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2021 Best Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree Schools

128 Colleges
$35,669 Avg Salary
$22,666 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 53,556 people earned a degree or certificate in physical sciences, making the major the #23 most popular in the United States.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 128 schools in the United States to see which bachelor's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the physical sciences bachelor's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 15% Best Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Massachusetts Institute of Technology the best school in the United States for physical sciences students working on their bachelor’s degree. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Northwestern University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best physical sciences schools in the United States. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

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Out of the 128 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute landed the # 3 spot on the list. RPI is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Troy.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Northeastern University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best physical sciences schools in the United States. Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Virginia - Main Campus. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree physical sciences programs. Located in the large city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a very large student population.

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#7

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for physical sciences students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh.

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University of Connecticut ranked #8 on this year’s Best Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Storrs, UCONN is a public college with a very large student population.

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#9

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for physical sciences students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Williams College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Williams is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Williamstown.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Rutgers New Brunswick is a fairly large public school located in the city of New Brunswick.

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Indiana University - Bloomington did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for physical sciences students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. IU Bloomington is a fairly large public school located in the city of Bloomington.

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With a ranking of #13, Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well on this year’s best schools for physical sciences students working on their bachelor’s degree. Texas A&M is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of College Station.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park ranked #14 on this year’s Best Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the city of University Park.

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Grand Valley State University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for physical sciences students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the small city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for physical sciences students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#18

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

College of William and Mary came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. William & Mary is a medium-sized public school located in the small suburb of Williamsburg.

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The University of Texas at Austin came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
20 Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
21 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
22 Clemson University Clemson, SC
23 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
24 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
25 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH

Physical Sciences by Region

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Southwest
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Physical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Chemistry 22,156
Physics 13,927
Geological & Earth Sciences 9,522
General Physical Sciences 4,527
Astronomy & Astrophysics 1,168
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 1,072
Materials Sciences 681
Other Physical Science 503

Majors Similar to Physical Sciences

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 220,337
Engineering 200,684
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 162,961
Engineering Technologies 92,549
Mathematics & Statistics 49,748

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to NASA.

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