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Studying Physical Science at Weber State

Weber State’s physical science major allows you to explore the exciting world of science.

Physical Science Highlights

You can choose from three emphases: 

  • Chemistry (study of matter and the chemical reactions between substances).
  • Geoscience (study of Earth).
  • Physics (study of the structure of matter and how the fundamental constituents of the universe interact).

Since all three emphases share the same beginning courses, you don’t need to decide right away. You can jump right in and get started. Your AAS degree will prepare you for a bachelor’s degree in any of the physical sciences, and cover most of your general education requirements.

Beyond the Classroom

You will conduct hands-on experiments in state-of-the-art laboratories, and be fully prepared to continue your education to the bachelor’s degree level and beyond. If you like to figure out how things work, enjoy solving problems and want to learn more about what things are made of (chemistry) and why they behave the way they do (math, geoscience and physics), this is a good major for you.

What You’ll Learn at Weber

As a physical science major, you will learn the basics of college-level chemistry and organic chemistry. You will master mathematics to the level of Calculus I. You will also learn to conduct scientific research, understand physics to a level appropriate for any professional field, and about the earth and environment.

You will also have the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research projects with your professors or create your own research projects. You will also have completed prerequisite courses to earn an environmental science, geoscience, physics or engineering bachelor’s degree.


What You Can Do After Weber

You will be able to apply for jobs in laboratories or conducting fieldwork that require experience in chemistry, physics or geoscience. Career options include laboratory assistant, research assistant, chemical technician, geological technician and environmental technician. You can work in pharmaceutical or medical laboratories, or work in the field conducting various geoscience or environmental surveys.



Career & Salary Outlook

The average annual salary of an environmental science technician with an associate’s degree is $47,000, a geological technician with an associate’s degree earns $51,000 and a chemical technician with an associate’s degree earns an average of $49,000.

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