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Physical Science

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Explore the Dynamics of Our Physical World

Typically, physical sciences bring together math, chemistry, geology, physics, astronomy, geography, and other sciences that focus on the physical properties of earth and the universe to learn about the makeup of soil, rocks, chemical compounds, gravity, and other laws of physics.

LASC does not have a degree or certificate program specifically in Physical Science, yet our Natural Sciences Liberal Arts program covers much of the same information you would receive as a Physical Science major elsewhere. 

The introductory courses at LASC are created for the non-science major to give you an introduction into the physical sciences, especially physics and chemistry. And, two of LASC’s Physical Science courses are transferrable to a UC or CSU if you wish to transfer to get your bachelor’s degree. Physical science courses give you an excellent foundation in science with many different scientific disciplines to explore.

Careers in Physical Science

Physical Scientists often spend a lot of time being in nature, collecting data or specimens to take back to the lab to complete experiments with. And, Physical Scientists are often at the forefront of scientific innovation and discovery.

Here are a few careers and their salaries that you could have with a career in physical science: 

Career information below taken from bls.gov November 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Study the physical aspects of the Earth. May use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems. May study the Earth's internal composition, atmospheres, oceans, and its magnetic, electrical, and gravitational forces. Includes mineralogists, crystallographers, paleontologists, stratigraphers, geodesists, and seismologists

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree or higher $91, 130/year $43.81/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None to less than a year 6% increase
(as fast as average)
31,000

Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Associate Degree $40,310/year $19.38/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 3% increase
(slower than average)
2,090

 

Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Doctoral or Professional Degree $90,570/year $43.55/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 2% increase
(slower than average)
500

Investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Master's Degree $97,790/year $47.02/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Moderate-term on-the-job training 2% increase
(slower than average)
200

Courses offered in Physical Science at LASC 

LASC offers degrees that incorporate our Physical Science courses, which include Childhood Development, Liberal Studies degree in Teacher Preparation, and Liberal Arts degree in Natural Science. These courses are designed for non-science majors to learn the basics in different physical sciences, and they will also help you meet general, IGETC, and CSU-GE requirements. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

1 Physical Science I (3) UC:CSU 

IGETC Area 5A 
CSUGE Area B1 
Lecture: 3 hours 

Designed for the non-science major, this course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of physics and chemistry. Elementary quantitative concepts are used to supplement the qualitative emphasis of this course. 

4 Physical Science and Laboratory (4) 

Lecture: 3; Lab: 1 hour 

Designed for the non-science major, this course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of physics and chemistry. Elementary quantitative concepts are used to supplement the qualitative emphasis of this course. Designed for the non-science major, this course will provide an introduction to the laboratory methods and skills used in physical science with an emphasis on chemistry and physics. 

14 Physical Science Laboratory (1) UC:CSU 

IGETC Area 5C 
CSUGE Area B3 
Corequisite: Physical Science 1 
Lab: 2 hours 

Designed for the non-science major, this course will provide an introduction to the laboratory methods and skills used in physical science with an emphasis on chemistry and physics.

 

Learn More about Physical Science

If you want to have a career in Physical Science, talk with your counselor about the physics, math, geography, and other science courses you can take at LASC to prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university with a physical science program. You can also find out more at our Transfer Center.