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Physical Science

El Camino’s physical science degree program opens your eyes to an exciting variety of scientific disciplines, helping you to make academic and career decisions, including whether to continue your education at a university. It’s an accessible, affordable path to a rewarding, in-demand career.

Our Physical Science Associate of Science (AS) degree typically takes two years. Physical science education at El Camino will challenge you to be your best. We’ll be here to help.

California employs more astronomers than any other state in the nation.
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Choose a Degree Designed to Explore Physical Science or Transfer

Some El Camino physical science students want a broad introduction to a variety of scientific disciplines. Others aim to continue their education at a four-year college or university. We offer options perfect for either goal.

Physical Science Associate of Science (AS) Degree

This degree gives you the opportunity to explore an array of physical sciences while also providing an excellent foundation for continuing your studies at a four-year college or university.

  • Build a foundation in key physical science disciplines such as chemistry, physics, astronomy, and geology.
  • Investigate diverse methods of inquiry by experiencing courses from a cross section of science disciplines.
  • Develop critical thinking skills, learn to communicate effectively in writing, and acquire an understanding of major scientific concepts.
  • Use mathematical concepts to solve problems and employ methods of scientific inquiry to understand the world around you.
  • Prepare yourself with the skills and resources you need to make important academic and career decisions.

Pursue a Physical Science Job or Further Education

As an El Camino physical science graduate, you’ll be ready to start work in entry-level positions or to pursue a bachelor’s degree at another school. We’ll help you build the scientific knowledge and hands-on skills for any career you choose.

  • Learn how to use mathematical concepts to solve problems and employ methods of scientific inquiry to answer questions about the physical world.
  • Strengthen your ability to think critically and communicate effectively.
  • Develop familiarity with instruments and computers used to measure, graph, and analyze physical properties.
  • Prepare yourself for further study in a physical science-related bachelor’s degree program.
  • Median salaries for bachelor’s degree holding-employees working in atmospheric and space science is $137,000 and $128,000 for those working in aerospace engineering.

Gain Scientific Experience Beyond the Classroom

As an El Camino physical science student, you’ll have many opportunities to explore the sciences outside the classroom.

  • Find support from the successful MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program that provides a peer-based academic community.
  • Join the active Science Club and participate in faculty-led field trips to state/national parks that focus on many scientific disciplines from biology to geology.
  • Explore the sciences in multiple lab settings; don’t miss our on-campus planetarium and observatory with several telescopes.
  • Access a variety of internships and research opportunities in the sciences.
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Physical Science Academic Details

Learn about course requirements and more for the Physical Science AS degree in El Camino’s online catalog.

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Physical Science Program Maps

Find semester-by-semester plans that chart your path to a Physical Science AS degree.

Questions? Contact Us

El Camino College Natural Sciences Division