Physical Sciences

Physical Science is the study of inanimate natural objects, including chemistry, geology, physics and astronomy.

Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate studies in the physical sciences commonly include chemistry, physics, engineering, geology, astronomy and environmental science.

All careers in the discipline generally require graduate-level degrees. Even students who choose not to major in physical sciences find that coursework in the field can improve their ability to solve complex problems by using critical thinking and to perform research and analysis.

College of the Desert’s physical science curriculum includes course offerings that provide a general overview of the discipline for students seeking a bachelor’s degree in a nursing program and students planning to be K through 12 teachers. Our primary function is to teach courses designed for majors in the specific disciplines.

College of the Desert offers Associate of Science degrees, as well as courses leading to transfer.

Students earning the degrees may also choose to continue their study toward baccalaureate or advanced degree in the field. COD has transfer agreements with the California State Universities and University of California systems in this discipline/program. However, transfer requirements at four-year colleges and universities vary from institution to institution; students should consult with a counselor for specific information regarding the transfer requirements of their preferred college or university.