Physical Science Major

The Physical Science degree supports a core of general knowledge and skills in the physical sciences, including chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

It is intended to support the needs of students who are seeking careers or graduate school in chemistry or physics, or who want to become chemistry or physical science teachers (if coupled with Biology minor and followed by MAT 4.5).


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Physical Science Major

42 credits: 15 credits in residence, 18 credits upper division. Required:

PHS 211 General Chemistry I 4
PHS 212 General Chemistry II 4
PHS 221 General Physics I 4
PHS 222 General Physics II 4
MA 251 Calculus I 4
MA 252 Calculus II 4
Upper division Physical Science or Math electives 18

Major Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a comprehension of the fundamental concepts, theories and models necessary to the understanding of the physical sciences and mathematics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate the disciplines within the sciences and mathematics in order to critically approach and evaluate theories, analyze data, and solve problems.
  • Understand and apply scientific methodologies through the formulation of hypotheses, use of current research technologies and statistical applications, and the evaluation and presentation of results.
  • Effectively communicate their approach to data analysis and problem solving both in written and oral form.
  • Demonstrate a comprehension of the historical context and development of the physical sciences over the years.
  • Explore science, faith and their integral relationship with the ethical, moral and spiritual issues of our society.

(Updated Sept. 2015)