Why Choose Exercise Science?

The Exercise Science and Kinesiology program at COCC features multiple options for students wishing to pursue a degree, transfer to a university or are simply interested in career path in the health and fitness industry.

  1. Understanding faculty that specialize in teaching and genuinely care about student success
  2. Welcoming, approachable committed advisors providing personal attention
  3. Small class sizes
  4. Half the tuition of OSU-Cascades
  5. A COCC AA Degree transfers entirely to other Oregon institutions
  6. State-of-the-art equipped Exercise Physiology Lab
  7. Beautiful new classrooms in the Mazama facility addition
  8. Excellent relationship with the Central Oregon health and fitness industry

Career Options in Exercise Science

Employers want to hire health and fitness professionals who have a degree and are certified. Our program will help you get a degree and obtain the knowledge necessary to pass certification exams from nationally-accredited certifying organizations such as the ACSM or NSCA.

Examples of occupations for a student starting out with an Exercise Science degree:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Health Education
  • Sports Medicine
  • Personal Training
  • Group Fitness Instruction
  • Corporate/community Fitness
  • Sports Coaching
  • Wellness/Health Coaching
  • Aerobics Instructor
  • Athletic Director
  • Athletic Training
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Fitness Research
  • Fitness Product Design
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Gym/Fitness Facility Management
  • Health Care Aide
  • Kinesiology
  • Physical Education Teaching
  • Recreation and Sports Director
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Biomechanics