Health and Exercise Science

Welcome! The MCC Health and Exercise Science program is designed for students who have an interest in understanding the importance of physical activity and exercise and their direct connection to prevention of disease and promotion of wellness and good health. It offers a mix of theory, hands-on/practical courses, and internships for students pursuing this degree. The courses in the program address the biophysical, physiological, health and socio-cultural aspects of the importance of physical activity and exercise in our daily lives. Understanding the human body and the role of exercise in the prevention of disease is an important part of this degree program. At MCC, students who complete this program are prepared for certificates from the State of Connecticut in adult CPR, standard first-aid and coaching, as well as for a national personal training certificate through American College of Sports Medicine.

This program is popular with students who complete the requirements, earn an associate of science degree and then choose to obtain employment in a field such as commercial and corporate fitness centers, community recreation, education, sports communication and management, sports medicine or community health. 

For students who plan to transfer to complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree in exercise science at one of the four Connecticut state universities or Charter Oak State College, enrolling in the college’s Exercise Science Studies Transfer Ticket degree pathway program is a good choice. By entering this program, students are able to start their course work at MCC and take advantage of its high quality instruction and more affordable community college tuition and fees. Upon completion of the CSCU Pathway Transfer: Exercise Science Studies associate degree, students are guaranteed full junior status and can complete a bachelor’s degree in their major without losing any credits or being required to take extra credits or incur additional expenses.

In addition, MCC has developed excellent relationships with colleges and universities in Connecticut and the Northeast outside of the CSCU system to ensure that our students are able to transfer the maximum number of credits toward their degree. Students who are planning to transfer are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors or department chairs to discuss how MCC courses transfer to other institutions. More information on the transfer options available at MCC can be found in the Transfer Services portion of the website. 

Find out about a career in Health and Exercise Science.

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Contact Information

Allison MacKenzie, Program Coordinator
Health and Exercise Science Program
860-512-2718