Math, Science, & Engineering: Physical Science and Physics

Physical sciences incorporates such diverse subjects as astronomy, chemistry, geography, geology, physical science and physics. Many of the courses combine lecture with hands-on lab activities ranging from star gazing to studying the properties of elements using a gas chromatograph. The curriculum has been updated to incorporate instructional technology. Among the newest offerings in the department is geographic information systems (GIS), which is described as one of the hottest new job fields of the 21st century. Students learn to use technology and software in decision making with applications in a variety of fields including criminology, firefighting, resource management and many others. An associate in science degree in physical sciences is available.