• Why Physical Sciences

    • Students majoring in Physical Sciences will explore some of the fundamental processes in matter, space and time.

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    • Our People

    • Physical Sciences attracts a diverse set of students with a wide range of interests. Get to know them today!

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    • Our Curriculum

    • Physical Sciences is supported by a diverse set of faculty with expertise in a wide range of topics. See the structure of our multidisciplinary major.

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    • Our Research

    • Our students engage with Physical Sciences outside the classroom through research, study abroad, internships, and involvement in student organizations. Check out these exciting opportunities!

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Announcements

  • This Week, 27 Jul 2021

    The academic year is almost upon us! Make sure you reach out to the physical sciences faculty for advice and any questions on course enrolments!

  • Previous Month, 02 Apr 2021

    The Class of 2021 will defend their capstone projects on Saturday April 10th! Seating is limited so remote attendance will be possible via Zoom – contact the Capstone Coordinator for access (derek.ho@yale-nus.edu.sg).

  • Previous Month, 08 Mar 2021

    The 2021 Major Fair (with Social Distancing) will occur March 10th-12th. The Physical Sciences section will be on March 10th from 11:30am-1pm in Classroom 14 (K. Chanrai) on the 1st floor or Elm. Stop on by if you have any questions about classes, the major/minor, and the new major requirements (Class of 2023 onward)! Hope to see you there!

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  • Associate Professor from Sciences Division
  • Adam Shaffique

I think Physical Science is one of the most misunderstood majors. The Physical Science curriculum has its origins in Plato’s quadrivium and Newton’s natural philosophy. As a major it prepares its students broadly in empirical observation, mathematical modeling and computational simulation, critical thinking, and the ability to communicate these ideas orally, visually and in writing. The Physical Science experience is the quintessential liberal arts training giving graduates technical problem solving skills that can be applied to societal challenges both in the scientific and non-scientific domains. In the United States, roughly half of the physical science graduates go on graduate studies not only in physics, astronomy and chemistry, but also in engineering, law and medicine. The other half enters the workforce immediately after completion of the BS degree (with one of the highest starting salaries of any major), mostly employed in research and development, engineering or computer and information systems. Notable physical scientists are all around us from technologists like Elon Musk (founder of SpaceX) to entrepreneurs like Indra Nooyi (CEO of Pepsi), as well as politicians like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former Singapore president Tony Tan Keng Yam. People in the news like former FBI director James Comey and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un also majored in Physical Science. Closer to home, both our inaugural Dean of faculty Charles Bailyn and his successor Steven Bernasek were both physical scientists, and several members of the Yale-NUS College faculty including Jan Gruber and Vinod Saranathan, (biologists) and Michael Gastner (mathematician) all had their first degrees in physical science. So come join our major for a world of opportunities. ”

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