B.S. in Physics
Physics is the study of energy and matter, particularly how they interact. Biola's physics major prepares one for graduate school and for a career in a technology-oriented business, industry or government agency.
In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s physics program offers several key advantages:
- Our small classes and shared faith provide an opportunity for close interaction with faculty and encourage close bonds with other students.
- The major is challenging but offers more than just a sense of accomplishment, as it furnishes students with practical technical skills in addition to theoretical competency.
- The subject matter prepares students for careers in a number of technical disciplines that are projected to be of increasing importance and prevalence, including energy and computers.
- Biola’s location in Southern California — one of the world’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas — is ideal for internships and opportunities to work in local industry.
- Well-equipped laboratories and instrumentations at the Lim Center offer hands-on experience and opportunities to put your learning into action.
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What will I study as a physics major?
Physics is a broad discipline covering mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetic fields and waves, electronics, optics, relativity, quantum mechanics, and astrophysics. Physics majors are highly sought after in industry because of their math, computer, and problem-solving skills. Graduate programs in physics or applied physics are an option for those who want to pursue a career in research or higher education.
Some of your courses include:
Classical Mechanics (PHSC 318)
Electrodynamics (PHSC 340)
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (PHSC 412)
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 Physics?
The career potential for a physics major is varied and exciting. Recent graduates of the program have gone on to graduate work in physics, astrophysics, materials science and geophysics. Other graduates work for oil companies, government agencies, aerospace, the electronics industry and education.
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.
I've developed very close relationships with professors and fellow students in the department while learning so much about how beautifully God has created the physical universe.
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 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
Professor of Physics
- Ph.D., Annenberg Research Institute, Philadelphia
- Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
- M.Div., Biblical Theological Seminary, Hatfield, PA
- B.A., Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
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