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Physical Science - A.A. Degree (Transfer)

An Arts and Sciences Area of Study

Application Code 50

For curriculum information, contact the Science, Engineering, and Technology Division—Room ST-248—443-518-1600.

This curriculum is designed to provide the academic foundation needed by students who are planning to major in the physical sciences; physical scientists are employed in government, industry, and academia. Fields of specialization within the physical sciences include astronomy, chemistry, geology, meteorology, physics, lab technicians (B.S.), technical writing, and secondary and college teaching. This area of study provides a strong mathematics background and emphasis on the ability to apply theory to solve problems. Emphasis is also on laboratory techniques, how to operate laboratory equipment, and collecting and interpreting data to identify unknown substances. Students are advised to consult with an academic advisor and to research the entrance requirements for the colleges/universities to which they intend to apply.

Suggested Semester 1

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL-121College Composition

3

CHEM-101General Inorganic Chemistry I

4

MATH-181Calculus I

4

-or higher core course

PHYS-110General Physics I (Calculus)

4

Suggested Semester 2

Course NumberTitleCredits
MATH-182Calculus II

4

PHYS-111General Physics II (Calculus)

4

-Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Group A

3

-Elective*

4

Suggested Semester 3

Course NumberTitleCredits
-Arts & Humanities Core Group A

3

-Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Group B

3

-Ethics Elective

3

-Electives*

7

Suggested Semester 4

Course NumberTitleCredits
-Arts & Humanities Core Group B

3

-Any General Education Core Course

3

-Electives*

8

*Electives - Select from the following:

Courses are grouped into three areas, but students are free to select from any of the three areas.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-101General Biology I

4

BIOL-201Genetics

3

BIOL-202Genetics Laboratory

1

CHEM-102General Inorganic Chemistry II

4

CHEM-201Organic Chemistry I

4

CHEM-202Organic Chemistry II

4

ENST-105Environmental Science

3

ENST-115Environmental Science Laboratory

1

GEOL-107Introduction to Physical Geology

3

GEOL-117Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory

1

MATH-182Calculus II

4

PHYS-120Oceanography

3

PHYS-121Oceanography Laboratory

1

Geology

Course NumberTitleCredits
ASTR-104Elementary Astronomy

3

ASTR-114Elementary Astronomy Laboratory

1

CADD-108Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

3

CHEM-102General Inorganic Chemistry II

4

ENST-105Environmental Science

3

ENST-115Environmental Science Laboratory

1

ENST-200Fundamentals of Soil Science

4

GEOL-107Introduction to Physical Geology

3

GEOL-117Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory

1

GEOL-108Historical Geology

3

GEOL-118Historical Geology Laboratory

1

METO-111Meteorology

3

METO-112Meteorology Laboratory

1

PHYS-120Oceanography

3

PHYS-121Oceanography Laboratory

1

Physics and Astronomy

Course NumberTitleCredits
ASTR-104Elementary Astronomy

3

ASTR-114Elementary Astronomy Laboratory

1

CMSY-121Structured Logic and Program Design

3

-OR

CMSY-141Computer Science I

4

ENES-100Introduction to Engineering Design

3

ENES-271Introduction to Matlab

3

GEOL-107Introduction to Physical Geology

3

GEOL-117Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory

1

MATH-220Discrete Structures

3

MATH-240Calculus III

4

MATH-260Differential Equations

3

METO-111Meteorology

3

METO-112Meteorology Laboratory

1

PHYS-112General Physics III (Calculus)

3

Total Credit Hours: 60

A graduate should be able to

1. Communicate scientific principles and ideas effectively.

2. Use appropriate scientific principles and qualitative and mathematical techniques, as appropriate, to solve problems pertaining to the physical sciences.

3. Analyze and interpret data.

4. Identify, apply, and evaluate ethical reasoning.