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Exercise Science

Many four-year colleges and universities require one or more physical education activity courses, which you can fulfill by taking activity courses at Inver Hills.

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Exercise Science at Inver Hills


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The Exercise Science Transfer Pathway A.S. offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Physical Education or Human Performance bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing the pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State Universities* enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

The Exercise Science Pathway consists of the Required Pathway Curriculum and select Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) requirements to bring your credit total to 60 credits.

*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

This degree is part of a Minnesota State system agreement and will articulate with all other system universities and some metro-area private institutions. While this degree program prepares students to transfer to a 4-year program in Exercise Science or Kinesiology, it also prepares students to begin a career in the fitness industry.


Degrees

Exercise Science Transfer Pathway Degree, A.S. – 60 credits

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Exercise Science Curriculum – 20 credits

Course Number Title Credits
PHED 1100 Introduction to Physical Education, Kinesiology, Exercise and Sport Science 2 cr
PHED 1109 Weight Training 2 cr
PHED 2000 Introduction to Personal Training 2 cr
HLTH 1110 Nutrition 3 cr
HLTH 1155 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 2 cr
HLTH/PHED Electives* 1 cr
BIOL 2201 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 cr
BIOL 2202 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 cr
Total Credits: 20
* Electives may be chosen from any physical education courses.

Liberal Arts Curriculum – 40 credits

Course Number Title Credits
Goal 1 Communication
ENG 1108 Writing & Research Skills 4 cr
ENG 1111 OR
ENG 1114 OR
ENG 1130
Research Writing in the Disciplines OR
The Research Paper OR
Writing and Research for the Professions
2-3 cr
COMM 1100 OR
COMM 1110
COMM 2230
Interpersonal Communication OR
Public Speaking OR
Small Group Communication
3 cr
Goal 2 Critical Thinking
Goal 2 course satisfied by Pathway  
Goal 3 Natural Science
BIOL 1120 OR
BIOL 1154
Exploring Biology OR
Biology: From Cell To Organism
4 cr
CHEM 1010 OR
CHEM 1061
Introductory Chemistry OR
Principles of Chemistry I
4-5 cr
Goal 4 Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
MATH 1103 Introduction to Statistics 4 cr
Goal 5 History/Social Sciences/Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 1101 OR
PSYC 1201
Introduction to Psychology OR
Introduction to Psychology with Lab
4 cr
Goal 5 course (may be from PSYC) 3-4 cr
Goal 5 course (not from PSYC) 3-4 cr
Goal 6 Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature
Goal 6 course   3 cr
Liberal Arts Electives (Any MnTC course, recommend Goal 6) 2-6 cr
Total Credits: 40

Recommended Course Of Study For Exercise Science Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree

Here is the recommended course of full-time study for the Exercise Science Transfer Pathway A.S Note: Not all courses will be available every semester. For a complete list of MnTC Goal Area course choices, please visit: www.inverhills.edu/MnTC

Exercise Science Transfer Pathway Semester 1 - 15 Credits

Course Number Title Credits
PHED 1100 Introduction to Exercise Science 2 cr
PHED 1109 Weight Training 2 cr
BIOL 1120 OR
BIOL 1154
Exploring Biology OR
Biology: From Cell To Organism
4 cr
ENG 1108 Writing and Research Skills 4 cr
Goal 5 elective   3 cr
Total Credits: 15

Exercise Science Transfer Pathway Semester 2 - 15-17 Credits

Course Number Title Credits
HLTH 1155 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 2 cr
CHEM 1010 OR
CHEM 1061
Introductory Chemistry OR
Principles of Chemistry I
4-5 cr
PSYC 1101 OR
PSYC 1201
Introduction to Psychology OR
Introduction to Psychology with Lab
4 cr
ENG 1111 OR
ENG 1114 OR
ENG 1130
Research Writing in the Disciplines OR
The Research Paper OR
Writing & Research for the Professions
2-3 cr
Goal 6 elective   3 cr
Total Credits: 15-17

