IV. Physical Systems

| About the Program | Field I – Biosciences and Biotechnologies | Field II – Human–Machine Interactions |
| Field III – Public Science | Field IV – Physical Systems |

Rather than treat the physical sciences as autonomous domains, this field emphasizes the interconnectedness of astronomy, physics, chemistry, and related disciplines as systems designed for analysis, experiment, and intervention in the inorganic world.

Philosophical, historical and social science approaches are applied to show how matter, energy, ideas, communicative strategies and technological processes have converged to create physical systems and the disciplines that probe them.

Courses would also consider the impact of the physical systems model upon the life and social sciences.