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Physical Science B.A.  B.S.  

Major  Minor  
120 credit hours
90% career outcome rate1
 

Physical science is the study of the inorganic natural world. It covers the study of matter and its composition and motion through space and time, celestial objects such as stars, galaxies and planets, including the atmosphere, hydrosphere and ecosphere of Earth and everything from electricity to magnetism to quantum mechanics. By studying the basic laws and theories of the physical world, you are qualified to work as a scientist, engineer or educator in the physical sciences and serve as a good steward of God’s creation.

A degree in physical science from Concordia University, Nebraska will give you an interdisciplinary background in the physical sciences including physics, chemistry and math. Many students choose a physical science major as a broad-based education because they want to teach high school science, chemistry or physics, and a bachelor’s degree in physical science can help equip you with the comprehensive physical science skills you need to educate your future students. If teaching isn’t your thing, you can use your physical science degree from Concordia to work as a lab technician, conservationist, astronomer, wildlife management officer or other science-related career.

At Concordia Nebraska, the physical science degree is built around a core curriculum in physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Ample hands-on laboratory experience and invested faculty means you are prepared for either a career or graduate school in your choice of field. If you have a scientific, objective mind and enjoy performing experiments and making discoveries, then a degree in physical science might be the right choice for you!

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Faculty with terminal degree

Core Concepts

The physical science program at Concordia University, Nebraska helps students develop the conceptual, analytical and technical skills they will need to be responsible, ethical leaders in their future classrooms, scientific professions or in graduate and professional schools so that they can help build a better understanding of the world and the role of science in the global community.

Concordia NebraskaPhysical Science: Learning Objectives

Students in the physical science program at Concordia University, Nebraska will have an appreciation of the role that physical science plays in their lives and understand the relationship between natural environment and human activity.

Students will be able to express ideas clearly, concisely and assertively in written and spoken language.

Students will be able to analyze and interpret data from laboratory exercises, mathematical equations or computer programs and draw logical conclusions using the scientific method, inductive and deductive reasoning.

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Dr. Robert Hermann - Physics

Concordia NebraskaPhysical Science: Program Goals

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Students in the physical science program at Concordia University, Nebraska will demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge in the sciences to explore and understand scientific issues.

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Students will show an aptitude for designing, conducting and communicating the results of literature-based research on science topics.

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Students will gain scientific skills in analysis and research acquired through courses, lab work, internship, undergraduate research and/or study-abroad experiences.

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Students will be able to work productively as individuals and in cross-disciplinary teams.

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Students will be able to effectively communicating science concepts and issues to diverse audiences.

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Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of major science issues facing global society today.

Concordia Nebraska Physical Science: Career Outcomes

Materials Scientist

Materials scientists research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and synthetic or composite metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers and glass. As a materials scientist, you would find new ways to strengthen or create materials for use in a variety of products and applications.

5% Annual Growth Rate2
$52,560 Entry-Level Salary2
$99,800 Mid-Level Salary2
$159,970 Late-Level Salary2

High School Science Teacher

Science teachers provide instruction and guidance to help students explore and understand important concepts in natural science. As a science teacher, you would create daily instruction outlines, classroom assignments, homework and tests. 

7.5% Annual Growth Rate2
$39,080 Entry-Level Salary2
$59,170 Mid-Level Salary2
$95,380 Late-Level Salary2

Environmental Scientist

Environmental scientists investigate, identify, prevent and solve environmental problems in order to ensure that the planet and all its living creature are kept safe. As an environmental scientist, you might conduct experiments to test how chemicals disperse during toxic spills, create maps or graphs that illustrate the effects of air pollution over time or evaluate the effect humans and wildlife have on one another. Whatever your specific area of expertise, as an environmental scientist, you would work to come up with solutions to help protect the environment.

11.1% Annual Growth Rate2
$28,230 Entry-Level Salary2
$45,490 Mid-Level Salary2
$77,960 Late-Level Salary2

Concordia NebraskaPhysical Science: Related Programs

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Secondary Education

With a degree in secondary education from Concordia University, Nebraska, you will be equipped to teach grades 7-12, encouraging intellectual and emotional growth at a critical time in the lives of your students. You’ll engage in rich coursework, collaborate with faculty and gain invaluable experience first shadowing a professional teacher and then teaching in your own high school classroom.

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Physics

Whether you want to explore the mysteries of antimatter, aid in the development of laser technologies or discover new energy sources, Concordia University, Nebraska’s physics program prepares you to pursue careers and graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines, from astronomy to engineering to computer science. You will gain a scientific foundation through a variety of interactive labs, lectures and classwork to make you a professional in the field of physics.

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Chemistry

A degree in chemistry from Concordia University, Nebraska expands your understanding of general chemistry and gives you the practical, hands-on experience you need to continue a career in chemistry after graduation. Your classroom and chemistry lab experience will help you on your journey to use your passion for chemistry to serve in healthcare, industry, research and more.

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1 Recent graduates attending graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.

2 Career salary and wages sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.