Exercise Science is an applied science that focuses on the body's responses and adaptations during and after regular exercise or sports training for the purposes of improving athletic performance, health, fitness or quality of life.
Students of the program study the biological, physiological and behavioral aspects of human movement and performance. They apply this knowledge to the care of healthy individuals and those who are at high risk for chronic health conditions and injuries. Some professionals focus on fitness, health and disease prevention while others focus on treatment and rehabilitation of injuries.
Students who earn an AAS degree in Exercise Science learn how to design safe and effective exercise programs for healthy to moderate risk individuals.
Exercise Science has many sub-disciplines including exercise physiology, clinical exercise physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, motor learning and control, sports and exercise psychology, sports medicine, athletic training and physical therapy.
Students who complete the required discipline, general education and highly recommended courses will be prepared to pursue a career in one or more of the above sub-disciplines or to transfer to a four-year institution's Exercise Science, Kinesiology or Human Performance program.
Carroll is the place to complete your associate’s degree in Exercise Science, prepare for a fitness or clinical certification, and transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a baccalaureate degree.
"Earning my Associate’s atCarroll Community College gave me a strong and confident education foundation,which allowed me to accomplish my goal of transferring and receiving myBachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland, College Park." Ashley Lemmon, Exercise Science Program graduate
“One month after ending my active duty service with the Marine Corps, I begancoursework at Carroll in Exercise Science. I was set up for success both intransferring to a bachelor’s degree program after completion of the AA, andthrough an ACSM personal trainer workshop that lead to my first certificationin the field. I would recommend this program to anyone wanting to get into the Exercise Science field." Kurt Udseth, Jr. Exercise Science Program graduate, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Sarge Athletics”
Education: MS, Towson University; BS,
Sharon Brunner has been teaching and managing
the Health Science and Exercise Science program since 2008. She was an Adjunct
Instructor and Program Coordinator for the department for almost a decade prior
to her current full-time position. Mrs. Brunner, a Certified Personal Trainer
and Exercise Medicine Level I Professional through the American College of
Sports Medicine, has over 25 years of experience as an exercise specialist,
wellness coach and freelance health and fitness writer. She is known for her
engaging teaching style in HES-105, HES-200, HLTH-101, HLTH-201, PHED-101 and
HLTH-210. She also teaches many of the online courses for the department.
Education: MEd, Auburn University;
BS, James Madison University
Katelyn Dillon, a certified and
licensed athletic trainer in Maryland, is an Instructor for Health Science and
Exercise Science. She is the Athletic Trainer for Carroll’s intercollegiate
sports program coming in Fall 2019. Prior to Carroll, she worked as an athletic
trainer for Catholic University and Damascus High School and as a field
services representative for DJO Global, a provider of orthopedic brace
services. She brings significant knowledge and experience in Athletic Training
and Sports Medicine. She teaches HLTH-101, HLTH-210, PHED-101 and HES-110.
Education: BS, Towson University
Brendon Michaels, Fitness Center
Manager with almost 20 years of experience at Carroll, serves as a Fitness
Testing Technician for the PHED-101 course. He manages the daily operations of
the Fitness Center and Gym for the HES-200 and PHED-107, PHED-109, PHED-117 and
PHED-122 courses. He supervises Fitness Center student aides and workers and
coordinates the gym schedule for intramurals, student club activities, employee
fitness and non-credit courses. Additionally, he coordinates the Commit to Get Fit employee program and
leads the fitness component of the post-secondary education program offered
through Continuing Education & Training.
concentration provides students with the background necessary for transfer into
a four-year institution's Exercise Science or Kinesiology program.
four-year institutions vary in their requirements, Carroll Community College students
are expected to check with their chosen transfer institution and consult a Carroll academic advisor and ARTSYS to select courses that will transfer toward
their bachelor's degree. Most bachelor's degree institutions will accept 60
credits at transfer.
Additionally, this program provides students with preparation
courses to earn personal training and fitness certifications to begin working
in the industry.
Science graduates can find jobs in commercial, corporate and private fitness
companies, physical therapy clinics, and athletic training programs at high
schools, colleges and sports medicine facilities. They can fill such roles as exercise physiologist, physical therapist,
athletic trainer, sports medicine physician and physician’s assistant.
the American Council on Exercise’s (ACE) most recent salary report, “75% of
Exercise Science professionals hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.” Earning one
or more national-recognized industry certifications enable these professionals
to earn significantly more.
Carroll Exercise Science
students have completed internships at Snap Fitness in Mt. Airy, Gold’s Gym
Eldersburg, Thrive Fitness in Westminster and Sykesville Physical Therapy. Some
have gone on to work at Gold’s Gym Eldersburg as personal trainers and in our
own campus fitness center.
To find jobs, search
job seeker websites like SimplyHired or Glassdoor using the key words: Exercise
Science or Kinesiology.
Carroll offers an exceptional
education at an extraordinary value.
Visit the Tuition
page for the latest rates.
Explore the following options:
By using ARTSYS (artweb.usmd.edu),
students can best plan the necessary courses that will transfer to a
baccalaureate degree-granting institution.
Credit may be granted for a current
industry-recognized certification. For details about program admission
requirements, see Admissions Info.
The Financial Aid Office assists eligible students with meeting their college
expenses. Financial assistance is provided through scholarships, grants and
practical and transferrable courses, the Health Science Concentration aims to
prepare students for a rewarding career path in preventive health. Students
gain both knowledge and skills in lifestyle behavior change, chronic disease
prevention and wellness.