Exercise Science Transfer Pathway Semester 3 - 14 Credits

Course Number Title Credits
HLTH 1110 Nutrition 3 cr
PHED elective   1 cr
BIOL 2201 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 cr
COMM 1100 OR
COMM 1110 OR
COMM 2230
Interpersonal Communication OR
Public Speaking OR
Small Group Communication
3 cr
Goal 5 elective   3 cr
Total Credits: 14

Exercise Science Transfer Pathway Semester 4 - 14-16 Credits

Course Number Title Credits
PHED 2000 Introduction to Personal Training 2 cr
BIOL 2202 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 cr
MATH 1103 Introduction to Statistics 4 cr
Liberal Arts Electives (MnTC courses only) 4-6 cr
Total Credits: 14-16
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Course Descriptions

PHED 1100  Introduction to Exercise Science   2.0 cr

Introduces the disciplines of physical education, kinesiology and exercise science and the professional opportunities in the fields. Significant historical events are presented and current issues in the disciplines are discussed. Students begin to develop a professional philosophy while beginning the process of career exploration and planning. This course is intended for students in the A.S. program for Physical Education or the A.S. degree in Exercise Science. This course will not meet the physical education requirement for the A.A. degree.

PHED 1101  Group Cardio Work-Out   2.0 cr

Provides students an opportunity to improve physical fitness through a variety of formats, such as interval training, circuits, group-based activities, and individual cardio-respiratory exercise. Appropriate for all fitness levels, including beginners. Fitness components, fitness principles, nutritional guidelines and body composition information will be presented. This course may be taken twice for a maximum of four credits.

PHED 1102  Yoga   1.0 cr

Introduces the skills, techniques, and physical and mental benefits associated with the practice of yoga. The course emphasizes the performance of yoga postures and breathing and relaxation techniques to improve muscular strength and endurance, muscle tone, flexibility, balance, and to reduce stress. Additional topics include muscle identification, fitness principles, fitness components, and exercise guidelines. This course may be taken up to three times for credit.

PHED 1103  Tai Chi   1.0 cr

Presents a series of movements, which focus on balance, breathing, muscle control, and smooth motion. Tai Chi is an exercise used to promote physical, mental, and emotional health. The history of Tai Chi will be presented. This course may be taken for a maximum of three credits. This course is cross listed with HLTH 1129. A student may only earn credits for this course in one department, not both.

PHED 1106  Bowling   1.0 cr

Introduces the basic rules, courtesies, and scoring of bowling. Correct bowling technique and aiming strategies will be presented. Students will experience league play and special tournament formats. This course may be taken for up to a maximum of three credits.

PHED 1109  Weight Training   2.0 cr

Emphasizes individual improvement of body strength and toning through free weights and machine lifting routines, fitness testing, and individual weight programs. Discussions include fitness components, fitness principles, muscle identification, proper lifting technique, nutritional guidelines, and body composition. Students will develop a personal weight-training program based on their fitness pretests and goals. This course may be taken twice for a maximum of four credits.

PHED 1110  Conditioning   2.0 cr

Promotes physical fitness, muscle tone, efficient movement, and control of weight through proper diet, strength/toning exercises, and endurance activities. Discussion topics include fitness components, fitness principles, nutritional guidelines, body composition, muscle identification and personal wellness. This course may be taken twice for a maximum of four credits.

PHED 1118  Golf   1.0 cr

Introduces the basic strokes of golf, selection and care of equipment, etiquette, scoring, and rules. Students will be required to play at a golf course one or more times. Since there is limited equipment available, students may need to use their own golf clubs. This course may be taken up to three times for credit.

PHED 1124  Recreational Activities   1.0 cr

Introduces numerous recreational activities, which may include badminton, cross-country skiing, horseshoes, table tennis, darts, shuffleboard, Frisbee golf, bocce, Pickle Ball, and others.

PHED 1127  Law Enforcement Physical Skills Training   1.0 cr

Emphasizes the physical skills necessary to meet the demands of the profession, and help the student develop an individual on-going conditioning program. This course is required to graduate from the Law Enforcement Program.

