Field of Study: Natural Sciences
Natural sciences programs teach people biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, and math.
This broad-based program provides a good foundation for many careers. It is useful for students who plan to go on to graduate school or veterinary school, or to study medicine or dentistry. It also prepares students who want to earn a teacher certification in science. Some students complete this program before going into law or environmental science.
Some community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. Students may work as a lab technician with an associate degree, or transfer to a college or university for further study.
Many colleges and universities offer interdisciplinary bachelor's degrees in natural sciences. Interdisciplinary programs combine courses from several college departments. In natural sciences it may biology, chemistry, or geology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full time study.