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Science & Engineering Profile

Picture yourself here.
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 pursuing 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.



• 94% of the 2016 graduating class participated in internships, student teaching, on- or off-campus employment, and undergraduate research

• Four-year graduation rate of 76%, approximately 36% 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

Pepperdine At A Glance 

Fall 2016 Admit Averages (Mid-50%)

First-year GPA: 3.63–3.95

Transfer GPA: 3.44–3.84

SAT Reading and Math: 1190–1360

SAT Critical Reading, Math, and Writing:

ACT Composite: 27–31


Fast Facts

45 majors and 37 minors

13:1 student-faculty ratio

Approximately 3,300 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

More than 79% of undergraduate students received some form of financial assistance during the 2015–2016 academic year. 

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.