Earth and physical sciences, including astronomy,
chemistry, geography, geographic information
systems, geology, and physics are disciplines
classified as natural sciences. They generally
involve nonliving materials and the principles of
fundamental relationships and laws in the universe.
These programs are designed to prepare students
with basic concepts in astronomy, chemistry,
geography, geology and physics which provide
the foundation for upper division study in a
baccalaureate institution and also satisfy general
Most careers in earth and physical sciences fields
require education beyond the associate degree
and many require a graduate degree. A brief list of
career options in the physical sciences includes:
astronomer, biophysicist, biochemist, chemist, earth
scientist, environmentalist, geographer, geologist, geophysicist, meteorologist, oceanographer,
paleontologist, physicist and physical science
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the scientific method.
- Communicate an understanding of the connections between science and other human activities.
- Examine the universe in a variety of courses.
- Utilize critical thinking skills in a variety of scientific applications.