Physical Science

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Physical Science


Physical science studies the inorganic world, ranging from astronomy and physics to chemistry, computer and information science, earth sciences, and mathematics and statistics, which together make up the “physical sciences”.

What's Unique?

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The physical science major is one of the most flexible majors within the Bachelor of Science program. Students can choose between chemistry, computer and information science, geography, mathematics, physics and statistics to meet the requirements of this major. Students can build the necessary background to focus in one or more areas, or continue to focus on physical science, and also incorporate a minor in science or arts.


Program Details 

The physical science major allows students to customize their curriculum. Students take an integrated MATH and PHYS course in first year along with the chemistry and biology taken by other Bachelor of Science students. In second to fourth year, students take a statistics course as well as a computing and information science course along with their preferred physical science course

  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Programming
  • Integrated Mathemticas and Physics

 

Admission Requirements


~80-83%* average 

  • 12U English
  • Calculus and Vectors
  • 2 courses from: 12U Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • 2 additional 12U or M courses.

All three sciences are recommended

*Please note that admission cut-offs stated above is an approximate based on previous years applicant pool. This cut-off range will vary from year-to-year and can be higher or lower based on the applicant pool. Meeting the minimum average does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admissions averages are calculated using the six required courses. 

 


You can expect to learn how to:


  • Critically evaluate ideas and arguments by gathering and integrating relevant information, assessing its credibility, and synthesizing evidence to formulate a position.
  • Identify problems and independently propose solutions using creative approaches, acquired through interdisciplinary experiences, and a depth and breadth of knowledge/expertise.
  • Collaborate effectively as part of a team by demonstrating mutual respect, leadership, and an ability to set goals and manage tasks and timelines.
  • Apply scientific methods and processes by formulating questions, designing investigations and synthesizing data to draw conclusions and make scientifically-based decisions.

 


Career Options


The flexibility of the physical science major allows students to select their courses to lead to a desired career. After graduation, students can enjoy challenging and rewarding careers in the medical field, law, teaching, investing, scientific writing, systems development and analysis, statistics, related business fields, and more. The major also allows students to become uniquely qualified for niche, specialized scientific roles that result in industry demand for their expertise. For example, by combining specific areas such as physics and geography, graduates can go on to meteorology careers.

 


What our Alumni are working as:


Systems Developer

Teacher

Lawyer

Investment Analyst

Scientific Writer

Atmosphere Scientist

 

CEPS
 

Physical Science is supported by the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

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Research & Faculty
 

Find out more about the research and faculty involved in the Physical Science major.

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Course List
 

A complete listing of all courses required for this major can be found in the Schedule of Studies located in the undergraduate calendar.

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