Physical Science: Chemistry Track, AS

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This major is for students who are interested in understanding what holds our physical world together. Physics concerns the general study of matter and energy, while chemistry focuses on the properties of matter that give rise to elemental molecules. Students will learn the fundamentals while obtaining the valuable skills of critical writing, critical reading, and critical thinking as well as computational analysis and independent thinking.

Are You Interested In...

  • Numbers and the patterns that they make?
  • Brain teasers and logic puzzles?
  • Learning about the chemical building blocks that make our planet function?
  • Conducting experiments in a laboratory?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Foundational knowledge in physics or chemistry
  • Hands-on experience using computers to collect, analyze, and present data
  • Basic lab protocols and best practices

What makes this major unique?

All students in this major will take advanced Calculus and courses on research methods, while having the ability to focus on Physics or Chemistry. This major is appropriate for students who are interested in further study and research careers or careers as scientists.

Career Possibilities

  • Chemical Technician
  • Nuclear Technician
  • Chemist or Materials Scientist
  • Geoscientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Biochemist or Biophysicist
  • Physicist or Astronomer
  • College Professor

Transfer Possibilities

  • City Tech – BS in Applied Chemistry
  • Brooklyn College – BA or BS in Chemistry
  • York College – BS in Chemistry
  • BS in Chemistry
  • BS in Biophysics
  • BS in Physics

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 13 credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I – 3 credits
  • (or ENA101 depending on placement)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3 credits

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry – 3 credits
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry – 3 credits
  • (Depending on Placement)

Life & Physical Sciences: 4 credits

  • SCC201 General Chemistry I – 4 credits

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 20 Credits

Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category. Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • Creative Expression
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World
    • MAT200 PreCalculus I – 4 credits
    • SCP231 General Physics I – 4 credits


Students are advised to select one Urban Study course to complete college requirement.

To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed in the program handbook.

Courses Credits
First Year Seminar in Natural Sciences: 2 Credits
NSF101 First Year Seminar
Math/Science: 22 Credits
MAT201 Calculus I 4
MAT202 Calculus II 4
SCC202 General Chemistry II 4
SCC251 Organic Chemistry I 5
SCC252 Organic Chemistry II 5
Capstone Course: 3 Credits
SCP 211 Research Methods in Physical Sciences 3

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