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Science & Engineering Profile

MALIBU, CALIFORNIA  A mere 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles and a short drive from all that Southern California has to offer, Pepperdine University’s oceanfront location offers students the chance to study near one of the world’s most vibrant and influential metropolitan cities, yet live in a safe and relaxed beachside community. Pepperdine sits high atop Malibu’s Santa Monica Mountains with an 830-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Advancing science
At Pepperdine University, students in the Natural Science Division acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in the classroom and then actively engage in using this knowledge through class projects, undergraduate research, and internship experiences. Special research programs include the Honors Research Program in Chemistry, the Honors Research Program in Biology, and the Honors Research Program in Sports Medicine.

Pepperdine’s Natural Science division is housed in the state-of-the-art Keck Science Center, which comprises research laboratories, a greenhouse, and nutritional science labs where students can conduct experiments.There is a longstanding commitment to undergraduate research opportunities for students within the division. Even in their first year, many students can take an active role in conducting research by presenting their findings at conferences and publishing their reports in professional journals. Pepperdine University’s special programs, research opportunities, and interactive curriculum help Natural Science students identify and refine their career goals within the discipline.

Pursuing truth
In the classroom, Pepperdine’s professors challenge their students to develop both their reasoning capabilities and their intellectual curiosity, applying both traditional approaches and innovative thinking. Pepperdine professors serve as educators and mentors who hold teaching, guiding, and advising as their highest priorities. Serving as just one example of exemplary teaching, Dr. Stephen Davis, recent recipient of the national Robert Foster Cherry Award, illustrates the commitment of Pepperdine’s professors to their students’ learning.

Pepperdine’s vocational development and four-year career planning programs prepare students to graduate with direction and to secure desired career or graduate school opportunities. Approximately 73% of the 2012 graduating class participated in internships during their four years at Pepperdine. Of this group, approximately 42% were employed at graduation, which was 16% higher than the national average. The 13:1 student-faculty ratio fosters an intimate learning community, allowing professors to mentor and motivate each student to achieve at the high-est level. The bond formed between a student and professor is one of the most important aspects of the Pepperdine University experience.

Understanding purpose
Pepperdine cultivates an environment where the pursuit of truth is joined with the search for purpose. To achieve a complete education, students must also possess an understanding of the role of Christianity, faith, and religion within our society. The ability to excel in teaching liber-al arts disciplines while upholding Christian values is a distinctive
feature of Pepperdine University.

Creating community
Beyond the classroom walls, Pepperdine’s administration, faculty, and staff work together to support and nurture students while they are on campus and after they graduate. There are more than 60 student organizations on campus, and Pepperdine also produces over 150 student events each semester such as Songfest, Water Wars, and the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The residential communities, student life events, and athletic programs help Pepperdine students cultivate strong and lasting friendships, providing them with an unmatched quality of campus life. 

Crossing cultures 

Pepperdine has achieved a preeminent position with regard to its academic year international programs in Argentina, England, Germany, China, Italy, and Switzerland, as well as its summer programs in numerous other countries. More than half of the undergraduate student body takes part in one of these defining global experiences. Students spend a summer, semester, or a full academic year living abroad, taking their classes with other Pepperdine students, and they are taught by Pepperdine professors. This educational experience affords students the opportunity to immerse themselves in language, appreciate another country’s heritage, and develop a world-view that they will carry with them for life.

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Inspiring Minds: Academic Excellence
• 43 majors and 35 minors
• 13:1 student-faculty ratio
• Approximately 3,200 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students
• Students representing all 50 states and 70 countries
• 41% male, 59% female
• Average class size of 19 

Inspiring Setting: Malibu, California 

• Ocean and mountain views from across campus
• Suburban beachside community within close proximity to Los Angeles
• 830-acre campus

Pepperdine International Programs
• Nearly 60% of undergraduates study abroad
• 22 programs, including semester, academic year, summer, and special interest
• Academic Year Residential Programs in Argentina, China, England, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland

Pre-health professional curricula are offered for those who plan to pursue a degree at a professional school in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and nursing after earning their undergraduate degree at Pepperdine. These curricula are not degree programs—rather, students pursue a bachelor’s degree offered by Pepperdine, usually in the sciences, before pursing admission to a professional school in their chosen field. Pepperdine’s Natural Science Division offers a variety of fraternities, clubs, undergraduate research programs, and advisors to assist students interested in pursuing health careers.

Engineering 3+2 Program
In this program, students major in natural science for three years at Pepperdine followed by two years at another university that has agreements with Pepperdine. In this program, students receive bachelor’s degrees from both universities. Agreements, subject to change, are currently in effect with the University of Southern California School of Engineering and Washington University School of Engineering in St. Louis.

Natural Science Division Majors
Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science/Mathematics, Engineering 3+2 Program (in conjunction with partner institutions, tracks: chemical, computer, and mechanical, electrical, or civil engineering), Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Natural Science, Nutritional Science, Physics, Sports Medicine

Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Sports Medicine

Rich Tradition: NCAA Division I Athletics
• Nine national championships
• Men: Baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, tennis, track, volleyball, water polo
• Women: Basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track, indoor volleyball, sand volleyball

Financial Assistance
• Over 76% of undergraduates received some form of financial assistance during the 2012–2013 academic year.

Fall 2013 Admitted First-year Student Mid-range Scores
• GPA 3.53–3.93; SAT 1810–2050 (CR, Math, Writing); ACT 27–31 (Composite)

Application Deadlines
• August Enrollment: January 5
• January Enrollment: October 15

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