Faculty | B.S. in Physics

John A. Bloom

  • Chair, Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering
  • Academic Director, MA in Science and Religion
  • 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

I am very interested in the integration of Christianity with the sciences. I am able to share this with both undergraduate and graduate students as the Chair of the Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Department, and as the Academic Director for Biola's M.A. in Science and Religion program. I live in La Mirada with my family, but some of my students think I live in my office.

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Courses

  • Physics I and II
  • Physics of Sound
  • Astronomy
  • Christianity and the Natural Sciences
  • Scientific Apologetics
  • Advanced Seminar on Intelligent Design
  • Modern Physics, Cosmology and Design

Research Interests

  • Science and religion
  • Energy

John Silzel

  • Professor of Chemistry

  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • B.S., University of California, Irvine

I came to Biola after 18 years in industry developing new technologies for biomedical research and medical diagnostics. My teaching at Biola spans chemistry, physics, and engineering, and I enjoy caring for students across this spectrum of interests. I welcome student involvement in my research interests, which include the application of sensors and new signal processing methods to chemical analysis and to music, including the dynamics of bowed string instruments.

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Courses

  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry I and II
  • Physics II
  • Circuits
  • Data Analysis
  • Computer Techniques for Scientists and Engineers

Research Interests

  • Chemical analysis
  • Sensing
  • Signal processing

Albert Yee

  • Associate Professor of Engineering

  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S., Stanford University
  • B.S., Stanford University

I like to build stuff! Engineering can be an incredibly powerful tool to meet peoples' needs and to wisely steward this incredible world that God has created. My goal is to inspire Biola students to become world class engineers that make a positive impact for the glory of God. I'd also like to break the 65 mph speed limit under my own power on a bike (everyone needs a dream, right?).

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Courses

  • Physics I
  • Introduction to Physics
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Mechanics of Materials

Research Interests

  • Appropriate Technology
  • Human Powered Vehicles
  • Biomechanics

Xidong Chen

  • 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

My love for physics was kindled by a high school physics teacher in China, where I was born and raised. I came to the United States to further my graduate studies in solid state physics. It was during my second semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that I became a Christian. As a professor, I desire to inspire students to love the beauty of physics and to challenge them to understand and think about the underlying order and structure in God's world. As a researcher, I use high resolution microscopy techniques and numerical methods to look at order in various materials, which in turn makes me more effective in my teaching.

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Courses

  • PHSC 233 General Physics II Electricity and Magentism
  • PHSC 237 General Physics II Laboratory
  • PHSC 234 General Physics II Waves, Optics and Modern Physics
  • PHSC 318 Classical Mechanics
  • PHSC 331 Thermodynamics
  • PHSC 336 Mathematical Methods in Physics
  • PHSC 340 Electrodynamics
  • PHSC 412 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
  • PHSC 480 Advanced Physics Laboratory

Research Interests

  • Theoretical understanding of surface dynamics.
  • Atomic force microscopy studies of cell structures.
  • Monte Carlo simulation studies of surfaces and interfaces.
  • Fluctuation electron microscopy studies of medium-range ordering in amorphous materials.

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