Physical science is the study of non-living systems. From physics and astronomy to chemistry and earth science, CUAA’s Physical Science minor exposes you to a broad array of scientific subjects. You’ll study weather systems, plate tectonics, organic chemistry and wave motion. It’s a great way to explore a number of scientific interests without having to choose just one.

The CUAA Advantage

An education from Concordia University Ann Arbor offers you:

  • Professors who know you by name
  • Many on-campus activities that build leadership skills
  • A liberal arts foundation with a Christian emphasis
  • A low student to faculty ratio that ensures individual attention
  • A nationally accredited School of Education dedicated to your intellectual, social, and spiritual growth

Credit Hour Details

Required credit hours: 26

Learning Outcomes

In our Physical Science minor you’ll study:

  • The major fields of science and current scientific issues
  • General physics concepts such as momentum, wave motion, electrical circuits, energy, power and thermal expansion
  • Organic chemistry
  • Geological processes like erosion, volcanism, plate tectonics and glaciation
  • Atmosphere and space science including weather patterns and the techniques used in weather forecasting
  • The dynamics of the earth's motions relative to the sun, moon and stars
  • Planets, comets, asteroids and cosmogony
  • Environmental science and the processes and policies that affect our natural environment
  • Conservation, global warming, energy production, sustainability, environmental law and population growth

Career Paths

  • Secondary education teacher
  • Researcher
  • Geoscientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Climate change analyst
  • Park ranger


CUAA’s curriculum for the Physical Science minor includes coursework in chemistry, physics, earth science and environmental science. See our course catalog for a full class listing.

Complementary Majors/Minors

CUAA’s Physical Science minor is highly recommended as a complement if you are seeking a Biology major in Secondary Education or are pursuing a liberal arts degree and are interested in a career in physical science.

Recommended High School Prep

  • English
  • Math
  • Lab Science
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Language