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2024-25 Catalog 
2024-25 Catalog

Physical Science (AAS)

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  • Grade Requirements: Minimum overall GPA of 2.00 or “C”.
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 63 credit hours are required for graduation; 34-36 of these are required within the program.
  • Program Code: 6068AAS
  • CIPC: 400101


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General Education

Refer to Degree Requirements  for Associate of Applied Science requirements. The following courses required for the Physical Science program will also satisfy the general education requirement for physical sciences: CHEM 1210 PS ; GEO 1110 PS ; and PHYS 2210 PS  (or PHYS 2010 PS ).

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students can trace scientific understandings, theory, and models back to their sources in their primary discipline.
  • Students demonstrate how scientific knowledge is derived, reviewed, and communicated.
  • Nature of science. Scientific knowledge is based on evidence that is repeatedly examined, and can change with new information. Scientific explanations differ fundamentally from those that are not scientific.
  • Integration of science. All natural phenomena are interrelated and share basic organizational principles. Scientific explanations obtained from different disciplines should be cohesive and integrated.
  • Science and society. The study of science provides explanations that have significant impact on society, including technological advancements, improvement of human life, and better understanding of human and other influences on the earth’s environment.
  • Problem solving and data analysis. Science relies on empirical data, and such data must be analyzed, interpreted, and generalized in a rigorous manner.
  • Organization of systems: The universe is scientifically understandable in terms of interconnected systems. The systems evolve over time according to basic physical laws.
  • Matter: Matter comprises an important component of the universe, and has physical properties that can be described over a range of scales.
  • Energy: Interactions within the universe can be described in terms of energy exchange and conservation.
  • Forces: Equilibrium and change are determined by forces acting at all organizational levels.

Major Course Requirements for AAS Degree (34-39 credits)

Foundational Courses for the Discipline (8-13 credits):

Complete one of the following groups of courses.

For Students most interested in chemistry (10 credits):

For students most interested in Earth/geological science (8 credits):

For students most interested in physics (13 credits):

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