Physical Science Major

Course Description

This degree supports a core of general knowledge and skills in the physical sciences. It is intended to support the needs of students who are seeking careers in chemistry, the physical sciences or secondary chemistry or physical science education.

Major Outcomes

  • Core Knowledge: Graduates will demonstrate a comprehension of the fundamental concepts, theories and models necessary to the understanding of the biological sciences, the physical sciences and mathematics and their historical development.
  • Critical Thinking, Synthesis and Communication: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to integrate the disciplines within the sciences and mathematics in order to critically approach and evaluate theories, data, solve problems and effectively communicate these in written and oral form.
  • Science Process Skills: Graduates will understand and apply scientific methodologies through the formulation of hypotheses, use of current research technologies and statistical applications in the organization, evaluation and presentation of results.
  • Christian World View: Graduates will explore science, faith and their integral relationship with the ethical, moral and spiritual issues of our society.


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