Rock Valley College

2+2 Transfer Agreement with NIU Kinesiology

Students in Rock Valley College’s Exercise Science program have the opportunity to seamlessly transition to Northern Illinois University to complete a bachelor’s degree thanks to a “2+2” agreement signed by the two schools. Under this agreement, students first complete the Exercise Science option of RVC’s A.A.S. degree in Fitness, Wellness and Sport, and then transfer to NIU to complete a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.

The students in the RVC FWS Exercise Science Program who complete the two-year program are essentially completing the first two years of NIU’s four-year program.  When they transfer, this will help them complete the four-year degree in four years. At NIU, Rock Valley graduates who transfer their credits will enter the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education ready for 300-level courses in the Kinesiology major.

Note: Students that want to pursue this route must designate this option prior to registration to ensure that correct courses are taken that meet the RVC-NIU, FWS-Kinesiology 2+2 agreement.

Courses taken at Rock Valley include communication; composition; statistics; life science; anatomy and physiology; biochemistry; psychology; sociology of sport; sport and exercise psychology; exercise and sport science; nutrition for fitness and sport; and nutrition, exercise and weight control.

Kinesiology majors explore scientific principles that regulate behavior change and performance, such as physiology, biomechanics, psychology, measurement, gerontology and nutrition, while they engage in a variety of clinical experiences and an industry-related internship.

Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of fitness, wellness and sport performance settings. Students also can prepare for graduate school in exercise physiology, physical therapy, athletic training and sport and exercise psychology.

In addition to the A.A.S degree in Exercise Science, the FWS department at Rock Valley College offers an A.A.S degree in Sport Management, certificates in Personal Training and Coaching Education, and physical development courses in sport and fitness.

RVC’s FWS Personal Training Certificate Program received the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program designation for meeting established criteria in Personal Training Education. Those that pursue the FWS AAS in Exercise Science can also easily complete the Personal Training Certificate program by taking only one additional course. 

For more information contact FWS Academic Chair Timothy Hatten, Ph.D., CSCS, NSCA-CPT, DCT at (815) 921-3816 or email at