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Academic Programs - School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Physical Sciences
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

Notes

High School Average

Math I, II, and III or 3 units of equivalent math, biology, chemistry (85 or above in each) Physics is recommended

85 or above

 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

CORE FIRST-YEAR COURSES
FORM 102 College Forum (1)
CHEM 120 Chemistry I 4
CHEM 121 Chemistry II 4
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
ENGL 104 English Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
MATH 180 Calculus I 4
MATH 190 Calculus II 4
PHYS 150 Physics I 4
PHYS 151 Physics II 4
________ (1) Restricted Elective 3
  First Year Credits for all tracks 33
PHYSICS TRACK
MATH 210 Calculus III 4
MATH 220 Calculus IV: Differential Equations 4
PHYS 250 Physics III 4
PHYS 251 Modern Physics 4
PHYS 252 Methods of Theoretical Physics 4
________ (1) Restricted Electives 6
________ (2) Biology Science Elective 3-4
  Total Credits Required 62-63
CHEMISTRY TRACK
CHEM 205 Analytical Chemistry 4
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 215 Principles of Physical Chemistry 4
________ (1) Restricted Elective 6
________ (2) Science or Mathematics Electives 6-8
  Total Credits Required 61-63
EARTH SCIENCE TRACK
PHYS 105 Introduction to Astronomy 3
PHYS 143 Introduction to Meteorology 3
PHYS 145 Introductory Geology 4
PHYS 146 Evolution of the Earth 4
PHYS 210 Fundamentals of GIS 4
________ (1) Restricted Elective 6
________ (2) Science or Mathematics Electives 3-4
  Total Credits Required 60-61

*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.

(1) RESTRICTED ELECTIVES: Any course with a General Education AR, AH, HU, SS, WC, OC, or FL designation or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson. Students planning on transferring to a SUNY four-year college should complete at least three different areas.

(2) SCIENCE OR MATHEMATICS ELECTIVES: BIOL 150, BIOL 190, BIOL 205, BIOL 206, BIOL 207, BIOL 210, BIOL 215, BIOL 281, CHEM 200, CHEM 215, MATH 135, MATH 205, MATH 210, MATH 220.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR FULL-TIME STUDY
FIRST TERM
FORM 102 College Forum* (1)
CHEM 120 Freshman Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
MATH 180 Calculus I 4
PHYS 150 General Physics I 4
  Term Total 15
SECOND TERM
CHEM 121 Freshman Chemistry II 4
ENGL 104 English Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
MATH 190 Calculus II 4
PHYS 151 General Physics II 4
________ (1) Restricted Elective 3
  Term Total 18
Physics Track
THIRD TERM
MATH 210 Calculus III 4
PHYS 250 Physics III 4
________ (1) Restricted Elective 3
________ (2) Biology Science Elective 3-4
  Term Total 14-15
FOURTH TERM
MATH 220 Calculus IV: Differential Equations 4
PHYS 251 Modern Physics 4
PHYS 252 Methods of Theoretical Physics 4
________ (1) Restricted Elective 3
  Term Total 15
Chemistry Track
THIRD TERM
CHEM 205 Analytical Chemistry 4
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 4
________ (1) Restricted Elective 3
________ (2) Science or Mathematics Electives 3-4
  Term Total 14-15
FOURTH TERM
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 215 Principles of Physical Chemistry 4
________ (1) Restricted Elective 3
________ (2) Science or Mathematics Electives 3-4
  Term Total 14-15
Earth Science Track
THIRD TERM
PHYS 143 Introduction to Meteorology 3
PHYS 145 Introductory Geology 4
________ (1) Restricted Elective 3
________ (2) Science or Mathematics Electives 3-4
  Term Total 13-14
FOURTH TERM
PHYS 105 Introduction to Astronomy 3
PHYS 146 Evolution of the Earth 4
PHYS 210 Fundamentals of GIS 4
________ (1) Restricted Elective 3
  Term Total 14

*Required of first time, full-time students.