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2021-2022

Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

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

Depending on the concentration, the major is designed for students who wish to enter a health care-related field that does not require licensure, certification or registry status such as corporate wellness, human services, nonprofit health promotion and medical and pharmaceutical sales, or exercise physiologist, corporate fitness director, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist, strength and conditioning specialist and wellness director.


Graduates can also be qualified to enter either graduate or professional health science programs, such as public health, health education and promotion, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, nursing, speech-language pathology, audiology, radiation safety, clinical laboratory science and health care administration. Additionally, the exercise science concentration prepares students for graduate study in exercise science or athletic training.

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

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


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 to graduate, grade of C or better required in all major and concentration courses

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2021-2022

Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

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.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Find and connect with a faculty mentor.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester to discuss progress in your degree program.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and utilize tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • 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.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • 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.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
Experience Year 2
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Kinesiology & Health Sciences department-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Find and connect with a faculty mentor.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester to discuss progress in your degree program.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and utilize tutoring resources to get ahead.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • 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.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • 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.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Kinesiology & Health Sciences department-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

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 Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. 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 (Ancillary)
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness HPEX 1XX 2 Elective
Humanities/Fine Arts PHI 220 Ethics PHIL 201 3 Major (Restricted elective)
ENG 112 College Composition  II UNIV 200 3 General education
MTH 167 Precalculus with Trigonometry (or MTH 161-162) MATH 151 5 Major (Ancillary)
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 (Ancillary)
HIS History (select 1): HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST 3 General education
CST 110 Introduction to Speech Communication (or CST 126) SPCH 121 3 Elective
BIO 101 General Biology I BIOL/Z 151 4 Major (Ancillary)
MTH 245 Statistics I STAT 210 4 Major (Ancillary)
HLT 110 Concepts of Personal and Community Health HPEX 1XX 3 Elective
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology PSYC 304 3 Major (Ancillary)
ENG Any 200-level ENG literature course (select 1): ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252 ENGL 3 General education
CHM 111 General Chemistry I CHEM/Z 101 4 Major (Ancillary)
HLT 230 Principles of Nutrition and Human Development BIOL 217 3 Major (Restricted elective)
Social Science PSY 200 Principles of Psychology PSYC 101 3 Major (Ancillary)
Humanities/Fine Arts Humanities elective (select 1): ART 101, 102, CST 151, HUM 100, MUS 121, PHI 101, 220, REL 231 VCU equivalent 3 General education
Germanna credits transferred to VCU 61
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Science
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)
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 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 )
PHYS 201 General Physics I 4 Major (Ancillary)
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. 10 Elective
Credits Completed at VCU 59
Bachelor's degree total 120
Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science with a concentration in Health Science
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)
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 6 Major (HPEX Core)
HPEX 250 Medical Terminology 1 Major (Health Science Core)
HPEX 345 Nutrition for Health and Disease 3 Major (Health Science Core)
HPEX 352 Substance Abuse 3 Major (Health Science Core)
HPEX 353 Disease Trends, Prevention and Control 3 Major (Health Science Core)
HPEX 354 Coping and Adaptation 3 Major (Health Science Core)
HPEX 357 Personal Health and Behavior Change 3 Major (Health Science Core)
HPEX 358 Introduction to Epidemiology 3 Major (Health Science Core)
HPEX 435 Health Disparities in the U.S. 3 Major (Health Science Core)
HPEX 445 Principles of Health Care Management 3 Major (Health Science Core)
PHYS 201 General Physics I 4 Major (Ancillary)
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. 15 Elective
Credits Completed at VCU 59
Bachelor's degree total 120