Exercise Science

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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

Additional Opportunities

Students will complete a 45 hour internship in the field of their choice.

Respectful Community

College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

News and Blogs

Megan DeRoos, a 2019-2020 scholarship recipient

Megan DeRoos is pursuing her dream of academic excellence while still being a mom thanks to a CWI Foundation scholarship.

Jordie Seward, 2015 alumna

Jordie Seward, a 2015 alumna, gained experience in a subject she was passionate about at College of Western Idaho.

CWI alumna, Jordie Ferro, receives internship in Las Vegas.

CWI alumna, Jordie Ferro, receives internship in Las Vegas.

Students looking at pork heart in classroom.

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Group of students from the Entrepreneurs and Exercise and Health Science clubs.

Students with CWI’s Entrepreneurs and Exercise and Health Science clubs recently took part in a memorable trip to Salt Lake City, Utah.

CWI logo on building

CWI will welcome a collection of elite athletes and sports professionals to campus, April 24, for insight into the world of sports and business.