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Physical Sciences Program

2017-2018

Description

Physical Sciences is a multidisciplinary program promoting an appreciation for various disciplines such as physics, chemistry, astronomy and earth sciences by exposing students to various methodologies.

Gainful Employment Information

Program Emphasis

The Physical Sciences Program prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions. Students may acquire skills for employment in science education and science journalism.

Career Options

Most careers in physical sciences require education beyond the associate degree and some require a graduate degree. Careers utilizing physical sciences are lab technician, teacher at elementary or secondary level and science journalist.

Award Type Units
Certificate of Achievement:
Physical Sciences (General) 35
Associate of Science Degree:
Physical Sciences (General) 35*
 

*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Physical Sciences Program will display the ability to:

  • use proportional reasoning and graphical analysis to establish and analyze relationships between measured quantities.
  • apply conceptual and mathematical tools to correctly predict the future state of physical systems.
  • clearly communicate scientific principles, experimental results, and their implications.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.

Certificate of Achievement

Physical Sciences (General)

Courses Required for the Major: Units
GEOL 100 Physical Geology 3
GEOL 101 Physical Geology Laboratory 1
At least 4 units from the following:
ASTR 101 Descriptive Astronomy 3
ASTR 109 Practice in Observing 1
ASTR 111 Astronomy Laboratory 1
At least eight units from the following:
CHEM 100 Fundamentals of Chemistry 3
CHEM 100L Fundamentals of Chemistry Lab 1
CHEM 130 Introduction to Organic & Biological Chemistry 3
CHEM 130L Introduction to Organic & Biological Chemistry Lab 1
CHEM 152 Introduction to General Chemistry 3
CHEM 152L Introduction to General Chemistry Lab 1
CHEM 200 General Chemistry I - Lecture 3
CHEM 200L General Chemistry I - Lab 2
CHEM 201 General Chemistry II - Lecture 3
CHEM 201L General Chemistry II - Lab 2
At least three units from the following:
GEOG 101 Physical Geography 3
GEOG 101L Physical Geography Lab 1
At least eight units from the following:
PHYS 100 Introductory Physics 4
PHYS 180A General Physics I (City,Miramar) 4
PHYS 181A General Physics I Lab (City,Miramar) 1
PHYS 180B General Physics II (City, Miramar) 4
PHYS 181B General Physics II Labs (City, Miramar) 1
PHYS 125 General Physics 5
PHYS 126 General Physics II 5
PHYS 195 Mechanics 5
PHYS 196 Electricity & Magnetism 5
PHYS 197 Waves, Optics, & Modern Physics 5
At least eight units from the following:
MATH 96 Intermediate Algebra with Geometry 5
MATH 104 Trigonometry 3
MATH 118 A Survey of Modern Mathematics 3
MATH 119 Elementary Statistics 3
MATH 141 Precalculus 5
MATH 150 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 5
MATH 151 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4
MATH 252 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 4
Total Units = 35

Associate of Science Degree:

Physical Sciences (General)

For graduation requirements see Requirements for the Associate Degree.

Electives as needed to meet minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Recommended Electives: Astronomy 101 , 109 , 111 , 290 ; Biology 107 ; Chemistry 100 , 100L , 130 , 130L , 152 , 152L , 160 , 161 , 200 , 200L , 201 , 201L , 231 , 231L , 233 , 233L , 251 , 255 , 290 , 296 ; Communication Studies 103; Computer and Information Sciences 150 ; Economics 120 ; Engineering 115 , 151 , 200 , 210 , 250 , 260 , 270 ; Geography 101 , 101L , 102 , 290 , 296 ; Geology 290 , 296 ; Mathematics 96 , 104 , 118 , 119 , 141 , 150 , 151 ; Physical Sciences 100 , 101 , 290 , 296 ; Physics 100 , 125 , 126 , 195 , 196 , 197 , 290.

Courses Required for the Major: Units
GEOL 100 Physical Geology 3
GEOL 101 Physical Geology Laboratory 1
At least four units from the following:
ASTR 101 Descriptive Astronomy 3
ASTR 109 Practice in Observing 1
ASTR 111 Astronomy Laboratory 1
At least eight units from the following:
CHEM 100 Fundamentals of Chemistry and Lab 3
CHEM 100L Fundamentals of Chemistry and Lab 1
CHEM 130 Introduction to Organic & Biological Chemistry 3
CHEM 130L Introduction to Organic & Biological Chemistry Lab 1
CHEM 152 Introduction to General Chemistry 3
CHEM 152L Introduction to General Chemistry Lab 1
CHEM 200 General Chemistry I - Lecture 3
CHEM 200L General Chemistry I - Lab 2
CHEM 201 General Chemistry II - Lecture 3
CHEM 201L General Chemistry II - Lab 2
At least three units from the following:
GEOG 101 Physical Geography 3
GEOG 101L Physical Geography Lab 1
GEOL 100 Physical Geology 3
GEOL 101L Physical Geology Lab 1
At eight units from the following:
PHYS 100 Introductory Physics 4
PHYS 180A General Physics I (City,Miramar) 4
PHYS 181A General Physics I Lab (City,Miramar) 1
PHYS 180B General Physics II (City, Miramar) 4
PHYS 181B General Physics II Labs (City, Miramar) 4
PHYS 125 General Physics 5
PHYS 126 General Physics II 5
PHYS 195 Mechanics 5
PHYS 196 Electricity & Magnetism 5
PHYS 197 Waves, Optics, & Modern Physics 5
At least eight units from the following:
MATH 96 Intermediate Algebra with Geometry 5
MATH 104 Trigonometry 3
MATH 118 A Survey of Modern Mathematics 3
MATH 119 Elementary Statistics 3
MATH 141 Precalculus 5
MATH 150 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 5
MATH 151 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4
MATH 252 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 4
Total Units = 35

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.