Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    130 credits
    • General Education: 36
    • Bible/Theology: 30
    • Major/Concentration: 63
    • Support/Electives: 1
  • Standard Completion Time

    4 years
  • Accreditation


Admissions Requirements

You 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.

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.

Why Choose Physics at Biola?

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.

What Will I Study?

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.

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What are Graduates Doing Now?

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.

Kyleigh Bateman
Physics, B.S. '16

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.”

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