Exercise and Sport Science Track

Program Competencies for LAX

Upon graduation from these programs, students shall have the ability to:

  • Formulate clear and precise questions about complex problems and ideas relevant to a variety of disciplines—math, science, the humanities, and the social sciences—and gather, assess, and interpret information to arrive at well-reasoned conclusions and solutions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of complex written texts that demand an appreciation of subtext, irony, metaphor, and the subtlety and nuances of language.
  • Successfully complete a substantial research paper that demonstrates the ability to formulate a research question, conduct research using the library’s databases, and synthesize information from a variety of sources into a cohesive and in-depth analysis of a topic.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historic, social, and cultural backgrounds necessary for understanding their own and other societies with an emphasis on important ideas and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, their world.
  • Demonstrate scientific literacy, which can be defined as the matrix of knowledge needed to understand enough about the universe to deal with issues that come across the horizon of the average citizen, in the news or elsewhere.
  • Demonstrate a broad exposure to, and an understanding of, the differences and similarities in the various academic disciplines within their Liberal Arts education.
  • Successfully transfer to a baccalaureate degree granting institution if desired, with the proper educational foundation for transition into a chosen field of study.

Additional Program Competencies for LAX

In addition to the above program competencies, upon graduation from the Liberal Arts & Sciences—Fitness Leadership & Exercise Science Concentration program, students shall have the ability to:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of exercise physiology and kinesiology.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of nutrition and the guidelines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to do a thorough client assessment for designing a complete exercise program.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the professional responsibilities surrounding safety, liability, and code of ethics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fitness leadership certifications and the need for continuing education.

Technical Standards1 for LAX


For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

Students entering into this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information in either spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.
  • Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.

Exercise  and Sports Science Track (LAX)

A Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences

This program is for those students who would like to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science, exercise physiology, fitness management, or other health-related fields. With a bachelor’s degree, students may pursue fitness management careers at private and corporate fitness centers. Upon graduation from MWCC, students may pursue immediate employment at wellness or recreational agencies. In this program, students will learn in a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center and gain in-depth knowledge of exercise science to increase their skills and make them more marketable to prospective employers.

Year 1
ENG 101English Composition I 3
MAT 163Pre-Calculus 4
CHC 101Complementary Health Care 3
BIO 109 or 115Biology I (or Human Biology) 4
PER 126 or 130Fitness And Wellness 12-3
ENG 102English Composition II 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
PSY 105Introduction To Psychology 3
History Elective (see list below)  3
BIO 199Anatomy and Physiology I (formerly BIO203) 4
Year 2
Art Elective (see list below)  3
PSY 110Human Growth And Development 3
EXS 201Exercise Science And Nutrition 4
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
EXS 102 or PTA 104Principles Of Anatomy And Kinesiology (or Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology) 3-4
English Elective (see list below)  3
BIO 204Anatomy and Physiology II 4
EXS 203Exercise Testing And Program Design 4
ISC 210Critical Thinking 23
History Elective (designated culturally diverse course) (see list below)  3
ECO 102Microeconomics 3
 Total Credits: 68-70

PER 130 Health, Fitness, And Wellness is recommended for transfer


Capstone course

English Electives

ENG 213American Literature I3
ENG 214American Literature II3
ENG 224Mystery Fiction3
ENG 227English Literature I3
ENG 228English Literature II3
ENG 245Film Appreciation3
ENG 261The Short Story3

History Electives

HIS 105History Of World Civilization I3
HIS 106History Of World Civilization II3
HIS 201History of United States I3
HIS 202History of United States II3

Art Electives

ART 101Introduction To Painting3
ART 105Introduction To Drawing3
ART 113Introduction To Studio3

History Electives (designated culturally diverse courses)

HIS 105History Of World Civilization I3
HIS 106History Of World Civilization II3
HIS 125American Ethnic History3


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Helpful hints

Focusing on a particular area of study in biological sciences and exercise skills may be helpful when pursuing a career. Students should have a commitment to their own physical fitness. For more program information, please contact the assistant dean of Health Professions, Public Service Programs and Social Sciences at (978) 630-9292.

Transfer options

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options

For career options, please click here.

Earning potential

$33,730 to $56,130.

See the fitness leadership and exercise science general information for program competencies and technical standards.