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The Exercise Science program 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 Science degree and aid in their transfer to a four-year program in exercise science or a related field.
The mission of the Exercise Science program is to promote the exploration and application of knowledge of the human body and human movement to improve the quality of human health for individuals and society as a whole.
Why This Program
Exercise Science courses will prepare students with fundamental skills in human anatomy, physiology, biology, health, motion analysis and training prescription. The curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning and direct application of knowledge to address real world issues in areas such as injury prevention, human health, and performance training. Upon completing the program students will be prepared to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer certification. Completion of the program is designed to result in an Associate of Science degree in Exercise Science and meet the general education requirements to all Idaho public universities.
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 45 hour internship in the field of their choice.
Requirements and Costs
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 101) is designed to prepare students with the skills to succeed in college, a career, and life. Completion of CWI 101 is a general education requirement of students seeking to earn an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree from CWI. Students are encouraged to take CWI 101 during their first semester.Explore CWI 101 Pathways
Individuals admitted to CWI as a degree-seeking student who have earned college credit from another institution may transfer their credits to CWI. Visit Transferring to CWI to learn more.
Plan ahead for your transition to a four-year college or university. Students are encouraged to work closely with their advisor and representatives from the intended transfer school to ensure a smooth transition beyond CWI. Visit Transferring From CWI to explore our transfer partnerships.
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.
Cost & Aid
As a student in this program, you may be eligible for financial aid and scholarships. Visit Cost & Aid to view tuition and fees, explore types of aid, apply for federal financial aid, and more.
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- Personal Trainer
- Athletic Training
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Exercise Testing
- Exercise Prescription for Chronic Disease
A 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.
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