The Natural Sciences major provides fundamental training in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology. For an overview of the Natural Sciences program, Academic Advising has created an overview here.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the Natural Sciences major, students should use the information in the major profiles for Biology, Physics, Biophysics, and Chemistry, along with Environmental Engineering to explore the variety of career options.
The Natural Sciences major provides a foundation for a variety of careers, including preparation for medical school and advanced study in the sciences. Review the profiles for Biology, Physics, Biophysics, and Chemistry, along with Environmental Engineering to explore the variety of career options.
Undergraduate coursework in natural sciences includes a broad range of sciences, and will help to develop the skills and abilities associated with a variety of careers, including:
- Attention to detail
- Communicating results and conclusions verbally and in writing
- Curiosity and creativity
- Organization and accuracy
- Ability to organize and conduct research
- Critical thinking and application skills
- Ability to analyze and solve complex problems
- Quantitative ability
- Design and implementation of experiments and models which systematically define a problem
- Technical/laboratory skills, including knowledge of laboratory equipment, techniques, procedures and research protocols
Students majoring in the Natural Sciences should be able to work both independently and as part of a team, in addition to possessing the communication skills to clearly present their techniques and results, both orally and in writing. Those interested in pursuing scientific research work in a corporate setting should also possess strong business skills as well as marketing and management techniques. To gain these skills, pursue courses outside the natural sciences such as those in English, Writing Seminars, and Computer Science
Students must also apply the knowledge they have gained through their coursework in the workplace. Utilize internships and research opportunities at Hopkins, within biotech and pharmaceutical companies and at non-profit research organizations to develop the real world experience necessary in the job market. Also, pursue more specific career preparation strategies depending on the area of specialization in which you are interested.
Hopkins Natural Sciences alumni go into a variety of career fields Since 2005 the Career Center has surveyed recent graduates about their academic and career plans 6 months after graduation. Here is a summary of their responses in the Post-Graduation Survey of Natural Sciences Majors.
- Assistant Professor
- Compliance Analyst
- Development Specialist
- Environmental Scientist
- Health Resource Coordinator
- Health Unit Coordinator
- Investment Manager
- Linux Network System Administrator
- Mission Operations Engineer
- Product Manager
- Program Analyst
- Project Manager
- Science Teacher
- Financial Administrator
- Web Developer
Alumni work at diverse organizations like Analytic Solutions, BEM Systems Inc., Blackrock Financial Management, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CMJ Partners, LLC, Emory University, Epic Healthcare Services, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and Honeywell Technology Solutions.
Hopkins Alumni in Natural Sciences
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Networking with alumni and other professionals who work in these fields can help you learn very specific information about a career field. Use Johns Hopkins Connect to contact alumni to ask for their advice. You may also find professional contacts through professional associations, faculty, friends and family.
For more information on what you can do with a Natural Sciences Major go to What can I do with a major in Biology or What can I do with a major in Chemistry or What can I do with a major in Physics.
Want to know more? Read our Hopkins Career Profiles on Medicine, Law & Paralegal, Pharmaceuticals, Environment, Scientific Research, and Nonprofit.
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