Engineering Physics, B.S.
The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics is to train and mentor students to become skilled engineers who will glorify God and be good stewards of His creation as they serve others in industry, research, and academia.
A Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics is awarded to students who complete the 3/2 engineering program at Biola and an approved engineering school. The degree requires completion of all the general education, Bible requirements, and a minimum of 45 pre-engineering credits at Biola along with the completion of an accredited engineering program. Special arrangement has been made with the University of Southern California for this five-year, dual-degree program in liberal arts/sciences and engineering. Students attend Biola for three years taking courses in physics, math, chemistry, biblical studies and the liberal arts. The final two years are taken at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Engineering. Upon successful completion of the five-year program, a student receives a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from Biola and a B.S. degree in Engineering from USC. Students interested in this 3/2 program with USC, or who choose to attend another accredited engineering school following a similar pattern, must plan their course of study under the supervision of the engineering advisor and with the approval of the department.
The student should be aware that engineering schools often have a minimum GPA requirement for application. The program at USC currently requires a 3.0 GPA in core Math and Science courses. The required pre-engineering courses taken at Biola for most engineering programs are listed below. Other courses may be required for specific engineering programs.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational principles related to engineering physics (ULO 1).
- Demonstrate an ability to solve quantitative and conceptual technical problems related to engineering physics (ULO 1).
- Demonstrate safe laboratory technique, proper use of appropriate equipment, and suitable results and data analysis (ULO 1).
- Demonstrate an ability to obtain and use appropriate engineering and physics related literature and resource materials.(ULO 1).
- Summarize the key issues in science and faith and recognize the harmony possible while studying God's creation (ULO 1, 2, and 3).
Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.
To continue in the program a student is required to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in their first year of chemistry, physics and/or math courses taken at Biola. Depending on the major, these courses may include: CHEM 105, MATH 105, MATH 106, PHSC 132, PHSC 134, PHSC 233, PHSC 237.
Integration Seminar Requirement
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics degree program are required to take BBST 465 as Christianity and the Natural Sciences, or another approved Integration Seminar topic (see advisor).
|Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses|
|Engineering Physics majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum requirement of 6 credits of science and mathematics. The foreign language requirement is met by two years in high school or 4 credits of college foreign language. Students in the engineering 3/2 program sequence are exempt from the Core Curriculum requirement in literature and the last semester residency requirement.|
|CHEM 105||General Chemistry I||4|
|MATH 105||Calculus I||4|
|MATH 106||Calculus II||4|
|MATH 205||Calculus III||4|
|MATH 335||Ordinary Differential Equations||3|
|PHSC 121||Introduction to Engineering||1|
|PHSC 124||Data Analysis and Presentation||1|
|PHSC 132||General Physics I: Mechanics and Heat||3|
|PHSC 134||General Physics I Laboratory||1|
|PHSC 233||General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism||3|
|PHSC 237||General Physics II Laboratory||1|
|PHSC 234||General Physics III: Waves, Optics and Modern Physics||4|
|PHSC 311||Computer Techniques in Science and Engineering||3|
|PHSC 321||Circuits and Instrumentation I||5|
|Select 4 credits, additional courses may be required by specific engineering programs and include:||4|
|General Chemistry II|
|Mechanics of Materials|
|Circuits and Instrumentation II|
|Fundamentals of Materials Science|