Stewart Science Honors Program

School of Science, Technology and Health

The Stewart Science Honors Program offers a unique opportunity for a small cohort of exceptional students, called Stewart Scholars, to pursue an advanced academic path through a rigorous and innovative curriculum. Stewart Scholars benefit from a paid on-campus research internship, specialized coursework including fundamental training in computer programming, exposure to a community of professionals driving innovation across a breadth of STEM fields, and a senior capstone project that is presented or published at a national conference or peer-reviewed journal.

Open to just 12 incoming students each fall, the four-year program prepares students to become highly skilled, transformational Christian leaders, with a strong competitive advantage as they move on to gain further education or pursue professional opportunities.

Named after Biola co-founder Lyman Stewart, an influential Christian entrepreneur, the Stewart Science Honors Program also seeks to give students a deep understanding of a Christian worldview — including how our faith aligns with and shapes the ways we study and apply science.

Why Become a Stewart Scholar?

Join a Unique Community of Leading STEM Students.

As a prospective Stewart Scholar, you’ve excelled in your education up to this point — always pushing yourself to learn more, achieve your greatest potential and honor God in all you do. In the Stewart Science Honors Program, you’ll join a community that shares the same sense of passion and commitment. Together in this cohort, you’ll grow and encourage each other as you seek to become highly skilled Christian leaders in the fields of science, technology and health. This experience will be unlike any other as you pursue your studies at Biola’s new facility, The Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health, with its cutting-edge equipment and state-of-the-art technology.

Start Your Research Early — and Get Paid.

Every single student in the program participates in a 10-week, paid, on-campus research internship, focused on an original scientific investigation with the goal of gathering preliminary data for a senior capstone project, a culmination of a student’s work to be presented at a national conference or submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The summer research program nurtures innovative technical skills and scientific thinking with close mentorship from Biola faculty researchers. On top of that, you’ll receive financial support for a second, off-campus internship for the following summer — totaling more than $5,000 for every student.

Learn From World-Class Scientists and Thinkers.

To stimulate new ideas and deep conversations, the Stewart Seminar Series brings leading voices and nationally known scholars to Biola’s campus. As a Stewart Scholar, you will have special access to these monthly seminars, along with opportunities to interact with leading professionals driving innovation in their fields, including discussions over dinner and in small group settings.

Take Specialized Honors Courses in Science and Technology.

As a Stewart Scholar, you’ll take specialized team-taught honors courses that foster robust knowledge about the dialogue between faith and science, including courses on the history and philosophy of science. You’ll read and discuss some of the most influential scientific publications ever written. And to prepare you for increasingly data-driven fields, you’ll take courses on computer programming and data analysis, giving you a competitive advantage for your professional career. Just think: With this additional training in technology, you can be a pre-med student who develops an app that analyzes heart activity, or a chemistry major who writes code to predict how drugs interact with DNA. The opportunities are endless.

Prepare for Your Future by Presenting Your Project and Getting Published.

In the final year of the program, you will develop a capstone senior research project under close mentorship with a Biola faculty member, work which will be presented at a national conference or submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. As the culmination of your undergraduate experience, this research endeavor will be highly valued by prospective medical schools, graduate programs and future employers in the STEM fields.

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Admissions Process

The Stewart Science Honors Program is a highly selective program, open to 12 incoming undergraduates each fall who are selected based on GPA, test scores and an application with essay questions.

To be considered for Stewart Science Honors Program, applicants must:

  1. Apply and receive acceptance to Biola University.
  2. Complete a separate application to the Stewart Science Honors Program by February 15.
  3. Have a high school GPA of at least 3.75 and an SAT score of at least 1320 or an ACT score of at least 28. (Once accepted to the program, Stewart Scholars must maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.5 and demonstrate a high level of excellence and participation in all aspects of the program.)
  4. Be an incoming freshman or a freshman transfer student with 15 or fewer credits.
  5. Plan to declare a major in the School of Science, Technology and Health (including biochemistry, biological science, chemistry, communication sciences and disorders, computer science, engineering physics, human biology, kinesiology, mathematics, nursing, physical education, physical science or physics).