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The Physical Science Department is designed to give the student breadth in the physical sciences while providing considerable strength in one of the specialized science fields of chemistry, geology, or physics.

The lower-division program in the physical science major is virtually the same as that taken in the first two years of college by a chemistry major, physics major, or geology major, thus enabling students to transfer among these majors if they so choose. A major in physical science can serve as preparation for further study in technical fields and serves as an excellent background for professional training in law, business, medicine, or education.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students completing this program will be able to:

  • Use the scientific method and appreciate its importance to the development of scientific thought.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and analyze physical systems in terms of scientific concepts.
  • Document and communicate their work effectively.