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

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

Program Overview

As a Science major, you will complete four lab science courses in addition to a sequence of general education course requirements. In lab courses, you will have the opportunity to explore open-ended projects that prepare you for independent research. You will be 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. 

Built on a solid liberal arts foundation, the science curriculum combines theory and practice. You will learn how to recognize the scientific method in various contexts, the basic scientific principles in biology and chemistry, and utilize technology to gather, store and present academic research or scientific topics. You will learn how to identify and contextualize key historical figures in biology and chemistry, draw conclusions from laboratory experiences and present data in an appropriate format. Finally, you will develop the practical applications of problem solving. 

Beyond the Classroom

As a science major at Dean, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to apply what you’re learning. For instance: 

  • Frequent guest speakers give you insights into the field. 
  • Hands-on projects immerse you in the real world of science. 
  • Exposure to real-world learning opportunities.

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. 

Uniquely Dean

What makes our Science program best of breed? 

  • Learn from practitioners in the field who are committed to your success. 
  • Delve deep into an area of particular interest. 

Degree Offerings

  • Associate Degree*

*The course listing below is based on the Associate Degree program.

Science Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
STEM 111 Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 3
BIO 151 General Biology - The Cell 4
BIO 152 General Biology - Organisms 4
CHM 151 Chemistry I 4
CHM 152 Chemistry II 4
BIO 250 Beyond Henrietta Lacks: Race and Medicine in 20th Century America 3
ELE Science Elective 3
Total Credits 25

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition I 3
ENG 112 Composition II 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE 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 Open Electives 9
Total Credits 9

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2018-19