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College of Arts & Sciences

Exercise Science


Dr. Erin Holt

Associate Professor of Exercise Science, Department Chair

Department of Applied Health Sciences

Real-world approach to teaching.


Baker University’s exercise science program combines in-depth classroom work with practical, hands-on experience—and the small class sizes ensure our students are fully prepared when it’s time for them to enter graduate school or a professional field.

Baker’s exercise science program is primarily designed for client-facing practitioners, although the department routinely sends students on to complete graduate research. Whether assisting in faculty research and conducting independent studies or working within community wellness programs, our exercise science students have more opportunities to apply what they learn than their peers at larger universities. Baker’s exercise science program is accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (, making it the first fully accredited program in Kansas and one of just a handful in the nation.

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A full-semester of clinical experience at a local hospital, physical therapy or occupational therapy clinic, fitness center, or university research laboratory promises students an immersive educational experience.

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Exercise science students performing hands on activity in class
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Exceptional Experience


Success after Graduation

Exercise science students from Baker go on to thrive in graduate programs related to allied health such as exercise science, biomechanics, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. They also thrive in occupations related to sports performance, health education, and fitness and wellness.

Applied & Original Research

All students have the opportunity to do original research with a faculty member and present their research at regional and national conferences. Some have even traveled internationally.

Allied Health Care Observation

Students preparing for a career in allied health care participate in shadowing experiences with health care professionals. Learn more about allied health care and pre-chiropractic at Baker.


Our exercise science majors have gone on to the following careers:

  • Physical therapy and occupational therapy
  • Fitness and wellness
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Athletic training
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Dietetics
  • Chiropractic and physicians assistant
  • Physical activity in public health
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The Department of Applied Health Sciences gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Exercise Science
  • Benjamin A. Gessner Award
  • Thomas G. Manson and Frances B. Manson Scholarship
  • Robert L. Miller Scholarship
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Exercise Science Course Descriptions

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Erin Holt
Associate Professor of Exercise Science & Chair of the Department of Applied Health Sciences
B.A. Park University, M.A. Southeast Missouri State, Ed.D. Delta State University
Office: Mabee Hall 404

Lynn Bott

Lynn Bott
Associate Professor of Exercise Science
B.S. Emporia State University, M.S. University of Arizona
Office: Mabee Hall 106 & 223

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Kelly Chanay
Assistant Professor in Applied Health Sciences
Office: Mabee Hall

Mandy Parra
Asst. Professor of Exercise Science

Sarah Edwards
Assistant Athletic Trainer

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