Catalog Year 2017/2018

Area of Concentration within the Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Arts and Sciences transfer

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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  • 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.
Course Credits
EN 101–English Composition 3
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
Area of Concentration
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 Strength Training 1
HE 102–Nutrition in a Changing World, or
HE 200–Principles and Application of Nutrition
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.

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).

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Courses Credits
BI 103    Anatomy & Physiology (4)  or  
BI 107    Human Biology (4)   4
HE 110   Nutrition Basics 1
PE 108   Body Mechanics 1
PE 154   Fitness for Living 3
PE 237   Exercise Psychology 1
PE 241   Methods of Fitness and Conditioning 1
PE 247   Methods of Strength Training 1
PE 249   Fitness Assessment and Business Practices (only in fall)* 3
PE 250   Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
PE 252   Essentials of Personal Training (only in spring)* 4
INTR 102 Internship 2
Total 24
Other Recommended Courses:  
HE 102   Nutrition in a Changing World or  
HE 200   Principles and Applications of Nutrition 3
HE 115   Stress Management Techniques or 1
PE 198A Boot Camp 1
PE 190   Pilates 1
BU 109   Entrepreneurship & Small Business Enterprise 3

*PE 249 is only offered in the fall semester.
*PE 252 is only offered in the spring semester.
Students should do the internship in
the same semester as PE 252, or if not, then in the semester immediately following.
There are additional certification fees associated with PE252. See program
manager for details.

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.