Courses & Programs

Health, Fitness & Nutrition

The Associate in Science Degree in Health, Fitness & Nutrition provides a sound academic foundation for the student who wants to pursue a career in health and fitness or possibly transfer to a four-year physical education/exercise science program.

Patricia Mantia

Chair, Health Fitness Nutrition

Health Sciences

Bartley Center 100B

413.552.2449 (Tel)


What will you learn?

The Associate of Science Degree in Health, Fitness & Nutrition provides a sound academic foundation for the student who wants to pursue a career in health and fitness and/or transfer to a four-year program in exercise science.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the degree program, students will be able to:

  • Define the roles and responsibilities of the exercise leader.
  • Identify and discuss the components of fitness and explain how they relate to wellness.
  • Describe and discuss human movement from physiological and biomechanical perspectives.
  • Define and discuss ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) guidelines for fitness programs.
  • Discuss exercise programming considerations for populations with medical concerns and explain basic emergency medical care.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in technical skills related to exercise science and/or nutrition.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in interpersonal communication skills.
  • Meet objectives required for successful completion of national certification exams when appropriate.
  • Meet minimum criteria for transfer to four-year program and/or gain employment in the field of Health, Fitness, & Nutrition.

What will you do?

Transfer to a four-year college or university, or enter the workforce! Options include:

  • Physical Education
  • Community & Public Health Nutrition
  • Individual Nutrition/Wellness Consulting
  • Fitness Instruction
  • Health Promotion and Programming

Learn more at HCC's Advising, Career & Transfer Center and at What Can I Do With This Major?

63-64 total credits

35-36 credits General Education Requirements + 19 credits Program Requirements

No online courses are available for this program.


General Education Requirements

35-36 CREDITS

Program Requirements

19 CREDITS

9 credits of electives


Select three 1-credit courses with a HFN prefix:

HFN XX1  |  Health & Fitness Elective
Credits: 1  

HFN XX2  |  Health & Fitness Elective
Credits: 1  

HFN XX3  |  Health & Fitness Elective
Credits: 1

Select two 3-credit courses with a HFN prefix:

HFN XX4  |  Health & Fitness Elective 
Credits: 3  

HFN XX5   |  Health & Fitness Elective
Credits: 3  


HFN 190 should be taken at end of program.

Students wishing to select non-HFN elective options should seek approval from the department Chair.

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.