In February 2016, Biola University broke ground on the most ambitious building project in its history — an expansive new science facility that will serve as a home to some of the university’s fastest-growing and most in-demand programs. The Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health is set to open in early 2018, and will triple the amount of space devoted to science education at Biola. It will provide cutting-edge equipment and research opportunities to students and faculty for years to come.

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Standing tall on the southwest side of University Drive — a symbolic gateway into campus — the Lim Center will enable Biola’s science and health programs to advance to the next level of quality and impact.

Overall, the facility will greatly enhance Biola’s ability to prepare the next generation of health professionals, research scientists, engineers, mathematicians, innovators and technology developers.

Cost: $63 million
Size: 91,200 square feet. The facility will triple the amount of space dedicated to the university’s science, technology and health programs.
Key Features: 27 laboratories, six classrooms, numerous research spaces and all-new, state-of-the-art technology
Target Opening: Spring 2018

The following majors will be housed in the Center for Science, Technology & Health:

With the development of the new Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health, you will study in cutting-edge facilities with student-centered professors. This opportunity will provide a unique path to integrate your faith and learning enabling you to build significant competencies with a depth of ethics and leadership potential in your chosen profession.”

Paul W. Ferguson, Ph.D.
Founding Dean of the School of Science, Technology and Health

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The Lim Center represents the beginning of an exciting new era for science education at Biola University. Students majoring in the science or health-related fields can expect not only academic rigor, but academic rigor set in the engaging, high-tech setting the Lim Center offers.

Learn about some of the key goals and opportunities available to students through the Lim Center and sciences at Biola:

Strength in Science

Biola is cultivating a global reputation as a leader integrating science education with the philosophy of science and religion, applied ethics and Christian apologetics. The Lim Center’s premier facilities, coupled with faculty expertise and mentorship, will provide a solid foundation for students as the university builds for the future.

Graduate School Preparation

Biola graduates advance to top medical schools and graduate programs across the country, such as UCLA, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Yale, Harvard and MIT. The Lim Center’s laboratories, equipment and overall facilities will allow students to grow as they prepare to pursue postgraduate degrees and careers as leaders in science, technology and health.


The center’s state-of-the-art technology will help Biola put a special emphasis in a robust program on applied computer science. This, along with addition of computer science and technology competencies in the general education curriculum, will allow students to develop a keen understanding of the technology fields, no matter which major they choose.

Global Health

Demand for health professionals is growing worldwide, and Biola is responding to that growing need by preparing students in the health sciences such as nursing, kinesiology, communication sciences and disorders and other majors in the health professions. With a Biola education, students can pursue meaningful health-related careers at home and abroad.

Students Equipped With Courage

I am grateful for the quality of education I have received [at Biola]. It has helped me succeed in graduate school, and has prepared me well for a career in medicine. It is important to me that doctors be both competent and service-oriented, and Biola has trained me in both.”

Gabby Odudu (’13, Biochemistry)

Faculty Training With Conviction

Combining a strong intellectual foundation with spiritual conviction is crucial in a culture that is increasingly atheistic. ... We have a unique opportunity at Biola University to prepare morally grounded scientists to become leaders in the clinical, research and public sectors.”

Behzad Varamini
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

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