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Lea Bingham
Assistant Dean, University Transfer
Phillips (Building 3), room 126
919-536-7200, ext. 8004

Exercise and Sports Science

University Transfer Options

Students who wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sports Science should complete the Associate in Arts (AA) degree which will transfer to all UNC System schools, most North Carolina independent colleges and universities, and most out of state institutions.

The Associate in Arts (AA)

The Associate in Arts (AA) is intended for students who ultimately wish to complete a baccalaureate arts degree at a four-year college or university. Students in this program develop foundational knowledge particularly business, English, fine arts, foreign languages, history, philosophy, psychology, or sociology.

Students whose long-term goal is to become an occupational or physical therapist should view our pre-professional programs page, which lists the admissions requirements for post-baccalaureate professional degrees.

Course Selection Guide

This course selection guide shown below has been developed by referencing the Baccalaureate Degree plans or the student plans for the Bachelor of Arts degrees at the universities listed below. Note that many other colleges and universities also offer Bachelor of Arts degrees in Business.

  • North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University (NC A&T) - BS in Kinesiology
  • North Carolina Central University (NCCU) - BS in Kinesiology, Sports Medicine Concentration
  • UNC-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) - BA in Exercise and Sport Science, Fitness Professional Concentration
  • UNC-Greensboro (UNC-G) - BS in Kinesiology

There are many concentrations within this major, and the requirements may vary. Students should print out and save the baccalaureate degree plan (BDP) for their major and intended transfer university.

Printable Exercise and Sports Science Course Selection Guide (pdf)

General Education – 45 SHC (“Semester Hours of Credit”)
Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) Courses (31-32 SHC)

UGETC courses are courses which are guaranteed to fulfill a general education component at every public university in North Carolina and the private colleges that are signatories to the 2015 Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.

English Composition (6 SHC)
ENG 111 Writing & InquiryENG 111ENG 111ENG 111ENG 111
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines ENG 112ENG 112ENG 112ENG 112
Humanities/Fine Arts (H/FA) (9 SHC)

Select three courses from at least two disciplines

One course selected from ART 111, 114, 115; COM 231; DRA 111, MUS 110, 112AnyCOM 231AnyCOM 231
PHI 215 or PHI 240 PHI 240AnyAnyAny
One course selected from ENG 231, 232, 241, 242AnyAnyAnyAny
Social and Behavioral Sciences (S/BS) (9 SHC)

Select three courses from at least two disciplines

One course selected from HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 131, or HIS 132HIS 111 or 112HIS 112AnyAny
ECO 251, 252, POL 120; PSY 150, or SOC 210PSY 150PSY 150AnyPSY 150
One additional course from aboveAnyAnyAnyAny
Mathematics (3-4 SHC)
One Math course selected from MAT 143, 152, 171MAT 171MAT 171MAT 171Any
Natural Science (4 SHC)
One Science course selected from AST 151/A, BIO 110, BIO 111, CHM 151, GEL 111, PHY 110/ABIO 110 or 111CHM 151BIO 110BIO 110
Additional General Education Transfer Hours (13-14 SHC)
Foreign Language (3 SHC)
Durham Tech Gen Ed RequirementNCATNCCUUNCCHUNCG
Choose from American Sign Language, Arabic, French, German, or Spanish
FL 112 Must be taken with accompanying lab. Foreign Language must be at 112 level or higher for Durham Tech requirements.
FL 112FL 112FL 211FL 112
Second Mathematics Course (3-4 SHC)
Durham Tech Gen Ed RequirementNCATNCCUUNCCHUNCG
Choose from MAT 143, MAT 152, MAT 171, MAT 172, or MAT 263. Note: There are prerequisites for these courses that must be met.MAT 172MAT 172AnyAny

MAT 172 at NCAT is listed here as a prerequisite for PHY 151. 

Second Natural Science Course (4 SHC)
Durham Tech Gen Ed RequirementNCATNCCUUNCCHUNCG
Choose from AST 151/151A, AST 152/152A, BIO 110, BIO 111, 112, BIO 140/140A, CHM 131/A, CHM 132, CHM 151, CHM 152, GEL 111, GEL 230, PHY 110/110ACHM 131/A or 151CHM 152CHM 151CHM 131/A or
CHM 151

UNCCH requires CHM 151 only for Fitness Professional track.

One Additional Course (3-4 SHC)
Durham Tech Gen Ed RequirementNCATNCCUUNCCHUNCG
One additional courseMAT 152PSY 281AnyAny
Other Required Hours (15 SHC)

Students should consult their advisor. The listings vary based on the requirements of the selected university and the student's intended major.

College Transfer Success Course (1 SHC)
Durham Tech RequirementNCATNCCUUNCCHUNCG
ACA 122 (This course should be taken in the student’s first semester.)ACA 122ACA 122ACA 122ACA 122
Foreign Language (0-8 SHC)
Durham Tech RequirementNCATNCCUUNCCHUNCG
FL 111/181, 112/182 if needed to meet prerequisitesAs NeededAs NeededAs NeededAs Needed
Additional Major Course(s)
Durham Tech RequirementNCATNCCUUNCCHUNCG
Additional college level course(s) to complete the 15 SHC requirement.BIO 163 or BIO 168 and 169
PHY 151
BIO 155
BIO 168
BIO 169
HEA 110
PED 110
PSY 281
AnyBIO 155
BIO 168
BIO 169

Guaranteed Admissions Pathways

Durham Tech has partnered with several universities to develop guaranteed admissions pathways for a seamless transition into their baccalaureate programs for eligible students who complete a Durham Tech university transfer degree (AA, AS, AFA, and AE). Students must apply for acceptance into these programs.

View more information about Guaranteed Admissions Pathways and the list of universities. 

Suggested Paths

Short Term

(12 months or less)

Long Term

(More than 12 months)