Physical Education) activities involves certain inherent risks. Risks may include, but are not limited to, neck and spinal injuries that may result in paralysis or brain injury, injury to bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons and other aspects of the muscular skeleton system, and serious injury, or impairment, to other aspects of the body and general health, including death. The San Diego Community College District, its officers, agents and employees are not responsible for the inherent risks associated with participation in exercise science (formerly Physical Education) classes/intercollegiate sports.

Students are strongly advised to consult a physician prior to participating in any exercise science (formerly Physical Education) activity.

Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer Degree:

The Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer Degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology or a related major in the California State University (CSU) system. It is accepted by some but not all CSU campuses. Students who complete this degree and transfer to a participating CSU campus will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree. It may not be appropriate preparation for students transferring to a CSU campus that does not accept the degree. Students who plan to complete this degree should consult a counselor for additional information about participating CSU campuses as well as university admission, degree and transfer requirements.

NOTE: Students intending to transfer into this major at any CSU should consult with a counselor and visit www.assist.org for guidance on appropriate transfer coursework.

General Education: In addition to the courses listed above, students must complete one of the following general education options:

  • The IGETC pattern (page 106) is accepted by all CSU campuses and most UC campuses and majors. It is also accepted by some private/independent or out of state universities.
  • The CSU GE pattern (page 113) is accepted by all CSU campuses and some private/independent or out of state universities. It is not accepted by the UC system.
It is strongly recommended that students consult with a counselor to determine which general education option is most appropriate for their individual educational goals.

Electives as needed to meet minimum of 60 CSU-transferable units required for the degree.

* Course also fulfills general education requirements for the CSU GE or IGETC pattern.

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:
  • Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units. No more than 60 units are required.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some CSU campuses and majors may require a higher GPA. Please see a counselor for more information.
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an “AA-T” or “AS-T” major (see list below). All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  • Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern(CSU GE; see page 113 for more information); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum pattern (IGETC; see page 106 for more information).
Electives as needed to meet maximum of 60 CSU-transferable units required for the degree.

Goals The Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer Degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology or a related major in the California State University (CSU) system. It is accepted by some but not all CSU campuses. Students who complete this degree and transfer to a participating CSU campus will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree. It may not be appropriate preparation for students transferring to a CSU campus that does not accept the degree. Students who plan to complete this degree should consult a counselor for additional information about participating CSU campuses as well as university admission, degree and transfer requirements.

Career Options

Careers related to this field typically require education beyond the associate degree level and some may require a graduate degree.

Courses Required for the MajorUnits
BIOL 230 Human Anatomy*
4
BIOL 235 Human Physiology*
4
EXSC 241B Introduction to Kinesiology
 3
Select a minimum of one course from any three of the following areas for a maximum of three units:

COMBATIVES

EXSC 147A Kickboxing I - Fundamental
1
EXSC 148A Martial Arts I - Fundamental
1
FITNESS
2
EXSC 125A Aerobic Dance I
1
EXSC 125B Aerobic Dance II
1
EXSC 125C Aerobic Dance III
1
EXSC 125D Aerobic Dance IV
1
EXSC 127A Cardio Kickboxing I - Fundamentals
1
EXSC 129A Step Aerobics I - Fundamentals
1
EXSC 135A Individual Conditioning I -Fundamentals
1
EXSC 139A Weight Training I
1
EXSC 139B Weight Training II
1
EXSC 139C Weight Training III
1
EXSC 139D Weight Training IV
1
 EXSC 145A Yoga I-Fundamentals of Yoga1
 INDIVIDUAL SPORTS
 
EXSC 154A Badminton I 1
EXSC 166A Golf I 1
EXSC 178A Tennis I 1
 TEAM SPORTS
 
EXSC 158A Basketball I 1
EXSC 174A Soccer I 1
EXSC 176A Softball I 1
EXSC 182A Volleyball I 1
Select two of the following courses (minimum
eight units)
 
CHEM 200 General Chemistry I - Lecture
-AND-
3
CHEM 200L General Chemistry I - Laboratory 2
MATH 119 Elementary Statistics OR
PSYC 258 Behavioral Science Statistics
3

Total 22

For graduation requirements see Requirements for the Associate Degree on page 81.