Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    20-38 credits
    • Major/Concentration: 20-38
  • Accreditation


The science and theology minor provides students with a greater depth in the philosophy and history of science than is available in a standard science curriculum. This affords the student a rich background and context to best integrate science and theology. The minor is an 18-unit program for students who are chemistry, physics, engineering or biology department majors. It can also be taken by non-science majors with the addition of 20 specified science units.


Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements, see the course catalog.

Core Courses

A science and theology minor is available to students who declare a chemistry, physics, engineering or biology major.

Methods and principles for interpreting Scripture throughout church history and the present era. Theory is applied to texts with an emphasis on the grammatical-historical method.

Essentials of inductive Bible study will be applied to Old and New Testament genres of literature in order to equip the student with skills for observation, interpretation, application, and edification.

Mosaic authorship, historical and cultural backdrop, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content.

Senior level capstone seminar in which the student will search the Bible and the literature dealing with the topic(s) under discussion in the course leading to the discovery of means whereby the subject area may be "integrated" with Biblical truth. The results of the research will be incorporated in a paper or project which will be critiqued by the seminar members and by the professor.

Introductory course for majors emphasizing the principles of cellular and molecular biology, genetics, and development.

Introductory course for biological science majors emphasizing the principles of systematics and biodiversity, population genetics and origins theories, ecology, and anatomy and physiology.

This laboratory accompanies Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology and is divided between observational and experimental approaches, with emphasis on the collection and interpretation of quantitative data. Frequent lab discussion of relevant issues and literature will be included.

This laboratory, which accompanies Fundamentals of Organismal Biology, will involve dissection as well as experimentation. A field project involving the La Mirada Creek is included.

Principles and theories of the structure and properties of matter including stoichiometry, atomic theory, the periodic table, chemical bonding, molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, states of matter, gas laws and solutions.

Chemical bonding, structure, properties and reactivity applied to organic and biochemical compounds. Includes basic metabolic processes with application to medicine and health.

Highlights in the development of World civilization with an overview of Western, Asian, African and Latin American civilizations since 1500. Examination of comparative cultural contributions made in the arts, sciences, government and religions. Includes regional geographic studies.

A general introduction to the nature, problems, methods, concepts, and divisions of philosophy.

A study of mechanics, heat and sound. Intended for non-Physical Science majors. Principles are treated quantitatively but without a calculus requirement.

Continued from Physics I; includes electricity, magnetism, elementary circuits, optics, and modern physics.

Application of the laws and theories of mechanics, heat and sound through experiment. Laboratory to accompany Physics I.

Application of the laws and theories of electricity, magnetism, circuits and optics through experiment. Laboratory to accompany Physics II.

Basic principles of physics emphasizing Newtonian mechanics; conservation of energy and momentum; oscillations, fluids and thermodynamics.

The application of the laws and theories of mechanics and thermodynamics through experiment.

Introduction to electrostatics, conductors and currents, magnetic fields, and Maxwell's equations.

Wave theory, sound, geometric optics, interference and diffraction, relativity, wave properties of particles, and introduction to quantum physics.

The application of the laws and theories of electricity and magnetism through experiment.

A survey of the history of science with analysis of science as a way of knowing the world. Emphasis on how human culture shapes scientific practice.

A survey and analysis of the philosophical methods that the sciences use as a way of knowing the world.