Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

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

    WSCUC

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.


Courses

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.
Prerequisites: BBST 103, BBST 105.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Biblical & Theological Studies (BBLE); and Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: BBST 103.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must not be Biblical & Theological Studies (BBLE); and must be Undergraduate Level.

Mosaic authorship, historical and cultural backdrop, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content.
Prerequisites: BBST 103, BBST 105, BBST 109.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits counted toward graduation with different content.
Prerequisites: BBST 109, BBST 110, BBST 251, BBST 254.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Senior Class; and Undergraduate Level.

Introductory course for majors emphasizing the principles of cellular and molecular biology, genetics, and development.
Prerequisites: Passing score on Chemistry Placement Exam; or CHEM 104 or CHEM 107 with at least a "B-" or BIOS 112 with at least a "C".
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: BIOS 113.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Introductory course for biological science majors emphasizing the principles of systematics and biodiversity, population genetics and origins theories, ecology, and anatomy and physiology. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: BIOS 114.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

This laboratory accompanies BIOS 111 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.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: BIOS 111.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $95.

This laboratory, which accompanies BIOS 114, will involve dissection as well as experimentation. A field project involving the La Mirada Creek is included. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: BIOS 112.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $95.

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. Prerequisites: Passing score on Chemistry Placement Exam; or CHEM 092, CHEM 104, or CHEM 107 with at least a "B-".
Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory; one hour recitation, weekly. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $110.

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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour discussion. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum World History credit.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

A general introduction to the nature, problems, methods, concepts, and divisions of philosophy. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Philosophy credit.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

A study of mechanics, heat and sound. Intended for non-Physical Science majors. Principles are treated quantitatively but without a calculus requirement. Prerequisites: Passing score on the Physics Placement Exam or PHSC 092 with a grade of "C" or better. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour recitation weekly. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Corequisites: PHSC 117.
Restrictions: Must not be Engineering Physics (PHEP), Physical Science (PHSC) or Chemistry (CHEM); and must be Undergraduate Level.

Continued from Physics I; includes electricity, magnetism, elementary circuits, optics, and modern physics. Prerequisites: PHSC 111, PHSC 117. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour recitation weekly.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Corequisites: PHSC 118.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Application of the laws and theories of mechanics, heat and sound through experiment. Laboratory to accompany Physics I. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours laboratory weekly. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: PHSC 111.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $90.

Application of the laws and theories of electricity, magnetism, circuits and optics through experiment. Laboratory to accompany Physics II. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours laboratory weekly.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: PHSC 112.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $90.

Basic principles of physics emphasizing Newtonian mechanics; conservation of energy and momentum; oscillations, fluids and thermodynamics. Prerequisites: MATH 105 (concurrent registration permitted). Passing score on the Physics Placement Exam or PHSC 092 with a grade of "B" or better. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour recitation, weekly. Notes: Primarily for Physical Science and Engineering Physics majors. Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Corequisites: PHSC 134.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

The application of the laws and theories of mechanics and thermodynamics through experiment. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours of laboratory weekly. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: PHSC 132.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $90.

Introduction to electrostatics, conductors and currents, magnetic fields, and Maxwell's equations. Prerequisites: PHSC 132, PHSC 134. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour recitation, weekly. Notes: Primarily for Physical Science and Engineering Physics majors.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Corequisites: PHSC 237.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Wave theory, sound, geometric optics, interference and diffraction, relativity, wave properties of particles, and introduction to quantum physics. Prerequisites: PHSC 233, PHSC 237.
Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory, weekly. Notes: Primarily for Physical Science and Engineering Physics majors. The optics section may be taken for one credit (PHSC 450).
Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $120.

The application of the laws and theories of electricity and magnetism through experiment. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours laboratory weekly.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Corequisites: PHSC 233.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $90.

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. Notes: Does not count towards the major.
Prerequisites: PHIL 214; HIST 208; PHSC 111 or PHSC 132; PHSC 112 or PHSC 233.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

A survey and analysis of the philosophical methods that the sciences use as a way of knowing the world. Notes: Does not count towards the major.
Prerequisites: PHIL 214; HIST 208; PHSC 111 or PHSC 132; PHSC 112 or PHSC 233.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.