Exercise Science Student Experience

Baker exercise science students have many opportunities for involvement in and out of the classroom. Small class sizes allow maximum interaction with classmates and professors. 

Lab Time

Students perform a variety of laboratory exercises that reinforce the lessons learned in the classroom. Labs are commonplace in courses such as Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Kinesiology, Motor Learning, Physiology of Exercise and Therapeutic Exercise.

On-Campus Practical Experience

Exercise science students are involved in many hands-on activities that provide practical experience. Many of these experiences are components of classes and include the following:

  • Organize and assist in running campus blood drives
  • Conduct fitness assessments on students and faculty
  • Assist in planning the annual Baker Wellness Festival
  • Conduct health screenings at the annual Wellness Festival

On-Campus Research

Students majoring in exercise science have many opportunities to conduct research: in the classroom, in the lab and throughout campus. Although some students assist the exercise science faculty who are conducting their own research, other students conduct self-directed research on their own or as part of an independent study project.

Clinical Experience

All exercise science majors complete a full-semester clinical experience, which serves as a capstone experience before graduation. Students have completed clinical experiences in hospitals, medical clinics, physical therapy clinics, sports performance centers, fitness centers, YMCAs and more.

Brandon Woods at Alvamar Senior Living

Austin, 2013, is serving Occupational Services at Brandon Woods and has been accpeted into occupational therapy program at the University of Kansas.

The exercise science department has broadened my awareness and ideas about exercise and therapy that I am confident in implementing in my clinical experience. It's definitely a rewarding experience.

Olathe South High School

Reggie, 2013, is working alongside a certified athletic trainer.

Seeing and doing the hands-on work of my clinical experience has shown me the importance behind my major and what I can do and what I want to do for my career. My favorite part of my clinical experience is interacting with the students and knowing that what I learned in school is helping people in real life.

CrossFit Lawrence

Kianie, 2013, instructs clients in the CrossFit method of training and assists with daily operations.

Classes like Kinesiology help me take what I learned about the functional movements of the body and apply it into CrossFit coaching. Baker has provided me with the knowledge I needed to become successful in the field I want to be an expert in, which is personal training.

68's Inside Sports

Aaron, 2013, assists the coaching staff in designing and implementing training programs for serious athletes of all ages.

Being able to come into the internship and use what I have learned from Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, and all the other courses I have taken has prepared me to know how to react when teaching an exercise program. This helps when explaining lifts and techniques in the strength and conditioning program, and it also lets the people I am training understand why they are doing a certain lift or exercise and how it is going to benefit them in their years to come as an athlete.


Exercise science students are encouraged to engage in as many real-world experiences as possible, which allows them to gain practical experience and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the job market or graduate school. Students often enroll in a 1- to 3-hour internship/practicum during Interterm to begin exploring options.