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2021-2022

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

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: General Studies, Health Sciences Specialization (Northern Virginia Community College)
Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia 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)

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: General Studies, Health Sciences 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 or SDV 101.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Browse careers related to Exercise Science through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
Experience Year 2
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus 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.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • 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 the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Register for SDV 100 or SDV 101.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to Exercise Science through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus 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
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • 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 the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
Major map compass icon
2021-2022

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

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: General Studies, Health Sciences Specialization)

Northern Virginia Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 (or SDV 101) 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)
MTH MTH 161 Precalculus I Note: must take with MTH 162 or take the combined 5-credit MTH 167 MATH 141 3 General education
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology PSYC 101 3 Major (Ancillary)
HLT 141 Introduction to Medical Terminology HPEX 250 1 Major
BIO 142 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)
ENG 112 College Composition  II UNIV 200 3 General education
CST Select 1: CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking OR CST 110 Introduction to Communication OR CST 126 Interpersonal Communication OR CST 229 Intercultural Communication SPCH 3 Elective
Transfer elective BIO 101 General Biology I BIOL/Z 151 4 Major (Ancillary)
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Select 1: ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I OR ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II OR MUS 121 Music Appreciation I OR PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy I VCU equivalent 3 General education
Social/Behavioral Science Elective PSY 230 Developmental Psychology PSYC 304 3 Major (Ancillary)
Transfer Elective MTH 162 Precalculus II MATH 151 3 Major (Ancillary)
Transfer Elective Select any transfer elective. VCU equivalent 3 Elective
MTH 245 Statistics I STAT 210 3 Major (Ancillary)
HIS elective Select 1: HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I OR HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II OR HIS 111 History of World Civilization I OR HIS 112 History of World Civilization II OR HIS 121 United States History I OR HIS 122 United States History II HIST 3 General education
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Select 1: CST 151 Film Appreciation I OR ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I OR ENG 242 Survey of American Literature II OR ENG 243 Survey of English Literature I OR ENG 244 Survey of English Literature II OR ENG 251 Survey of World Literature I OR ENG 252 Survey of World Literature II VCU equivalent 3 General education
Laboratory Science CHM 111 General Chemistry I CHEM/Z 101 4 Major (Ancillary)
Transfer Elective PHY 201 General Physics I PHYS 201 4 Major (Ancillary)
Transfer Elective Select 1: BIO 102 General Biology II OR BIO 150 Microbiology OR BIO 206 Cellular Biology OR CHM 112 General Chemistry II OR DIT 121 Nutrition I OR HLT 230 Principles of Nutrition and Human Development OR PHI 227 Bio-Medical Ethics OR PHY 202 General College Physics II OR PSY 215 Abnormal Psychology OR PSY 240 Health Psychology VCU equivalent 3 to 4 Major
Northern Virginia 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
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)
Approved electives (check with VCU advisor) 6 to 14 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
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 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)
Approved electives (check with VCU advisor) 12 to 20 Elective
Credits Completed at VCU 59
Bachelor's degree total 120