Exercise Science Curriculum - Southwestern Illinois College


Are you planning to earn an Associate in Arts degree and then transfer to a four-year college or university to major in Health/Physical Education? We strongly encourage you to consult with a SWIC Advisor prior to enrolling each semester.  We also advise you to familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of the four-year institution where you plan to transfer.

Fulfill the General Education and other institutional requirements for the Associate in Arts degree listed in the printed or Online College Catalog. General Education course preferences may vary by transfer institution.

Recommended Courses

Course Number Course Description Credits

Total Credits

HES 151 Personal Health and Wellness 2
COMM 151 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
PSYC 151 General Psychology 3

CHEM 101

    OR CHEM 105

Introductory Chemistry

    OR General Chemistry I


BIOL 100 

    OR BIOL 101

General Biology: Ecology, Evolution & Genetics

    OR Principles of Biology I


Most four-year colleges and universities will accept the following classes as Health/Physical Education major credit:

Course Number Course Description Credits
HES 170 Introduction to Exercise Science 3
HES 155 Physical Fitness and Wellness 2
HES 130 Physical Fitness I 1
HES 152 First Aid-Medical Self Help 2
HES 158 Consumer Health 3

Optional Courses

Course Number Course Description Credits
BIOL 157 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
HES 154 Nutrition, Exercise, and Weight Management 2
ED 252 Educational Psychology 3
ED 255 American Public Education 3
PSYC 270 Health Psychology 3

*The optional courses listed above may be applicable toward a baccalaureate Health/Physical Education major. Please keep in mind that most transfer institutions limit the number of credit hours taken within a student’s major field of study at the community college level. To ensure the acceptance of such courses toward your intended major, check with the four-year institution where you are transferring or a SWIC Academic Advisor regarding their applicability.

Fulfill all other Associate in Arts degree requirements listed in the printed or Online College Catalog.

Apply for graduation by the date published in the College Calendar.

Earn at least 64 transferable credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 to graduate from SWIC. Many transfer institutions require a higher GPA for admission to the institution and/or specific majors.Note: Enrollment in many transfer classes is based on your score on the assessment placement test and/or your fulfillment of course prerequisites.