Jul 19, 2024  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 

Exercise Science / Kinesiology: AS

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Associate of Science | 62 credits

Program Website
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Program Description
This program prepares students at Salt Lake Community College who are interested in Exercise Science / Kinesiology professions and Bachelor degree options. Exercise Science is the study of the systems that allow physical activity and the acute and chronic responses to that physical activity. The breadth and depth of exercise physiology are rapidly expanding and include responses of novices through elite athletes as well as pathophysiology, genetics, and some aspects of virtually every organ system (Simonson, Shawn, (2015) Establishing Common Course Objectives for Undergraduate Exercise Physiology, Adv. Physiology Edu 39: 295-308).

Upon finishing the requirements for an AS degree in Exercise Science / Kinesiology and after acceptance into a major program, a student should be able to obtain a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution with two additional years of study.

Career Opportunities
Components of Exercise Science curriculum is often a requirement in several additional academic majors, including, but not limited to, athletic training, exercise/movement science, health education and promotion, and physical education. Students are increasingly choosing exercise physiology as an undergraduate major in preparation for careers in medicine, physical therapy, and occupational therapy as well (2). All of these students, from the personal trainer to the physician, are taking basic exercise physiology courses.

  1. American Kinesiology Association. Kinesiology on the Move: One of the Fastest Growing (But Often Misunderstood) Majors in Academia (online). http://www.americankinesiology.org/white-papers/white-papers/kinesiologyon- the-move -one-of-the-fastest-growing-but-often-misunderstood-majorsin-academia [19 October 2015]).
  2. Davis P. Exercise Physiology: Careers in Exercise Physiology (online). http://www.americankinesiology.org/featured-careers/featured-careers/ exercise-physiology [19 October 2015]
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Exercise Physiologists; https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/exercise-physiologists.htm

Transfer/Articulation Information
Degree will transfer to all USHE institutions.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Course fees: $80

Note: Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to changes.

General Education Requirements

Complete all General Education courses. Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations. 


Program General Education Notes


Quantitative Literacy (QL): MATH 1040 or 

MATH 1050

Lifelong Wellness (LW): HLAC 2105

Life Sciences (LS): BIOL 1610 and BIOL 1615

Physical Science (PS): CHEM 1210 and CHEM 1215 approved as an exception.

Program Requirements

Time to Completion & Graduation Map

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in general education that is broad based and will make them desirable employees when they complete the Exercise Science program. [2,6,7]
  • Evaluated on an understanding of the structure, function, mechanics, control, limitations, and fatigue of the cardiorespiratory system to include ventilation, gas transport and exchange, hemodynamics, and cardiac output during rest and exercise. [1,2,3,8,9]
  • Develop and apply exercise prescription and progression in the area of cardiorespiratory, strength, and flexibility. [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]
  • Demonstrate an understanding of bioenergetics, recognizing the different metabolic systems, their interactions, regulation, fuel sources, limitations, and how they apply to exercise and fatigue. [1,3,4,5]
  • Incorporate the concepts involved in measuring energy, work, and power and describe/demonstrate the means by which the energy cost of exercise can be estimated and measured utilizing metabolic calculations. [1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9]
  • Analyze the differences in the physiological response to exercise as one progresses through the lifespan. [1,6,8]
  • Implement an understanding of the methods and implementation of assessment; body composition, cardiorespiratory, motor control, strength, flexibility, behavior/motivation, indicators of metabolic disease, and anthropometrics on athletic performance and health. [1,2,6,7]
  • Identify and describe the health-related components of physical fitness; body composition, cardiorespiratory health and endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility. [1,2]
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure, function, biomechanics, control, limitations, and fatigue of the neuromuscular system to include synaptic transmission, proprioception, muscle contraction, and fiber typing during rest and various modes of exercise. [1,2,7,8]
  • Demonstrate an understanding of homeostasis, the physiological and metabolic processes that facilitate exercise, recovery, and the adaptations that occur with acute and chronic exercise and adaptive responses to various environmental perturbations, i.e., temperature, barometric pressure, etc., and identify strategies to optimize adaptation, reduce performance compromises, and enhance efficiency. [2,4,7]
  • Describe the various regulatory mechanisms [endocrine, immune, and nervous systems] and their interactions with respect to exercise, fatigue, and adaptation. [1,3,4]
  • Describe nutrition principles and application of macronutrient and micronutrients on physiological function and performance. Understand how hydration, carbohydrate, protein, and fat intake influences adaptation, performance, and recovery. [1,3,4,5,8]

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