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Physics/Physical Science - Area of Concentration (AOC)

Physics/Physical Science is everywhere. It's in your cell phone, your car, and even a simple light switch. It's responsible for everything from Venus Williams' serve to stars twinkling in the night sky. It's in the lift needed for an airplane to take flight and in the vibrant colors of a LED television.

If you want to understand the mysteries of matter, an Associate of Science degree in Arts and Sciences with an Area of Concentration in Physics/Physical Science from Allegany College of Maryland can provide the answers you're seeking while preparing you for transfer to a four-year college or university.


Physics Equation for Mass–Energy EquivalenceWith our small class sizes and personalized instruction, Allegany College of Maryland's Physics/Physical Science program gives you a solid background in one of the oldest of all the sciences.

Through time spent in the classroom and the lab, you'll prepare for transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Physical Science, Astronomy, Geology and Meteorology as well as selected Allied Health programs.

Course Info

As a Physics/Physical Science program student, you'll expand your knowledge through a variety of challenging courses, including:

  • Introductory Physics
  • Meteorology
  • Physical Geology
  • Introductory Astronomy
  • Inquiries in Physical Science
  • General Physics

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog.

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Career Info


Physics/Physical Science graduates enjoy enriching and rewarding careers as:

  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Astronomers
  • Biologists
  • Chemists
  • Engineers
  • Geologists
  • Medical Doctors
  • Meteorologists
  • Nanotechnologists
  • Physicists
  • Researchers
  • Teachers

*Some of the above careers may require additional training and/or a bachelor's degree.

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor.


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Faculty/Staff Info
Bettie A'hearn, Professor

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B.S., Ed.D., West Virginia University

M.S., Marshall University

James D. Stickler, Professor and Department Chair

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B.S., West Virginia University

M.S., Ph.D., University of Kentucky

B.A., Morris Harvey College

C.A.S., West Virginia College of Graduate Studies