The Exercise Science Associate of Arts degree is designed for students who are interested in careers in biomechanics, exercise physiology, personal training, physical and occupational therapy, and research. The goals of the program are to help students earn an Associate of Arts degree in Physical Education with a concentration in exercise science and aid in their transfer to a four-year program in exercise science or related field.
Degree programs within the Exercise and Health Sciences Department serve to prepare students to transfer to a four year institution in the fields of exercise science, athletic training, pre-physical therapy and health promotion. Graduates will demonstrate specific sport, health, and exercise-related knowledge and display critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and academic proficiency to meet the challenges of upper division curriculum and real world application.
Why This Program
CWI offers a state of the art Human Performance laboratory along with the most advanced curriculum available at a community college in the state of Idaho. Students will have the opportunity to work with athletes as well as the average population completing health screenings, exercise testing and prescription. Upon completion of the program, students will have spent a minimum of two semesters learning and working in the Human Performance Lab as well as be prepared for the American College of Sports Medicine personal trainer exam.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Nutrition concepts for weight loss/management
- Training principles
- Concepts in athletic injury
- Medical Terminology
- Nutrition to fuel performance
- Exercise physiology
- Sport history
- Sport psychology
- Exercise prescription
- Testing and Evaluation
Students will complete a 15 hour internship within the community in the field of their choice.
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Associate of Arts Education - Physical: Exercise Science
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, available each semester, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.
Exercise Science Degree Progression Grid is available to use in addition to the Advising Worksheet.
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
The College of Western Idaho Exercise Science Program has agreements in place with many of Idaho's universities in order to help students transfer credits and complete four-year degrees.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
A bachelor’s degree in exercise science prepares students for employment as Exercise Science practitioners in: health agencies, hospitals, fitness centers, business and industry, research laboratories, or any other setting which provides physical fitness enhancement programs for clients and patients. A number of students go on to graduate work in in physical and occupational therapy. The courses in this major prepare students to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine Personal Training certification.
- Personal Trainer
- Health Promotion
- Athletic Training
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Exercise Testing
- Exercise Prescription for Chronic Disease