The mission of the Exercise Science and Kinesiology program is to prepare students for personal trainer certification and entrance into four year college programs in exercise science, kinesiology and related fields. The program will provide students with foundational coursework related to the role of exercise in the prevention and treatment of disease, as well as an introduction to the behavioral change process.
Exercise science and kinesiology is based on the science of human movement and the relationship of physical activity with health maintenance, disease prevention and therapy. This growing field offers opportunities for challenging and exciting placements in medical settings, community settings, governmental agencies, workplace, schools and in the health and fitness industry. Exercise science specialists are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits. Future trends indicate that the exercise professional needs to be a member of an interdisciplinary team who understands not only individual health behaviors but also the social determinants of health that impact health status.
The Associate Degree in Exercise Science and Kinesiology is designed to transfer to Bachelor Degree programs in exercise science within the City University of New York (CUNY) system as well as to other four year colleges.
Upon successful completion of the Exercise Science and Kinesiology degree program requirements, students will be able to:
- Identify core concepts from the fields of health, biology and the behavioral sciences and explain their impact on fitness and human health.
- Design safe and effective exercise programs for diverse populations.
- Perform fitness testing and interpret results correctly based on current scientific evidence.
- Locate, interpret, and evaluate health and fitness information for its reliability and accuracy.
- Demonstrate professional competence in leading individual and group exercise sessions in a variety of dynamic environments.
Curriculum Coordinator: Dr. Ulana Lysniak