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.

Degree Program

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:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational principles related to engineering physics (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate an ability to solve quantitative, qualitative, and technical problems related to an ability to engineering 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 105MATH 105MATH 106PHSC 132PHSC 134PHSC 233PHSC 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).

Curriculum Requirements

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.
Program Courses
CHEM 105General Chemistry I4
MATH 105Calculus I4
MATH 106Calculus II4
MATH 205Calculus III4
MATH 335Ordinary Differential Equations3
PHSC 121Introduction to Engineering1
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
Select 4 credits, additional courses may be required by specific engineering programs and include:4
General Chemistry II
Linear Algebra
Mechanics of Materials
Classical Mechanics
Circuits and Instrumentation II
Fundamentals of Materials Science
Total Credits45

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.

Engineering Physics, B.S.

First Year
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
MATH 1054BBST 209 or 2103
PHSC 1241MATH 1064
PHSC 1323PHSC 1211
PHSC 1341PHSC 2333
ENGL 100 or 1123PHSC 2371
KNES 1071Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3
GNST 1021 
 17 18
Total Credits 35
Second Year
BBST 2513BBST 209 or 2103
MATH 2054BBST 3543
PHSC 2344MATH 3353
Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3PHSC 3215
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
 KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
 18 18
Total Credits 36
Third Year
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 3653
BBST 306, 316, or 3263BBST 465 (Christianity & Nat Sci - required)3
CHEM 1054Engineering Elective (see list in catalog)3
PHSC 3113Engineering Elective (see list in catalog)3
ENGL 3133HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253
Writing Competency RequirementPhilosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office 
 16 18
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.