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The Physical Science major offers students a broad-ranging background in physical science, rather than an in-depth exposure to a specific scientific discipline. All majors must choose either the Chemistry or Physics specialization. Typically, students in the Physical Science program are interested in teaching, health professional school, and science-related careers such as technical writing, marketing or sales. The program is flexible and allows for a larger number of electives than the other science majors. Students can use this flexibility to pursue a minor, a self-designed track, or even a double major such as in Education leading to New Jersery K–12 Subject Matter certification in Physical Science.
Up to 20 percent of the semester hours needed for graduation are available as directed and/or free electives, offering students considerable flexibility in building a second area of proficiency. For example, a student might choose communication electives to pursue a career in technical writing; business electives to enter a marketing or technical sales career; education courses to become a certified teacher; or courses in biology and other sciences to enter a medical field.
Enrollment in lab sections is limited to 24 students while upper-level courses are limited to 16, ensuring personal attention. State-of-the-art instrumentation is readily available for students' use.