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School of Science, Mathematics, Technology & Health

For Christ & Scripture Since 1927

The School of Science, Mathematics, Technology & Health offers six majors and 20 emphasis programs. Students must complete 40 units of General Education, 21 Bible units, 33-49 Major Core Courses depending on their selected major, and 12-23 Emphasis/Elective courses depending on their major.

This major is for students called to careers in health, medicine, sciences, or research. Our students are uniquely equipped to be an exemplary testimony for Christ in any scientific discipline and profession. The small class sizes and top-ranked liberal arts curriculum are under the leadership of top faculty, allowing students to achieve an unparalleled level of teacher-student mentorship and a world-class level of scholarship. Students benefit from personalized learning environments and resources to prepare for a career or graduate school.

Pre-Medical Pre-Allied Health Pre-Dentistry Pre-Nursing Pre-Veterinary Medicine / Animal Science Biology General Cellular & Molecular Biology Life Sciences Education Natural History & Environmental Biology

Geology Paleontology Environmental Science

Research Opportunities

Students have the freedom to conduct, structure, and present research with faculty support. Students are encouraged to pursue personalized scholarship opportunities with individual faculty in the department. Research opportunities translate into academic credit toward graduation in the form of practicums in industrial settings and scholarly articles presented to academic and professional societies.

95% Medical School acceptance rate

TOP 10 Christian Universities and TOP 15% Colleges with the Best Academics in California (Niche.com, 2019)

Biblically Rooted Small classes taught by top faculty, not teacher’s assistants. Faculty all have a shared commitment to the doctrinal statement, including interpreting science through faith, teaching a literal six-day creation, and a historical space-time fall.

Flexible and innovative curriculum with top internship programs provides students cutting-edge content and teaching methods to best prepare for a career or graduate school, while also allowing them to invest in athletics, music, studies abroad, and more.

ROOTED IN AN UNWAVERING DEVOTION TO JESUS CHRIST AND THE INERRANT WORD OF GOD, OUR WORLD-CLASS FACULTY AND DEDICATED ADMINISTRATION PREPARE EACH STUDENT’S HEART AND MIND FOR A LIFE OF ETERNAL INFLUENCE. - John MacArthur


Study & Serve Abroad

Students have the option to study at T.M.U.’s Israel campus, plus a wide range of study locations varying by semester, including GO! and TMU Italy.

Israel Bible Extension (IBEX) GO! Global Outreach TMU Italy


Alumni & Graduate Degrees

For students pursuing medical or graduate school, T.M.U.’s 95% graduate school acceptance rate means students are very likely to be accepted to the graduate school of their choice.

For information about obtaining a California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential in Life Sciences, see the Teaching Credential Programs.

Students may also continue their studies at TMU&S:

TMU Online MBA Master in Biblical Counseling The Master’s Seminary


On-Campus

STUDENT LIFEDISTINCTIVES OF BIBLICAL LIVING

Be right at home developing meaningful, life-long relationships with like-minded Christians. Students experience a missional, gospel-centered student life both in and out of the classroom. Master’s offers a full range of facilities, resources, services, and discipleship.

A Global Experience 2,500+ TMUS students with around 40% on-campus in undergraduate programs, coming from all around the world and typically including 40 different countries and 40 different states.

A Top-ranked Student Life Rated #2 Nationwide “Most Inspirational” by Wall Street Journal, and “A” Grade by Niche.com, and ranked #1 “Right Choice” University (Wall Street Journal 2017 & 2018)

A Beautiful Campus 6 residence halls on one of America’s safest ranked campuses, with Santa Clarita consistently ranked one of the nation’s safest cities. Rated Top 10% Nationwide for “Best College Dorms” and “Best College Campuses” (Niche 2020 ranking)

A Community Of Worship 3 chapel services weekly for all faculty, staff, and students. You may already live-stream the service here: Chapel. Additional opportunities for evangelism and community outreach like the S.T.E.M. Club or The Master’s Chorale.


Experience it all for yourself

ADMISSIONS EVENTS

Southern California: a lively, oak-filled canyon campus close to both the mountains and the beach. Endless career opportunities are nearby, and students can join and serve at any number of recommended local churches. Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, and total-campus experiences year-round.

  • Events include Financial Aid workshops

  • View the U includes overnight stay in the dorms hosted by current students


Affordability & Scholarships

We strive to offer students a Christ-centered education within the financial reach of all. We believe in paying less for school, graduating with less debt, and helping students start their careers better prepared for success.

Total Cost Calculator TMU Scholarships Student Career Center Work Study


Admissions

Since 1927, the mission of The Master’s University is to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth, and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.

  • Required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation

  • 3.6 GPA average for new applicants

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Experience it all for yourself

ADMISSIONS EVENTS

Southern California: a beautiful, lively campus close to both the mountains and the beach, with endless career opportunities nearby. Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, and total-campus experiences year-round.


