The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Physics 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, academia, and industry.
A Bachelor of Science degree in Physics is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate requirements and the departmental specific requirements.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Physics, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational principles of physics (ULO 1).
- Demonstrate an ability to solve quantitative and conceptual technical problems related to physics (ULO 1).
- Demonstrate safe laboratory technique, proper use of appropriate equipment, and suitable results and data analysis (ULO 1).
- Obtain and use appropriate 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 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|
|Physics majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum (GE) 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.|
|CHEM 105||General Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM 106||General Chemistry II||4|
|MATH 105||Calculus I||4|
|MATH 106||Calculus II||4|
|MATH 205||Calculus III||4|
|MATH 335||Ordinary Differential Equations||3|
|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 318||Classical Mechanics||3|
|PHSC 321||Circuits and Instrumentation I||5|
|PHSC 336||Mathematical Methods in Physics||3|
|PHSC 412||Introduction to Quantum Mechanics||3|
|PHSC 460||Capstone Seminar||1|
|PHSC 480||Advanced Physics Laboratory||3|
|Select at least 3 credits of upper-division Physics electives.||3|