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SBU's physics major is primarily designed for pre-engineering students, allowing you to complete general education and engineering pre-requisite courses and graduate from SBU with a physics degree while also being equipped for engineering school.

Additionally, the physics degree can be added by any student as a second major. A physics major is a helpful addition if you are pursuing a mathematics or chemistry degree. The physics degree also has a pre-health concentration because studying physics has proven beneficial if you are hoping to gain acceptance into medical school.

Pre-Engineering Information

SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • Learn in a faith-based environment while preparing for success at the next level in engineering school or graduate programs.
  • Thrive in small lecture and lab classes which allow for individualized instruction and close interactions with faculty and other students.
  • Receive one-on-one guidance and advisement as you work toward your personal and professional goals.

Faith Integration

SBU is home to the Darrell R. Strait Center for the Integration of Science and Christian Faith, which is intentionally focused on equipping students to study the history and philosophy of science, Biblical hermeneutics, and the integration of science and faith. Faculty encourage discussion of ethical issues that arise in the world of science and challenge students to use their Christian faith as the basis for approaching all issues. SBU believes strongly that science and Christian faith can be integrated and support each other.

As a physics major, you will take a course from the Strait Center, Physics Through the Eyes of Faith, and will have the option to take other Strait Center courses, including Methods of Biblical Interpretation, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, and History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.

SBU's small class sizes and hands-on approach to academics have opened the door to research projects and internships, allowing me to discover how what I am learning applies in the real world and equipping me with tools I will use for the rest of my career.

Andon Crisp, current physics and chemistry student
Andon Crisp, Current SBU Student


SBU physics students have the opportunity to apply for several privately funded scholarships including

  • Friends of the College of Science and Mathematics Scholarship
  • Jerry and Martha Harns Scholarship
  • Margaret Lang & Mary Sue Sickafus Scholarship
  • Marie Colvin Pre-Med Scholarship
  • Robert and Alene Smith Physical Science Scholarship

3-2 pre-engineering/physics sample Plan


Fall Semester

CHE 1115 General Chemistry I 5
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
MAT 1195 Calculus I 5
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

CHE 1125 General Chemistry II or  
CIS 1144 Computer Science I 5
ECO 2033 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MAT 2255 Calculus II 5
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
ENG 1121 English Composition II 3
Total hours 17


Fall Semester

HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
MAT 2263 Calculus III 3
PHY 2215 University Physics I 5
SPF 2012 Introduction of Spiritual Formation 2
BIO 1104 Principles of Biology 4
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

MAT 3363 Differential Equations 3
PHY 2225 University Physics II 5
PHY 3233 Mechanics (Statics) 3
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

PHY 3363 Modern Physics 3
CIS 1033 Foundations of Computer Science 3
CHE 3323 Physical Chemistry 3
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
ICS 2901 Same Culture Service Project 1
PSY 1013 General Psychology or  
SOC 1003 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

PHY 4413 Advanced Electricity and Magnetism 3
SCF 3432 Physics Through the Eyes of Faith 2
  Humanities/Social Sciences Electives 3
CHE 3323 Physical Chemistry 3
CIS 1144 Computer Science I 4
ICS 2901 Same Culture Service Project 1
Total hours 16

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

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