To date, we’ve asked 327 current and past physical sciences students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

Majors can be changed, but why not start out with the right one.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a physical sciences degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a physical sciences degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are physical sciences students compared to other degrees?

Overall, physical sciences students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.3 out of 5. This is standard compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, physical sciences students rate their happiness similarly to students in Animal Sciences, Communication and Media Studies, Other and Computer Software Engineering.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to physical sciences

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Communication and Media Studies, Other$65,741
Animal Sciences$59,246
Physical Sciences$80,251
Computer Software Engineering$96,729
Entertainment and Media Management$60,801
Management Information Systems$88,097
Human and Consumer Sciences$48,962

Let's break that down further.

Are physical sciences students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
3.9 out of 5 stars
333 ratings
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 stars
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
4.0 out of 5 stars
340 ratings
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4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 stars

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in physical sciences experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did physical sciences graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what physical sciences grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.3 out of 5 stars
332 ratings
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 stars

These responses represent a wide range of opinions. Things like extracurricular activities, internships and work placements can set you up for success after graduation.

Were physical sciences students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.3 out of 5 stars
327 ratings
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 stars

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.


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