Physics, B.S.


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.

Degree Program

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:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational principles of physics (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate an ability to solve quantitative, qualitative, and technical problems related to physics. (ULO 1).
  3. Demonstrate safe laboratory technique, proper use of appropriate equipment, and suitable results and data analysis (ULO 1).
  4. Obtain and use appropriate 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 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
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
CHEM 105General Chemistry I4
CHEM 106General Chemistry II4
MATH 105Calculus I4
MATH 106Calculus II4
MATH 205Calculus III4
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 318Classical Mechanics3
PHSC 321Circuits and Instrumentation I5
PHSC 336Mathematical Methods in Physics3
PHSC 340Electrodynamics3
PHSC 412Introduction to Quantum Mechanics3
PHSC 460Capstone Seminar1
PHSC 480Advanced Physics Laboratory3
Select at least 3 credits of upper-division Physics electives.3
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.

Physics, B.S.

First Year
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
MATH 1054MATH 1064
PHSC 1241PHSC 2333
PHSC 1323PHSC 2371
PHSC 1341Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
ENGL 100 or 1123KNES 1071
GNST 1021 
 16 15
Total Credits 31
Second Year
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
MATH 2054BBST 2513
PHSC 2344MATH 3353
PHSC 3113PHSC 3215
 HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253
 14 17
Total Credits 31
Third Year
BBST 3653BBST 3543
CHEM 1054BBST 306, 316, or 3263
PHSC 3363CHEM 1064
ENGL 3133PHSC 3183
Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
Writing Competency RequirementGraduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 16 14
Total Credits 30
Fourth Year
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 465 (Christianity & Nat Sci - required)3
PHSC 3403PHSC 4123
Physics Elective (upper-division)13PHSC 4601
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3PHSC 4803
Literature (see Core Curriculum)3Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
 15 13
Total Credits 28