Associate of Arts, Oregon Transfer - Exercise Science Emphasis

Exercise Science connects science, medicine, and health to create a framework for understanding how the human body adapts to stresses, physical activity, and disease. Students will expand their understanding of the body, psyche, skill acquisition, and fitness, as well as the art and science of guiding others in health-related quests. A degree in exercise science can lead to work as a personal trainer, fitness consultant, athletic trainer, or strength and conditioning coach. However, a degree in exercise science also offers a strong foundation for pursuing advanced degrees in exercise-related fields.

For more information regarding credentialing and accreditation please see the Accreditation page.

This program may provide prior learning credit and extended learning opportunities for persons previously or currently employed in related professions.

For more information see the Credit for Prior Learning page.

Available Degrees and Certificates with Curriculum Maps

Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AA-OT)


What will I learn in this program?

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Science in Exercise Science, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate the various professions to knowledgeably enter the field of health, sport, and exercise science.
  • Describe the dimensions of health that impact personal wellness.
  • Identify leadership and professional skills within the field of health, sport, and exercise science.
  • Prepare exercise, and lifestyle behavioral plans to aid in human performance.
  • Describe the impact of physical activity and nutrition on the human body.
  • Experience the health, clinical, performance and education aspects of physical activity

What does a transfer degree mean?

The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree prepares students to transfer to an Oregon university with the guarantee that the student has met all of the lower-division general education requirements for the Oregon universities.

Upon acceptance at an Oregon university, the student is given “junior status” for registration purposes.

The AAOT does not guarantee admissions into specific departments or programs and does not guarantee admission into the student’s Oregon university of choice.

Careers in Exercise Science

Median Annual Salary

  • United States:
  • Oregon State:
  • Klamath  Region:

2021-2030 Employment Projection

54.8% Growth

Entry Level Educational Requirements:

High School Diploma

Prospective Jobs

Personal Trainer Coach Physical Therapy Aide
Fitness Consultant  Recreational Therapist  Kinesiologist


All data was gathered from the State of Oregon Employment Department and Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Data provided for a Fitness Trainer position. For a different employment forecast please visit the State of Oregon Employment Department.

Contact Exercise Science

Joni Hansen
Exercise Science Program Lead
Bldg. 3 Room 318