The Field

The natural sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics, and earth sciences, study the substances, processes and interactions of matter and energy.

To succeed in any of the natural sciences, students will need to display an intellectual curiosity of the natural world. Students should have strong critical thinking and analytical skills along with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

The Natural Science Program at Skyline College

The Natural Science Degree Program provides students with an opportunity to meet the prerequisites to continue preparation for careers in any of the natural sciences.

Skyline College offers an Associate Degree in Natural Science specifically that can help you create a clear path for transfer to a four-year institution.

Career Outlook

The applications for a degree in Natural Science include a variety of careers in the sciences in both private and public industry. Many jobs in Natural Science require a Ph.D., so the program at Skyline College is a good launching point for pursing education at a four-year university.

In general, careers in the natural sciences require strong computational, communication, and analytical thinking skills.  Scientists must be good problem-solvers and be able to work independently or as part of a team.  Science, engineering, and medical personnel frequently must work long hours under pressure and must maintain a program of continuous study to keep up with intellectual advances and new technologies.