Science and Religion, M.A.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Science and Religion, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an intellectual foundation in the historical, philosophical and theological issues that are relevant to the natural sciences, particularly where these disciplines interface with religious topics (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate communication skills for presenting arguments in a winsome and gracious manner (ULO 2).
  3. Identify a discipline-specific topic from the natural sciences and articulate how it interfaces with religion (ULO 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.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed all bachelors requirements, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, prior to the start of the program and must have a bachelors degree conferred from a regionally accredited institution prior to the start of the second term. This degree should normally be in a natural science (physics, chemistry, biology or related field), engineering, mathematics, computer science; or in anthropology, psychology or related fields. Students with a baccalaureate in any field will be considered if their career or ministry path involves a strong scientific interest (e.g., science journalism, campus ministry).

Applicants must submit a brief written statement outlining their vocational objectives and how the degree might relate to those objectives.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfactorily complete 39 semester credits as outlined in the curriculum below.
  2. Maintain a 2.5 average with no grade below a "C" in all courses to be credited toward graduation.
    Students are placed on academic probation if their grade point average for any semester falls below 2.5 and will remain on probation as long as the single semester or cumulative grade point average remains below 2.5. Probation students are granted one semester in which to bring their academic work up to the required level (2.5) for continuance in the program. A student cannot graduate while on probation.
  3. Complete a minimum of 24 credits in the degree program at Biola University.
    All degree components must be completed as graded courses. Students taking courses in the distance learning format are expected to participate in our on-campus summer lectures for two weeks in June.
    Up to 15 credits of graduate credits may be transferred into the program for classes deemed comparable. Core classes may be waived on the basis of two comparable undergraduate courses, with grades of "B" or better in both classes.
  4. Complete the entire program in no more than seven years.
  5. Meet with department academic advisor and Graduate Graduation Counselor in the Office of the Registrar one year prior to graduation to declare intent to graduate. (See Graduate Graduation Check description in the Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section).

Distance Learning Course Fees

Some courses taken via distance learning have special materials fees. CSSR 514 MD, CSSR 519 MD and CSSR 520 MD have materials fees of $45.

Independent Study Courses

Independent study courses offer lectures from audio recordings and additional study materials by outstanding theologians, scientists, apologists and biblical scholars. These courses from the Institute of Theological Studies may be taken for graduate level credit. Master of Arts in Science and Religion students are limited to 12 independent study credits in their degree program.

Curriculum Requirements

Program Courses
Religious Studies
CSSR 510Research Methodologies1
CSSR 514History of Christian Thought3
CSSR 516Authority of Scriptural Traditions2
CSSR 519Old Testament/Hebrew Literature3
CSSR 520New Testament Literature3
CSSR 541Christian Thought I2
CSSR 542Christian Thought II2
Science and Religion
CSSR 529Historical Perspectives in Science and Religion2
CSSR 530Darwin, Evolution, and Design2
CSSR 631Modern Physics, Cosmology, and Design2
CSSR 651Intelligent Design Seminar2
Philosophy Overview 1
CSSR 540Metaphysics and Epistemology3
CSSR 547Philosophy and Theology of Science3
Elective Courses
Science and Religion, Philosophy or Religious Studies9
Total Credits39
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Students who already have a strong background in philosophy may, with advisor approval, take additional approved electives in place of the required credits.