Jul 13, 2020
What is Exercise Science/Kinesiology?
Exercise Science/Kinesiology prepares students to enter career areas where exercise is an integral part of general health and human performance. Such areas include corporate health-wellness, private health-fitness clubs, diverse non-profit fitness-wellness agencies such as YMCA’s and athletic performance including strength and conditioning.
What can I do with a degree in Exercise Science/Kinesiology?
A degree in Exercise Science/Kinesiology can prepare someone to work as a personal fitness trainer, athletic trainer, exercise physiologist, recreational therapist, aquatic therapist, cardiac rehabilitation, physical education/health teacher, coach. Some graduates go on to apply to Physical Therapy programs (this typically requires additional science prerequisites).
Kinesiotherapists and Exercise Scientist often work under the supervision of a physician. Using exercise, they help patients who suffer from health problems such as chronic disease, spinal injuries, or even just the effects of aging. Programs in exercise science prepare people to teach others how to exercise. Some Kinesiology majors get their teaching credentials to teach K-12 Health and Physical Education classes. Students can go on to study body mechanics and learn to manage exercise programs.
The suggested schedule below includes required DTA courses. Student schedule may vary based on entry point, credit load, and prerequisites. Consult with department chair or SVC counselor for scheduling options.
The two-year suggested schedule below is provided as a guide for a traditional full-time student who is seeking to transfer and major in Kinesiology/Exercise Science.
Students must complete a minimum of 90 quarter credits in transferable courses, college-level or numbered 100 and above, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in order to graduate from SVC with an Associate in Pre-Nursing Degree. At least 25 college-level credits must be earned at SVC. Credits must satisfy course requirements listed below. Students should contact potential degree institutions regarding specific requirements where options are listed.
An ampersand (&) designates Common Course Numbering.
Courses with an asterisk (*) indicate a lab course.
1. First Quarter Experience (2 cr.)
2. Communication Skills (10 cr.)
3. Quantitative Skills (5 cr.)
4. Integrative Learning Experiences
- Two Integrative Learning Experiences (ILE) are required. One ILE must be a Learning Community. The second ILE may be another Learning Community or an Integrative Experience.
- A Learning Community (LC) is the integrated combination of two or more courses from different areas of inquiry (e.g. sociology and literature, or physics and math, or speech and economics, or composition and philosophy). Learning Communities are indicated in the course schedule.
- Integrative Experiences (IEs) are curricular or co-curricular experiences designed by faculty in which students demonstrate their ability to integrate information, concepts, analytical frameworks, and skills from two or more areas of inquiry in a purposeful project or experience. Integrative Experiences that are classes are indicated in the course schedule; co-curricular IEs are indicated in promotion and advising for the experience or project. Students may design a Learning into Action IE under the guidance of the supervising faculty member.
Note: Learning Communities specifically designed for this degree may be offered; consult your advisor for information.
6. Physical Education Requirement
7. Distribution Requirements (65 cr.)
Select credits from three areas of study: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities. These courses may also satisfy Integrative Learning Experience requirements. A specific course may be credited toward no more than one distribution requirement. See Distribution Lists - AA-DTA for a list of courses.
A. Natural Sciences (35 cr.)
- Introductory survey courses or review courses do not meet the content level expectations for these natural science requirements.
- Northwest University requires 2 credits of Genetics, as well. Students may be admitted to the BSN without Genetics, if they agree to complete the course at NU in the summer prior to the junior year.
- UW Seattle requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for 3 out of the 7 courses or 2.8 for 4 out of the 7.
B. Social Sciences (15 cr.)
- Northwest University (NU) requires ANTH& 206 and does not accept a course in Sociology discipline as a substitute. Students may be admitted to the BSN without Cultural Anthropology if they agree to complete the course at NU in the summer prior to the junior year.
- A curriculum that provides students with an understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity is encouraged (required by WSU). Credits in the Sociology distribution area provide one opportunity for such a curriculum. Choices include: minority, non-western, ethnic or other “area” studies.
C. Humanities (15 cr.)
No more than 10 credits in one discipline; no more than 5 credits in World Languages or performance/skills studio classes.
- In order to better prepare for successful transfer, students are encouraged to consult with the institution(s) to which they wish to transfer regarding the humanities courses that best support or may be required as prerequisites to their Nursing curriculum.
- A curriculum that provides students with an understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity is encouraged (required by WSU). Credits in the humanities distribution area provide one opportunity for such a curriculum. Choices include: minority, non-western, ethnic or other “area” studies.
D. Electives (10 cr.)
Select 5 credits from courses numbered 100 and above and 5 cr. from the Distribution Lists - AA-DTA : Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities Distribution lists.
- A curriculum that provides students with an understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity is encouraged (required by WSU). Elective credits provide one opportunity for such a curriculum. Choices include: minority, non-western, ethnic or other “area” studies.
- UW Seattle and Seattle University require 10 credits in quantitative/symbolic reasoning with the additional class in college algebra or pre-calculus (at UW Seattle a class in Logic also meets this requirement).