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Career Tracks for the Physical Science and Physics B.A. Majors
The primary career track for students majoring in Physical Science is secondary school teaching in one of chemistry, physics, or general (physical) science. The Physics B.A. program is designed so that students can qualify to teach physics or general (physical) science. The majors are specifically designed so that, by following the default program, students can qualify for a New Jersey state Certificate of Eligibility and enter the field through the alternate route. If combined with a second major in Education, students qualify for the Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing. See the New Jersey Department of Education for more information.
With the Physical Science degree, certification can be in Physical Science with either specialization or in just Chemistry or just Physics (with the appropriate specialization). With the Physics degree, certification would be in just Physics (but with the addition of just two more chemistry classes, a student can get Physical Science certification). However, there are also many other possibilities for the student earning the Physical Science or Physics B.A. degree. The programs give good, broad-based education in chemistry, physics, earth, and space sciences. This general background can be useful in careers such as marketing, technical writing, health care technician, or environmental science.
Below are suggestions on courses of study, or minors, to consider combining with the degrees to help focus your overall program of study toward a particular goal. Up to 8 sh of course work from any of these programs will count for credit in the Physical Science or Physics B.A. program under the "approved Career Track course" slots and the approved courses are noted under the descriptions. The other required courses will be used to fill in the Non-Program Course and/or the Free Elective requirements.
Double major with Education: K-12 Subject Matter; the combined program can be completed in 139–142 sh (8–9 full-time semesters).
Environmental Science Track
Marketing/Technical Representative Track