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Exercise Science Transfer Pathway Degree

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The Exercise Science Transfer Pathway Associate of Science (AS) degree program offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Exercise Science bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the six 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.

  • Minnesota State Transfer Pathways offer students curriculum that is designed to fully transfer to a parallel program at one of five universities in the Minnesota State system:

    • Bemidji State University: Exercise Science Bachelor of Science (BS) degree
    • Minnesota State University, Mankato: Exercise Science Bachelor of Science (BS) degree
    • Minnesota State University, Moorhead: Exercise Science Bachelor of Science (BS) degree
    • Southwest Minnesota State University: Exercise Science Bachelor of Science (BS) degree
    • St. Cloud State University: Exercise Science BS
    • Winona State University: Exercise and Rehabilitative Science BS,
      Health and Wellness Management BAS
  • By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of the major components of physical fitness;
    2. Describe the roles and functions of the musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, and nervous systems in the performance of physical movement;
    3. Describe and demonstrate assessment techniques and methods for cardiovascular and muscular strength and endurance;
    4. Demonstrate ability to design and modify exercise training programs; and
    5. Demonstrate ability to identify and assess factors to support optimal performance and injury prevention.
    • A minimum of 60 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
    • Some students may need preparatory courses in the areas of English, mathematics or reading. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward this degree.
    • Satisfy residency requirements. 
    • A minimum grade of C must be earned in all program requirements.
    • Completion of specific degree requirements.
    • Each state university has specific program requirements for completion. Please speak with your advisor about requirements at receiving institutions.
    • To complete your program, please submit the appropriate application found here.
    • The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.


  • 24 CREDITS

    HPER 1103 First Aid and CPR  3
    HPER 1112 Nutrition  3
    HPER 1120 Wellness for Life
    HPER 1160* Weight Training and Conditioning
    HPER 1200 Anatomy of Movement
    HPER 1205 Introduction to Exercise Science
    HPER 2205 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
    HPER 2206 Exercise Physiology
    HPER 2207* Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription
    HPER 2208^ Concepts in Personal Training
    *Course has prerequisite. See course schedule or catalog description.
  • 36 credits

    Complete at least 36 credits in courses from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), including all courses listed. You must complete goal areas one through five and seven. One course may satisfy more than one goal area, but the course credits may be counted only once.

    1. Communication 
      ENGL 1120* OR ENGL 1121 4
      CMST 2215 3
    2. Critical Thinking
      (Choose a minimum of one course other than ENGL 1120*/1121* and CMST 2215) 2
    3. Natural Science
      BIOL 1106 4
      CHEM 1020* OR CHEM 1061* 4
      BIOL 2113*- 4
      BIOL 2114* 4
    4. Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
      MATH 1114* 4
    5. History/Social/Behavioral Sciences
      PSYC 1110 4
      Choose one course from A or C 3
      A. Economics/Geography  
      C. History/Political Science  
    6. Humanities/Fine Art
    7. Human Diversity (met by PSYC 1110)
    8. Global Perspective
    9. Ethical/Civic Responsibility
    10. People and the Environment
    *Course has prerequisite. See course schedule or catalog description.
    - prerequisite not required beginning Spring 2024
  • The following two-year Pathway Plan is suggested for full-time students. Part-time students will need more time to complete this pathway. For assistance with pathway planning, students should schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. See also the college catalog Appendix for course offering information.


    Semester  One  Semester Two 
    CHEM 1020* 
    OR CHEM 1061*
    4 BIOL 1106 4
    ENGL 1120* OR ENGL 1121* 4 HPER 1103 3
    HPER 1200 2 HPER 1120 4
    HPER 1205 2 General Ed/MnTC 3-4
    General Ed/MnTC (Goal Area 2) 2 HPER 1160+ 0
        PSYC 1110 4
    TOTAL  14 TOTAL  15
    +HPER 1160 is taken in conjunction with HPER 1120 and will count into the four credits for that class.


    Semester Three Semester Four
    BIOL 2113*- 4 BIOL 2114* 4
    HPER 1112 3 CMST 2215 3
    HPER 2205 2 HPER 2207 2
    HPER 2206 4 HPER 2208^ 2
    General Ed/MnTC (Goal Area 5) 3 MATH 1114*  
    TOTAL  16 TOTAL  15-16
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
    - prerequisite not required beginning Spring 2024

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