Natural Science: Academic Requirements, Professional Outlook

Natural Science

The Natural Sciences encompass both life sciences (such as Biology) and physical sciences (such as Physics). It is the study of all that is seen in the natural world, or which can be created or perceived from it. The Natural Sciences are important fields, because they help us understand, predict and sometimes influence natural phenomenon to benefit humanity.

The Academic Environment

A degree in Natural Science is a general study of the sciences, which can be used to go on to graduate or professional school. Sometimes, Natural Science majors get their teacher's certification concurrently and can teach at the primary or secondary levels after graduation. Some smaller liberal arts colleges award general Natural Science degrees which allow individual students to choose their own area of emphasis within the program.

The programs emphasize hands-on experience, such as field work and laboratory work. Students will cover the different fields of science, and then concentrate in a couple of areas. The Natural Science programs give students a broadly-based knowledge of science which emphasizes the relationships between different fields.

Here are some courses that we've seen:

  • Methods of Experimental Physics
  • Science Policy & Ethics
  • Geophysical Data Analysis
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Remote Sensing
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Energy Economics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Ornithology
  • Botany
  • Biochemistry
  • Astronomy
  • Paleontology
  • Human Ecology

Professional Outlook

Natural Science majors can work in a variety of fields. Many graduates earn their teaching certification and teach at the primary or secondary school levels. Some graduates work in technical fields, such as in a biotechnology or chemistry. People who go on to earn graduate degrees can participate more directly with research, and they often earn higher pay and have better job security. Those that go on to earn doctorate degrees can supervise their own research and/or teach at the university level.

Here are some job titles that we've seen, including some of the organizations that offer them, all of which included a requirement for experience in Natural Science:


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