Promote a Greater Quality of Life

 

Fitness continues to be at the forefront of today’s focus on health. Increased interest in sports, physical fitness, exercise and wellness has produced diverse career options.

Learn how bodies work and prepare for an occupation that promotes quality of life improvements for individuals and society.


Access

Access to bachelor's degrees for more people, where potential trumps privilege, and tenacity and commitment matter more than one’s academic past. Honors Program? We’ve got you covered there, too.

Attentive

Attentive education that focuses on your success with faculty mentorships that linger after graduation. Standards are high, but you’ve got this with access to tutoring and professors who are engaged in your success.

Affordable

GGC’s innovative practices, caring culture and affordable tuition educate today's careers, and change the future for students at all levels, of all ages, from all walks of life.

Ready. Set. Become a Grizzly.

Exercise Science Concentrations

Clinical

This concentration is for students interested in dynamics of exercise at sub-cellular levels. Students in this program will apply the principles of exercise science to performing testing and interpreting physiological data for indicated and contraindicated exercise, as well as modifying exercise prescriptions and activity schedules for various populations and conditions.

Health promotion

This concentration is for students interested in exercise and health promotion to assess, design, implement and modify safe and effective behaviors to improve health in both healthy and diseased populations. This program's concepts map to the concepts stressed for certification for a Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist.

Students engaged in learning about exercise science technology

Engaged Learning

GGC fosters partnerships with local community organizations to provide learning opportunities and tangible experiences that move portfolios to the top of the employment pile.

  • Student/faculty research collaborations
  • Academic conference presentations
  • Internships
  • Service learning

GGC also creates global engagement through internationalized i‑courses and study abroad opportunities.

Research, Internships, Service Learning 

Careers, Grad School and Certification Prep

  • Personal or corporate fitness trainer
  • Health care professionals in cardiovascular/pulmonary rehabilitation programs
  • Consultants for research, public health and other clinical and non-clinical venues
  • Physical or occupational therapists
  • Allied health and medicine (PA, MD, OT, PT, cardiac/pulmonary rehab, public health specialist, etc.)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Personal Trainer and Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine
  • Clinical and specialty certifications with ACSM
  • Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET)
  • ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT)
  • ACSM/NPAS Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS)
Students engaged in learning about exercise science technologies

Health Care, Engineering Pre-advising and Articulation Agreements

Interested in pursuing a graduate program or career in health care or engineering? Gain a competitive advantage with course choices, mentoring and research opportunities that start during your GGC freshman year.

Advising, advising checklists and articulation agreements extend to opportunities to earn associates, master’s and doctorate degrees from other institutions.

Anesthesiologist assistant: pre-advising

Learn more about pre-anesthesiologist assistant (PDF) and the classes generally needed prior to applying to programs at other institutions. Students are strongly advised to check with the program they plan to apply to for specific prerequisites.

Email prehealth@ggc.edu for more information about pre-health careers.

Clinical laboratory science or medical technology: pre-advising

Learn more about pre-clinical laboratory science or pre-medical technology (PDF) and the classes generally needed prior to applying to programs at other institutions. Students are strongly advised to check with the program they plan to apply to for specific prerequisites.

Email prehealth@ggc.edu for more information about pre-health careers.

Dental hygiene: pre-advising

Learn more about pre-dental hygiene (PDF) and the classes generally needed prior to applying to programs at other institutions. Students are strongly advised to check with the program they plan to apply to for specific prerequisites.

Email prehealth@ggc.edu for more information about pre-health careers.

Dentistry: pre-advising

Learn more about pre-dentistry (PDF) and the classes generally needed prior to applying to programs at other institutions. Students are strongly advised to check with the program they plan to apply to for specific prerequisites.

Email prehealth@ggc.edu for more information about pre-health careers.

Engineering: USG Regents' Engineering Pathway

GGC participates in the Regents' Engineering Pathway (REP), which makes engineering programs more accessible to students throughout Georgia.

