Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health

Preparing students to become leaders in science professions, grounded in biblical thinking and steeped in the wisdom of the Christian tradition.

The notion that science and religion are in tension is sadly a prevalent narrative in our society. Christians must do a better job offering a counter-narrative in which science and faith are not only reconciled, but deeply and necessarily in conversation. 

Biola University will take up this challenge by providing a paradigm for a robust integration of faith and science. The university’s ambition is to help fill the void of Christian intellectual and moral leadership in the areas of science, technology and health care, for a future that will need it more than ever.

Funding Progress



Building Construction Costs

$56.8M Total Raised
$56.8M Total Goal

Building Endowment Goal

$995K Total Raised
$8.1M Total Goal

The Lim Center represents the beginning of an exciting new era for science education at Biola University. Students majoring in the science or health-related fields can expect not only academic rigor, but academic rigor set in the engaging, high-tech setting the Lim Center offers.

Learn about some of the key goals and opportunities available to students through the Lim Center and sciences at Biola:

Strength in Science

Biola is cultivating a global reputation as a leader integrating science education with the philosophy of science and religion, applied ethics and Christian apologetics. The Lim Center’s premier facilities, coupled with faculty expertise and mentorship, will provide a solid foundation for students as the university builds for the future.

Graduate School Preparation

Biola graduates advance to top medical schools and graduate programs across the country, such as UCLA, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Yale, Harvard and MIT. The Lim Center’s laboratories, equipment and overall facilities will allow students to grow as they prepare to pursue postgraduate degrees and careers as leaders in science, technology and health.


The center’s state-of-the-art technology will help Biola put a special emphasis in a robust program on applied computer science. This, along with addition of computer science and technology competencies in the general education curriculum, will allow students to develop a keen understanding of the technology fields, no matter which major they choose.

Global Health

Demand for health professionals is growing worldwide, and Biola is responding to that growing need by preparing students in the health sciences such as nursing, kinesiology, communication sciences and disorders and other majors in the health professions. With a Biola education, students can pursue meaningful health-related careers at home and abroad.

Our aim is to equip a new generation of ethically thoughtful professionals in the sciences and health care, grounded in a Christian worldview, educated in an academically rigorous environment, ready to assume positions of leadership and able to provide the clear moral vision the world desperately needs.”

Dr. Barry H. Corey
President, Biola University

Students Equipped With Courage

I am grateful for the quality of education I have received here. It has helped me succeed in graduate school, and has prepared me well for a career in medicine. It is important to me that doctors be both competent and service-oriented, and Biola has trained me in both.”

Gabby Odudu (’13, Biochemistry)

Faculty Training With Conviction

Combining a strong intellectual foundation with spiritual conviction is crucial in a culture that is increasingly atheistic. ... We have a unique opportunity at Biola University to prepare morally grounded scientists to become leaders in the clinical, research and public sectors.”

Behzad Varamini
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Facts & Features

Standing tall on the southwest side of University Drive — a symbolic gateway into campus — the Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health will take Biola’s science programs to the next level and beyond.

With 27 laboratories, six classrooms, numerous research spaces, faculty offices and all-new, cutting-edge technology, the facility will greatly enhance Biola’s ability to prepare the next generation of scientists, researchers, health professionals, engineers, mathematicians and technology developers.

Cost: $64.9M
Size: 91,200 square feet. The facility will triple the amount of space dedicated to the university’s science, technology and health programs.
Departments housed: nursing, biological science, human biology, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering physics, physical science, biochemistry, math and computer science
Opening: January 2018

Building Dedication: February 16th, 2018

Ribbon cutting ceremony at the Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health

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