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2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Sciences, A.S.

Associate in Science
HEGIS #5619
Chairperson: Peter A. Schaefer
Science Center, Suite 319, (518) 629-7453

The Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Department offers an associate in science degree in Physical Sciences that is intended to provide a unique curriculum for students who wish to pursue advanced education in chemistry, physics, or earth science.

The Physical Sciences curriculum offers core courses in the physical sciences as well as additional electives that meet general education requirements for the liberal arts in preparation for transfer to a four-year school. Required coursework emphasizes hands-on laboratory experience that integrates theoretical concepts with practical applications. Following the core curriculum in the first year, students have the opportunity to pursue a concentration in chemistry, physics, or earth science during the second year. This arrangement is designed to provide the optimum instructional focus, while allowing time for the student to develop a physical science preference.

The Physics track of the Physical Sciences degree is designed for those students interested in pursuing Physics as a major at a four-year institution. Due to small class size and the importance placed on the lab experience, students will leave the program with a strong background in the fundamentals of Physics as well as excellent lab and research skills.

The Chemistry track of the Physical Sciences degree will provide students the foundation they need to transfer to a four-year institution and complete a four-year degree in chemistry. It will give students an excellent background in their preparation for further advanced study in chemistry as well as their use of chemistry in a future career path.

The Earth Science track is designed to prepare students for further study in geology, meteorology or astronomy as well as accommodate students who might want to pursue their teaching certification in Earth Science.

Program Entrance Requirements

Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average
Algebra, geometry and algebra II or 3 units of equivalent academic math, biology, chemistry (85 or above in each course) Fall and Spring Physics is recommended

85 or above

Major Requirements*

*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.
**Required of first time, full-time students.

First Year Credits for all tracks Credits: 33

Physics Track

Total Credits Required: 62

Chemistry Track

Total Credits Required: 61

Earth Science Track

Total Credits Required: 60

(1) Restricted Electives Credits: 6

Courses must be designated as both “SUNY General Education” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences” courses. In addition, three of the following General Education categories must be satisfied: SS, AH, WC, OC, AR or FL.

Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Study

Term Total: 15

Second Term

Term Total: 18

Physics Track Third Term

Term Total: 14

Fourth Term

Term Total: 15

Chemistry Track Third Term

Term Total: 14

Fourth Term

Term Total: 14

Earth Science Track Third Term

Term Total: 13

Fourth Term

Term Total: 14