Participation in REP saves students money in tuition, fees, housing and meals, while attending college closer to home for the first two years of study. GGC professors also work closely with program coordinators from participating institutions to align program curriculum needs. This coordination assures a seamless transfer to the engineering school of choice to complete your bachelor's degree.

REP Transfer Options

REP Requirements

  • Satisfy all courses required for admission of regular transfer students to any of the participating institutions.
  • Complete all required math and science, as well as some engineering courses, at GGC (Listed in Appendix A of the REP Agreement (PDF) on the USG website).
  • Review REP information and the REP Agreement (PDF) on the USG website for more information.

Admission requirements, including GPA, vary at the partner institutions. Visit the institution's website to review requirements.

Medicine: pre-advising

Learn more about pre-medicine (PDF) and the classes generally needed prior to applying to programs at other institutions. Students are strongly advised to check with the program they plan to apply to for specific prerequisites.

Email prehealth@ggc.edu for more information about pre-health careers.

Medicine: doctor of osteopathic medicine NYITCOM articulation agreement

GGC has developed an agreement with the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) to offer eligible students early interview and admissions consideration. Program applicants must have completed their first two years of undergraduate education at GGC and meet and maintain the following criteria:

  • Enter the program at the end of their second undergraduate year and apply at the end of their third year.
  • Maintain the overall grade point average of 3.5
  • Earn an MCAT score (on the MCAT taken no later than June 30 of the third academic year) at least equal to the mean MCAT score of the NYITCOM first-year class at the applicable NYITCOM campus for the year the student began the undergraduate study.
  • Complete a minimum of 8 hours of biology (course/lab), 8 hours each of general chemistry and organic chemistry (course/lab), 8 hours of physics (course/lab), and 6 hours of English, with no grade below C in any of these courses or labs.

Note: Candidates will be held to the same rigorous admissions standards as other applicants, and final decisions will be solely at the discretion of NYITCOM.

Contact your faculty mentor or GGC’s School of Science and Technology (SSTadvising@ggc.edu) to learn more about this agreement or your intent to apply.

Learn more about the degree and admission requirements for the doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Medicine: doctor of osteopathic medicine PCOM articulation agreement

GGC has developed an agreement with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) to offer eligible students consideration from the faculty committee on admissions at PCOM provided students meet defined criteria including but not limited to the following:

  • Declare their intent to apply for enrollment in the program during their sophomore year at GGC.
  • Complete the undergraduate course requirements as listed in PCOM's catalog.
  • Earn (on the 4.0 grading system) a grade point average of at least 3.25 through the end of junior year.
  • Take the Medical College Admissions Test as early as possible but no later than the Fall of the senior year.
  • Earn a minimum score of the fiftieth percentile (50%) in each section of the MCAT.
  • Apply to PCOM through AACOMAS no later than Oct. 31 of the senior year and submit the PCOM supplemental application (with application fee) no later than Nov. 30 of the senior year.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from an osteopathic physician (DO).

Note: The final decision on admission to the DO program will be made by PCOM's faculty committee on admissions after the candidate has had a formal PCOM interview.

Contact your faculty mentor or GGC’s School of Science and Technology (SSTadvising@ggc.edu) to learn more about this agreement or your intent to apply.

Learn more about the degree and admission requirements of the doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Occupational therapy: pre-advising

Learn more about pre-occupational therapy (PDF) and the classes generally needed prior to applying to programs at other institutions. Students are strongly advised to check with the program they plan to apply to for specific prerequisites.

Email prehealth@ggc.edu for more information about pre-health careers.

Optometry: pre-advising

Learn more about pre-optometry (PDF) and the classes generally needed prior to applying to programs at other institutions. Students are strongly advised to check with the program they plan to apply to for specific prerequisites.

Email prehealth@ggc.edu for more information about pre-health careers.

Pharmacy: pre-advising

Learn more about pre-pharmacy (PDF) and the classes generally needed prior to applying to programs at other institutions. Students are strongly advised to check with the program they plan to apply to for specific prerequisites.

