The physical sciences concentration of the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is designed for students who plan to pursue further study in physical science (Chemistry, Geology, or Physics) and/or Engineering. Students who major in Engineering and science dominate the list of top-paid graduates, with starting salaries in excess of $60,000. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts the demand for engineers to expand 11 percent by 2018. Engineers and scientists improve the way we live, work, play, and communicate. Fields include renewable energy, computer networks, medical diagnostics, nanomaterials, robotics, sustainable infrastructure, artificial intelligence, and much more.
The A.A. degree generally provides the first two years of college work a student might complete at a four-year college or university. The A.A. degree program includes 42 hours of general education courses, as well as a number of electives to complete the desired degree of study. As is appropriate, the additional elective courses in the physical sciences option of the A.A. degree are primarily additional mathematics courses (through first semester Calculus) and additional physical science courses. These additional courses and laboratory time will prepare students to continue on to a bachelor’s degree in physical science and/or an engineering field of their choice. Students who plan to earn a A.A. degree should meet often with their advisor or counselor who will guide and direct their course work.