B.S. in Applied Physics
What courses will I take as an Applied Physics major?
Applied physics is a broad scientific discipline that incorporates coursework in mechanics, electricity, circuits, wave theory, chemistry, calculus, engineering and more. The first two years of coursework are almost identical to the physics major and the engineering physics major, giving you the option of exploring your interests before deciding which major is the best fit. For students seeking to choose among these three majors, here is a simplified way of thinking about them:
The physics major is geared toward students who are interested in studying abstract theories, love math and think about the “big picture.” They gravitate towards wanting to acquire a deep understanding of how the universe works.
The applied physics major is geared toward students who are natural problem-solvers and enjoy engineering but are looking for a broad experience. It’s more practical and hands-on than physics, but less specialized than engineering physics.
The engineering physics major is geared toward students looking to specialize in a specific field of engineering to implement practical technological innovations. This major includes three years of study at Biola, followed by two years at the University of Southern California or another accredited engineering school. Students completing this program will receive two bachelor’s degrees — one from Biola and one from the engineering school.
Bible and Theology Coursework
As part of Biola’s commitment to a biblically centered education, most undergraduate students complete 30 credits of biblical and theological studies as a part of their degree program. Learn more about our Bible and theology core.
Career Outlook and Preparation
What can you do with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics?
Applied physics is a versatile STEM degree that prepares you for a range of graduate programs and careers. Students in this area often choose to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees in applied physics or engineering. Applied physics graduates with a bachelor’s degree are well-suited for a wide range of career opportunities that involve problem solving, analytical thinking, research and development, including:
- Industries such as aerospace, defense, biotechnology, business and more
- Companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Boeing, Tesla, SpaceX, Northrop Grumman, U.S. Air Force, NASA, business startups
8% job growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for physicists and astronomers is projected to be faster than average between 2021 and 2031.
BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.
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Tuition and Financial Aid
Attaining a degree from Biola is more affordable than you might think — dramatically lower than the “sticker price” in most cases — with 100% of incoming undergraduate students receiving some form of financial aid.
Program Chair of Physics and Engineering
- Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada
- M.Eng., Electrical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore
- B.Eng., Information and Control Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
Assistant Professor of Engineering
- Ph.D. Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
- M.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
- B.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
- Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Certification National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying – License # 138094
Professor of Physics
- Ph.D., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- M.S., Solid State Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
- B.S., Theoretical Physics, Shandong University