Are you ready for the challenge?
A bachelor’s degree in kinesiology 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; schools; or for entry into graduate school.
Incoming students who are graduating from a Christian school may apply for the Dwain Hart Scholarship.
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Customize your degree
Specialize your study in kinesiology by choosing one of six tracks: pre-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. We also offer an elite cohort of mentorship opportunities through our Body & Soul program.
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan.
Athletic Training 3+2
Sport and Recreation Management
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*
*Based on track selection
Clinical Exercise Physiology I & II
Kinesiology and Nutrition
National Candidates: May 1
Early Action: Nov. 1
Regular: Feb. 1
Athletic Training 3+2 Integrated Program (KATP)
The 3+2 program is designed for students to earn an undergraduate degree in kinesiology and complete the prerequisites for the Master of Athletic Training program. After acceptance into the professional phase of the program, students 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 flexibility of this program 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 the prerequisites for entry into those programs. The KNOT concentration provides those 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 those 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. This 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?
- 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 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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Opportunities & Activities
The junior running back’s father, Eric Brown (’92), suited up for the Wildcats in the late 1980s and early ’90s, and De’Andre was raised on his stories of Wildcat football.
Students participate in Parkinson’s Disease research
The eight-week Parkinson’s Disease research project wasn’t just for the benefit of faculty and students.
The kinesiology major from Abilene, Texas, is a member of the student servant-leadership group Lynay.