This art/sociology class, “The Postmodern Metropolis”, takes to the streets to explore the cultures of cities — particularly Los Angeles — through hands-on analysis of important sites of art and architecture, like the Walt Disney Concert Hall (pictured here).

Majors and Concentrations

Biola offers more than 40 unique majors and 80 concentrations. For example, you can pursue Marketing as an emphasis in the Business major. All major classes are supplemented by general education and biblical studies courses and seek to soundly integrate the Christian faith. To view the course requirements and a suggested program schedule for each major please refer to our Degree Requirement Sheets.

While some students enter Biola with a clear vocational direction, others take time and general education classes to gain a better sense of their academic interests. As a Biola student, you can pursue an education in the following major programs.

Minors at Biola

You have many interests and talents and college is your opportunity to explore everything. Do you enjoy playing the flute? Have an interest in physics or learning a new language? Even if you don't have time to major in these programs, we offer 42 minors for those interested in pursuing a secondary field of study in addition to their major degree. Every student earns a Bible minor at Biola, but you have the option to earn an additional minor if you choose so. Minors usually require a minimum of 18 credits. What interests you?

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Applied Music
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Biological Science
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Christian Ministries
  • Coaching
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Contemporary Worship Music
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Intercultural Studies
  • International Development
  • International Relations
  • Islamic Studies
  • Journalism & Integrated Media
  • Kinesiology, Health & Physical Education
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Middle East Studies
  • Missions
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Psychology
  • Science & Theology
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Justice, Human Rights & Conflict Transformation
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Heritage Speakers
  • Spanish Language Learners
  • Theatre

A Biola Education

There are three areas of academic study required for a student to graduate from Biola: general education, biblical studies, and major courses. The path to graduate will be unique for each student, but your Biola education will include aspects of all of the following.

General Education

General education classes will prepare you with a sound academic foundation in several disciplines, including English, Math, Science, History, Language, Communications, Fine Arts, and Physical Education. Depending on the chosen major, a student must complete approximately 53 units of general education classes.

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Biblical Studies

Biblical studies classes will prompt you to explore your personal faith and equip you intellectually to articulate your worldview. Each Biola student completes 30 units of biblical studies, equal to seven prescribed courses and three electives. Students generally take at least one Bible class each semester to remain on track for graduation.

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Major Courses

Major courses will give you the foundational knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to succeed in your chosen career. Biola offers more than 40 different majors - and several emphases within majors - each with its own distinct requirements.

Majors and Programs


Depending on the particular major, every Biola student will take approximately 52 units of general education. These classes will ensure a robust academic experience and lay the groundwork for your major and biblical studies. General education classes span a variety of disciplines, including English, Math, Science, History, Language, Communications, Fine Arts, and Physical Education.

In some cases, you might have the opportunity to take classes in addition to the general education, biblical studies, and major course requirements. These electives provide you the chance to explore different fields of interest. Because of a high number of unit requirements, some majors leave no room for electives.

Total GE Requirements

Behavioral Science 3 units
Communication 3 units
English 6 units
Fine Arts 3 units
First Year Seminar* 1 unit
Foreign Language 4-12 units
History 6 units
Literature 3 units
Philosophy 3 units
Physical Education 4 units
Science / Mathematics 8 units
Total Requirements 44–52 units

Note: First Year Seminar is not counted toward graduation and is not required for transfer students.

General Education Requirements

Behavioral Science (3 units)

Any one of the following will meet this requirement:

ANTH 200 General Cultural Anthropology
PSYC 200 Introduction to Psychology
SOCI 220 Sociology
SOCI 362 Social Problems

Communication (3 units)

Any one of the following will meet this requirement:

COMM 100 Introduction to Public Communication
COMM 170 Small Group Communication
COMM 181 Intro to Argumentation & Debate
COMM 280 Oral Interpretation

English (6 units)

The following will meet this requirement:

ENGL 100* Basic Studies in Critical Thinking and Writing
or ENGL 112 Critical Thinking and Writing I
and ENGL 113 Critical Thinking and Writing II

* All students who do not satisfy the minimum SAT or ACT scoring standards in this area must enroll in ENGL 100 and then move on to ENGL 113. Otherwise the combination of ENGL 112 and 113 can be taken. 

Fine Arts (3 units)

Courses must be taken at Biola unless otherwise specified. Options:

  • ARTS 100*, 107, 108, 110, 111, 210, 211, 213, 221
  • COMM 160*
  • MUSC 001†, 002†, 003†, 005†, 007†, 008†, 010†, 012†, 101*

*These courses may be transferred from other colleges.
†Ensemble participation is by audition only, and count for one unit.

Foreign Language (12 units)

Your foreign language units must be completed in the same language. Biola offers language classes in Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, and German.

Years Completed Required for a B.A. Required for a B.S.
1 year high school* 12 units 4 units
2 years high school* 8 units None
3 years high school* 4 units None
4 years high school* None None

* Conversational language may be used toward a B.S. degree but not a B.A. degree. Classical or conversational language must be taken through the 102 level for a B.S. degree.

