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Engineering, Technology, Data and Physical Science

Physical Science

Professionals in physical science fields can be experimentalists or theorists, or some combination of both. They are both “problem solvers” and “problem creators” in academia and industries from oil/gas to pharmaceuticals to federal laboratories. “Problem solvers” perform research to develop knowledge to specifically address a known issue (e.g., climate change, incurable cancer). “Problem creators” conduct fundamental research, asking questions that have never been asked before; they create knowledge for its own sake.

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Sample Physical Science Areas

  • Astronomy: Application of principles of physics and mathematics to study the universe, including the gathering of data using telescopes and computer programs
  • Chemistry: Study of matter, chemical systems, and the physical processes that act upon them
  • Environmental science: Multidisciplinary field geared towards the application of math, science, and technology to finding solutions to environmental problems
  • Geology: Study of the earth’s physical structure and substance, as well as the process that act upon them
  • Meteorology: Study of processes and phenomena of the atmosphere, especially for weather forecasting
  • Oceanography: Study of attributes of the ocean, such as tides, temperature, and currents
  • Physics: Study of the nature and properties of matter and energy