B.S. in Biology Core Courses

  • CH151 General Chemistry I (4)

  • CH152 General Chemistry II (4)

  • CH351 Organic Chemistry I (4)

  • LS151 Organismic Biology (4)

  • LS220 Research Methods (1)

  • LS252 Cell Biology (4)

  • LS342 Genetics and Genomics (4)

  • LS372 Origins (3)

  • LS420 Seminar in Biology (1)

  • LS422 Senior Capstone (1)

  • MA262 Elementary Statistics (3)

  • PS251 General Physics I (4)

  • PS252 General Physics II (4)

Total core courses (41)

General Biology Emphasis Courses

  • B.S. in Biology core courses (41)

  • LS341 Ecology (4)

  • Upper division biology & chemistry electives (19)

Total units required for emphasis (64)

Cellular & Molecular Biology Emphasis Courses

Many of the most important discoveries in science in the last 60 years have taken place in this field. Because of the complexity of life at this level, students in this emphasis enjoy some of the most challenging courses in the biology major.

  • B.S. in Biology core courses (41)

  • LS351 Molecular Genetics (4)

  • CH352 Organic Chemistry (4)

  • CH461 Biochemistry (4)

  • Three of the following (11)

    • MA121 Calculus (3)

    • LS331 Developmental Biology (4)

    • LS351 Molecular Biology (4)

    • LS355 Parasitology (4)

    • LS361 Immunology (4)

    • LS362 Medical Microbiology (4)

    • LS388 Mathematical Ecology (4)

    • LS398 Plant Science (4)

    • LS428 Research in Biology (1-4)

Total units required for emphasis (64)

Natural History/Environmental Biology Emphasis Courses

If you enjoy the outdoors and wildlife, this is a major for you. It is important to be good stewards of this world which God has given us, so that we can responsibly utilize our God-given resources to sustain life with growing populations.

  • B.S. in Biology core courses (41)

  • LS318 Conservation Biology & Sustainability (4)

  • LS341 Ecology (4)

  • LS398 Plant Science (4)

  • Three of the following (11)

    • CH352 Organic Chemistry II (4)

    • LS312 Animal Physiology (4)

    • LS346 Marine Biology (4)

    • LS348 Biological Field Studies (topics vary and can be repeated for credit) (3-4)

    • LS355 Parasitology (4)

    • LS362 Medical Microbiology (4)

    • LS375 Vertebrate Paleontology (4)

    • LS388 Mathematical Ecology (4)

    • LS428 Research in Biology (1-4)

Total units required for emphasis (64)

Pre-Medical/Pre-Dentistry/Pre-Allied Health Emphasis Courses

For students who desire to attend medical school, other health professions, programs and graduate school in the sciences. With a 95% Med-School acceptance rate, there’s no better place for a believer to study pre-medicine than at The Master’s University.

  • B.S. in Biology core courses (41)

  • LS341 Ecology (4)

  • CH352 Organic Chemistry II (4)

  • CH461 Biochemistry (4)

  • Three of the following (11)

    • MA121 Calculus I (3)

    • LS321 Human Anatomy (4)

    • LS322 Human Physiology (4)

    • LS331 Developmental Biology (4)

    • LS351 Molecular Genetics (4)

    • LS352 Medical Physiology (4)

    • LS355 Parasitology (4)

    • LS361 Immunology (4)

    • LS362 Medical Microbiology (4)

    • LS398 Plant Science (4)

    • LS428 Research in Biology (1-4)

Total units required for emphasis (64)

Animal Science/ Pre-Veterinary Medicine Emphasis Courses

Best prepares students for admission to veterinary medical school. Gaining admission to veterinary medical schools is highly competitive—more so even than medical school—and you will want to begin planning your undergraduate curriculum with this in mind.

  • B.S. in Biology core courses (41)

  • LS312 Animal Physiology (4)

  • LS341 Ecology (4)

  • CH352 Organic Chemistry (4)

  • Three of the following (11)

    • MA121 Calculus (3)

    • CH461 Biochemistry (4)

    • LS302 Vertebrate Anatomy and Systematics (4)

    • LS318 Conservation Biology & Sustainability (4)

    • LS331 Developmental Biology (4)

    • LS346 Marine Biology (4)

    • LS348 Biological Field Studies (topics vary and can be repeated for credit) (3-4)

    • LS355 Parasitology (4)

    • LS361 Immunology (4)

    • LS362 Medical Microbiology (4)

    • LS375 Vertebrate Paleontology (4)

    • LS388 Mathematical Ecology (4)

    • LS398 Plant Science (4)

    • LS428 Research in Biology (1-4)

Total units required for emphasis (64)

Pre-Nursing (for post-bachelor nursing programs)*

Pre-nursing offers preparation primarily for BS-BSN or BSMSN post-bachelor degree programs. Most Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs are 4-year programs that include pre-nursing. Many Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs are post-bachelor (BS) programs. Some post-bachelor nursing programs may require additional courses.

