Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Choose from six concentrations to tailor your bachelor of science kinesiology to your future goals

From summer camps and sports teams to medical facilities and universities, opportunities abound for anyone pursuing a degree in kinesiology. As exercise, preventative health and wellness become more of a priority for individuals and organizations, demand for professionals with kinesiology (B.S.) degrees will continue to grow.

A kinesiology bachelor’s degree from ACU prepares you for careers in hospitals, rehabilitation centers and other health care facilities, exercise, fitness, and sports centers, corporate/community wellness centers, municipal, corporate, commercial, and private leisure/recreation/camp facilities, professional athletic organizations, and schools or for entry into graduate school.

Incoming students may apply for the Dwain Hart Scholarship! Learn more below. 

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Customize your degree

Specialize your study in B.S. kinesiology by choosing one of six tracks: athletic training, health promotion, kinesiology generalist, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy, or sports and recreation management.
A required internship will further equip you for your post-graduation career.

Athlete being tested for endurance on stationary bike

What can you do after graduation?

  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports/Leisure Activity Director
  • Sports Marketer
  • Exercise Physiologist 

“ACU was the difference in my life that brought me to being the man in ministry that I am today. I am thankful for the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition and the passionate faculty who taught me so many skills.”
- Walker Johnson

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Clubs and Activities

Kinesiology majors have many opportunities to learn outside the classroom, including:

  • Kinesiology Club
  • Internships (required)
  • Job shadowing
  • Human Performance Laboratory
  • Recreation and Wellness Center


“ACU has provided me with a well-rounded education, some of my closest friends to date, and a solid foundation of Christian values.”
- Ana Pruteanu

 

Male and femal student working out at Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center

Concentrations

Athletic Training 3+2 Integrated Program (KATP)

The 3+2 program designed for the student to earn an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, as well as complete the prerequisites for the Master of Athletic Training program. After acceptance into the "professional" phase of the program, the student will begin graduate level classes during the summer prior to their fourth year. The Bachelor’s degree will be awarded after the completion of the fourth year. The master’s degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the fifth year.

Health Promotion (KNHP)

Kinesiology professionals may choose to seek careers in private, corporate, or wellness related programs. Students will be given the opportunity to pursue certification as personal trainers.

Kinesiology Generalist (KGEN)

This concentration allows students the flexibility to obtain academic preparation inclusive of laboratory and practical experiences necessary to enter medical school or graduate programs in allied health, exercise physiology, and associated fields. The natural flexibility furthermore serves to accommodate academic preparation for entrance into Occupational and Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, and Physician Assistant programs.

Pre-Occupational Therapy (KNOT)

Students who wish to pursue professional graduate programs in Occupational Therapy must complete all of the prerequisites for entry into those programs. The KNOT concentration provides all of the prerequisites in addition to key Kinesiology courses designed to enhance the chances of success in graduate school. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required for acceptance into and remaining in the KNOT degree concentration.

Pre-Physical Therapy (KNPT)

Students who wish to pursue professional graduate programs in Physical Therapy must complete all of the prerequisites for entry into those programs. The KNPT concentration provides all of the prerequisites in addition to key Kinesiology courses designed to enhance the chances of success in graduate school. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required for acceptance into and remaining in the KNPT degree concentration.

Sport and Recreation Management (KSRM)

Students who desire careers in recreation settings, such as camps, YMCA, YWCA, or city recreation programs, or those who wish to work in intramural or athletic administration or marketing may register for the KSRM degree. The concentration allows a number of electives that may be used to focus on a specific career goal. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for acceptance into and remaining in the KSRM degree concentration.

  • Departmental Scholarships

    The Kinesiology & Nutrition Department offers many scholarships for majors every year. They are provided in honor of people who have been particularly influential in this department over the past several decades. Scholarships are offered to students of different classifications and are awarded based on different criteria for each. Contact Dr. Dickie Hill at hilld@acu.edu for more information concerning application forms and due dates.

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    Scruggs Scholarship
    Named and funded in honor of Guy "Coach" and Bess Scruggs, this scholarship is provided to outstanding majors after their freshman year.

    Paschall Scholarship
    Mr. Paschall's son was a coach and died at a young age. The Paschall family provided this scholarship and asked that it be for young men, members of the Churches of Christ, who were intending to coach. This scholarship is provided after the student's freshman year.

    Johne and R. L. Roberts Scholarship
    Named and funded by family and friends of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. (Johne) Roberts. Johne provided locker room supervision, leadership, and friendship to women dressing for our activity classes for over fifteen years. This scholarship is usually provided every other year to a female major after her freshman year.

