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Are you fascinated by the world around you? Curious about the way things work and how they are connected to one another? If so, one of AACC’s Physical Science programs might be for you. Physical science includes astronomy, chemistry, earth science and physics – all dynamic fields. At AACC, you’ll enjoy small classes, up-to-date resources and hands-on labs, as well as the opportunity to work with top-notch faculty who are invested in their students’ success. By the time you finish your degree, you’ll be well on your way to transferring to a four-year college or university of your choosing.

Transfer Degrees

The School of Science and Technology is proud to offer the following Associate of Science (A.S.) in the following areas of study. As an additional transfer option, AACC has the unique, Transfer Studies degree. All of these degrees will prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution. Whichever path you choose, we strongly encourage you to meet with an advisor to structure your AACC studies to meet your specific transfer goals.

Astronomy, Arts and Sciences Transfer, A.S.

You’ll use math and physics to begin to understand the universe around us. You’ll also gain plenty of hands-on experience, both in the lab and in our state-of-the-art observatory. Astronomy is a graduate-level degree, but AACC will give you a solid start and prepare you to transfer to a top four-year college or university.


Chemistry, Arts and Sciences Transfer, A.S.

Chemistry is critical for solving the problems of the world, including climate change, environmental concerns and health issues. A foundation in chemistry is also strong preparation for the medical fields. You’ll take a broad range of general education classes, specializing in general and organic chemistry. By the time you finish your degree, you’ll be ready to transfer to a four-year college or university.


Earth Science, Arts and Sciences Transfer, A.S.

You’ll study how to measure and address the world’s environmental issues related to climate change, with the ability to specialize in dirt, water or air. You’ll get hands-on experience as you work to improve the Chesapeake Bay. You’ll also go on educational sailing cruises and visit other geologically interesting sites in Maryland through our established relationship with Living Classrooms.


Physics, Arts and Sciences Transfer, A.S.

Physics is the study of fundamental forces in the universe – the mathematical description of the world we experience every day. You’ll take a range of general education classes specializing in this intriguing field.


Transfer Studies, A.A.

The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. This option is particularly good if you are undecided in your ultimate career direction, not sure where you'd like to eventually transfer or just looking to complete general education requirements while "testing the waters" of a particular major. No matter what brings you to Transfer Studies, the result is a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career. 

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What can you do with a degree in the physical sciences?

Our degrees in physical science are designed to prepare you to transfer to another institution and receive your bachelor’s degree. And with four-year transfer agreements with dozens of colleges and universities in Maryland and beyond, a degree from AACC has never been a better investment. Once you have completed your education, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue a wide range of career paths.

Astronomers frequently enter into teaching, government or the aerospace industry. Earth science prepares you for rewarding careers including oceanography, meteorology and geology, to name a few. The study of physics provides strong math and technical skills. These graduates are sought after in government and industry.

For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Related Studies

If the physical sciences sounds appealing, but you’d like to compare it to other offerings, see if one of these is a better fit.