Physical Science, B.S.

Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Physical Sciences is to train and mentor students to become skilled scientists who will glorify God and be good stewards of His creation as they serve others in research, education, and industry.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Science is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate requirements and the departmental requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Physical Science, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational principles related to the physical sciences (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate an ability to solve quantitative and conceptual technical problems related to the physical sciences (ULO 1).
  3. Demonstrate safe laboratory technique, proper use of appropriate equipment, and suitable results and data analysis (ULO 1).
  4. Obtain and use appropriate literature and resource materials related to the physical sciences (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 Physical Science 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
Physical Science 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.
Program Courses
CHEM 105General Chemistry I4
CHEM 106General Chemistry II4
MATH 105Calculus I4
MATH 106Calculus II4
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 460Capstone Seminar1
Select 30 credits (23 credits if choosing a Secondary Instruction concentration) of Chemistry, Physics, or Math courses; of which 23 credits must be upper-division. Depending on the student’s interests in science and career goals, the following are recommended electives:23 or 30
Introduction to Environmental Science
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Laboratory in Organic Chemistry I
Laboratory in Organic Chemistry II
Basic Organic and Biochemistry
and Basic Organic and Biochemistry Lab
Calculus III
Linear Algebra
Ordinary Differential Equations
Geology
Astronomy
Computer Techniques in Science and Engineering
Statics
Circuits and Instrumentation I
Circuits and Instrumentation II
Total Credits60

Concentrations

Secondary Instruction

In addition to the Core Requirements listed above, students must complete the following requirements for a total of 71 credits.

Concentration-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
The following course is required to fulfill the Core Curriculum (GE) requirement for Behavioral Science:
Introduction to Psychology
Concentration Courses
LEDU 301Introduction to Teaching3
LEDU 330Psychological Foundations of Education3
LEDU 341Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
LEDU 425Secondary Content Area Reading3
LEDU 433Single Subject Pedagogy2
LEDU 436Secondary Curriculum3
LEDU 437Secondary Curriculum Fieldwork1
Student teaching (12 credits) may be completed at the graduate level and is not required for undergraduate graduation.
Secondary Student Teaching I 1
Secondary Student Teaching II
Elective Courses
Select 23 credits of upper-division courses in Physics, Chemistry or Math. Depending on the student’s interests in science, the courses listed under Elective Requirements above are recommended electives. 123
Total Credits41
1

 Although it does not count towards the major, students may elect to take PHSC 326 as a formal review and preparation for the CSET exams.

Secondary Education Minor

The School of Education offers a state-approved professional teacher preparation program which leads to a preliminary single subject teaching credential in the state of California. The Single Subject credential authorizes the holder to teach the specific subject named on the credential. In most cases individuals with this credential will be offered employment in middle schools and high schools. The teacher preparation program can be added as a minor to any major; however, candidates are advised to major in the subject area they wish to teach. Candidates who take the following 18 credits qualify for a Secondary Education Minor:

LEDU 301Introduction to Teaching3
LEDU 330Psychological Foundations of Education3
LEDU 341Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
LEDU 425Secondary Content Area Reading3
LEDU 433Single Subject Pedagogy2
LEDU 436Secondary Curriculum3
LEDU 437Secondary Curriculum Fieldwork1
Total Credits18

Please refer to the Education section of the catalog or meet with a credential analyst in the School of Education for program requirements.