SUNY Jefferson
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Physical Science Concentration, Mathematics & Science AS

Program Type: Transfer
Delivery Method: On-campus
Personal Interests: STEM fields, research, field study
Skill Development: Scientific method, research methods, geology, chemistry, physics
Career Options: Business and industry, government, education
Program Code: HEGIS 5649

Build your foundation for study and success in physics, chemistry, and more

Jefferson Community College’s Physical Science Concentration, Mathematics & Science A.S. degree provides solid grounding in the basic science, mathematics, and liberal arts areas needed for a seamless transfer to the four-year college or university of your choice.

You’ll learn the principles of scientific investigation, use reasoning and data to solve complex scientific problems, and explore the natural environment. Your concentration in the physical sciences prepares for careers in chemistry, geology, physics, education, oceanography, mineralogy, and more.

Students pursuing this program should have completed three or four years of high school mathematics, two or three years of traditional science, and four years of English in high school.

This program offers:

  • Strong foundation for studies toward a bachelor’s degree
  • Math and science preparation for a variety of fields
  • Electives that match your scientific interests and career goals
  • Cost savings on general education and introductory math and sciences classes

Physical science degree prepares you for further study and career growth 

A background in the physical sciences prepares you for careers in many fields, from research and education to applied science. Pursue chemistry, geology, environmental management, meteorology, engineering, oceanography, physics, and much more.

You’ll use the scientific method to research and investigate natural phenomena and may help save the environment, find a cure for cancer, or discover a new species of squid in the ocean’s depths.

Learn to conduct scientific research and experiments

When you complete Jefferson’s Physical Science Concentration, Mathematics & Science A.S. degree you will be able to:

  • Recognize and apply components of the scientific method
  • Conduct experiments, collect and analyze data, and evaluate hypotheses
  • Apply scientific information to natural science concepts
  • Transfer with seven of the 10 SUNY General Education categories complete

Focus on biological sciences

Students in Jefferson’s Mathematics & Science A.S. program also can choose a concentration in Allied Health & Biological Sciences. Explore the biological sciences option.

Transfer to the bachelor’s program of your choice

Complete this program and choose from a wide range of transfer options, including SUNY universities and private colleges. Formal agreements with some institutions make transfer to specific programs especially smooth:

  • Clarkson University, Environmental & Occupational Health B.S.
  • Clarkson University, Environmental Science & Policy B.S.
  • Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Science, various programs
  • Paul Smith’s College
  • SUNY Alfred State College, Forensic Science Technology B.S.
  • SUNY Cobleskill, Agricultural Biotechnology B.S.
  • SUNY Cobleskill, Fermentation Science B.S.
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • SUNY Empire State College
  • SUNY Potsdam
“We used to teach straight bench chemistry, but now with the implementation of computers and other technology we need to learn how to use all of that before we can teach it. That keeps you busy, working with the most advanced technology available to make sure students are getting the best education.”John Penrose
Professor of Chemistry and Distinguished Professor

Degree Requirements for Physical Science Concentration, Mathematics & Science A.S. 

Math & Science Requirements (35 credit hours and at least one physics course)

MTH 185 or higher (2 courses)
CHE 131: General Chemistry 1
CHE 132: General Chemistry 2
One of the following science sequences:
PHY 131/132 or CHE 211/212 or PHY 143/145 or GEO 131/132
Science1 or Math1 Electives (3 courses)

Computer Information Systems Requirements (3 credit hours)

Computer Science Elective2 (1 course)

English Requirements (6 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition
ENG 102: Literature and Composition

Humanities Requirements (3 credit hours)

Humanities Elective3

Social Science Requirements (6 credit hours)

Social Science Electives4 (2 courses)

Electives (10 credit hours)

Humanities/Social Science Elective
Free Electives

Physical Education (1 credit hour)

TOTAL 64 credit hours


1Restricted Elective courses in mathematics, laboratory sciences, and science are as follows:
Math: MTH 174 and higher
Biology: BIO 131 and higher
Chemistry: CHE 131 and higher
Geology: GEO 131 and higher
Physics: PHY 131 and higher
Science: SCI 199

2CIS 116, Introductory Programming, is strongly recommended for those intending to pursue a career in the physical sciences. However, CIS 110 or higher will be accepted.

3One course must be selected from either area of The Arts or Foreign Language SUNY General Education Category Course List.

4Courses must include offerings from two different  SUNY General Education Category Course Listings in the areas of Social Science, American History, Western Civilization, and Other World Civilizations.


Program contacts

Jeff Kiggins
Assistant Professor of Biology
jkiggins@sunyjefferson.edu
(315) 786-2457

Linda Dittrich
Associate Vice President for Math, Science, Technology & Health
ldittrich@sunyjefferson.edu
(315) 786-2323

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
admissions@sunyjefferson.edu
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522