Physical Sciences

The Physical Sciences Department offers career/technical and transfer courses in Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, General Sciences and Physics. Most courses include a laboratory component designed to provide hands-on experience with science and scientific methods.

The Physical Sciences Department also teaches some non-laboratory courses that fulfill the Science and Society requirement for the Associate of Applied Science degree.

Five Physical Science degrees are offered:

  • Chemistry
  • Food and Fermentation Science
  • General Science
  • Geology
  • Physics

These degree programs provide a strong background in mathematics and physical sciences for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution.

The General Science degree is appropriate for students interested in:

  • Geology
  • Oceanography
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Pre-professional programs in the Health Sciences, such as Pre-pharmacy or Pre-education

Students entering the Chemistry or Physics program with a strong high school mathematics and science background can expect to complete the program in two years. Students who must take pre-calculus mathematics should expect to spend more than two years completing the program.