Associate in Science
Department Chairperson: Michael Shea, Ph.D.
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
|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