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Science & Engineering Profile

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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.

Where faith and learning meet
As a private Christian liberal arts university, Pepperdine is at the forefront of holistically developing the next generation of leaders through rigorous curriculum, faculty mentorship, tailored research opportunities, and timely lectureship series. The liberal arts curriculum at Pepperdine serves as the foundation upon which you can explore, debate, and address life’s deepest questions and the world’s greatest challenges. The outcome is a transformational educational experience that allows you to explore your passions, enrich your life through new academic encounters, and graduate with fundamental knowledge to draw upon throughout your life. 

Advancing science
Although education occurs in the classroom, it also occurs in laboratories, field sites, conference presentations, internship locations, and more. As a student in Pepperdine’s Natural Science Division, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities in the Keck Science Center, which comprises research centers, a greenhouse, and science laboratories. Pepperdine’s long-standing commitment to providing undergraduates in the division with research opportunities is showcased by first-year students who have presented their findings at conferences and published their reports in professional journals. Pepperdine’s interactive curriculum, hands-on research opportunities, and special programs help natural science students identify and refine their career goals within the discipline. Honors Research Programs in chemistry, biology, and sports medicine are offered.

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. 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. Students receive bachelor’s degrees from both universities.

Natural Science Division majors
Majors in the Natural Science Divison include biology, chemistry, computer science/mathematics, the engineering 3+2 program (in conjunction with partner institutions, with tracks in chemical, computer, and mechanical, electrical, or civil engineering), mathematics, mathematics education, natural science, nutritional science, physics, and sports medicine.

The Pepperdine impact
A degree from Pepperdine is highly valued and respected in a competitive global marketplace. Choosing to enroll at Pepperdine not only launches a personal, academic, and spiritual transformative journey but also a practical foundation that is rooted in ethical decision making, real-world application, and a supportive community. 



University Mission Statement

Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.

Pepperdine at a Glance 

Fall 2014 Admit Averages (Mid-50%)
First-year GPA: 3.58–3.94
Transfer GPA: 3.43–3.86
SAT Reading and Math: 1220–1370
SAT Critical Reading, Math, and Writing: 1820-2060
ACT Composite: 27–31

Fast Facts
44 majors and 35 minors
13:1 student-faculty ratio
Approximately 3,200 undergraduate students
Students representing all 50 states and more than 70 countries
40% male, 60% female
Average class size of 19

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

Financial Assistance
Over 80% of undergraduate students received some form of financial assistance during the 2013–2014 academic year. 

• 96% of the 2014 graduating class participated in student employment, student teaching, and internships
• Four-year graduation rate of 76%, approximately 37% higher than the national average
• 89% medical school acceptance rate, 46% higher than the national average
• 100% acceptance rate to dental, physical therapy, physician assistant, and veterinary schools