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.

Degree Program

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:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational principles related to engineering physics (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate an ability to solve quantitative and conceptual technical problems related to engineering physics (ULO 1).
  3. Demonstrate safe laboratory technique, proper use of appropriate equipment, and suitable results and data analysis (ULO 1).
  4. Demonstrate an ability to obtain and use appropriate engineering and physics related literature and resource materials.(ULO 1).
  5. 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.

GPA Requirement

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).

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
Engineering Physics majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum requirement of 8 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 Core Curriculum requirements in literature (3 credits) and World Civilization (3 credits). The student is also exempt from the last semester residency requirement.
Program Courses
CHEM 105General Chemistry I4
MATH 105Calculus I4
MATH 106Calculus II4
MATH 205Calculus III4
MATH 335Ordinary Differential Equations3
PHSC 121Introduction to Engineering1
PHSC 124Data Analysis and Presentation1
PHSC 132General Physics I: Mechanics and Heat3
PHSC 134General Physics I Laboratory1
PHSC 233General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism3
PHSC 237General Physics II Laboratory1
PHSC 234General Physics III: Waves, Optics and Modern Physics4
PHSC 311Computer Techniques in Science and Engineering3
PHSC 321Circuits and Instrumentation I5
Select 4 credits, additional courses may be required by specific engineering programs and include:4
General Chemistry II
Linear Algebra
Mechanics of Materials
Classical Mechanics
Circuits and Instrumentation II
Fundamentals of Materials Science
Total Credits45