Why Study Natural and Physical Sciences?

Students who choose this degree path will gain critical knowledge in the areas of biology, chemistry, or physics, and develop research and problem-solving skills. Through the coursework, students will become familiar with the scientific method and the use of technology in research, learning, direct investigation and experimental analysis, while investigating the role and responsibility of the scientific community in the solution to global problems.

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Degree Tracks & Course Sequence

Associate of Science (AS): Natural and Physical Sciences

  • General Studies Track

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Listening to workforce needs

Graduates of Rockland Community College are provided with a clear path to meaningful careers that meet the needs of businesses and industry in the communities we serve. Our students are trained in specific skills that are needed by employers, and guided through a career path that leads directly to workforce opportunities. With affordable tuition, students who begin their college careers at RCC are ready to meet the demands of the real world.

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Student Success

At Rockland Community College, you are provided with a Student Success Team that will help you with your academic journey, career exploration, transfer planning, support service referrals, and more! Your Team includes your Dean, Program Director, Faculty Advisor, Student Success Advisor, Connection Center Counselor, Financial Aid Advisor, Peer Mentors, and if you’re involved in any of these special programs, your Athletics, Honors, TRiO, and Veterans Advisors. During your first semester, you will take an ‘Introduction to the School’ course that will outline the various College offices and departments that can help you on your path.

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Career Outlook

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution to further their education in an area of their choosing, including business, finance, education, the sciences, law, engineering, and more.


Students have interned at hospitals, with ambulance corps and in industry settings.

Job Roles

Medical transcriptionist or scribe, medical assistant, emergency medical technician (EMT), administrative assistant, medical biller, pharmacy technician, laboratory assistant, engineering technician, and teacher assistant


Healthcare, Education, and Information Technology


Emergency Medical Technicians

$47,970 NYS Average
National Average $43,100 annually

Pharmacy Technicians

$43,760 NYS Average
National Average $43,330 annually

Medical Assistants

$47,350 NYS Average
National Average $43,350 annually

Employment and wage data by occupation are based on the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, which collects information from approximately 51,000 businesses. labor.ny.gov

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Rockland Community College, State University of New York, offers a safe, supportive learning environment for thousands of students from diverse backgrounds. RCC has become the “first choice” for parents and students. Thanks to our affordable tuition, students can save $100,000 on a college education by starting at RCC and transferring to outstanding four-year colleges.