Associate of Science Degree

Awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed 90 quarter credits of undergraduate college work. Undergraduate coursework must be completed in a curriculum accepted by the institution towards the degree. Completed courses must include 30 quarter credits of General Education, 30 quarter credits of Electives, and 30 quarter credits of Core courses. Core requirements are specific to major and cannot be satisfied by coursework taken at another institution. Of the total 90 quarter credits required, 30 must be completed as structured, undergraduate coursework through the ISSA College of Exercise Science, regardless of category.

Refer to page 51 of our CES Course catalog for more information on our Academic Programs:

Certificate Programs*

International Sports Sciences Association certificate programs are state approved and reviewed by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). They are designed to prepare students to work in the fitness industry. They are awarded to students who earn requisite scores in an undergraduate course or on all sections of the final exam for a self-paced course and provide current, valid CPR/AED/First Aid documentation.

*Certificate programs are not eligible programs under Federal Student Aid regulations. Students pursuing a certificate, rather than a degree, will not be able to receive Title IV funds.

Further information on our Certificate Programs can be found here:


Melinda Bilecki - MA English, Baylor University; BA English, Rice University

Tamara Bohnett - MS Health Sciences, San Francisco State University; BS Dental Hygiene, Carroll College

Mark Chua - BA Psychology, California Lutheran University; Elite Trainer, ISSA

Carlos Cortez - PhD Education Policy and Administration, University of Southern California; MA Race and Gender Politics, New York University; BA History and Sociology, Georgetown University

Scott Dyck - BA English, Tabor College; Certified Fitness Trainer, International Sports Sciences Association

Sara Fleming - MS Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Georgetown University; BA Biological Sciences, St. Mary’s College of Maryland; CFT, ISSA

Dominique Groom - BS Exercise and Sports Science, Concordia University - Irvine; AS Math and Science, Palomar Community College

Alex Hoffmann - EdD Sports Management, United States Sports Academy; MS Kinesiology, California State University, Fullerton; BA Exercise Science, Central College, Pella, IA

Belal Kaifi - POSTDOC Business Administration, University of Florida; EdD Organization and Leadership, University of San Francisco; MBA, University of Phoenix; MPA, California State University, East Bay; BS Business Administration, San Jose State University

Mariela Marin - MA Clinical Psychology, Antioch University; BA Psychology, University of Notre Dame; BA Spanish, University of Notre Dame

Ruth McDonough - MEd Education, emphasis in Technology in Education, Lesley University; BS Biology, Gonzaga University

Bobby Rollins - MBA Project Management, Grantham University; BS Business Administration, Grantham University; AS Exercise Science, emphasis in Personal Training, International Sports Sciences Association

Ryan Smith - MBA Sports Management, Lindenwood University; BS Exercise Science, Ottawa University

Weicheng Xuan - MA Mathematics, Arizona State University; MS Applied Mathematics, Su Yat-Sen University; BS Mathematics, Guangzhou University