Physical Sciences AS

The Physical Sciences program provides a strong mathematics and science background for transfer to a four-year college or university. The curriculum prepares students for study leading to a bachelor's degree in a variety of fields, including chemistry, geology, and physics. It is also a first step toward a graduate degree in medical sciences.

Career Pathway

Program Outcomes

A graduate should be able to:

  • prepare for and conduct scientific experiments.
  • use and understand basic instrumentation.
  • analyze and interpret scientific data.
  • demonstrate an extensive problem-solving capability.


First Semester

ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MAT 190 1Calculus I 4
CHE 151 or PHY 151 Principles of Chemistry I or 1Principles of Physics I 4
Elective Core Goal 4: Computer Fluency 3

(14 Credit Hours)

Second Semester

ENG 102 English Composition II 3
MAT 201 2Calculus II 4
CHE 152 or PHY 152 Principles of Chemistry II or 2Principles of Physics II 4
Elective Core Goal 13: Ethical Reasoning and Behavior 3
Elective Core Goal 10: Exercise and Health Sciences 2

(16 Credit Hours)

Third Semester

Elective Core Goal 7: Aesthetic Sensibility and the Arts 3
Elective Core Goal 6: Intellectual Heritage and
Core Goal 9: Behavioral and Social Sciences
MAT 202 Calculus III 4
CHE 261 or PHY 153 Organic Chemistry I or Modern Physics 4
Elective 3Elective 4

(18 Credit Hours)

Fourth Semester

Elective Core Goal 11: Civic Responsibility and Core Goal 12: Global Perspectives and Diversity 3
Elective Core Goal 1b: Oral Communication Skills 3
MAT 220 or MAT 223 Linear Algebra or Differential Equations 4
CHE 262 or Science Elective Organic Chemistry II or 3Science Elective 4

(14 Credit Hours)


1 MAT 190 is a co-requisite for PHY 151
2 MAT 201 is a co-requisite for PHY 152
3 Chemistry majors should take PHY 151 and PHY 152 as well as CHE 151, CHE 152, CHE 261 and CHE 262. A Physics major should take CHE 151 and CHE 152 as well as PHY 151, PHY 152, PHY 153. Other suggested, but not required electives can come from the following areas: biology, geology, and computer science.