Engineering and Physics

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Compass Roadmap | Engineering & Physics

Begin Your Journey
First Year
Pursue Community
Second Year
Pursue Hospitality
Third Year
Pursue Calling
Fourth Year
Pursue Wisdom
Grow Intellectually
  • Support your peers by attending ACU's URCI Festival
  • Explore the message of the Old Testament in BIBL 211
  • Take ProPEL sophomore course

  • Present at URCI Festival or other conference
  • Finish strong by completing your Capstone or Clinic sequence: PHYS 497 and 498 or ENGR 430-433
  • Participate in Chemistry Circus
Grow Spiritually
  • Attend club (SPS/SWE/ASCE) chapels
  • Experience Candlelight Devo during Wildcat Week
  • Join a local Church
  • Engage in practices of meal fellowship, testimony and breath prayer

  • Attend club (SPS/SWE/ASCE) chapels
  • Commit to volunteering in the Abilene community
  • Participate in the life of a local church
  • Learn about service opportunities at the Local Missions Fair
  • Engage in practices of intercessory prayer, pilgrimage and journaling
  • Attend club (SPS/SWE/ASCE) 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
  • Attend club (SPS/SWE/ASCE) chapels
  • Engage in a local church
  • Experience Candlelight Sendoff
  • Engage in practices of friendship, relinquishment and developing a rule of life
Grow Personally
  • Take StrengthsFinder assessment
  • Become involved in the ACU community by joining a student organization
  • Connect with a Faculty or Staff Mentor
  • Grow as a leader through ACU LEADS: Emerging Leaders
  • Attend SPS Welcome BBQ

  • Serve in a Leadership Role on Campus
  • Lead in a Church Ministry or Local Service Organization
  • Meet with a faculty member to identify field of focus

  • Mentor First-Year Student(s)
  • Lead a Student Club or Organization

Grow Culturally
  • Attend Events Hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)
  • Explore the opportunities to study abroad at a Study Abroad interest meeting
  • Explore Mission opportunities at the Halbert Center for Missions and Global Service
  • Attend Events Hosted by the International Students Association (ISA)
  • Explore the opportunities to study abroad at a Study Abroad interest meeting
  • Attend Events Hosted by the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action
  • Participate in a World Wide Witness Summer Internship
  • Help implement an OMA, ISA, or Carl Spain Center event
  • Apply to be a Fulbright Scholar, AmeriCorps, PeaceCorps, or other international service opportunities
Grow Professionally
  • Begin connecting with potential employers by activating your Handshake profile
  • Explore career possibilities by completing PathwayU
  • Participate in Creative U
  • Join SPS/SWE/ASCE clubs and attend professional events they host.
  • Develop a RĂ©sumĂ© in the Career Center
  • Participate in Mock Interview
  • Get a summer job or internship–preferably something related to your field of interest

  • Create LinkedIn Profile
  • Research graduate schools that interest you
  • Present work at a conference
  • Secure Letters of Recommendation
  • Finalize RĂ©sumĂ©
  • Apply for jobs and/or graduate school
  • Take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam

Exploring 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.