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The Department of Physical Sciences

The Department of Physical Sciences strives to enable students to develop an understanding of the principles and laboratory procedures in the physical sciences.  These courses foster students’ ability to apply the methods of scientific inquiry.  After completion of the required course sequence at OTC, students should have developed an understanding of physical matter and forces in our universe.

Our department includes courses from the major areas chemistry, engineering and physics.  In chemistry, we offer courses in organic, inorganic, quantitative as well as environmental topics.  In addition, we offer astronomy, geology. Additionally, the department includes the study of physics on various levels, including  introductory physics, trigonometric based physics and engineering courses.


Students taking physical science courses may choose a course necessary for their general education requirement for an Associate of Arts or Associate of Applied Science degree. Alternatively, they may choose courses needed in their pursuit of an Associate of Science degree in chemistry or engineering.  The physical science department strives to meet the following objectives:

  • Use and evaluate how the scientific method is used in problem solving
  • Evaluate scientific evidence
  • Apply the atomic model to explain physical and chemical properties of matter and its changes
  • Describe the current theories on the origin of the elements
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