The department of physical science engages students in the systematic study of the inorganic world. Physical science is ordinarily thought of as consisting of four broad areas: astronomy, physics, chemistry, and the Earth sciences. Studies in the physical sciences also lead to life science programs such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy and pharmacy, as well as engineering, meteorology and geology. Our learning environment is both academically rigorous and student-centered, with a low faculty-to-student ratio. The Department of Physical Sciences provides the foundation courses needed to transfer into four-year programs. The program does offer Associate of Science for Transfer (AST) degrees in Physics and Chemistry.