Kinesiology and Nutrition

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Compass Roadmap | Kinesiology and Nutrition

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 (CORE 110)
  • Explore the life of Jesus and the New Testament church in BIBL 101 and 102
  • Complete BIOL 121/122 -*^Achieve an A or B in science courses and KINE 232
  • Contact advisor about the Center for Pre-Health*^✝

  • Support your peers by attending ACU's URCI Festival
  • Explore the Old Testament in BIBL 211
  • Maintain a high science and cumulative GPA of 3.0 *^
  • Take Kine 232: Structural Kinesiology
  • Complete ORSP courses for participation in research*^✝

  • Engage in a faculty-mentored research or creative project
  • Participate in information literacy workshop
  • Complete GPA check to verify it is adequate for track*^✝#
  • Take GRE if required for selected graduate schools
  • Find and verify internship for KINE 420
  • Take KINE 340: Pre-Health Seminar*^✝

  • Present at URCI Festival or other conference
  • Gain practical field experience in your Capstone course-KINE 420: EXSC Internship
Grow Spiritually
  • Experience Candlelight Devo during Wildcat Week
  • Join a local Church
  • Participate in the Purpose Program
  • Engage in practices of meal fellowship, testimony and breath prayer

  • Participate in departmental chapels and club chapels (AT chapels or KINE Club Chapels)
  • Volunteer 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
  • Participate in and seek opportunities to lead departmental chapels and club chapels (AT chapels or KINE Club Chapels)
  • Engage in practices of silence, spiritual listening and examen
  • Receive and extend blessings to others in the department at Senior Blessing
  • Experience Candlelight Sendoff
  • Participate in and seek opportunities to lead chapel
  • Complete faith reflection in KINE 420 EXSC Internship
  • Speak with prospective students about the ACU spiritual life
  • Engage in practices of friendship and the rule of life
Grow Personally
  • Take StrengthsFinder Inventory and reflect over the results
  • Join a the AT Club or KINE Club
  • Become involved in the ACU community by joining a student organization
  • Begin establishing relationships within the department by attending KINU socials
  • Grow as a leader through ACU LEADS: Emerging Leaders
  • Care for your whole person by taking advantage of recreation opportunities on campus (Rec Center, intramurals, etc.)
  • Actively engage in a student organization
  • Participate in or serve in at least one event in the AT Club or KINE Club

  • Develop your leadership skills while serving in a leadership role and helping to mentor future student leaders
  • Lead in a church ministry or local service organization
  • Practice stress management and physical fitness activities

  • Develop your leadership skills through ACU LEADS: Elected Leaders
  • Lead a student club or organization
  • Participate in the database for tutors
  • Mentor a younger student in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition

Grow Culturally
  • Attend Events Hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)
  • Explore the opportunities to study abroad at a Study Aboard interest meeting
  • Participate in a World Wide Witness summer internship
  • Attend CEHS MLK Service Day
  • Attend events hosted by the International Students Association (ISA)
  • Study Abroad in Oxford, Leipzig or Montevideo
  • Attend CEHS MLK Service Day activities
  • Give back to the community by volunteering in community programs such as Treadaway Kids, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, etc.
  • Accumulate 10 observation hours*^
  • Attend events hosted by the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action
  • Attend CEHS MLK Service Day activities
  • Continue to give back to the community by volunteering in community programs
  • Accumulate 30 diverse observation hours*^
  • Apply to Fulbright Scholar, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, Intercultural Service Opportunity
  • Lead an OMA, ISA, or Carl Spain Center event
  • Educate community members in KINE 473: Cardiovascular Physiology
  • Support a new community program
  • Train community clients in KINE 485: Clinical Exercise Physiology
Grow Professionally
  • Begin connecting with potential employers by activating your Handshake profile
  • Learn new creative possibilities through Creative U
  • Begin to establish professional relationships by meeting with a department faculty mentor
  • Apply for scholarshipsApply for scholarships
  • Develop a resume and participate in a mock interview
  • Meet with your department faculty mentor
  • Meet with your department faculty mentor
  • Research prospective graduate programs
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Get involved with the Center for Pre-Health Professions*^✝

  • Create LinkedIn Profile
  • Continue to meet with your department faculty mentor
  • Research or apply to graduate schools that interest
  • Develop a personal statement for jobs graduate school applications
  • Update resume
  • Attend or present at a professional conference
  • Identify faculty members who could write letters of recommendation
  • Complete an internship with KINE 420
  • Update faculty mentor on post-graduation plans
  • Finalize resume
  • Secure letters of recommendation
  • Apply for jobs andgraduate school
  • Attend or present at a professional conference
  • Complete KINE 420 (Capstone) if not already completed
  • Volunteer at the rodeo✝

*Pre-PT / ^Pre-OT / ✝Pre-AT / #KSRM

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.