Explore basic research, biotechnology, the medical industry or a STEM-related field, and prepare for a rewarding career in science and beyond.

Program Overview

A strong understanding of science is the foundation for many of the fastest-growing, exciting and essential careers in our complex global economy. Dean College offers an associate degree in Science to provide you with the knowledge necessary to seamlessly transfer into further education or enter the life sciences job market.

As a Science major, you will complete foundational lab science courses while building liberal art skills through your general education course requirements. You’ll learn how to be an active member of the research process and recognize how the scientific method can be applied to a range of settings. You’ll also learn how to engage with scientific literature by reading and discussing papers, how to recognize how science occurs in a humanistic context and how to apply what you’re learning by developing problem solving skills. You will be also exposed to the practical applications of the discipline through guest speakers, projects and interactive courses using the same life sciences equipment found in research institutions and industry.

science lab at Dean College

Celebrating Women in Science

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School of Liberal Arts Faculty

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Science Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIO 152 General Biology - Organisms 4
CHM 151 Chemistry I 4
CHM 152 Chemistry II 4
HIS / SCI 265 History of Science 4
SCIENCE ELE Science Elective 4
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
Total Credits 23

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
BIO 151 Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
Total Credits 28

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Electives 9
Total Credits 9

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Beyond the Classroom

Dean College students working in a lab As a Science major at Dean, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to apply what you’re learning.

You’ll work on hands-on projects to immerse you in the real world of science, hear from frequent guest speakers who provide insights into the field, and be exposed to real-world learning opportunities.

After receiving your associate degree in Science, you’ll be ready to continue your education in one of Dean’s bachelor’s degree programs or seek transfer to another college or university. Graduates from the Science program are ready to continue in the natural sciences, apply this foundation to diverse fields from business to education, or enter the life sciences industry. 


Uniquely Dean

Dean College students working with a professor Discover the unique programming that the Dean College Science program has to offer.
  • Learn from practitioners in the field who are committed to your success.
  • Gain hands-on experience using state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.
  • Delve deep into an area of particular interest.



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