Exercise Science

Where Science, Movement, and the Human Body Meet. Forge a Dynamic Career.

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Program Overview

Are you passionate about health, fitness, and helping others achieve their physical best? College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Exercise Science Associate of Science degree opens doors to exciting careers in biomechanics, exercise physiology, personal training, physical therapy, and research. This program is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and society by deepening your understanding of the human body and movement.

You will develop 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 real-world issues in areas such as motor learning, human health, and performance training. Upon completing the program, you will be well-prepared to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer certification, equipping you with the credentials to make a significant impact in the field of exercise science.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Science

Time to Complete

2 years

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Learning Opportunities

  • Practical Application of Knowledge: Apply classroom learning to relevant cases in the field, enhancing your practical skills.
  • Certified Personal Trainer Preparation: Be ready to take the ACSM Certified Personal Trainer exam at the end of your degree program.
  • Internship Opportunities: Gain the opportunity to pursue internships, including with a US Olympic team.
  • Seamless Transfer to University Programs: Enjoy perfect transferability to kinesiology programs at universities like Boise State University.
  • Real-World Skills Development: Develop practical skills in applied labs, preparing you for real challenges in the exercise science field.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Exercise Science – Associate of Science Degree

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Career Opportunities

  • Exercise Physiologists

    Assess, plan, or implement fitness programs that include exercise or physical activities such as those designed to improve cardiorespiratory function, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, or flexibility.


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