Applied Physics, B.S.


The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Applied 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 industry, research, and academia.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Science degree in Applied 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 Applied Physics, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational principles of applied physics (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate an ability to solve quantitative, qualitative, and technical problems related to applied 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 Applied 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 Courses
Applied 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.
Program Courses (57 credits plus 6 program elective credits)
CHEM 105General Chemistry I4
CHEM 106General Chemistry II4
MATH 105Calculus I4
MATH 106Calculus II4
MATH 205Calculus III4
MATH 291Linear Algebra3
MATH 335Ordinary Differential Equations3
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
PHSC 322Circuits and Instrumentation II3
PHSC 336Mathematical Methods in Physics3
PHSC 460Capstone Seminar1
PHSC 480Advanced Physics Laboratory3
Select a minimum of 6 upper-division credits from the following:6
Mechanics of Materials
Classical Mechanics
Fundamentals of Materials Science
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Directed Research or Internship
Special Topics in Physical Science
Organic Chemistry I
Laboratory in Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Laboratory in Organic Chemistry II
Complex Variables
Data Structures
Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming
Programming Languages
Total Credits63

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.

Applied Physics, B.S.

First Year
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
MATH 1054BBST 2093
PHSC 1241MATH 1064
PHSC 1323PHSC 2333
PHSC 1341PHSC 2371
ENGL 100 or 1123Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3
GNST 1021 
 16 17
Total Credits 33
Second Year
BBST 2513BBST 2103
MATH 2054BBST 3543
PHSC 2344MATH 3353
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4PHSC 3215
 Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
 15 17
Total Credits 32
Third Year
BBST 306, 316, or 3263BBST 3653
ENGL 3133HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253
MATH 2913PHSC/CHEM/MATH/CSCI Elective (upper-division)3
PHSC 3113PHSC 3223
PHSC 3363Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
Writing Competency RequirementKNES 1071
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 15 16
Total Credits 31
Fourth Year
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 465 (Christianity & Nat Sci - required)3
PHSC/CHEM/MATH/CSCI Elective (upper-division)3CHEM 1064
CHEM 1054PHSC 4601
Literature (see Core Curriculum)3PHSC 4803
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
 14 14
Total Credits 28