Health Science & Safety Education Curriculum - Southwestern Illinois College


Are you planning to earn an Associate in Science degree and then transfer to a four-year college or university to major in Health Science/Safety 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 Science degree listed in the printed or Online College Catalog. General Education course preferences may vary by transfer institution.

Recommended Courses

Total Credits 11
Course Number  Course Description Credits
BIOL 101 Principles of Biology I 4

CHEM 101

    OR CHEM 105

Introductory Chemistry

    OR General Chemistry

HES 151 Personal Health and Wellness 2

Most four-year colleges and universities will accept the following classes as Exercise Science major credit:

Course Number  Course Description Credits
HES 152 First Aid-Medical Self Help 2

HES 154

Nutrition, Exercise, and Weight Management

HES 158 Consumer Health 3

Optional Courses

Course Number  Course Description Credits

BIOL 105

    OR BIOL 157

Human Biology

    OR Human Anatomy & Physiology I


BIOL 250


PSYC 270 Health Psychology 3
SOC 153 Introductory Sociology 3

*The optional courses listed above may be applicable toward a baccalaureate Exercise Science 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 Science 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.