B.S. in Physical Science
God's character is on display in the world he created, Scripture tells us. Physical science opens our eyes to the wonder and complexity of that world. In Biola's physical science program, you'll be trained and mentored to become a skilled scientist who glorifies God, properly stewards his creation and serves others in research, education and industry.
In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and vigorous biblical integration of faith and science, Biola’s physical science program offers several key advantages:
- Small class sizes will enable you to benefit from professors who have the time to individualize programs and meet specific needs.
- Biola's location in Southern California offers numerous opportunities for internships, research and employment in local industry.
- Summer mission projects that allow students to use their technical skills.
- Well-equipped laboratories at the Lim Center offer hands-on experience and opportunities to put your learning into action.
- Biola students are sought after both because of solid academic training and a lifestyle commitment that makes for a good employee.
- General Physical Science
The general physical science track allows you to select from a wide range of upper-division electives in chemistry, math and physical science, giving you specialized training to prepare you for your desired graduate studies and career in the sciences.
- Secondary Instruction
A secondary instruction concentration is available to students who wish to teach physical science at the junior high or high school levels. The concentration allows students to work toward a preliminary single-subject teaching credential.
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What will I study as a physical science major?
The physical science program is built around a core curriculum in physics, chemistry and mathematics. Most courses include a laboratory experience that will reinforce lecture theory as well as provide you with technical hands-on skills. We believe that in order to learn science you must do science so along with a strong laboratory experience we encourage internships and research experiences usually done during the summer months.
Some of your courses include:
General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (PHSC 233)
Astronomy (PHSC 110)
A conceptual astronomy course, designed to acquaint the student with the current state of knowledge of the solar system, the Milky Way, galaxies, quasars and cosmology. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A.
Statics (PHSC 313)
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 Physical Science?
The physical science program will prepare you for a number of careers, including:
- Technical jobs
- Aerospace technician
In addition, Biola graduates from the physical science major have gone on to study at the following graduate schools: Caltech; Cornell University; University of Indiana; University of California, Davis; University of California, Irvine; University of Southern California; and University of California, San Diego.
6% job growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for aerospace engineers is projected to be as fast as average between 2021 and 2031.
BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.
Learn about Biola’s admissions requirements, steps to apply, application deadlines and more at our Undergraduate Admissions page.
Program-Specific Admissions Requirements
Students will be required to take a chemistry and/or physics placement exam.
The Science Department suggests an SAT Math score of at least 500 (or ACT equivalent) to pursue this major. Deficiencies can be fulfilled with permission from the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering.
Schedule a Visit
Learn more about this program by attending an upcoming event for prospective students and parents, or by scheduling a personalized visit.
Tuition and Financial Aid
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 Chemistry
- B.S. Chemistry, UC Berkeley
- Ph.D. Chemistry, Virginia Tech, Concentration: Analytical Chemistry
Assistant Professor of Physical Science
- M.A., California State University, Northridge
- M.A., Talbot School of Theology
- B.S., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Research Professor of Science, Technology and Health
- Ph.D., Baylor University
- M.S., Baylor University
- M.S., University of Houston-Clear Lake
- B.S., Baylor University
- Postdoctoral Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine