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Compass Roadmap | Biology

Begin Your Journey
First Year
Pursue Community
Second Year
Pursue Hospitality
Third Year
Pursue Calling
Fourth Year
Pursue Wisdom
Grow Intellectually
  • Meet the faculty during Wildcat Week
  • Develop research skills in Cornerstone
  • Explore the life of Jesus and the New Testament church in BIBL 101 and 102
  • Complete Introductory Biology I and II (BIOL 121-124)

  • Attend Undergraduate Research Festival
  • Explore the Old Testament in BIBL 211
  • Survey the fundamental principles of genetics by completing BIOL 351: Genetics
  • Learn about the foundations of life in BIOL 312: Cell Biology

  • Engage in a Faculty-Mentored Research or Creative Project
  • Participate in information literacy Workshop
  • Attend a seminar about the intersection of science and faith

  • Present at the URCI Festival or other conference

  • Finish strong by completing your Capstone course - BIOL 497: Seminar in Biology
Grow Spiritually
  • Experience Candlelight Devo during Wildcat Week
  • Participate in BioBuds, Wildcats for Sustainability and Research chapels
  • Participate in the life of a local church
  • Attend the Department of Biology fall dinner and dead day cookout
  • Engage in practices of meal fellowship, testimony and breath prayer

  • Participate in BioBuds, Wildcats for Sustainability and Research chapels
  • Participate in the life of a local church
  • Learn about service opportunities at the Local Missions Fair
  • Volunteer in the Abilene community
  • Engage in practices of intercessory prayer, pilgrimage and journaling
  • Participate in BioBuds, Wildcats for Sustainability and Research chapels
  • Participate in the life of a local church
  • Gain hands-on ministry experience on a Global Service Trip
  • Engage in practices of silence, spiritual listening and examen
  • Participate in BioBuds, Wildcats for Sustainability and Research chapels
  • Participate in the life of a local church
  • Receive and extend blessings to others at Senior Blessing
  • Experience Candlelight Sendoff
    Engage in practices of friendship, relinquishment and developing a rule of life
Grow Personally
  • Take StrengthsFinder and reflect on your results
  • Join a student organization
  • Identify a potential faculty, staff or older student mentor in the Department of Biology
  • Care for your whole person by developing a personal exercise prescription​
  • Grow as a leader through ACU LEADS: Emerging Leaders

  • Take advantage of recreation opportunities on campus (Rec Center, intramurals, etc.)
  • Actively engage in a student organization
  • Connect with a faculty or staff mentor

  • Serve in a leadership role on campus
  • Lead in a church ministry or local service organization
  • Connect with a faculty or staff mentor

  • Serve in a leadership role and mentor future student leaders through ACU Leads
  • Lead a student club or organization
  • Attend the senior Biology dinner

Grow Culturally
  • Attend events hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)
  • Explore opportunities to study abroad at a Study Abroad interest meeting
  • Attend events hosted by the International Students Association (ISA)
  • Study Abroad in Oxford, Leipzig or Montevideo
  • Attend events hosted by the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action
  • Participate in a World Wide Witness summer internship
  • Apply to Fulbright Scholar, AmeriCorps, PeaceCorps or International Service Opportunity
  • Lead an OMA, ISA or Carl Spain Center event
Grow Professionally
  • Activate your Handshake profile and take the Career Explorer Inventory through Academic Advising & Career Services
  • Take the Career Explorer Inventory
  • Learn new creative possibilities through Creative U in the innovation foundry
  • Develop a resume and participate in a mock interview with Career Services
  • Get a summer job or internship - preferably related to your field of interest

  • Take the entrance exam for graduate or professional school
  • Identify faculty members who could write recommendations
  • Create a LinkedIn profile
  • Secure Letters of Recommendation
  • Finalize RĂ©sumĂ©
  • Apply for employment or to graduate/professional school

Exploring the Areas of Growth

Five Areas of Growth

  • Grow Intellectually – Sharpen your mind through critical thinking, problem solving and engaging in original research or creative projects. Build knowledge in your field and develop relevant skills through innovative and experiential assignments and activities.
  • Grow SpirituallyGrow in likeness of Christ, as the Spirit leads both individuals and communities into deeper love of God and others. Cultivate Christian community, hospitality, vocation and wisdom through reflective participation in community practices such as worship, study and service. 
  • Grow Personally – Mature as a whole person through mentorship, peer-to-peer relationships and cultivating habits that produce wellness. Discover your strengths, become a productive team member and grow as a leader.
  • Grow Culturally – Deepen intercultural knowledge and the ability to communicate with and relate to people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and geographic areas. Foster a greater respect and empathy for all peoples through building dynamic and mutually rewarding relationships in local and global contexts. 
  • Grow Professionally – Prepare for a meaningful career by exploring options, participating in career development activities, gaining relevant experiences and making purposeful connections that launch your professional life.

Integrated Spiritual Formation Themes


NOTE: Transfer students and those that surpass traditional semester cadences can progress to the next phase when appropriate for their needs.

Year 1 – Pursue Community

Connecting students to cruciform relationships with peers and adults on campus and in Abilene through compelling opportunities to invest in a variety of Christian organizations, both discovering and experiencing the distinctive nature of Christian community.

Year 2 – Pursue Hospitality

Engaging students in encounters with diverse peoples, ideas, and cultures through both local and global opportunities to extend and receive hospitality and to serve others in Christ’s name.

Year 3 – Pursue Calling

Advancing students’ understanding of vocation in a manner that integrates each student’s particular identity, career goals and vision for life with the broad calling for Christians to participate in the ongoing mission of God revealed in the pattern of Christ’s life and death.

Year 4 – Pursue Wisdom

Launching students into cruciform and purposeful living beyond the university by equipping them with tools for and experiences seeking Christian wisdom as they prepare to transition into a new season of life and career.