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Bachelor’s Degrees in General Physical Sciences

293 Yearly Graduations
$33,600 Median Salary
$27,000 Median Debt
There are 83 schools in the United States where you can get your bachelor's degree in physical science. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 4.4% of physical science graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Physical Science Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 293 students earned their bachelor's degree in physical science. This earns it the #236 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor's degree programs in the nation.

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 Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in physical science is $33,600. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $33,600 and the high is $33,600.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in physical science is $27,000. 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, $28,125 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $26,717.

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The median monthly payment of a physical science graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $280.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue bachelor's degrees in physical science. About 56.3% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 165
Women 128
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Physical Science

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 21
Black or African American 23
Hispanic or Latino 53
White 164
International Students 13
Other Races/Ethnicities 19
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Physical Science Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 83 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in physical science. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, New York
58 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Graduate Center, CUNY tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for physical science majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Each year, around 8,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,930 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 58 bachelor's degrees were handed out to physical science majors at The Graduate Center. Of these students, 41% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

52 Yearly Graduations
37% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for physical science majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Arizona State University - Tempe. Roughly 53,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,720 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 52 bachelor's degrees were handed out to physical science majors at ASU - Tempe. Of these students, 37% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania
23 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for physical science majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Villanova University. Each year, around 10,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,550 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $20,506 per year.

The physical science program at Villanova University awarded 23 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 78% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

United States Naval Academy

Annapolis, Maryland
16 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

United States Naval Academy comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in physical science. Roughly 4,500 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 people received their bachelor's degree in physical science from Annapolis. Of these students, 38% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

13 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
85% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Fresno is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in physical science. Roughly 24,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 people received their bachelor's degree in physical science from Fresno State. Of these students, 38% were women and 85% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington
10 Yearly Graduations
20% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Washington State University comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in physical science. Roughly 31,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,953 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,493 per year.

The physical science program at Washington State University awarded 10 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 20% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, New York
10 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rochester Institute of Technology comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in physical science. Each year, around 16,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,049 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,522 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 10 bachelor's degrees were handed out to physical science majors at RIT. Around 40% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

#6

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
10 Yearly Graduations
20% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kansas State University is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in physical science. Each year, around 21,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,735 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,212 per year.

The physical science program at Kansas State University awarded 10 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 20% were women and 10% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Chadron State College

Chadron, Nebraska
9 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for physical science majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Chadron State College. Each year, around 2,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,082 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,086 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 bachelor's degrees were handed out to physical science majors at Chadron State College. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 44% were women.

#10

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia
8 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for physical science majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Emory University. Each year, around 14,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $53,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $42,800 per year.

The physical science program at Emory University awarded 8 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 25% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
7 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for physical science majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus. Roughly 32,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,628 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,530 per year.

The physical science program at University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus awarded 7 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

7 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for physical science majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Each year, around 1,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,826 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,160 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 people received their bachelor's degree in physical science from New Mexico Tech. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

#13

United States Military Academy

West Point, New York
6 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for physical science majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is United States Military Academy. Each year, around 4,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The physical science program at United States Military Academy awarded 6 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 33% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

The 13th most popular school in the country for physical science majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Wright State University - Lake Campus. Each year, around 1,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,072 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,298 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their bachelor's degree in physical science from Wright State University - Lake Campus.

#13

Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut
6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wesleyan University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in physical science. Roughly 3,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,704 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $56,704 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their bachelor's degree in physical science from Wesleyan U. Of these students, 50% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Lincoln University

Lincoln University, Pennsylvania
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lincoln University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in physical science. Roughly 2,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,026 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,106 per year.

The physical science program at Lincoln University awarded 5 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 60% of this group were women, and 60% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
5 Yearly Graduations

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in physical science. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $3,968 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,510 per year.

The physical science program at University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez awarded 5 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#18

Covenant College

Lookout Mountain, Georgia
4 Yearly Graduations
25% Women

The 18th most popular school in the country for physical science majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Covenant College. Roughly 900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $34,660 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,104 per year.

The physical science program at Covenant College awarded 4 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#18

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky
4 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Western Kentucky University comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in physical science. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,802 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,140 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 people received their bachelor's degree in physical science from WKU.

#20

Biola University

La Mirada, California
3 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Biola University comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in physical science. Each year, around 6,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,976 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,394 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 bachelor's degrees were handed out to physical science majors at Biola. About 33% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Chemistry 15,395
Physics 8,457
Geological & Earth Sciences 6,574
Astronomy & Astrophysics 740
Atmospheric Sciences 652

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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