Physical Sciences (A.S.)
Physical Sciences Chemistry Track

The Physical Sciences degree is designed for those who wish to pursue advanced degrees in Physics, Chemistry or Earth Science. The 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 college or university.

Following the core curriculum in their first year, students may pursue a concentration in Chemistry, Physics or Earth Science during their second year.

Physical Sciences is designed as a transfer program toward an advanced degree. Graduates are able to use the Associate of Science degree to enter local or national bachelor’s degree programs in physics, astronomy, chemistry, biochemistry, atmospheric science, meteorology and geology.

This program is offered by the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department.

Entrance and Course Requirements

Program Highlights

  • The college's new state-of-the-art Science Center is the home for students in this program. Twenty-five fully equipped state-of-the-art laboratories in the science center provide for the study of biology, chemistry, physics, biotechnology and earth science.
  • Some of the courses in the Physical Sciences program are offered in the evening or online in a distance learning format, making it possible for you to study part-time toward your degree.
  • Careers for students who study science, technology, engineering and math are expected to grow in the future.

Scholarships Available Scholarships available.

Physical Sciences Earth Science Track
Physical Sciences Physics Track


This program is designed is for transfer, and students will need to complete an advanced degree to enter many of the career paths in the sciences. Upon completing an advanced degree, graduates can pursue a wide variety of careers in fields related to the physical sciences such as physics, astronomy, chemistry, biochemistry, atmospheric science, meteorology, and geology.

Recent graduates have continued their education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and The University at Albany.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Chemists and Materials Scientists, $72,610; Geoscientists, $89,700; Physical Scientist, $97,130.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Peter A. Schaefer, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department
Science Center, Suite 319
(518) 629-7453

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309