Science and Mathematics Division
Employment is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations, although employment change will vary by specialty. Job opportunities are expected to be best for graduates of applied science technology programs who are well trained on equipment used in laboratories or production facilities.
Other technicians who apply scientific principles at a level usually acquired in two-year associate degree programs include engineering technicians, rafters, and health technologists and technicians, especially clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, diagnostic medical sonographers and radiologic technologists.
Those wishing to pursue careers in science often work in biology, chemistry, general science and/or physics. Biologists study living organisms and their relationship to the environment. Most biologists specialize in a particular area such as zoology (the study of animals) or microbiology (the study of microscopic organisms).
Many biologists work in research and development, conducting research to increase knowledge of living organisms. They develop new medicines, increase crop yields and work to improve the environment. Biologists may work as teachers, with government agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, or in the drug industry, in hospitals or in research and testing laboratories.
Chemists search for and put to practical use new knowledge about chemicals. Chemists have developed a tremendous variety of new and improved synthetic fibers, paints, adhesives, drugs, cosmetics, electronic components, lubricants and thousands of other products. They also develop processes which save energy and reduce pollution, such as improved oil refining and petrochemical processing methods. Research on the chemistry of living things spurs advances in medicine, agriculture, food processing and other areas. The majority of chemists are employed in manufacturing, which includes firms that produce plastics and synthetic materials, drugs, soaps and cleaners, paints, industrial organic chemicals and other miscellaneous chemical products. They also work for government, for research and testing services and in education.
Physicists explore and identify basic principles governing the structure and behavior of matter, the generation and transfer of energy and the interaction of matter and energy. Some physicists apply their knowledge to areas such as the development of advanced materials, electronic and optical devices and medical equipment. They often design and perform experiments with lasers, cyclotrons, telescopes, mass spectrometers and other equipment. They find ways to apply physical laws and theories to problems in nuclear energy, electronics, optics, materials, communications, aerospace technology, navigation equipment and medical instrumentation. Physicists teach or work for research, development and testing laboratories.
Those in science with degrees work in agriculture (food, plants, soil and animal), forestry and conservation, geology, meteorology and/or astronomy.
Educational Opportunities in Science
Associate of Science
The associate of science is intended for students who wish to complete the first two or more years of a bachelor’s degree program at LCCC in such program fields as biology, chemistry, computer science and engineering, general science and physics. Students completing the associate of science degree may transfer with junior (or higher) standing to the four-year university or college of their choice.
Students may also select the associate of science degree if they wish to complete the first two or more years of a bachelor’s degree program at LCCC in program fields such as:
Other Related Educational Opportunities in Science
Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science
This program offers career opportunities in forestry, insurance, state, county and local government along with local public fire departments (for public fire department employment, a 240-hour non-credit program on firefighting techniques and a Civil Service examination are required).
Related Educational Opportunities through LCCC’s University Partnership
Bowling Green State University
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Bowling Green State University offers a baccalaureate degree program through the LCCC University Partnership, which provides training in the major areas of biology while allowing sufficient flexibility to accommodate the specific interests of individual students. All majors are required to take the biology core plus genetics.
The degree program requires a student to take at least one course in each of three major areas: biology of organisms; ecology, evolution and behavior; cell and regulatory biology. Additional courses in one or more of these areas allow the student to design an individualized curriculum while ensuring exposure to the broad spectrum of biology.
The degree program, with one additional physics course and one additional chemistry course, also allows students to meet the course requirements for pre-professional (medical, dental, veterinary) graduate study. The program is based on a three-plus-one concept where the associate degree courses meet the first three years of study for general education courses and the science foundation courses. The student articulates directly into the senior year of the program and needs a minimum of 30 semester hours of 300 and400 level credit, mostly in the sciences.
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