History (6 units)

To fulfill the six-unit history requirement, choose either History 108 or History 109 or Political Science 225 as well as either History 207 or 208.

HIST 108 or 109 US History To 1865 or US History Since 1865
or POSC 225 Survey of American Government
HIST 207 or 208 Civilization I or II

Literature (3 units)

Any one of the following will meet this requirement:

ENGL 220 Film and Literature
ENGL 230 Literature in Context
ENGL 251, 252, or 253 British Literature
ENGL 281 or 282 American Literature
ENGL 283 Race & Ethnicity in American Literature
ENGL 290 World Literature

Philosophy (3 units)

Any one of the following will meet this requirement:

PHIL 210 Introduction to Logic
PHIL 211 Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 212 Introduction to Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 213 Introduction to Modern Philosophy
PHIL 214 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 215 Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 216 Introduction to Philosophy and Aesthetics

Physical Education (4 Units)

Four units of P.E. are required containing three different activity skills:

PEED 101 Health and Wellness
PEED 110 Physical Education Skills and Techniques
PEED 130 Intermediate Physical Education Skills and Techniques
PEED 140 Physical Education Skill and Techniques: Aquatics
PEED 150 Advanced Physical Education Skill and Techniques

Science / Mathematics (8 units)


  • ANTH 222, 223
  • BIOS 100, 103, 110, 112, 120, 130, or 290
  • CHEM 100, 104, 105, 112
  • MATH 101, 102, 103, 105, 120 or 130, 190,  210, 318
  • PHSC 101, 102, 103, 109, 110, 111 & 117, 115 & 119, 132 & 134, 250


Please consult the Degree Requirement Sheet specific to your major before taking any General Education courses.
Detailed information on G.E. requirements, categories, and course descriptions can be found in our Course Catalog.


All Biola students take 30 units of biblical studies. These classes will challenge you to examine and enhance your personal faith and will train you to integrate Christianity with your future career. While most students take only the 30 units and receive a minor in Biblical Studies, some pursue Biblical Studies as a major.

Foundation Courses

Code Course Units Description
BBST 103 The Bible and Spiritual Formation 3 Equips to interpret and apply the Bible in accurate and dynamic ways for spiritual and character formation.
BBST 105 Foundations of Christian Thought 3 Introduction to theology with emphasis on our Christian heritage, the doctrine of Scripture, and Christian worldview.
BBST 109 Old Testament History and Literature 3 An overview of the Old Testament with an emphasis on historical and cultural background, literary genre, themes, people, and events.
BBST 110 New Testament History and Literature 3 An overview of the New Testament with emphasis on historical and cultural background, literary genre, structure, themes, people, and events.

Intermediate Courses

Code Course Units Description
BBST 251 Theology I 3 The biblical doctrines of God, Christ, man, and sin with reference to the history and development of Christian theology.
BBST 254 Theology II 3 The biblical doctrines of salvation, the Holy Spirit, the church, and end times with reference to the history and development of Christian theology.
BBST 306 Early Christian History: Acts 3 Study of the book of Acts from a missiological perspective, dealing with the activity of the early church.

Elective Courses

Code Course Units
BBST 300/400 Level Bible Elective 3
BBST 300/400 Level Bible Elective 3
BBST 465 Integration Seminar 3

Elective Course Options

311 Biblical Backgrounds – Contributions of archeology, geography, culture, and history to biblical interpretation.

312 Principles of Interpretation – Methods and principles for interpreting Scripture throughout church history and present era with an emphasis on the grammatical-historical method.

320 Inductive Bible Study – Inductive method applied to selected biblical texts.

330 Jesus' Life and Ministry – Chronological study of the gospels as well as a look at the historical, cultural, and theological factors aiding the interpretation of the events and teachings.

341 Pauline Literature – Authorship, occasion of writing, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content of Paul's writings.

342 Johannine Literature – Authorship, occasion of writing, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content of John's writings.

343 General Letters – Authorship, occasion of writing, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content of non-Pauline letters.

360 Pentateuch – Mosaic authorship, historical and cultural backdrop, themes, theological issues, literary structure, and content.

380 Wisdom and Poetic Literature – Authorship, historical and cultural background, themes, and literary content of Job through Song of Solomon.

391 Major Prophets – Authorship, historical and cultural background, themes, and literary content of the major prophets.

392 Minor Prophets – Authorship, historical and cultural background, themes, and literary content of the minor prophets.

411 New Testament Theology – Method, practice, and history with emphasis on selected writers or themes.

412 Old Testament Theology – Method, practice, and history with emphasis on selected writers or themes.

430 Advanced Study: New Testament – Selected books or themes from the New Testament are studied by independent student research and writing in addition to a seminar style class.

440 Advanced Study: Old Testament – Selected books or themes from the Old Testament are studied by independent student research and writing in addition to a seminar style class.