PHED 1129  Racquet Sports   1.0 cr

Introduces the basic skills, rules and strategies in badminton tennis, table tennis and Pickle Ball. Students should supply their own tennis racquet. Racquets and paddles for the other sports will be provided. This course may be taken up to three times for a maximum of three credits.

PHED 1130  Softball   1.0 cr

Introduces fundamental skills, team play, and rules of softball. This course may be taken up to three times for credit.

PHED 1135  Snowboarding and Skiing   1.0 cr

Allows a student to participate in the winter downhill activity of skiing or snowboarding at either a beginning or advanced level. The student will be placed in a group designating his/her skill level. Appropriate level will be determined by Afton Alps Instructors. The course includes active participation and skill development, selection and care of equipment, safety rules and facts about conditioning. Students may have their own equipment or rent from the skiing facility. Students must provide their own transportation to the slopes. This course may be repeated twice for different activities or levels.

PHED 1144  Volleyball   1.0 cr

Introduces power volleyball skills, rules, and strategies. The 4-2, 5-1, and 6-2 offensive strategies and formations will be presented. This course may be taken up to three times for credit.

PHED 1145  Walking/Jogging   2.0 cr

Provides students the opportunity to improve their cardiovascular fitness through walking and jogging. Students will develop and execute a personal walking or running program. Progress will be monitored throughout the semester. Students will learn the benefits of walking or running as a stress reduction activity. Lecture topics include fitness components, fitness principles, nutritional guidelines, body composition, stress management and personal wellness. This course may be taken twice for a maximum of four credits.

PHED 1148  Karate   1.0 cr

Introduces the fundamentals of Karate from beginning to advanced skills, including self-defense techniques. This course is for the beginning student through the advanced levels. This course may be taken up to three times for credit.

PHED 1150  Self Defense   1.0 cr

Presents conditioning and fundamentals of self-defense for home or street situations and instruction in self-control in some self-defense situations.

PHED 1180  Approved Activity   1.0 cr

Is intended for students who cannot participate in other Physical Education courses due to permanent physical disability or limitation. Students will meet with the instructor to discuss physical abilities and design a 30 hour activity program to work toward improved fitness. Students will be required to perform 30 hours of activity. Students should discuss participation with their physicians. Written permission of instructor.

PHED 1199  Certifications in Physical Education   cr

Allows student to earn credit for demonstrating knowledge and skill through a certification course from an organization, such as American College of Sport Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, or National Dance Education Instructor Training Association. This course may be repeated for different certifications. Prereq: PHED 1100 and written permission of instructor.

PHED 2000  Introduction to Personal Training   2.0 cr

Preparing students to become personal trainers with the skills to ensure proper exercise prescription for a variety of populations. This is an introductory course that prepares students with the basic knowledge and hands on experience to work with individual or group clients. This course provides content hat can be used for examinations required for various Personal Training certifications.

PHED 2100  Introduction to Personal Training   2.0 cr

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PHED 2200  Flatwater Canoeing Skills   1.0 cr

Provides instruction and experience in paddling on lakes and rivers with minimal rapids. Course content includes equipment, clothing, safety, conditioning, basic paddling strokes and skills, and the various types of canoes. This course requires physical activity and will take place over one weekend with the first portion instructional and the final 2 days spent on a canoe trip on moving water. Students will camp out during the canoe trip. There is also one class period on-campus before the trip for orientation to the course. Most activities will take place outdoors. Special fee required. Pass/Fail grading option only.

PHED 2201  Outdoor Activity Sampler   1.0 cr

Introduces several outdoor activities, which may include any or all of the following: canoeing, kayaking, orienteering, rock climbing, adventure ropes course, hiking, camping, nature's edibles, or outdoor cooking. This course will take place over one weekend plus one on-campus class period. Special fee required. Pass/Fail grading option only.

PHED 2208  Backpacking   1.0 cr

Provides instruction and experience related to backpacking, including equipment and camping in a wilderness environment. This course will take place over one weekend with one class period on-campus prior to the trip for course orientation. This course requires moderate to vigorous physical activity. Equipment is available for rental from the IHCC Outdoor Center for a nominal fee. Special fee is required. Pass/Fail grading option only.

