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Physical Science, Bachelor of Science



Physical Science is a flexible major that can include physics, chemistry, and mathematics. It is a desirable path for pre-medical and other pre-health professional studies. Very often, this is taken as a second major along with a major in Biology. (All engineering sequences are awarded a physical science degree unless they take the more stringent requirements for a physics degree.)

Students in pre-health programs must take many diverse sciences including at least one year of mathematics, one year of biology, one year of physics, and two years of chemistry. These courses alone carry more than sufficient credit for a Physical Science major (although one semester of Modern Physics PHY 1970 must be included).

The majority of pre-health students choose majors in biology or chemistry. To meet pre-health requirements, Biology and Chemistry majors respectively must take 36 or 24 science credits beyond their degree requirements. Most of these credits can be accepted toward a physical science major. Uusually, three additional one-semester physics courses can complete this second major.

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Mostafa Sadoqi, Ph.D.
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To earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Physical Science, you complete 120 credits, including core, major, and elective requirements. The major requirements are outlined below. For more information about the courses listed below, please see the St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of our Undergraduate Bulletin.

Major Requirements (37 credits)

PHY1930University Physics I4
PHY1940University Physics II4
PHY1950Mathematics for Physical Science3
PHY1970Introduction to Modern Physics3
Department-approved elective credits23

Career Outcomes

St. John’s University is widely known for the success of its alumni. lists the University among its top 15 institutions in terms of graduates’ earning power. And a recent survey by The Wall Street Journal ranks St. John’s among 100 Top colleges and universities that are “most likely to help students land a job in key careers . . . that are growing, pay well and offer high levels of job satisfaction.”

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Students also may choose from a wide variety of student activities which are specific to the major as well as student clubs and organizations that enhance their academic studies, including the Math Club and the Sigma Pi Sigma honor society.

Other resources include high-tech classrooms, a 1.7 million-volume University Library, and facilities like the Staten Island Campus DaSilva Academic Center and Queens Campus D’Angelo Center.

You also enjoy the many cultural and professional benefits accruing from St. John’s New York location, including the faculty and Career Services's relationships with leading business and educational resources throughout the area.

You can further expand your educational and experiential horizons with a Global Education at St. John's.