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    Irvine Valley College
    Jun 08, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog


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Dean: Lianna Zhao, MD
Academic Chair: Alec Sim, PhD
Faculty: Amir Ahsan, PhD; Justin Komine; Alec Sim, PhD; William Spinella, PhD


The curriculum in Physical Science includes courses in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. The curriculum is designed to cultivate the student’s analytical capacity and qualitative/\quantitative reasoning in regard to the origin, composition, and mechanics of the universe; the movement of objects in relation with gravitational, magnetic, and electric forces; the interaction between matter and energy; the behavior of light; and the physical characteristics of substance. 

The courses offered fulfill the Natural Science and Mathematics requirements, as part of the lower-division requirements, for the various CSU and UC schools. The matriculated Natural Science courses, as part of the Associate in Arts degree in Physical Science, span the disciplines of Physics and Chemistry.


While a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those considering professional careers related to physical science, the completion of the associate degree program will demonstrate commitment to the field and will provide comprehensive preparation for upper-division work. The purpose of this degree is to provide a solid background in the areas of physical science. By completing the necessary courses, students will be able to continue their baccalaureate studies in chemistry, physics, engineering and many other fields within the physical sciences.

Potential Careers (For Non-Transfer Degree Recipients)

Examples of careers in the physical sciences include the following:

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Astronomer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Defense Planner
  • Educator
  • Geophysicist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Physicist
  • National Laboratory Researcher
  • Navigation Equipment Specialist
  • Nuclear Physicist
  • Physicist
  • Planetarium Exhibit Planner/Guide
  • Research Scientist or Assistant
  • Satellite Data Analyst
  • Scientific Photographer
  • Seismologist
  • Telescope Operator
  • Test Engineer


    Associate in ScienceAssociate in Science for Transfer

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