Division of Arts & Sciences

Careers in Physical Sciences

Description of the Field

Pursuing a career in astronomy, biochemistry, chemistry, engineering, geology, and physics can be very exciting and professionally rewarding. Studying physical sciences allows you to understand the physical world by training you to learn how to ask questions, make observations and take measurements, evaluate evidences, and solve problems. Physical scientists learn how things work, how they interact with one another, and how energy is transferred from one form to another and to make work done easier. Physical scientists are also involved with protecting our environment in which we live. Physical scientists contribute significantly to the quality of life in society by building bridges; designing efficient and comfortable homes; transportation (airplanes, automotive, locomotive etc.); technology (e.g. computers, Internet, cell phones etc.); medicine (e.g. x-rays, ultra sound, cardiogram etc.); and many more.

There are several career paths you can follow as a physical scientist. For more information on career paths to consider under physical sciences, please visit the following web sites:
The American Physical Society (APS)
 The American Chemical Society (ACS)
The American Geological Society (AGS)
The American Astronomical Society (AAS)

Sample Careers in Physical Sciences (links to O*Net Online)

Aeronautical Engineers
Agricultural Engineers
Biomedical Engineers
Biochemists and Biophysicists
Chemical Engineers
Civil Engineers
Computer Engineers
Electrical Engineers
Laboratory Technicians
Mechanical Engineers
Radiology technicians
Researchers and Postsecondary Teachers


Physical Sciences at Columbus State

Coursework in Physical Sciences is offered by the Department of Physical Sciences. Please visit their site for information about their pre-major programs, course offerings, and faculty.