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Biology and Chemistry Science Honors Weekend

A sunset golden hour view of the PLNU science complex.

Science Honors Weekend is an annual event for incoming biology, chemistry, biology-chemistry, and environmental science students to glimpse into their future college life.

Invitations to the event are based on GPA and SAT/ACT scores. PLNU is known for its high-quality science programs and has designed this weekend to encourage students to pursue their scientific interests, help them make informed decisions about their futures, and provide an opportunity to compete for a limited number of science honors scholarships.

The weekend is packed with activity and will give a great overview of PLNU and its science programs. Students come away with an increased knowledge of college life, a sense of the PLNU community, new friendships, and quite possibly a substantial scholarship — all of this and some terrific photos of sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.

Science Honors Weekend is for:

  • Students in the fall of their senior year of high school
  • Those with GPAs of at least 3.8 (weighted average)
  • Those with ACT composite scores of at least 28 or SAT score for evidence-based reading and writing + math is 1300 or higher
  • Those that are available Thursday 3 p.m. through Saturday noon

Please note we gather student names for Science Honors Weekend invitations from the PLNU database in early November, so to get on the list you need to have begun your PLNU application and declared a major in biology, chemistry, biology-chemistry, or environmental science by then.

If you are a high school senior, meet the above minimum qualifications, are interested in studying biology, chemistry, biology-chemistry, or environmental science, and would like to be considered to participate in next year's Science Honors Weekend, please submit a notice of intent.

Submit a Notice of Intent

Hear what past Science Honors Weekend attendees had to say:

"Science Honors Weekend was an amazing chance to really explore the science program that Point Loma has to offer. I loved hearing from current students about how much fun they were having, what projects they were working on, and stories from their internship or research opportunities. Even though environmental science is a less popular major, it was still explored in depth and I left feeling very confident in my major choice. Aside from all this, I was able to meet lots of incoming freshmen, like myself, some of whom I still hang out with and see walking around campus."

Noah Harrel, 2019 SHW attendee

"Science Honors' Weekend was a major factor in my decision to attend PLNU. Getting to sit down with professors over meals and discuss their research was invaluable to my decision making process. I knew I was personally valued by PLNU, and that professors were excited not only about their research but also about my own development as a scientist. Plus, I made a lot of close friends in the science program, including my roommate for the past two years!"  

Kate Johnson, 2018 SHW attendee

"It was actually attending Science Honors Weekend that confirmed my decision to attend PLNU.  It allowed me to get an inside glimpse of what being a biology student at Loma would really be like.  What really impacted me was being able to meet the kind, caring, and impeccable professors and staff.  I could tell right away that the professors loved what they did and loved the current and prospective students, as well.  It was also nice to be spoiled a little bit by the school and get to know future classmates.  The weekend was both informative and a blast! I highly recommend SHW to any invited student considering calling PLNU their future home."    

Brittney Shaw, 2017 SHW attendee

"SHW was a great experience. I got to meet all the science faculty, and they surprised me by how much effort they put into really getting to know all the students that came. Because of everything that they put on for us during that weekend, I was totally comfortable choosing PLNU when time came to enroll. One of the things that has struck me since it happened, though, is how genuine everyone was. Nobody tried to hide any of their flaws. The faculty and staff tried to help all the students find out if PLNU was the right fit for them, and they even actively encouraged us to go elsewhere if that is where God was leading us. I truly admire the faith that they all showed (and continue to show, now that I am a student here) in trusting God to get the program where it needs to be. I highly recommend SHW to any qualified student that is considering PLNU, because I know that they will not regret it, even if they do not end up deciding to come here in the fall."  

TJ Wiegman, 2016 SHW attendee

"Science Honors' Weekend was a defining experience in my college search. I had a blast meeting with the outstanding Biology faculty and staff, getting to know other prospective students, and experiencing the amazing atmosphere here at PLNU. From my meetings during the weekend, I determined that this is where I wanted to spend the next four years learning and growing intellectually and spiritually."

Amy Eppert, 2016 SHW attendee

Need more information? 

Contact LeAnne Elizondo at or (619) 849-2205.