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Courses & Requirements

The Associate in Arts Degree in Physical Sciences is designed for the student planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in a physical science (Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics). This program provides a solid liberal arts foundation and takes into account the general science and mathematics courses required for transfer to many colleges/universities. However, students are strongly urged to consult with a faculty member in the NECC Natural Science Department and with the Admissions Office/Science Department at the institution to which they plan to transfer for their preferred sequence of courses. A minimum of 68 credit hours is required for graduation.

Starting in the fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC’s six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program’s core required courses include these intensive courses. Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.

Core Requirements:
Courses Credits Comments
CHM121 General Chemistry I 4 Prerequisite
CHM122 General Chemistry II 4 Prerequisite
ENG101 English Composition I 3  
ENG102 English Composition II 3 Prerequisite
MAT251 Calculus I 4 Prerequisite
MAT252 Calculus II 4 Prerequisite
Behavioral Science Electives 6  
Fine & Performing Arts/Foreign Language/Philosophy & Religion 6  
History/Government Electives 6  
Literature Electives 6  
Program Elective 3/4 Choose one from the following areas: Science, Computer or MAT125

Choose one of the concentrations below:

Chemistry/Physics Concentration:
Courses Credits Comments
MAT253 Calculus III 4 Prerequisite
MAT254 Differential Equations 4 Prerequisite
PHS131 Engineering Physics I 4 Prerequisite
PHS132 Engineering Physics II 4 Prerequisite
Science Elective 3/4  
Earth Science Concentration:
Courses Credits Comments
ERS125 Environmental Issues 4  
ERS130 Meteorology 4  
ERS140 Physical Geology 4  
PHS111 College Physics I
PHS112 College Physics II
8 Prerequisite 


PHS131 Engineering Physics I
PHS132 Engineering Physics II
8 Prerequisite