Physical sciences focus on non-living systems such as geology, chemistry and physics. Physical science degree programs are available at the associate's, bachelor's and master's degree levels. Associate's degree programs in the physical sciences cover a range of fields, including chemistry, geography, geology, hydrology and physics. A four-year Bachelor of Science in Physical Sciences emphasizes physics and chemistry and commonly includes courses in geology and astronomy.

Graduates of a bachelor's degree program in physical science often continue their education in a master's or doctoral degree program in a more focused field of study that prepares them for careers in a specific area, such as biochemistry or pharmacology. However, a bachelor's degree in one of the physical sciences can prepare students for work in a wide variety of related fields, including forensic science technology, materials science and geoscience.

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