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2018-2019

Associate in Science

Liberal Arts - Physical Science

This option is for those students who seek a foundation in chemistry, physics and mathematics and who plan to transfer to a four-year institution. The curriculum is designed to provide a solid academic foundation for students who plan to attend a wide range of programs including chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, physics, astrophysics, meteorology, astronomy, and geology.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic laws and theories of chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics.
  • Apply physical and chemical concepts to analyze and/or solve problems.
  • Apply appropriate basic concepts and formulas to perform basic calculations.
  • Perform scientific investigations utilizing laboratory equipment and instruments in a safe and effective manner.
  • Write laboratory reports utilizing scientific terminology.
  • Conduct an experiment that follows scientifically ethical procedures and maintains data integrity.

Note:

A. It is recommended that students enroll in their first WI course upon completion of EN 101. For a list of WI courses available for registration, go to: www.pccc.edu/home/writing-intensive-courses

B. Students have the option of testing out of MA 109 prior to taking MA 120.

C. Students may test out of CIS 101 or CIS 107. If they are successful, they are required to take another 3 credits General Education from Categories 5 or 6.

D. Students may take the Organic Chemistry Sequence to transfer to a B.S. program in Chemistry or the Math sequence to transfer to a B.S. program in Physics.

E. MA 108 is a prerequisite for MA 109 or test placement

F. A minimum grade of “C” is required in all Math & Science courses.


General Education(31 credits)

Code Name Credits
Communication (6 credits)
EN 101 Composition I 3
EN 102 Composition II 3
Mathematics (8 credits)
Choose two (2) of the following courses  (8 credits)
MA 109 Pre-Calculus Mathematics 4
MA 120 Calculus I 4
MA 121 Calculus II 4
Science (8 credits)
CH 111 General Chemistry I 4
CH 112 General Chemistry II 4
Technology (3 credits)
Choose one (1) of the following courses  (3 credits)
CIS 101 Computer Concepts and Applications 3
CIS 107 Information Technology Fundamentals and Applications 3
Social Science (3 credits)
Choose one (1) course from the following categories
Category 5 - Social Science 3
Humanities (3 credits)
Choose one (1) course from the following categories
Category 6 - Humanities 3

Major Requirements(14 credits)

Code Name Credits
PY 120 Physics I 4
PY 121 Physics II 4
SC 290 Select Topics in Science 3
Choose one (1) course from the following categories  (3 credits)
Category 5 - Social Science 3
Category 6 - Humanities 3

Option Requirements(15 - 17 credits)

Code Name Credits
Choose one (1) of the following sequences
CH 211 Organic Chemistry I 4AND
CH 212 Organic Chemistry II 4
OR
MA 201 Calculus III 4AND
MA 202 Differential Equations 4
Choose seven to nine (7-9) credits from the following:
CH 214 Analytical Chemistry 5
PY 220 Physics III 4
SC 105 Astronomy 4
SC 106 The Physics of Green Energy 4
SC 202 Introduction to Geology 4
SC 206 Environmental Ethics 3

Total Credits 60 - 62


Guided Pathways Academic Map


First Semester Credits
CH 111 General Chemistry I 4.0
CIS 101 Computer Concepts and Applications 3.0
EN 101 Composition I 3.0
MA 120 Calculus I 4.0
Humanities Course 3.0
Total 17.0
Second Semester Credits
CH 112 General Chemistry II 4.0
EN 102 Composition II 3.0
MA 121 Calculus II 4.0
PY 120 Physics I 4.0
Total 15.0
Third Semester Credits
CH 211 Organic Chemistry I OR MA 201 Calculus III 4.0
PY 121 Physics II 4.0
Science Elective 3.0 - 4.0
Social Science Course 3.0
Total 14.0 - 15.0
Fourth Semester Credits
CH 212 Organic Chemistry II OR MA 202 Differential Equations 4.0
SC 290 Select Topics in Science 3.0
Humanities OR Social Science Course 3.0
Science Elective 4.0 - 5.0
Total 14.0 - 15.0