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LCCC Catalog 2020-2021 
    Jul 21, 2024  
LCCC Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Science, AS

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The Physical Science program prepares students for careers in a dynamic spectrum of fields, including but not limited to physics, chemistry, and geoscience. Recent advancements have led to expanded employment opportunities for scientists in a field of physical science. Students who complete this program achieve an Associate of Science degree with anticipated transfer to a four-year university. Students interested in a physical science field may choose to follow the curriculum outlined in this program as recommended by their advising team. Through the Physical Science program, students have the opportunity to explore a range of physical science fields and can participate in research on our campus.

Contact Information

Contact information is available on the Physical Science program website.


Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply scientific principles to solve problems.
  2. Evaluate primary scientific or technical literature.
  3. Examine the role science plays in historical or contemporary contexts.
  4. Communicate scientific information.
  5. Explain ethical scientific behavior.

Map your individual academic plan of courses with your College Advisor.

If students choose to transition to another program within the STEM pathway, they should be particularly aware of the choice points that indicate when a decision to branch off into another program must be made to ensure credits and time are not lost.

Coursework common to all degrees within this pathway is indicated by CAC, Common Academic Coursework, in the program map. 

First Semester


  • Completion MATH 1400  or higher as a prerequisite for other courses.

Course Requirements

Choice Points

  • See Program Comments below regarding Math course options if students place higher than MATH 1400 .

Semester Total: 14 Credits

Second Semester

Choice Points

  • See Program Comments below regarding Math course options if students place higher than MATH 1405 .
  • Students should consult with their Advising Team before choosing Fundamentals of Statistics, Physical Geology, or History of Earth.


  • Completion ENGL 1010  as a prerequisite for other courses.

Semester Total: 14 Credits

Third Semester (Summer)

Choice Points

  • Students who start below Calculus I should take Calc I during the summer to stay on track.

Course Requirements

Semester Total: 13 Credits

Fourth Semester

Choice Points

  • Students interested in Physics should take MATH 2250 .
  • Students interested in Chemistry should take CHEM 2420 .
  • Students interested in Geology should take STAT 2050 .

Course Requirements


  • Completion of the LCCC general education core and eligible for the Interstate Passport.

Semester Total: 14-15 Credits

Fifth Semester

Choice Points

  • A student interested in physics should choose combination (1); a student interested in chemistry should choose combination (2); and a student interested in geosciences should choose combination (3).
  • Students may choose to take Scientific Research I in addition to the required courses if it falls within the credit and time constraints.

Choose One of the Three Combinations:


Optional courses are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid funding.


  • Completion of AS Physical Science degree.

Semester Total: 13-20 Credits

Program Credit Hour Total: 68-76 Credits

Program Comments

The Physical Science program may take longer than two years for students whose initial math course is not Calculus I due to the prerequisites of the math courses. Students should enroll in the highest-level math course for which they qualify. Starting in a course above MATH 1400   will reduce the credit hours needed to complete this degree, and not require a summer semester. Students should work closely with their Advising Team.

The information below is intended to be a guide, and does not guarantee regional job placement, job availability, or a specific wage after completion of the program. Some careers in or related to Physical Science will require a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Typical job titles for graduates with a degree in Physical Sciences include work in quality control, technical sales & marketing, or research & development in a wide-variety of fields (such as engineering, pharmaceuticals, and new-product development). Many chemists work in lab-related settings, but employment is also available in education, consulting, publishing and other fields.

Additional information on careers in Physical Science is available through Career Coach.

Transfer Information

The Physical Science program is well suited for transfer to a Bachelor of Science program. LCCC courses may transfer to institutions in addition to those with formal articulation agreements. Students are strongly encouraged to determine the degree requirements and transfer policy of the specific college/university and program to which they plan to transfer.

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