Physical Fitness Option, Health Science/A.S Degree

Program Advisor: Sherry Scheer, 413-236-4511

Endorsed by:

The American College of Sports Medicine

The Physical Fitness degree option offers students an opportunity to expand upon the Physical Fitness certificate program. In addition to instruction in nutrition, cardiovascular and strength conditioning, personal training,and other topics that are covered in the certificate program, the degree program goes on to explore the human body and its relationship to exercise and fitness more intensely. Topics include the mind/body connection, injury prevention,and sports psychology. Deeper exploration of exercise physiology and human anatomy are also provided.


Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate written and oral English competence;  
  • Use modern technology to access, evaluate and apply information (state-of-the-art fitness equipment; cardio monitoring;knowledge of safe use of fitness equipment);
  • Demonstrate competence in career planning, health management, and lifelong learning;
  • Demonstrate skills beyond entry-level (health and fitness club manager, private personal trainer, specialized fitness instructor);
  • Identify good, basic exercise testing and program design;
  • Practice good nutrition and explain basic principles to clients relative to exercise physiology.


To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 64 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below:

Program   42 Credits
AHS 142  Exercise Science 3
AHS 148  Responding to Medical Emergencies 2
AHS 150   Introduction to Nutrition 3
AHS 155  Stress and Your Health 3
AHS 220  Principles of Fitness Components 3
AHS 235   Fitness Program Planning 3
AHS 238   Mind/Body Theory and Methods 3
PED 135  Ultimate Functional Training Workout 2
PED 136  Weight Training 1
PED 137  Aerobics 1
PED 144  Stretching and Flexibility 1
PED 152  Group Exercise Instruction 2
PED 161    Advanced Strength Training 1
PED 170  Personal Trainer 3
PED 180  Fitness for Life 2
PED 196  Practicum l 1
PED 197  Practicum ll  1
 PED 207   Prevention/Care Exercise Injuries 2
PED 241   Advanced Practicum l 1
PED 242  Advanced Practicum ll  1
PED 250  Psychology of Sport 3
General Education 22 Credits
  BIO 150  Intro to the Human Body 4
 COM 105 Intro to Oral Communication 3
ENG    English Composition/Writing 6
MAT 136  Math for the Health Sciences 3
PSY 107  Introductory Psychology 3
 General Education Elective (see footnote 1)  
Additional As Shown
Core Competencies Portfolio (Items) 4
Forum (units) 4
Health/Fitness     (see footnote 2) 30
Minimum Cumulative Average Overall 2.000
Area of Specialization: All Program Requirements 2.000


The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time needed to complete the program will vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester
15 Credits
AHS 142   Exercise Science 3
AHS 148  Responding to Medical Emergencies  2
AHS 150  Introduction to Nutrition 3
COM 105  Intro to Oral Communication 3
PED 136 Weight Training 1
PED 180 Fitness for Life 2
PED 196  Practicum l  1 1
Second Semester   14 Credits
AHS 155  Stress and Your Health 3
PED 135   Exercise Prescriptions 2
PED 137    Aerobics 1
PED 144   Stretching and Flexibility 1
PED 152   Group Exercise Instruction 2
PED 161  Advanced Strength Training 1
PED 170  Personal Trainer 3
PED 197  Practicum ll 1
Third Semester   14 Credits
AHS 220 Principles of Fitness Components 3
AHS 235 Fitness Program Planning 3
BIO Introduction to the Human Body (see footnote 3) 4
ENG English Composition/Writing 3
PED 241 Advanced Practicum I 1
PSY 107 Introductory Psychology 3
Fourth Semester 
 18 Credits
AHS 238   Mind/Body Theory and Methods 3
PED 207    Prevention/Care Exercise Injuries 2
PED 242  Advanced Practicum ll 1
PED 250  Psychology of Sport  3
ENG   English Composition/Writing 3
MAT 136Math for the Health Sciences 3
General Education Elective (see footnote 1)  3

1. General Education Elective chosen from History or Humanities and Fine Arts.  
2. Fulfilled by successful completion of PED 135

3.  BIO 201 and BIO 202 can be taken in place of BIO 150. 
  NOTE: Any prior criminal offense could hinder placement in clinical agencies and the ability to become licensed in this field.
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