If you want to pursue a career in the sciences but have yet to decide which of the many routes is right for you, a General Science degree
could be a great fit.
Types of Degrees
General Science students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7
years). Typically, students pursuing a master's degree after graduating with a bachelor's degree in general science
will focus on a more specialized course of study in their master's degree program.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in science coursework
helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements,
making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A General Science Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in General Science can include:
- Environmental Scientist
- High School Science Teacher
- Food Science Technician
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Environmental Scientists and Specialists was $71,360 in 2019 while
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians earned a median salary of $41,230 in 2019.1
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical
location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Environmental Scientists and Specialists,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/environmental-scientists-and-specialists.htm (visited June 17, 2020).