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Engineering Major 

in Natural Science

Engineering majors look to the front of the class during a lecture - Engineering Degree

Our 3/2 engineering degrees offer students a foundation for a career in engineering. Engineering majors have the opportunity to obtain a bachelor of arts degree in natural science from Pepperdine and a bachelor of science degree in engineering from another institution in five years.

Pepperdine's three-year bachelor of arts curriculum covers the material required for admission to engineering programs at either Washington University School of Engineering or University of Southern California School of Engineering where students then complete a bachelor of science degree after two additional years. Students gain experience for several engineering tracks including chemical, mechanical, electrical, and civil.

Natural Science Degree

The bachelor of arts degree in natural science is designed for students who wish to participate in the dual-degree 3/2 engineering program.

During the first three years at Seaver College, students select a track or area of emphasis:

  • Chemical engineering track
  • Computer engineering track
  • Mechanical, electrical, or civil engineering track

Our 3/2 engineering program is designed to:

  • Provide mathematics, chemistry, physics, and computer science courses that serve as the basis for engineering
  • Provide counseling and advice in building an engineering career
  • Prepare the liberal arts skills and abilities that enhance communication, ethical decision-making, and problem-solving

Why Get An Engineering Degree?

One of the most compelling reasons to pursue engineering is the versatility of the major. Companies in a wide variety of industries need talented engineers to design and build their projects and products. This high demand in almost all industries is what makes Pepperdine's 3/2 engineering program so appealing—a natural science degree combined with one of our engineering tracks will give students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed not only in understanding the principles of engineering but also throughout their professional career. Pairing an education in engineering with other relevant courses from Pepperdine's other areas of study, such as mathematics and computer science, prepares students to solve the problems that occur in most professional settings. Depending on the specialization, engineering job opportunities include positions as analysts, designers, managers, and more. Learn more about Pepperdine's engineering major in our undergraduate engineering FAQs.

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Beyond Classes

Natural Science Division Seminar Series

Our Division hosts a seminar series for our undergraduate majors and minors, as well as the greater Pepperdine community.

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Marine Biology at Pepperdine University

Seaver College offers a range of courses in marine biology. Our Malibu location is within five minutes of a variety of marine habitats in the Pacific Ocean, such as rocky intertidal and lagoonal sites. Laboratory facilities include marine aquaria, and equipment for physiological, ecological, and molecular research on marine organisms.

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Recommended International Study

The experiences of a summer study program and overseas travel provide an essential dimension of a unique liberal arts education. For students in the Natural Science Division, we often recommend summer study abroad experiences for scheduling reasons.

Our international programs are designed to provide all students—regardless of major—the opportunity to study, live, and travel overseas without interrupting other studies or postponing a career. This offers students a unique opportunity to gain both an academic and a personal understanding of other cultures, institutions, and languages. Learn more and check out the Summer Special Interest Programs.

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Math Tutoring

The math department offers free tutoring for MATH 103, 104, 140, 141, 150, 151, and 250. Tutoring sessions are held Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings in RAC 138 from 7 to 9 PM.

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Secondary Teaching Credential

Students who plan to teach science in secondary schools should complete the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree and a California Teaching Credential.

Learn more about our teaching credential program


Frank R. Seaver Chair of Natural Science and biology professor Karen Martin is the executive director of Grunion.Org. Learn more about her work and research, explore the website, and join the group of scientists, community members, environmental organizations, surfers, and beach workers dedicated to a better understanding of the habits and habitats of beach-spawning grunion, Leuresthes tenuis.

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