450 Advanced Study: Christian Thought – A variety of topics offered including selected texts or topics from both testaments. Independent student research and writing in addition to a seminar style class.

455 Pauline Theology: Romans – Study of Paul's theology and world-view as contained in the book of Romans.

458 Theology of Mission – Study of God's redemptive acts in Scripture on behalf of mankind, with application to the mission of the church today.

465 Integration Seminar – Senior level capstone seminar in which the student will search the Bible and literature that deal with a variety of topics that are offered. Each topic is integrated with Biblical truth.

480 Directed Research – Guided independent reading, research, and preparation of a formal paper or project done in consultation with a selected professor.

490 Practicum – Supervised experience in teaching biblical studies. Includes course preparation, observation, and evaluation.

Study Abroad

Make the world your classroom!

Biola offers students unique and life-changing learning opportunities among other cultures as well as here in the U.S. We believe these experiences are vital to fulfilling our mission and equipping our students to live and serve effectively in a diverse world. Students have the opportunity to take part in over 20 study-abroad programs, from the streets of Los Angeles to the deserts of Cairo, Egypt. They can study in the coastal warmth of Baja, tough out the winter in Russia, or ride the Tube in London! Biola offers a study abroad program for almost all majors.

Who can study abroad?

All Undergraduate students who are in good standing with the university are welcome to study abroad. Graduate students in good standing are also eligible to take part in Talbot's study abroad program.What does it mean to be in good standing and eligible for this opportunity? Biola's Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement can help you find out!

How do I get credit for studying abroad?

Biola is affiliated with a number of off-campus programs that host our students during their time abroad. Here's how it works: students are enrolled as full-time students in Biola courses that have been approved as equivalents of the off-campus program courses. At the end of your off-campus program semester, the off-campus program sends your transcripts to Biola's Office of the Registrar for review and the grades earned are calculated into your Biola gpa. Program directors review the transcripts and apply grades to the courses as appropriate and award you credit for the equivalent Biola course.

Money... how?

In most cases, off-campus programs cost the same as on-campus tuition, room and board. Where elegible, students may still qualify for federal, state and Biola aid, and can continue to obtain the maximum aid possible while off-campus.

What's the first step?

You should schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor within your major. Your academic advisor will work with you to determine which courses can and should be reserved for study abroad.

What programs does Biola offer?

Learn more about Study Abroad & Study USA and find out which program fits you best.


Honors Program

Who is in the Torrey Honors Institute?

Torrey Honors Institute is comprised of students who are outstanding in their academic ability, Christian character, and potential for leadership.

At Torrey we want whole souls: minds that think, hearts with a passion for the Good, and hands that act in the world.

Dr. Paul Spears

What happens at Torrey?

Torrey classes do not have lectures, written exams, or textbooks. Students dig directly into the classic works of Western literature and Christianity, unmediated by a lecturer or a homogenized survey text. Students learn by reading thoroughly and deeply in preparation for class. They then discuss the texts with other students, led by a Bible faculty tutor who encourages students to think carefully by asking questions rather than giving the answer.

Students of the same class standing are placed in small groups and remain in these groups throughout the program. They are required to write and revise one major essay each semester, thereby learning how to express and defend a position intelligently, clearly, and persuasively through a Christian viewpoint. Each of the many tutors who lead discussions will also act as a mentor, meeting with each student regularly to advise him or her on coursework and to encourage the student's Christian walk.

Does Torrey count as a major?

The Torrey Honors Institute does not replace a student's major; rather, it is a solid grounding in classical Western literature and substitutes for most of the general education and Bible requirements at Biola. Torrey students add a specialized major in any area available at Biola University. As a result, Torrey combines the best of classical and traditional American college education in a Christian context.

For more information visit: Torrey Honors Institute website



The faculty at Biola stand out in many ways. Biola professors are not just experts in their respective fields, but also Bible-believing Christians. Two-thirds of the faculty have earned their doctorates, and several are acclaimed as Fulbright and National Endowment for the Humanities scholars. Collectively, the Biola faculty produce more than 100 publications each year, including books and journal articles.

More than that, Biola faculty members consistently demonstrate a personal commitment to the academic and spiritual development of students. A 16:1 student-faculty ratio allows Biola professors to personalize their instruction and mentor individual students, yielding an atmosphere of integrated education and real-world impact.


  • Fall Receptions

    September 13, 2015

    Biola University will be in a city near you holding receptions for applicants of Biola University and their families. This is a free opportunity to hear from an admissions counselor, an alumnus, as well as connect with other local students and families considering Biola University for their future!

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    September 19, 2015

    Trying to visit as many colleges as possible? Come and enjoy Brunch at Biola! We know how hectic it can be to take time out of your week to visit a college campus, that's why we have opened up a Saturday tour followed by a nice brunch at our Cafeteria.

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    October 24, 2015

    Do you want to visit Biola, but live out-of-state or in zip codes 94000-96199? Biola Bound may be the perfect visit opportunity for you! Come for a great weekend, explore what Biola has to offer, and have some fun in Southern California.

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