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2020-2021

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

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Health Science (Thomas Nelson Community College)
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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

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

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

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

Thomas Nelson Community College (Associate of Science: Health Science)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Attend New Student Orientation.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to Exercise Science through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.
ExperienceYear 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 VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Kinesiology & Health Sciences department-related events.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • 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.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend New Student Orientation.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to Exercise Science through the Virginia Wizard.
  • 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
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.

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 VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Kinesiology & Health Sciences department-related events.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • 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.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

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

Thomas Nelson Community College (Associate of Science: Health Science)

Thomas Nelson Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100College Success SkillsUNIV 1011Elective
ENG 111College 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 111-1123General education
MTH 161PreCalculus I (required as prerequisite for MATH 151 at VCU)MATH 1413General education
BIO 141Human Anatomy & Physiology I (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents)BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 2064Major
HLT 110Personal & Community HealthHPEX 1XX3Elective
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education
MTH 245Statistics ISTAT 2103Major
BIO 142Human Anatomy & Physiology II (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents)BIOL205 + PHIS/Z 2064Major
PSY 230Developmental PsychologyPSYC 3043Major
HLT 230Nutrition & Human DevelopmentBIOL 2173Major
HLT 206 or HLT 228Exercise Science or Principles of Public HealthHPEX 2XX3Elective
HLT 143Medical TerminologyHPEX 2503Major
Social SciencePSY 200 Principles of PsychologyPSYC 1013Major
Laboratory ScienceBIO 101 General Biology IBIOL/Z 1514Major
Transfer electivePED 168 Basic Personal Trainer or ElectiveVCU equivalent3Elective
Laboratory ScienceCHM 111 General Chemistry ICHEM/Z 1014Major
HLT 217 or HLT 241Exercise & Nutrition for Behavioral Change or Global Health PerspectivesHPEX 2XX3Elective
Social ScienceSelect 1: HIS 101, 102, 111, 112. 121, 122, SOC 101VCU equivalent3General education
PHI 220EthicsPHIL 2013Major
Transfer electiveTransfer electiveVCU equivalent3Elective
Thomas Nelson credits transferred to VCU62
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
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 8General education
MATH 151Precalculus Mathematics4Major
PHYS 201General Physics I4Major
HPEX 300Healthcare Delivery in the U.S.3Major
HPEX 310Fitness and Health3Major
HPEX 395Clinical Experience I3Major
HPEX 495Clinical Experience II (fulfills senior capstone)6Major
HPEX 350Nutrition3Major
HPEX 371Psychology of Physical Activity3Major
HPEX 374Musculoskeletal Structure and Movement4Major
HPEX 375 + HPEZ 375Physiology of Exercise and Laboratory4Major
HPEX 380Resistance Training for Health and Performance3Major
HPEX 440Chronic Disease and Exercise Management3Major
HPEX 441Assessment and Exercise Intervention in Health and Disease3Major
HPEX 470Exercise Programming and Leadership3Major
HPEX 475Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Pharmacology3Major
HPEX 480Professional Certification Seminar1Major
Open electives0 to 6Elective
Credits completed at VCU 58
Bachelor's degree total120
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