Exercise Science

A PTA student helps a another student stretch her leg in the PTA Lab.

Kellogg Community College’s Associate in Applied Science in Exercise Science degree program is designed for students to transfer to a four-year institution to continue toward a bachelor’s degree in the same or similar field of study or immediately enter into a career in fields including commercial recreation, physical education and/or the fitness industry.

The Exercise Science degree path at KCC will take students through foundational aspects of kinesiology, such as anatomy, physiology, wellness, nutrition, motor behavior, biomechanics and physical education to prepare them for a world full of exciting events, fierce competition and impactful community effects.

For more information about KCC’s Exercise Science Program, see:

Associate of Applied Science: Exercise Science

Click here view our Associate of Applied Science in Exercise Science Program Map

Transfer Opportunities

Click here to view Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact our academic advising team at 269-965-4124 or advising@kellogg.edu to schedule an appointment to plot your personal transfer plan.

Exercise Science Careers

Possible job titles for graduates with an education in Exercise Science include athletic trainer, health educator, community health worker or physical therapist, among others.

  • Athletic trainer: Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses. Many athletic trainers work in educational settings such as colleges, universities and secondary schools. Others work in hospitals, fitness centers, physician offices or for professional sport teams. Top traits for careers in this area: compassionate, decisive, detail-oriented. The median annual wage for athletic trainers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $48,440.
  • Health educator/community health worker: Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with member of specific populations or communities. Top traits for careers in this area: analytical, people oriented, interpersonal. The median annual wage for health educators/community health workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $46,910.
  • Physical therapist: Physical Therapists, sometimes called PTs, help injured, or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. These therapists are often an important part of rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries. Top traits for careers in this area: compassionate, detail oriented, physically fit. The median annual wage for physical therapists, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $89,440.

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info

For the latest employment and wage estimates for Exercise Science careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.

Why Study Exercise Science at KCC?

The Exercise Science Program at Kellogg Community College offers students a unique path to an Exercise Science degree that goes well beyond standard classroom learning, offering excellent instruction, professional certifications, Michigan Transfer Agreement completion and high school dual-enrollment opportunities.

Excellent Instruction

KCC’s Exercise Science Program is facilitated by Faculty Program Coordinator and Head Women’s Soccer Coach Eierí Jordán Salivia. A Puerto Rican native and a former pro soccer player for the Romanian club Astra Ploiești, Salivia was executive director of the Kalamazoo Soccer Club and earned a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota before coming to KCC, where he’s been teaching Physical Education classes since 2018.

Professional Certifications

Students completing the Exercise Science Program at KCC have the opportunity to complete the following certifications in addition to their degree:

  • Medical First Responder (required course through EMT 110: Medical First Responder Training)
  • Personal Trainer (required course through PEP 205: Personal Training)
  • Sport Nutrition Specialist (required course through PEHL 200: Sports Nutrition)

Michigan Transfer Agreement

Exercise Science Program graduates will have fulfilled all requirements of the Michigan Transfer Agreement, which guarantees the transfer of credits for select general education classes among colleges and universities in Michigan.

High School Dual Enrollment

KCC’s Exercise Science Program welcomes dual-enrolled high school students. For students wanting hands-on experience, we highly recommend they meet with their high school athletic director for potential internship opportunities and other industry experience.

Department Contacts

Department Contacts

Eieri Jordan Salivia : Faculty Coordinator, Physical Education/ Head Coach, Women's Soccer
Eieri Jordan Salivia
Faculty Coordinator, Physical Education/ Head Coach, Women's Soccer