Physical Science at College of San Mateo - Associate in Science Degree: Physical Science
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Physical Science
ASMajor in Physical Science

The A.S. degree in Physical Science provides students with a breadth of understanding of the physical sciences, in addition to a depth of knowledge in the specialized fields of astronomy, chemistry, geology, and physics. The program is designed to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate institutions as majors in Physical Science or related science disciplines. Career opportunities include astronomer, chemist, geographer, geologist, geophysicist, meteorologist, oceanographer, and physicist. Physical scientists are employed by government agencies, and the chemical, computer, construction, drug, food, industrial electronics, manufacturing and petroleum industries. Additional career opportunities exist in energy management, mineral exploration and land use planning.

Degree Requirements
Complete General Education and other requirements listed for the Associate degree and

Major requirements: 18 semester units

A grade of "C" or higher is required for each course applied to the major.

Select one or more classes from each group.

Group 1

ASTR 100 Introduction to Astronomy 3 units
ASTR 101 Astronomy Laboratory 1 unit

Group 2

CHEM 210 General Chemistry I 5 units
CHEM 410 Health Science Chemistry I 4 units

Group 3

GEOL 100 Survey of Geology 3 units
GEOL 101 Geology Laboratory 1 unit

Group 4

PHYS 100 Conceptual Physics 3 units
PHYS 210 General Physics I 4 units
PHYS 250 Physics with Calculus I 4 units

You may complete the required 18 units with courses selected from Groups 1-4. However, if you have not completed the required 18 units from these groups you may complete the unit requirement by selecting courses from the following list.

CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I 5 units
CIS 255 Programming Methods: Java I 4 units
CIS 278 Programming Methods: C++ 4 units
MATH 251 Calculus w/ Analytical Geometry I 5 units
MATH 252 Calculus w/ Analytical Geometry II 5 units
MATH 253 Calculus w/ Analytical Geometry III 5 units
MATH 275 Ordinary Differential Equations 3 units
PSYC 220 General Physics II 4 units
PHYS 260 Physics with Calculus II 4 units
PHYS 270 Physics with Calculus III 4 units