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.
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:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational principles of physics (ULO 1).
- Demonstrate an ability to solve quantitative, qualitative, and technical problems related to physics. (ULO 1).
- Demonstrate safe laboratory technique, proper use of appropriate equipment, and suitable results and data analysis (ULO 1).
- Obtain and use appropriate 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 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|
|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.|
|CHEM 105||General Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM 106||General Chemistry II||4|
|MATH 105||Calculus I||4|
|MATH 106||Calculus II||4|
|MATH 205||Calculus III||4|
|MATH 335||Ordinary Differential Equations||3|
|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 318||Classical Mechanics||3|
|PHSC 321||Circuits and Instrumentation I||5|
|PHSC 336||Mathematical Methods in Physics||3|
|PHSC 412||Introduction to Quantum Mechanics||3|
|PHSC 460||Capstone Seminar||1|
|PHSC 480||Advanced Physics Laboratory||3|
|Select at least 3 credits of upper-division Physics electives.||3|
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||MATH 106||4|
|PHSC 124||1||PHSC 233||3|
|PHSC 132||3||PHSC 237||1|
|PHSC 134||1||Communication (see Core Curriculum)||3|
|ENGL 100 or 112||3||KNES 107||1|
|Total Credits 31|
|BBST 209 or 210||3||BBST 209 or 210||3|
|MATH 205||4||BBST 251||3|
|PHSC 234||4||MATH 335||3|
|PHSC 311||3||PHSC 321||5|
|HIST 200, 201, or POSC 225||3|
|Total Credits 31|
|BBST 365||3||BBST 354||3|
|CHEM 105||4||BBST 306, 316, or 326||3|
|PHSC 336||3||CHEM 106||4|
|ENGL 313||3||PHSC 318||3|
|Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)||3||KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)||1|
|Writing Competency Requirement||Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office|
|Total Credits 30|
|BBST 300/400 Bible Elective||3||BBST 465 (Christianity & Nat Sci - required)||3|
|PHSC 340||3||PHSC 412||3|
|Physics Elective (upper-division)1||3||PHSC 460||1|
|Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)||3||PHSC 480||3|
|Literature (see Core Curriculum)||3||Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)||3|
|Total Credits 28|
See catalog for electives in area of specialization. Twenty-eight upper-division credits in Physics or Math.