Health and Exercise Sciences

A.A. Degree, Transfer
An Option of Arts & Sciences
Catalog year 2015/2016

Provides students with the first two years of course requirements leading to a bachelor’s degree in physical education. It requires completion of general education courses and selected PE/health courses. High school preparation for this option should include algebra, biology and chemistry. 


 

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Jan Sholes
Program Manager
301.846.2503


Ann Geyer
Academic Office Manager
301.846.2605
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  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One general education course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement. 
  • CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements. http://www.acaff.usmh.usmd.edu/artweb/index.html
 
Course Credits
English
 
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics 
 
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences
 
PS 101–General Psychology 3
ED/PS 208–Human Growth & Development 3
Arts & Humanities
 
Three GenEd courses, one selected from each area: Arts, Humanities, and Communications 9
Biological & Physical Sciences
 
BI 101–General Biology 4
BI 103–Anatomy & Physiology 4
General Education Elective (Select from GenEd course list) 3
PE/Health Requirement  (PE 241 satisfies the requirement) 1/3
Departmental Requirements
 
PE 153–Introduction to Health and Exercise Sciences 3
PE 154–Fitness for Living 3
PE 241–Methods of Fitness & Conditioning 1
PE 247–Methods of Weight Training 1
HE 102–Nutrition in a Changing World, or
HE 200–Principles and Application of Nutrition
3
HE 204–Health Education 3
BI 104–Anatomy & Physiology 4
Electives  10
Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting their electives. Depending on the transfer institution, recommended electives may include: 
 
ED 102–Foundations of Education (3)*
 
ED 202–Educational Psychology (3)*
 
ED 203–Foundations of Special Education (3)*
 
PE 161–Psychology of Sport (3)
 
PE 236–Coaching Principles (3)
 
PE 249–Fitness Assessment and Business Practices (3)
 
PE 250–Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (3)
 
PE 252–Essentials of Personal Training (4)
 
HE 201–Stress Management (3)
 
CH 101–General Chemistry (4)**
 
BU 109–Entrepreneurship & Small Business Enterprise (3)
 
INTR 102–Internship  (2)
 
Any one credit PE course (1) 
 


* 
Those who are planning to teach in the K-12 system should take these courses.
** 
This course is required by many transfer schools.  See you’re advisor in order to match the elective credits to your specific transfer institution.
 

Physical Education AA

Students will be able to:
  1. Students will define the role of physical education in the broader context of education both in the private and public sectors.
  2. Students will apply the knowledge and skills necessary to delay or  prevent lifestyle diseases that are prevalent in our society today.
  3. Students will identify factors that affect sports participation and motor skills performance.
  4. Students will correlate the principles of human nutrition to the functioning of the human body.
  5. Students will interpret results of wellness, fitness and nutrition evaluations.
***Changes to the program will be made starting in the Fall of 2015.  Please see Jan Sholes, the program manager for information.

Career

Prepares students for a career in personal training, the training of different populations to improve their fitness levels. Certification is through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

Gainful Employment Information
 
Courses Credits
BI 103–Anatomy & Physiology (4)  or  
BI 107–Human Biology (4)  or  
BI 117–Study of the Human Body (3) 3/4
BU 109–Entrepreneurship & Small Business Enterprise 3
PE 108–Body Mechanics 1
PE 154–Fitness for Living 3
PE 237–Psychology of Exercise 1
PE 241–Methods of Fitness and Conditioning or  
PE 247–Methods of Strength Training 1
PE 252–Essentials of Personal Training 4
INTR 102–Internship 2
Total 18/19
   
Other Recommended Courses:  
HE 102–Nutrition in a Changing World or  
HE 200–Principles and Applications of Nutrition 3
PE 198A–Boot Camp 1
PE 190–Pilates 1
HE 201–Stress Management 3
 
Career

Gives students the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue a career in athletic coaching.
 
Courses Credits
PE 161–Psychology of Sport 3
PE 236–Coaching Principles 3
PE 250–Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
Total 9
 
 
Frederick Community College’s Physical Education program offers a certificate option for students interested in a career in personal training. Students who earn their certification may work in fitness centers and gyms conducting exercise classes and assisting people one-on-one through personalized plans to improve the client’s fitness level.

FCC’s fitness/personal trainer program prepares students to take certification testing through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) upon completion of the instructional content. The NASM certification program includes a specified curriculum and requires an internship, as well as passing the certification exam.

On the job, personal trainers:
  • assess fitness levels and establish training goals and personalized programs for clients,
  • work independently and with co-workers to help diverse clients improve their fitness levels,
  • submit and maintain appropriate records, and
  • fulfill duties assigned by the health club employer.

In addition to having knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and kinesiology, personal trainers must be able to communicate effectively, maintain professional standards, and abide by the NASM code of ethics.

Students may enter the workforce directly after earning the certificate. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Fitness Trainer/Aerobics Instructor field will grow 29.4 percent from 2009-2018. Fitness Trainers are on the Bureau’s list of “the 30 fastest-growing occupations, 2008-2018.”
Students who achieve the Fitness/Personal Trainer certificate have a strong foundation for further coursework in physical education related fields. This certificate can be used to meet the elective requirements of FCC’s Associate of Arts degree in general studies.

With the A.A. degree, students can transfer to one of the many institutions with which FCC has articulation (transfer) agreements. These agreements assist students in a smooth transition from one institution to the other.

For more information on schools that have articulation agreements with FCC, visit the Counseling & Advising Office, Enrollment Services Building, J201, or call 301.846.2471.