Email prehealth@ggc.edu for more information about pre-health careers.

Pharmacy: PharmD early assurance program

GGC partners with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) to offer eligible students majoring in biology and chemistry an opportunity to enter pharmacy school after completing their junior year at GGC. Following their second year of pharmacy school, eligible students receive their bachelor’s degree from GGC, then continue in the program to earn a doctorate from PCOM.

This agreement allows students to begin their careers early while saving tuition dollars.

Contact your faculty mentor or GGC’s School of Science and Technology (SSTadvising@ggc.edu) to determine if PharmD Early Assurance Program is right for you.

Learn more about degree and admission requirements for a doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Physical therapy: pre-advising

Learn more about pre-physical therapy (PDF) and the classes generally needed prior to applying to programs at other institutions. Students are strongly advised to check with the program they plan to apply to for specific prerequisites.

Email prehealth@ggc.edu for more information about pre-health careers.

Physician assistant: pre-advising

Learn more about pre-physician assistant (PDF) and the classes generally needed prior to applying to programs at other institutions. Students are strongly advised to check with the program they plan to apply to for specific prerequisites.

Email prehealth@ggc.edu for more information about pre-health careers.

Radiologic science: pre-advising

Learn more about pre-radiologic science (PDF) and the classes generally needed prior to applying to programs at other institutions. Students are strongly advised to check with the program they plan to apply to for specific prerequisites.

Email prehealth@ggc.edu for more information about pre-health careers.

Respiratory therapy: pre-advising

Learn more about pre-respiratory therapy (PDF) and the classes generally needed prior to applying to programs at other institutions. Students are strongly advised to check with the program they plan to apply to for specific prerequisites.

Email prehealth@ggc.edu for more information about pre-health careers.

Veterinary medicine: pre-advising

Learn more about pre-veterinary medicine (PDF) and the classes generally needed prior to applying to programs at other institutions. Students are strongly advised to check with the program they plan to apply to for specific prerequisites.

Email prehealth@ggc.edu for more information about pre-health careers.


What can I do with this Major?Career Exploration / Readiness

Minors, Certificates, Certifications

Minors, certificates and certifications add value and enhance degrees for enrolled degree-seeking students. Learn more about available professional certificate programs for non-degree seeking students.

African American studies minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with an African American studies minor.

Anthropology minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with an anthropology minor.

Biology minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a biology minor.

Biomedical sciences for academic enhancers certificate

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a biomedical sciences for academic enhancers certificate.

Biomedical sciences for career changers certificate

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a biomedical sciences for career changers certificate.

Business administration minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a business administration minor (non-business majors).

Business intelligence certificate

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a business intelligence certificate.

Chemistry minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a chemistry minor.

Creative writing minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a creative writing minor.

Criminal justice / criminology minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a criminal justice / criminology minor.

Cybersecurity certificate

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a cybersecurity certificate.

English minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with an English minor.

Film minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a film minor.

Gender studies minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a gender studies minor.

Geography minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a geography minor.

Gerontology certificate

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a gerontology certificate.

Global studies certification

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a global studies certification.

History minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a history minor.

Information Technology minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with an information technology minor.

Integrative arts minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a integrative arts minor.

Latin American studies certificate

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a Latin American studies certificate.

Mathematics minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a mathematics minor.

Musical studies minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a musical studies minor.

Paralegal certification

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a paralegal certification.

Physics minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a physics minor.

Political science minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a political science minor.

Professional studies minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a professional studies minor.

Religious studies minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a religious studies minor.

Sociology minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a sociology minor.

Spanish for professionals certificate

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a Spanish for professionals certificate.

Spanish minor

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a Spanish minor.

TESOL certification

Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a TESOL certification.

GGC SBA students study abroad in Spain

Get Involved

Challenge. Question. Collaborate. Contribute.

Unique to GGC’s focus on student engagement, faculty invite students at all levels – including freshmen – to collaborate on research projects, conference presentations, even co-authoring articles published in academic journals.

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