Bachelor of Science
This degree provides a broad foundation in astronomy, chemistry, earth science and physics. This interdisciplinary program can be tailored to match your interests. A major in physical sciences is ideal if you want to teach chemistry, physics, or physical science at the high school level.
In today’s dynamic world, we face numerous problems that require broad knowledge and skills in the physical sciences. Our program allows you to tailor your education to address these problems head on. You will gain hands-on expertise that can be applied to solve complex, interdisciplinary challenges.
As a physical sciences student, you’ll work with your advisor and the department chair to create a specific curriculum during your first semester. We’ll determine specific core classes based on the focus of the approved coursework.
Foundational and general education courses are the focus of your first year, when all physical science majors take the same courses.
- MA 16300 – Integrated Calculus Analysis Geometry I
- CHM 11500 – General Chemistry
You’ll complete the majority of your required courses this year and branch out into your defined interests.
- PHYS 25100 – Heat, Electricity And Optics
- BIOL 10100 – Introductory Biology
In year three, you’ll focus on classes associated with your interdisciplinary field.
- Departmental Elective
- Departmental Elective
- CES Elective
As you complete your individualized course of study, you’ll undertake a yearlong capstone research experience.
- PHYS 49400 – Junior-Senior Physics Seminar
- 46900 – Research In Physics
As a PNW physical science major, you’ll have the skills employers seek and the background to continue your studies at a graduate or professional school. Our graduates flourish in careers throughout the country and around the world.
In the physical sciences program, you can blend a broad mixture of courses together to create a unique plan of study. This empowers you to focus on your specific interests and pursue a career of your own design.
There are multiple scholarships available to students in this program, including:
- Beulah Inc. Science Scholarship
- Donald Clark Memorial Scholarship
- Nils Nelson Endowed Scholarship
Beyond the Classroom
You’ll have many opportunities to get involved in on- and off-campus activities, including:
- Chemistry and Physics Club
- Environmental Club
With your tailored expertise, you can pursue a wide range of career paths, including:
- High school science teacher
- Science writer
- Planetarium director
Many of our graduates work in school districts or as consultants who run their own businesses.
Meet the Faculty
Associate Professor of Physics
Aaron R. Warren is an Associate Professor of Physics in the Department of Chemistry & Physics. His research focus is in physics education, with additional interests in computational astrophysics.
Assistant Professor of Physics
James (Jim) Dolen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at PNW. His research and teaching focus on improving our understanding of the universe.