PHED 2210  Winter Skills   1.0 cr

Introduces the skills, techniques, equipment, and ethics of winter wilderness-oriented skills, such as winter camping, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing. The course provides a variety of exposure to skills so that students may pursue interests beyond this course. This course takes place over one weekend with one on-campus class period prior to the trip for orientation. Equipment is available for rental from the IHCC Outdoor Center for a nominal fee. Special fee required. Pass/Fail grading option only. Students may choose to camp in their snow shelter or stay in the Audubon Center lodge.

PHED 2213  Geocaching   1.0 cr

Provides instruction and expertise related to the use of the internet and a GPS unit to find and seek a geocache. Course content includes the origins of geocaching, the various types of geocaches, choosing an appropriate geocache, interacting with the geocaching website, hiding and seeking a geocache, logging your experience online after the geocache hunt is complete, safety concerns, and setting up an appropriate geocache hunt. Students will be required to walk and hike to locate geocaches during the term. Students must have access to a GPS device or Smartphone with an appropriate application for locating geocaches (available free online).

PHED 2214  Wilderness Navigation   1.0 cr

Provides instruction and experience related to the use of map and compass for wilderness navigation and problem solving. This course will take place over one weekend with one on-campus class prior to the trip for orientation. Students will hike through a wilderness area in small groups with radio contact with the instructor. Special fee required. Pass/Fail grading option only.

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Transfer Pathways

With this transfer pathway, you will be able to transfer to the following majors:

  • Bemidji State University: TBD
  • Metropolitan State University: NA
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato: Exercise Science – BS
  • Minnesota State University, Moorhead: TBD
  • Southwest Minnesota State University*: Exercise Science – BS
  • St. Cloud State University: NA
  • Winona State University: NA

* Southwest Minnesota State University offers a BS option within the Twin Cities metropolitan area for interested students

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Employment Information

Physical education and exercise science professionals have extensive knowledge and training in how the human body moves, responds and adapts to athletics as well as everyday and outdoor activities. They apply that skill set in four key sectors:

Industry

  • Overseeing staff exercise and activity needs as a corporate or company occupational health officer

Health

  • Developing training and exercise programs for overall health and wellness, injury rehabilitation, and assisting individuals with disabilities at hospitals, clinics and medical centers

Education

  • Serving as an exercise and sport science educator at secondary and postsecondary schools

Sport

  • Supervising strength-and-conditioning program design, execution and monitoring for individual athletes and teams

Work settings for exercise science and physical education professionals

  • Athletic associations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Country clubs
  • Government agencies
  • Health and fitness clubs
  • High schools
  • Hospitals
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Professional sports teams and leagues
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Sports marketing agencies
  • Sporting arenas and stadiums
  • Sporting goods companies
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Private consultant, contractor or entrepreneur

Potential job titles

  • Aerobic instructor
  • Kinesiotherapist
  • Exercise program director
  • Exercise specialist
  • Health coach
  • Health fitness instructor
  • Sports nutritionist
  • Park manager
  • Dietician
  • Health consultant
  • Nutritionist
  • Athletic coach
  • Adventure trainer
  • Spa director
  • Recreation technician
  • School health educator
  • Health administrator
  • Corporate fitness director
  • Wellness center coordinator
  • Personal trainer
  • Sporting event coordinator
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Sports facility manager
  • Intramurals and recreation director

Potential careers open to physical education and exercise science majors

Below are just a few examples of possible career paths that can start with earning an A.S. in Physical Education or A.S. in Exercise Science from Inver Hills.

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Why Inver Hills?

Completing your A.S. in Exercise Science or A.S. in Physical Education degree obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. Help athletes and clients achieve superior athletic performance and lifelong wellness
  2. Use sports specific training, injury recognition, and physical therapy to prepare and rehabilitate the physically active
  3. Create customized exercise plans for athletes
  4. Promote lifelong health and fitness to people of all ages
  5. Participate in a wide range of sports and activities
  6. Discover and teach how the body responds to physical activity and motion
  7. Receive an outstanding education with one-on-one interactions with Physical Education faculty
  8. Get hands-training in superb exercise facilities
  9. Save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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