Associate of Science in Physical Science for Transfer (AST)

Division: Science

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the field(s) of physical science. Students completing this degree will have a foundation for the field(s) of chemistry, mathematics, physics and geology through the study of atomic structure, organic and inorganic chemistry, electricity, magnetism, geomorphology and mathematical modeling and will acquire the knowledge and skill sets necessary to succeed in upper division studies as a physical sciences major.

Program Outcomes

  • Identify, formulate, and solve physics problems.
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret experimental data.
  • Use critical thinking in problem-solving.

Transfer & Career Opportunities

The College maintains articulation with most CSU and UC campuses and some private colleges and universities. Course requirements vary between colleges and universities and students are encouraged to consult and a COS counselor for program planning and course selection.Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following fields: Entry level skills in the applied physics/sciences such as physical sciences technician, lab assistant, quality control officer. Most fields in the physical sciences require a bachelors degree or higher to meet minimum job requirements.

General Education (37-39 Units)37-39
Select one of the following General Education patterns:
California State University General Education (CSU-GE) *
Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC-CSU) **
Required Major Courses (28-31 Units)28-31
General Chemistry 1 *
General Chemistry 2
Physical Geology
Calculus 1 *
Introduction to Statistics
Select one of the following sequences:
General Physics 1
and General Physics 2
Physics 1: Mechanics & Waves
and Physics 2: E&M and Heat
and Physics 3: Modern Physics
Electives (0-2 Units)0-2
Select additional transferable courses numbered 1-199 to achieve 60 units

Course(s) meets General Education requirement and 6 units may be double counted above in CSU GE.


7 units may be double counted above in IGETC.

The Associate of Science Degree for Transfer requirements include completion of the 60 unit program defined above with at least 12 units taken in residence at College of the Sequoias with a “C” (2.0) average (see Transfer Information and Requirements section for additional detail).