UC Blue Ash College

Exercise Science


Why study Exercise Science?

The Exercise Science program is an associate of science degree will prepare students for a variety of careers in health and fitness. After obtaining their Associate's degree, students can choose to transition to the baccalaureate program in exercise science at UC's College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH). 

The Exercise Science program at the University of Cincinnati is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of careers in exercise science, physiology, and fitness programming - just to name a few! Graduates of this program will be prepared to advance in some of the following career options such as:

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Employee Wellness Manager
  • Fitness Manager or Director
  • Health Coach
  • Health Educator
  • Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach


Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

Exercise science professionals must be good communicators and like working with people. They need to be able to comfortably speak to individuals and groups and must have excellent writing skills. Furthermore, those majoring in exercise science are usually committed to their own health and are excited about helping others improve theirs. Creativity is a real plus as it often takes creative thinking to motivate and help individuals or communities to change health behaviors.

Both the behavioral and biological sciences form the foundation for this degree. Course work is required in such areas as psychology, sociology, human growth and development, human anatomy and physiology, statistics and speech/communications. 

The Exercise Science program prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the diverse health and wellness needs of the population. Pursuing a degree in exercise science allows students to focus on health, fitness and clinical careers in exercise science and kinesiology. Students have opportunities to provide individuals and communities with the knowledge, tools, and motivation to engage in healthier lifestyles.


Current and admitted students can locate advisor contact information for Exercise Science program via the UCBA Advising website.

To graduate from the UC Blue Ash College Health Promotion and Education (Pre) associate degree program, students must complete all required coursework and have a minimum grade point average of 2.0. 

Within CECH, a 2.00 grade point average is required to graduate from the bachelor's degree program.

Transferring to UC Blue Ash College from another institution:   

UC Blue Ash College has an open admission policy (although some programs within the college are selective admissions.) Students admitted to the college must show proof of high school graduation or successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) exam. Submission of standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) is recommended but not required. Transfer students must also supply official transcripts from each previously attended institution. Credits are accepted from any institution currently accredited by any of the six regional accrediting agencies.  Credits transferred from another institution may not fulfill specific requirements for the degree.  An official evaluation of transfer credit from other colleges will be processed after the student’s file is complete.

For current UC students who wish to transfer from one UC program to another:   

Fill out an Application for Change in College and Program. You are advised to speak to your advisor prior to requesting a change in major. 

Submit the completed form to the college which offers the program into which you want to transition.

Transitioning from UC Blue Ash College to the UC baccalaureate program in Exercise Science: UC Blue Ash College students must apply to the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services and also to the Exercise Science program within the college. A 2.25 grade point average is required for admission into the program, and a 2.50 grade point average is required to graduate from the program in the CECH.

International students wishing to apply to UCBA can find information at UC Admissions - International Students.

Application Deadlines

UC Blue Ash College admits students each term, so students can begin fall, spring, and summer semesters. Please consult the UC Blue Ash Admissions page for specific application deadlines for each term.

Students should check with the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services for application deadlines to the bachelor's program.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

UCBA Academic Support
9555 Plainfield Rd.
Blue Ash, OH 45236
(513) 558-7928

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Program Code: 28ASC-EXSC28-AS