Allied Health Major
Allied Health prepares students for a career or further graduate study in a broad range of allied health careers, applying scientific knowledge to the subject areas of biology, anatomy, physiology, and associated scientific disciplines.
Applied Mathematics Major
Applied mathematics majors learn to solve problems from a variety of disciplines by developing mathematical models, applying computational algorithms, and analyzing results. Students choose from four concentrations: applied mathematics, applied mathematics: actuarial science (What does an actuary do?), applied mathematics: computer science, and applied mathematics: physics.
This program offers the following areas of study: Standard Applied Mathematics Track, Actuarial Science, Computer Science, and Physics.
Biochemistry majors gain a knowledge base of biology and chemistry to relate theories, problem-solving techniques, laboratory applications, and instrumentation procedures in this field of study.
Biology Majors learn traditional biology appropriate for entry into an accredited graduate program and apply the scientific method and appropriate biological knowledge and theories.
This program offers the following areas of study: Ecological, Microbiological, Molecular, Neurobiological, and Organismal.
Chemistry students learn to apply basic knowledge, theories, and mathematical problem-solving approaches that aid modern discoveries in medicine, pharmacology, and toxicology.
Computer Information Systems Major
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS) provides a foundation for students planning a career in the analysis, design, and implementation of information systems.
Computer Science Major
The bachelor’s degree in computer science prepares students for graduate work in computer science and for careers in fields such as computer programming and software engineering.
The Engineering major equips students with a solid foundation in engineering principals for a variety of fields including aerospace, agriculture, automotive, business, defense, energy, health care, and telecommunications.
This program offers the following areas of study: Systems Engineering and Computer Engineering.
English Education Major
The English education major equips students to become high school English teachers in the state of California. Completion of the program qualifies students as "subject matter competent," thus waiving the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET), and this bachelor's program also meets many of the prerequisites for credential programs in California.
English students develop critical-thinking skills from extensive study of the world’s literature to further their ability to read, write, and analyze well.
The history major provides students with a solid foundation in American and world history, geography, research, and writing, while also allowing students to study their preferred time periods, regions, and historical themes. Upon graduation, students are equipped for numerous career paths that call for reasoning, the ability to analyze complex problems, well-developed writing skills, and familiarity with a variety of cultures.
Integrated Bachelor’s and Teaching Credential
APU’s undergraduate teacher preparation program allows you to earn both a bachelor’s degree and preliminary K-12 California teaching credential in just four years, including one or two summers.
This program offers the following areas of study: Allied Health, Liberal Studies, and Math.
Interdisciplinary Studies Major
The interdisciplinary studies degree allows students to design their bachelor’s degree for their individual career goals, based on an 18-unit core of classes focusing on identifying one's vocation as well as 36 units from the two to three fields of study the student chooses.
International Relations Major
The international relations major teaches students how to make sense of global events, how both peaceful interaction and political crises shape the world, and how to articulate Christian perspectives on relations between peoples and nations. Upon graduation, students are prepared for roles in government, including foreign policy formulation or analysis, as well as vocations in international business and trade, foreign aid and development, military and security policy, and international law.
The mathematics major is an ideal preparation for a variety of analytical careers. Mathematics majors often choose to minor in physics, computer science, finance, economics, business management, or some other discipline. Students who plan to teach at the secondary level should choose the secondary math education track, which waives the CSET exam.
This program offers the following areas of study: General Mathematics and Secondary Math Education.
Physics majors develop analytical skills and problem-solving abilities that prepare them for a wide variety of technical careers or further studies in physics, engineering, materials science, geophysics, biophysics, electronics, chemistry, or aerospace, or for a physics teaching career. Physics majors can earn a mathematics minor by taking just one additional math course.
Political Science Major
The political science major furnishes students with a solid foundation in American government, politics, history, and classical and modern political thought, preparing them to take an informed, intelligent, and leading role in the affairs of their community, country, and world. Upon graduation, students enter careers in government, research, policy, law, military, and law enforcement.
Social Science Major
The social science major supplies students with an integrated study of the social sciences—history, political science, geography, economics, sociology, and psychology—which helps them develop analytical skills, comparative perspectives, critical judgment, and a knowledge base about the world. Upon graduation, students will have completed a subject-matter program in social science approved the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, allowing them to bypass the CSET exam and begin pursuing teaching at the high school or junior high school level.
Sociology students study a broad range of social behaviors from intimate family to the hostile mob, from crime to religion, and from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture.
The Spanish major prepares students to thrive in the Spanish-speaking world, equipping them with language skills, cultural knowledge, understanding of current events, and direct experience living and working abroad.
Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.