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Physical and Environmental Science

Physical and environmental science degree programs combine physical sciences, such as physics, chemistry and geology, with environmental concerns. Students in these programs learn to use scientific theories and methods to preserve the environment.

Inside Physical and Environmental Science

The field of physical and environmental science is broad and interrelated. Generally, students who study under the umbrella of physical science can choose from a range of specializations, including physics, chemistry, geology, environmental science and astronomy. While it is possible to study physical science without studying environmental science, most students who study environmental science become competent in the other branches of physical science.

Education Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that many positions in this field, including environmental scientist, chemist, geoscientist and physicist, require the job applicant to hold at least a bachelor's degree in a related scientific field (www.bls.gov), though associate through doctoral degrees are available. In many cases, candidates might be required to hold a master's degree or even a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Students who earn a bachelor's or master's degree in a physical or environmental science field undergo the training necessary to become competent in the lab and field work they'll perform on the job. Use the links below from Study.com to learn more about the degrees you can pursue in this field.

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