  • B.S. in Biology core courses (41)

  • LS321 Human Anatomy (4)

  • LS322 Human Physiology (4)

  • LS362 Medical Microbiology (4)

  • Three of the following (11)

    • MA121 Calculus I (3)

    • CH260 Introduction to General, Organic, & Biochemistry (3)

    • CH352 Organic Chemistry II (4)

    • CH461 Biochemistry (4)

    • LS231 Human Growth and Development (3)

    • LS331 Developmental Biology (4)

    • LS352 Medical Physiology (4)

    • LS361 Immunology (4)

    • LS428 Research in Biology (1-4)

Total units required for emphasis (64)

Most Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs are 4-year programs that include pre-nursing. Many Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs are post-bachelor (BS) programs. Our pre-nursing program outlined here offers preparation primarily for BS-BSN or BS-MSN post-bachelor degree programs. Some post bachelor nursing programs may require additional courses.

Paleontology Emphasis Courses

  • B.S. in Biology core courses (41)

  • GS150 Essentials of Geology (4)

  • LS341 Ecology (4)

  • LS375 Vertebrate Paleontology (4)

  • Three of the following (11)

    • MA121 Calculus I (3)

    • CH352 Organic Chemistry II (4)

    • GS151 Historical Geology (4)

    • LS302 Vertebrate Anatomy and Systematics (4)

    • LS307 Biology of Dinosaurs (3)

    • LS346 Marine Biology (3)

    • LS398 Plant Science (4)

    • LS428 Research in Biology (1-4)

Total units required for emphasis (64)

Life Sciences Education Emphasis Courses

The B.A. or B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Life Sciences Education prepares students for careers in teaching such subject areas as biology, physiology, and botany.

  • B.S. in Biology core courses (41)

  • Upper division biology, chemistry, & geology electives (14)

  • ED400 Foundations of Education* (3) - or ED101, ED202, and ED301

  • P321 Philosophies of Education** (3)

  • One of the following (3)

    • ED202 Curriculum Instruction & Learning Theory* (3)

    • ED301 Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in Teaching* (3)

Total units required for emphasis (64)

*Teaching Credential prerequisite, must pass with a B- or better.

**Fulfills general education requirement for P311.


B.A. in Biology Core Courses

  • CH151 General Chemistry I (4)

  • CH152 General Chemistry II (4)

  • CH351 Organic Chemistry I (4)

  • LS151 Organismic Biology (4)

  • LS220 Research Methods (1)

  • LS252 Cell Biology (4)

  • LS342 Genetics and Genomics (4)

  • LS372 Origins (3)

  • LS420 Seminar in Biology (1)

  • LS422 Senior Capstone (1)

  • MA262 Elementary Statistics (3)

Total core courses (33)

General Biology Emphasis Courses

  • B.A. in Biology core courses (33)

  • LS341 Ecology (4)

  • Upper division biology, chemistry, & geology electives (8)

Total units required for emphasis (45)

Cellular & Molecular Biology Emphasis Courses

  • B.A. in Biology core courses (33)

  • LS351 Molecular Genetics (4)

  • CH352 Organic Chemistry II (4)

  • CH461 Biochemistry (4)

Total units required for emphasis (45)

Natural History/Environmental Biology Emphasis Courses

  • B.A. in Biology core courses (33)

  • LS318 Conservation Biology & Sustainability (4)

  • LS341 Ecology (4)

  • LS398 Plant Science (4)

Total units required for emphasis (45)

Pre-Medical/Pre-Dentistry/Pre-Allied Health Emphasis Courses

  • B.A. in Biology core courses (33)

  • LS341 Ecology (4)

  • CH352 Organic Chemistry II (4)

  • CH461 Biochemistry (4)

Total units required for emphasis (45)

Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine Emphasis Courses

  • B.A. in Biology core courses (33)

  • LS312 Animal Physiology (4)

  • LS341 Ecology (4)

  • CH352 Organic Chemistry II (4)

Total units required for emphasis (45)

Pre-Nursing Emphasis Courses

  • B.A. in Biology core courses (33)

  • LS321 Human Anatomy (4)

  • LS322 Human Physiology (4)

  • LS362 Medical Microbiology (4)

Total units required for emphasis (45)

Paleontology Emphasis Courses

  • B.A. in Biology core courses (33)

  • GS150 Essentials of Geology (4)

  • LS341 Ecology (4)

  • LS375 Vertebrate Paleontology (4)

Total units required for emphasis (45)


B.S. in Geoscience Core Courses

  • CH151 General Chemistry I (4)

  • CH152 General Chemistry II (4)

