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2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science with a concentration in exercise science

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts & Sciences: General Studies-Health and Physical Education Specialization (Germanna Community College)
Germanna Community College
Germanna Community College
Program description
The Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences offers programs that prepare students to pursue careers that utilize exercise interventions for both healthy and diseased populations and/or careers designed for students who wish to enter a health care-related field (that does not require licensure, certification or registry status). The department offers one undergraduate degree program; the Bachelor of Science with either the exercise science concentration or the health science concentration.
Career opportunities
Career paths include exercise physiologist, corporate fitness director, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist, strength and conditioning specialist and wellness director. Additionally, the exercise science concentration prepares students for graduate study in exercise science or athletic training and offers an excellent option for those students who want to obtain the pre-requisites for post-graduate study in physical therapy, occupational therapy and medicine.  
Bachelor-level job titles
  • Exercise Physiologist 
  • Fitness and Wellness Coordinator
  • Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
  • Health Educator
  • Recreation Worker
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Sports Coach or Scout
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Sports Medicine Doctor
Contact information


VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Highest level of math required
  • MATH 151
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

Transfer major map
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2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science with a concentration in exercise science

Germanna Community College (Associate of Arts & Sciences: General Studies-Health and Physical Education Specialization)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and utilize tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester to discuss progress in your degree program.
  • Find and connect with a faculty mentor.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Create Linkedln profile.
  • Get involved with a professional or student organization.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to exercise science through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Work with career services to build resume.
Experience Year 2
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and utilize tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester to discuss progress in your degree program.
  • Find and connect with a faculty mentor.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Create Linkedln profile.
  • Get involved with a professional or student organization.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to exercise science through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Work with career services to build resume.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Course equivalent
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2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science with a concentration in exercise science

Germanna Community College (Associate of Arts & Sciences: General Studies-Health and Physical Education Specialization)

Germanna Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I UNIV 111-112 3 General education
BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents) BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 206 4 Major
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents) BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 206 4 Major
MTH 167 Precalculus with Trigonometry MATH 151 5 General education
ENG 112 College Composition  II UNIV 200 3 General education
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness HPEX 1XX 2 Elective
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology PSYC 101 3 Major
Humanities/Fine Arts Humanities elective (select 1): ART 101, 102, HUM 100, MUS 121, PHI 101, 220, REL 231 VCU equivalent 3 Major
HIS History (select 1): HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST 3 General education
BIO 101 General Biology I BIOL/Z 151 4 Major
CHM 111 General Chemistry I CHEM/Z 101 4 Major
MTH 245 Statistics I STAT 210 4 Major
HIS History (select 1): HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST 3 General education
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology PSYC 304 3 Major
CST 110 Introduction to Speech Communication (or CST 126) SPCH 121 3 Elective
HLT 110 Concepts of Personal and Community Health HPEX 1XX 3 Elective
HLT 230 Principles of Nutrition and Human Development BIOL 217 3 Major
ENG Any 200-level ENG literature course (select 1): ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252 ENGL 3 General education
Humanities/Fine Arts Humanities elective (select 1): ART 101, 102, CST 151, HUM 100, MUS 121, PHI 101, 220, REL 231 VCU equivalent 3 Major
Germanna credits transferred to VCU 64
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
Foreign language through the 102 level.   (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school.  Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.) 0 to 8 General education (not waived by associate degree)
PHYS 201 General Physics I 4 Major
HPEX 300 Healthcare Delivery in the U.S. 3 Major (HPEX Core)
HPEX 310 Fitness and Health 3 Major (HPEX Core)
HPEX 395 Clinical Experience I 3 Major (HPEX Core)
HPEX 495 Clinical Experience II (fulfills senior capstone) 6 Major (HPEX Core)
HPEX 350 Nutrition 3 Major (Exercise Science Core)
HPEX 371 Psychology of Physical Activity 3 Major (Exercise Science Core)
HPEX 374 Musculoskeletal Structure and Movement 4 Major (Exercise Science Core)
HPEX 375 + HPEZ 375 Physiology of Exercise and Laboratory 4 Major (Exercise Science Core)
HPEX 380 Resistance Training for Health and Performance 3 Major (Exercise Science Core)
HPEX 440 Chronic Disease and Exercise Management 3 Major (Exercise Science Core)
HPEX 441 Assessment and Exercise Intervention in Health and Disease 3 Major (Exercise Science Core)
HPEX 470 Exercise Programming and Leadership 3 Major (Exercise Science Core)
HPEX 475 Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3 Major (Exercise Science Core)
HPEX 480 Professional Certification Seminar 1 Major (Exercise Science Core )
Approved electives (check with VCU advisor) Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level (300- or 400-level) credits to graduate from VCU. 6 to 9 Elective
Credits Completed at VCU 56
Bachelor's degree total 120