Program Overview

The A.S. degree in Physical Science provides students with a breadth of understanding of the physical sciences, in addition to a depth of knowledge in the specialized fields of astronomy, chemistry, geology, and physics. The program is designed to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate institutions as majors in Physical Science or related science disciplines.

Physical Science (AS) Requirements

Major Requirements
Required Core Courses: 18 units with one or more courses selected from each group. Group 1 Units
ASTR 100 Introduction to Astronomy 3 units
ASTR 101 Astronomy Laboratory 1 unit
Group 2 Units
CHEM 210 General Chemistry I 5 units
CHEM 410 Health Science Chemistry I 4 units
Group 3 Units
GEOL 100 Survey of Geology 3 units
GEOL 101 Geology Laboratory 1 unit
Group 4 Units
PHYS 100 Conceptual Physics 3 units
PHYS 210 General Physics I 4 units
PHYS 250 Physics with Calculus I 4 units
You may complete the required 18 units with courses selected from Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4. However, if you have not completed the required 18 units from these groups, you may complete the unit requirement by selecting courses from the following list. Units
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I 5 units
CIS 255 (CS1) Programming Methods: Java 4 units
CIS 278 (CS1) Programming Methods: C++ 4 units
MATH 251 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 5 units
MATH 252 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 5 units
MATH 253 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 5 units
MATH 275 Ordinary Differential Equations 3 units
PHYS 220 General Physics II 4 units
PHYS 260 Physics with Calculus II 4 units
PHYS 270 Physics with Calculus III 4 units
Total Required Major Units: 18

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.