Physical Science

The Physical Science program is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of science that stresses the interrelationship of chemistry and physics, as well as geology, biology, astronomy, earth science, and mathematics. The program offers a broad academic background and facility in analytic thinking requisite for advanced study in any of the sciences while providing a greater diversity of knowledge than is possible with study in a single science.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various components underlying good scientific research - including an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of, and the ability to apply to the real world and to their chosen field of study, the principles of physical science.
  • Demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate scientific knowledge, experimental results and analyses.

Career Options

The usual career goal of the physical science major is to become a teacher in high school. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree in physical science and other requirements for a single subject credential, graduates will be able to teach the following subjects in California high schools: chemistry, general science, physics, and physical science. Jobs for physical science teachers are becoming more plentiful with an increasing need for instructors in high school during the next ten years.

Contact

Faculty: Jenny Heath, Bill Hirt, and Michael Read
Email: Office of Instruction
Phone: (530) 938-5201