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, qualitative, and technical problems related to an ability 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 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|
NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.
Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.
See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.
|BBST 103 or 165||3||BBST 103 or 165||3|
|MATH 105||4||BBST 209 or 210||3|
|PHSC 124||1||MATH 106||4|
|PHSC 132||3||PHSC 121||1|
|PHSC 134||1||PHSC 233||3|
|ENGL 100 or 112||3||PHSC 237||1|
|KNES 107||1||Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)||3|
|Total Credits 35|
|BBST 251||3||BBST 209 or 210||3|
|MATH 205||4||BBST 354||3|
|PHSC 234||4||MATH 335||3|
|Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)||3||PHSC 321||5|
|Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)||4||Communication (see Core Curriculum)||3|
|KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)||1|
|Total Credits 36|
|BBST 300/400 Bible Elective||3||BBST 365||3|
|BBST 306, 316, or 326||3||BBST 465 (Christianity & Nat Sci - required)||3|
|CHEM 105||4||Engineering Elective (see list in catalog)||3|
|PHSC 311||3||Engineering Elective (see list in catalog)||3|
|ENGL 313||3||HIST 200, 201, or POSC 225||3|
|Writing Competency Requirement||Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)||3|
|Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office|
|Total Credits 34|
If two years of the same foreign language was not taken in high school, four credits at college level will be required for graduation.
Students in the Engineering 3/2 sequence are exempt from general education requirements in Literature (3). The student is also exempt from the last semester residency requirement.
Your fourth and fifth year will include a minimum of 30-32 credits of upper-division engineering-related courses from USC or other accredited engineering school.