    Helen Moran Scholarship
    Named and funded by the Abilene Women's Bowling Association in honor of Helen Moran, a member of the AWBA and an ACU alumnus.  Scholarships are awarded based upon character, academic ability, and financial need.  Preference is given to female Physical Education, Business, or Bible majors.  This scholarship is usually provided following the female's freshman year.

    Marie Wilmeth Scholarship
    Named and funded by family, friends, and students of Dr. Marie Wilmeth. Dr. Wilmeth was a previous chairperson of ACU's Department of Family and Consumer Studies. This scholarship is available for committed nutrition majors following the student's freshman year.

    Leotta Zickefoose Frazier
    Funded by the family of Leotta Zickefoose Frazier, the mother of Emeritus, Ben Zickefoose. This scholarship is set aside for those interested in special populations (senior adults, cardiac rehabilitation, and other special needs.

    Debi Zickefoose Allen
    Funded by the family of career physical educator, Debi Zickefoose Allen, this scholarship is intended for students majoring in PETE.  To be elegible, students must be active members of the state organization, TAHPERD, and attend one or more state conventions.

    Trey Zickefoose
    Funded by the family of Trey Zickefoose, this scholarship is intended for non-traditional students with preference to military veterans or active duty.

    Tonja Rushing
    Funded by the Ben Zickefoose family, this scholarship is for deserving students in the department who are classified at least a sophomore. Preference is given to Nutrition majors and single parents. Character, academic ability, and financial need are important considerations.

    Dwain Hart
    Funded in honor of former department chair, dean and provost, Dwain Hart, this scholarship is intended for entering freshmen who graduate from a Christian high school in the Texas Christian School Association. Dr. Hart was the very first department chair and served over 20 years in that capacity, before becoming Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Provost.

  • Internships

    Students in the Kinesiology & Nutrition program participate in significant and often prestigious internships as a part of their preparation for Physical Therapy school, Occupational Therapy School or entrance into the Fitness Industry. Students are often given the opportunity to shadow professionals in their chosen fields, as well. Certain internships attained by past students have included work with: Cooper Aerobics Center and Clinic in Dallas, Durango Sports Club in Colorado, Four Seasons Sports Club in Houston and Hendrick Health Club in Abilene.

    Nutrition students are given opportunities to engage in a variety of practicum that prepare them for entry into the nutrition profession. Observations in food service, hospital settings and many other venues are provided. Students in the NDPD concentration may apply for dietetic internships their last semester and may enter those positions post-graduation.

    An internship experience is required by our KINE degree. The major and the advisor will work together to select a site which will best fit that student's needs. Nutrition students may apply for dietetic internships across the nation during their last semester at ACU, and upon completion, may take the Registered Dietitian exam.

    Internship Resource Guide - six credit hours
    Internship Resource Guide - three credit hours

    A list of previous/current internships are available upon request.

    Center for Christian Service and Leadership

    Our students also have several opportunities to serve in the community. Students have participated in Special Olympics, Hippotherapy, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and many other local non-profit organizations.

  • Athletic Training Student Orgs

    Mission Statement

    We, the students of the Athletic Training Student Organization strive to educate those who are looking to advance their knowledge and experience in the Athletic Training field while expanding our program in a Christian environment as a unified camaraderie of Athletic Training students. Our goals are to prepare students to enter a Master’s program in Athletic Training, and to inform others of the responsibilities we undertake. We expand our learning through the Athletic Training staff, team physicians, and those who came before us. We aim to foster the advancement of Athletic Training responsibilities in students, as well as leadership, loyalty, and professional qualities.


    Yearly membership dues: $25

    ATSO Constitution

    Officers

    • President: Cody Wimpee (Senior)
    • Vice President: Jayna Hanson (Senior)
    • Secretary: Kayla Ewing (Senior)
    • Treasurer: Trent Gardner (Senior)
    • Chaplin: Baley Felts (Junior)
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Degree Details

Kinesiology (BS)


Tracks

Athletic Training 3+2

Health Promotion

Generalist

Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Sport and Recreation Management


Required Hours

*Based on track selection

University Requirements: 56 credit hours + Major Requirements: 54-66 credit hours (Choice of 6 tracks) + Electives: 6-16 credit hours = Total Required: 128 credit hours*


Example Coursework

Structural Kinesiology

Clinical Exercise Physiology I & II

Medical Terminology

Biomechanics


Minor Available:

Yes


Department

Kinesiology and Nutrition


Application Deadlines

National Candidates: May 1st

Early Action: November 1st

Regular: February 1st


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