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Associate’s Degrees in General Physical Sciences

4,132 Yearly Graduations
$21,800 Median Salary
$9,250 Median Debt
There are 127 schools in the United States where you can get your associate's degree in physical science. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 52% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 9.9% of physical science graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Physical Science Majors

In 2018-2019, 4,132 associate's degrees were awarded to physical science majors. This makes it the 36th most popular associate's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in physical science at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 4,132
Bachelor’s Degree 293
Master’s Degree 82
Doctor’s Degree 20

Earnings of Physical Science Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in physical science is $21,800. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $18,900 to a high of $25,300.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in physical science is $9,250. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $9,250 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $7,100.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $96.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue associate's degrees in physical science. About 54.1% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,234
Women 1,898
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Physical Science

The racial-ethnic distribution of physical science associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 505
Black or African American 534
Hispanic or Latino 884
White 1,414
International Students 409
Other Races/Ethnicities 386
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Physical Science Associate's Degree Students

There are 127 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in physical science. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, New York
303 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
81% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for physical science students seekingan associate's degree is LaGuardia Community College. Roughly 18,500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 303 associate's degrees were handed out to physical science majors at LaGuardia. Around 81% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#2

Glendale Community College

Glendale, Arizona
241 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Glendale Community College is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in physical science. Roughly 18,000 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 241 associate's degrees were handed out to physical science majors at Glendale Community College. Of these students, 39% were women and 47% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Medgar Evers College

Brooklyn, New York
238 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
96% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for physical science majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Medgar Evers College. Each year, around 5,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The physical science program at Medgar Evers College awarded 238 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 83% of this group were women, and 96% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Richard Bland College of William and Mary

South Prince George, Virginia
194 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for physical science majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Richard Bland College of William and Mary. Roughly 2,300 attend the school each year. The physical science program at Richard Bland College of William and Mary awarded 194 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 68% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Mesa Community College

Mesa, Arizona
193 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mesa Community College comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in physical science. Each year, around 20,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 193 associate's degrees were handed out to physical science majors at Mesa Community College. About 38% of this group were women, and 43% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

174 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for physical science majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Roughly 15,500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 174 associate's degrees were handed out to physical science majors at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. About 36% of this group were women, and 47% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

American River College

Sacramento, California
151 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for physical science majors who are seeking their associate's degree is American River College. Each year, around 31,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 151 people received their associate's degree in physical science from American River. Around 52% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 42% were women.

#8

Middlesex County College

Edison, New Jersey
130 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Middlesex County College is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in physical science. Roughly 11,100 attend the school each year. The physical science program at Middlesex County College awarded 130 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 39% of this group were women, and 64% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

127 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
77% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for physical science majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Borough of Manhattan Community College. Each year, around 25,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 127 associate's degrees were handed out to physical science majors at BMCC. About 72% of this group were women, and 77% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

North Seattle College

Seattle, Washington
126 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

North Seattle College comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in physical science. Each year, around 5,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The physical science program at North Seattle College awarded 126 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 40% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Tulsa Community College

Tulsa, Oklahoma
111 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tulsa Community College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in physical science. Roughly 16,400 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 111 people received their associate's degree in physical science from Tulsa Community College. Of these students, 46% were women and 45% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

109 Yearly Graduations
37% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Estrella Mountain Community College is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in physical science. Roughly 10,100 attend the school each year. The physical science program at Estrella Mountain Community College awarded 109 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 37% were women and 56% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Queensborough Community College

Bayside, New York
99 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
78% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for physical science majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Queensborough Community College. Roughly 14,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 99 people received their associate's degree in physical science from QCC. Of these students, 47% were women and 78% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Western Nevada College

Carson City, Nevada
95 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for physical science majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Western Nevada College. Each year, around 3,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The physical science program at Western Nevada College awarded 95 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 51% were women and 36% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

El Camino College

Torrance, California
91 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
77% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

El Camino College is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in physical science. Roughly 24,200 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 91 associate's degrees were handed out to physical science majors at El Camino College. About 44% of this group were women, and 77% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Phoenix College

Phoenix, Arizona
87 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
66% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Phoenix College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in physical science. Roughly 11,100 attend the school each year. The physical science program at Phoenix College awarded 87 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 66% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

84 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for physical science majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Paradise Valley Community College. Roughly 7,900 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 84 people received their associate's degree in physical science from Paradise Valley Community College. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 45% were women.

#17

Green River College

Auburn, Washington
84 Yearly Graduations
27% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Green River College is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in physical science. Roughly 8,400 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 84 associate's degrees were handed out to physical science majors at GRC. Of these students, 27% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Seattle Central College

Seattle, Washington
80 Yearly Graduations
30% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Seattle Central College is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in physical science. Each year, around 6,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The physical science program at Seattle Central College awarded 80 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 30% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Highline College

Des Moines, Washington
70 Yearly Graduations
19% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Highline College comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in physical science. Each year, around 6,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 70 associate's degrees were handed out to physical science majors at Highline. About 19% of this group were women, and 54% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to physical science that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Physics 1,541
Chemistry 1,199
Geological & Earth Sciences 156
Other Physical Science 67
Astronomy & Astrophysics 16

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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