  • GS150 Essentials of Geology (4)

  • GS151 Historical Geology (4)

  • GS251 Mineralogy (4)

  • GS351 GIS & Geomorphology (4)

  • GS420 Senior Seminar in Geoscience (1)

  • GS422 Senior Capstone in Geoscience (1)

  • GS452 Environmental Geoscience (4)

  • LS151 Organismic Biology (4)

  • LS220 Research Methods (1)

  • LS372 Origins (3)

  • MA262 Elementary Statistics (3)

  • PS251 General Physics I (4)

  • PS252 General Physics II (4)

Total core courses (49)

Geology Emphasis Courses

  • B.S. in Geoscience core courses (49)

  • GS322 Petrology (4)

  • GS371 Structural Geology (4)

  • GS472 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4)

  • MA121 Calculus (3)

  • One or two of the following (4)

    • GS400 PG Exam Preparation (1)

    • GS428 Research in Geology (1-4)

    • GS490 Geology Field Camp (not offered at TMU) (4-6)

    • LS375 Vertebrate Paleontology (4)

    • LS307 Biology of Dinosaurs (3)

Total units required for emphasis (68)

Environmental Science Emphasis Courses

  • B.S. in Geoscience core courses (49)

  • CH351 Organic Chemistry I (4)

  • GS332 Hyrogeology (4)

  • LS318 Conservation Biology & Sustainability (4)

  • LS341 Ecology (4)

  • One or two of the following (3)

    • GS400 PG Exam Preparation (1)

    • GS428 Research in Geology (1-4)

    • GS490 Geology Field Camp (not offered at TMU) (4-6)

    • LS375 Vertebrate Paleontology (4)

    • LS307 Biology of Dinosaurs (3)

Total units required for emphasis (68)


Minor in Biology

For a minor in biology, the student must complete:

  • CH151 General Chemistry I (4)

  • CH152 General Chemistry II (4)

  • LS151 Organismic Biology (4)

  • LS252 Cell Biology (4)

  • LS372 Origins (3)

  • Upper division biology and chemistry electives (6)

Total units required for minor (25)

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Majors

  • Biological Science
  • Geoscience

Programs

Program Credits

General Education: 40
Bible: 21
Major Core Courses: 33-49
Emphasis/Electives: 12-23

Sample Course Offerings:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Vertebrate Anatomy and Systematics
  • Parasitology
  • Organic Chemistry

Career Paths

  • Biochemist
  • Zoologist
  • Paleontologist
  • Dietitian
  • Ecologist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
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    Course Number Course Name Units
    LS312 Animal Physiology 3
    PS338 Astronomy 4
    CH461 Biochemistry 4
    LS348a Biological Field Studies Wildlife Bio 3
    LS307 Biology Of Dinosaurs 3
    LS358 Birds Of California 4
    LS405 Cell Biology 4
    LS252 Cell Biology 4
    LS318 Conservation Biology Sustainability 4
    LS331 Developmental Biology 4
    LS306 Developmental Biology 4
    PS222 Earth Science For Elementary Teachers 3
    PS242 Earth Science 4
    LS341 Ecology 4
    LS150 Essentials Of Biology 4
    LS200 Foundations Of Science 3
    CH151 General Chemistry I 4
    CH152 General Chemistry II 4
    PS251 General Physics I 4
    PS252 General Physics II 4
    LS342 Genetics Genomics 4
    LS321 Human Anatomy 4
    LS322 Human Physiology 4
    LS361 Immunology 4
    CH148 Introduction To Chemistry 4
    LS346 Marine Biology 4
    LS388 Mathematical Ecology 3
    LS362 Medical Microbiology 4
    LS352 Medical Physiology 4
    LS464 Molecular Biology 4
    LS351 Molecular Genetics 4
    CH351 Organic Chemistry I 4
    CH352 Organic Chemistry II 4
    LS151 Organismic Biology 4
    LS372 Origins 3
    LS355 Parasitology 4
    PS231 Physical Science For Elementary Teachers 2
    PS261 Physical Science 4
    LS398 Plant Science 4
    LS332 Population Genetics 4
    LS141 Principles Of Biology 4
    LS140 Principles Of Biology 4
    LS428 Research In Biology 1
    LS220 Research Methods 1
    LS422 Senior Capstone 1
    LS420 Senior Seminar In Biology 1
    LS387c Special Topics Cell Molecular Biology 3
    LS387e Special Topics Complementary Medicine 2
    LS387b Special Topics Fire Restoration 3
    LS387a Special Topics Parasitology 3
    LS387d Special Topics The Biology Of Dinosaurs 2
    LS418 Tutorial Studies 1
    LS302 Vertebrate Anatomy Systematics 4
    LS375 Vertebrate Paleontology 4
    PS348 Winter Astronomy 4
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