Physical Science

Physical Science is the study of the physical environment, material things, matter, and energy. Students learn the principles that form the foundations of non-living systems and gain an understanding and appreciation of the methodologies of science as investigative tools. The Physical Science program is designed to prepare students to transfer to afour-year university in a physical science-related discipline.

Program Emphasis

The Physical Science program is designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year university in a physical science-related discipline.

Career/Transfer Options

Common university majors related to the field of Physical Science include:

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Chemical Physics
  • Earth Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geology
  • Hydrologic Sciences
  • Meteorology
  • Natural Sciences
  • Oceanography
  • Climatology
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in this discipline should consult with a counselor or visit the Transfer Center to determine the appropriate major preparation courses for their specific transfer institution and major. More information on transfer programs and procedures is available in the Transfer Guide section of the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Physical Science Program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of a physical phenomenon using scientific theory
  • Solve problems related to concepts in the physical sciences
  • Visualize important features of a given physical phenomenon
  • Interpret scientific results collected by others and/or assess the validity of results collected in a physical science laboratory

Catalog Pages

268 (ASTR); 370 (GEOG); 371 (GEOL); 399 (PHYN); 400 (PHYS)

Degrees & Certificates

AA Degree AA or AS for Transfer AS Degree Certificate of Achievement Certificate of Performance Catalog Pages
        268 (ASTR); 370 (GEOG); 371 (GEOL); 399 (PHYN); 400 (PHYS)
        268 (ASTR); 370 (GEOG); 371 (GEOL); 399 (PHYN); 400 (PHYS)
        268 (ASTR); 370 (GEOG); 371 (GEOL); 399 (PHYN); 400 (PHYS)
        268 (ASTR); 370 (GEOG); 371 (GEOL); 399 (PHYN); 400 (PHYS)

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