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Courses | B.S. in Physics

Below are the course requirements for this academic program. In addition to these program-specific requirements, all majors include Biola's traditional undergraduate core curriculum. For more program details, including a sample course sequence, visit Biola's academic catalog.

GPA Requirement

To continue in the program a student is required to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in their first year of chemistry, physics and/or math courses taken at Biola. Depending on the major, these courses may include: CHEM 105, MATH 150, MATH 151, PHSC 132, PHSC 134, PHSC 233, PHSC 237.

Integration Seminar Requirement

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Physics degree program are required to take BBST 465 as "Christianity and the Natural Sciences," or another approved Integration Seminar topic (see advisor).

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
Physics majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum requirement of 6 credits of science and mathematics. The foreign language requirement is met by two years in high school or 4 credits of college foreign language.
Program Courses
CHEM 105General Chemistry I 14
CHEM 106General Chemistry II4
MATH 150Calculus I4
MATH 151Calculus II4
MATH 250Calculus III4
MATH 335Ordinary Differential Equations3
PHSC 124Data Analysis and Presentation1
PHSC 132General Physics I: Mechanics and Heat 23
PHSC 134General Physics I Laboratory1
PHSC 233General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism3
PHSC 237General Physics II Laboratory1
PHSC 234General Physics III: Waves, Optics and Modern Physics4
PHSC 311Computer Techniques in Science and Engineering3
PHSC 318Classical Mechanics3
PHSC 321Circuits and Instrumentation I5
PHSC 336Mathematical Methods in Physics3
PHSC 340Electrodynamics3
PHSC 412Introduction to Quantum Mechanics3
PHSC 460Capstone Seminar1
PHSC 480Advanced Physics Laboratory3
Select at least 3 credits of upper-division Physics electives.3
Program Course Requirements: 63 credits
Core Curriculum Requirements 361
Total Credits124
1

The prerequisite for CHEM 105 is a passing score on the Chemistry Placement Exam or CHEM 107 with at least a “B-”.

2

The prerequisite for PHSC 132 is a passing score on the Physics Placement Exam or PHSC 092 with a grade of "B" or better or 4 or above on any Advanced Placement (AP) Physics.

3

See Core Curriculum Program section for details.

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