Physical Science is the study of the physical environment, matter, and energy. Students learn the principles that form the foundations of nonliving systems and gain an understanding and appreciation of the methodologies of science and investigative tools. The Physical Science program is designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year university in a physical science-related discipline.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the Physical Sciences Program will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of a physical phenomenon using scientific theory.
- Solve problems related to concepts in the physical sciences.
- Visualize important physical features of given physical phenomenon.
- Interpret scientific results collected by others and/or assess the validity of results collected in a physical science laboratory.
This program’s Academic & Career Pathways:
Careers in this field
- Physicists are interested in solving complex, technical problems, often extending for long periods of time.
- A bachelor’s degree will qualify candidates for positions as research assistants, high-level technicians, or computer specialists, as well as nontechnical work in publishing or sales.
- A graduate degree and post-graduate experience will allow for more responsibility and advancement in the field of physics.
- A doctorate is required for college or university teaching, advanced research, and administrative positions.
Careers Relating to Physical Science
- Acoustical Physics
- Chemical Physics
- Condensed Matter
- Engineering Physics
- Medical/Health Physics
- Nuclear Physics
- Optical Physics
- Particle/High Energy Physics
- Science Education
Transfer Options in Physical Science
Common university majors related to the field of Physical Science include:
- Chemical Physics
- Earth Sciences
- Environmental Sciences
- Hydrologic Sciences
- Natural Sciences
- Physical Sciences
Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in this discipline should consult with a counselor or visit the Transfer Center to determine the appropriate major preparation courses for their specific transfer institution and major. More information on transfer programs and procedures is available in the Transfer Guide section of the catalog.