The Kinesiology and Health- Exercise Science pathway requires 42 hours of Core Curriculum and 18 hours of courses appropriate to the pathway. For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.
How long will it take?
The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.
Where will I take classes?
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online
All required classes to earn a degree can be completed online.
Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements
Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1
Kinesiology and Health — Exercise Science Pathway, A.S.
What Is Exercise Science?
Exercise science aims to investigate the effects of exercise on the body, both in healthy individuals and those with chronic diseases or conditions. It explores topics such as the role of exercise in promoting health and preventing diseases, the effects of exercise on performance, and the application of exercise prescriptions for different populations. Professionals in exercise science use scientific research and evidence-based practices to design exercise programs, assess physical fitness levels, monitor and evaluate the effects of exercise interventions, and provide guidance for individuals or groups seeking to improve their health, fitness or athletic performance.
Why Study Exercise Science?
Studying exercise science provides a strong foundation for understanding the human body, promoting health, and it can lead to various career opportunities in the fields of fitness, sports, research, and healthcare. These careers can be fulfilling, as they involve helping others improve their physical well-being and achieve their fitness goals. By studying exercise science, individuals can learn about the positive effects of physical activity on overall health, disease prevention, and management. This knowledge can be applied to promote healthier behaviors and educate others on the importance of exercise.
A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.
Accrediting agency is SACS in general.
Certifications in the Personal Trainer Concentration and the Health Coach concentration require American Council on Exercise ACE certification.
As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.
After completing the first two years at Perimeter College in the Exercise Science pathway, many students choose to transition to the GSU Atlanta campus to earn a B.S. in Exercise Science. For more information on the programs offered at GSU downtown visit the Kinesiology and Health page in the College of Education & Human Development.
The field of exercise science offers a diverse range of career opportunities and specific career paths may require further education or certifications.
A few examples of career options in exercise science include:
For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics