Develop the academic background needed for undergraduate and graduate degrees in the physical and life sciences with our associate degree in Physical Sciences. In our 61-credit program you can focus your studies on physics or chemistry while still taking classes in math, computer science and biology.

Our Physical Sciences curriculum prepares you to transfer to a four-year institution and major in such fields as chemistry or physics. It also provides a solid foundation for future studies in health sciences, medicine and chemical engineering.

Program outcomes
  • Prepare for and conduct scientific experiments;
  • Use and understand basic instrumentation;
  • Analyze and interpret scientific data;
  • Demonstrate an extensive problem-solving capability.

Program Curriculum

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General Education Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
Elective Technological Fluency Elective 3
Elective Ethical Perspectives Elective 3
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility Elective 3
Elective Oral Communication Elective 3
Elective Cultural Awareness and Diversity Elective 3

Major Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
CHE 151 or PHY 151 Principles of Chemistry I or Principles of Physics I 4
CHE 152 or PHY 152 Principles of Chemistry II or Principles of Physics II 4
CHE 261 or Science Elective Organic Chemistry I or AST, BIO, CHE, GLG, MAT, or PHY Course 4
CHE 262 or Science Elective Organic Chemistry II or Science Elective 4
MAT 190 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4
MAT 201 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II 4

Electives

Course ID Title Credits
Electives Electives 11-12

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Full-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MAT 190 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I1 4
CHE 151 Principles of Chemistry I 4
Elective Any Technological Fluency Elective2 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
MAT 201 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II3 4
CHE 152 Principles of Chemistry II 4
Elective4 Any Ethical Perspectives Elective 3

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
PHY 151 Principles of Physics I 4
CHE 261 or Science Elective Organic Chemistry I or AST, BIO, CHE, GLG, MAT, PHY Elective 4
Elective Any Aesthetic Sensibility Elective 3
Elective Elective4 3-4
Elective Any Oral Communication Elective 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
PHY 152 Principles of Physics II 4
CHE 262 or Science Elective Organic Chemistry II or Science Elective 4
Elective Any Cultural Awareness and Diversity Elective 3
Elective Elective5 4

Part-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
PHY 151 Principles of Physics I 4
MAT 190 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I1 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
PHY 152 Principles of Physics II 4
MAT 201 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II3 4

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
Elective Any Technological Fluency Elective2 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
CHE 151 Principles of Chemistry I 4

Semester 5

Course ID Title Credits
CHE 152 Principles of Chemistry II 4
Elective Elective4 3-4

Semester 6

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Any Oral Communication Elective 3
Elective Any Aesthetic Sensibility Elective 3

Semester 7

Course ID Title Credits
CHE 261 or Science Elective Organic Chemistry I or AST, BIO, CHE, GLG, MAT, PHY Elective 4
Elective Any Ethical Perspectives Elective 3

Semester 8

Course ID Title Credits
CHE 262 or Science Elective Organic Chemistry II or Science Elective 4
Elective Any Cultural Awareness and Diversity Elective 3

Semester 9

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Elective5 4

1 MAT 190 is a co-requisite for PHY 151

2 A programming course is recommended; check with your advisor or transfer institution.

3 MAT 201 is a co-requisite for PHY 152.

4 Chemistry majors should take CHE 151, CHE 152, CHE 261, CHE 262, PHY 151 and PHY 152. Physics majors should take PHY 151, PHY 152, CHE 151 and CHE 152.

5 For Chemistry and Physics majors, MAT 202 Calculus III is recommended, but students should confer with their advisor to determine the math requirement at the transfer institution.

6 MAT 220 Linear Algebra or MAT 223 Differential Equations are recommended; students should work with their advisor to determine the math requirements at the transfer institution. Other suggested electives include BIO and GLG.