Kinesiology Students

Kinesiology (BS)

A career on the move.

From summer camps and sports teams to medical facilities and universities, opportunities abound for kinesiology majors. As exercise, preventative health and wellness become more of a priority for individuals and organizations, demand for careers in this field will continue to grow.

A kinesiology 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. Specialize your study by choosing one of six tracks: athletic training, health promotion, kinesiology generalist, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy, or sports and recreation management.

Incoming students may apply for the Dwain Hart Scholarship! Click here to find out more.

Program Overview

Credit hours 72
Concentrations 6
Department Kinesiology and Nutrition
School/College College of Education and Human Services

Coursework

You’ll take courses such as:

  • Structural Kinesiology
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology I & II
  • Medical Terminology
  • Biomechanics
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Concentrations

  • Athletic Training
  • Health Promotion
  • Kinesiology Generalist
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Sport and Recreation Management

Concentrations

Athletic Training (KNAT) - This degree concentration allows the student to obtain the academic preparation and practical experience necessary to sit for the Texas Department of Health Licensing examination for Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) in the state of Texas and to further matriculate into a Masters of Athletic Training program, should they so desire. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for acceptance into and remaining in the KNAT degree concentration.

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.

What can you do after graduation?

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Personal Trainer
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Sports/Leisure Activity Director
  • Sports Marketer
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist

“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

Dr. Sheila Jones

Dr. Sheila Jones teaches in ACU's Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

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Professor with students

Clubs and Activities

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

“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

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

About the Kinesiology and Nutrition Department

Students studying at table

The mission of this department is to prepare students to serve and lead through the development of healthful lifestyles. Our students will be change agents among those they serve as they model a wellness lifestyle and provide a role model for Christian values to participants and colleagues.

The Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center serves as a classroom for Kinesiology courses, and the Human Performance Laboratory allows students to assess health and participate in research.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.