Overview

The natural sciences encompass a broad field of study focused on the natural phenomena of the physical world, including the earth, the atmosphere and space. Skills are acquired through hands-on laboratory and fieldwork that are part of the coursework. Strong analytical, mathematical and computer skills are a must.

Degrees & Certificates

Lower Columbia College offers associate degree transfer options in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology and Physics. Bachelor's degree programs from several university partners are available through the Lower Columbia Regional University Center.

Careers

Careers in the natural sciences are in demand, as the need for trained engineers, scientists and technicians continues to grow. Graduates who work in research spend much of their time collecting and analyzing data, running tests and creating visual and written materials to communicate their findings. Skills and training can be applied to other, non-scientific jobs.

 

Biology

Biological Sciences


Biology studies living organisms and fundamental life processes that form the basis for careers in healthcare, research, teaching and related fields. Begin studies toward a bachelor's degree in general or molecular biology, botany, ecology, fisheries, genetics, marine science, soil science, wildlife management or zoology.

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Biological Sciences

Associate in Sciences - Transfer (AS-T)


Chemistry

Chemistry


Chemistry explores matter and the basic properties and processes that surround us. Prepare for advanced studies and to work in a laboratory, manufacturing, research, management, environmental services and related fields. Analysts and technicians assist scientists in general lab work or process control. Students can also specialize in chemistry education.

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Chemistry

Associate in Sciences - Transfer (AS-T)


Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences


Knowledge about the planet we inhabit, the surrounding universe and the natural forces that impact our world adds value to our daily lives and provides the basis for interesting careers in a broad range of disciplines: astronomy, earth sciences, geography, geology, meteorology and oceanography. Begin studies for an advanced degree leading to positions with government agencies or private industry as an independent consultant, teacher, or researcher.

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Earth Sciences

Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)


Earth Sciences

Associate in Sciences - Transfer (AS-T)


Environmental Science

Environmental Science


Today's environmental problems call for people who are educated in more than one discipline, highly trained in scientific and technical skills, and aware of the ecological, political, economic, and social dimensions of environmental decisions. The Associate in Science-Transfer (AS-T) degree in Environmental Science provides a foundation in basic physical, biological, and social sciences, and also addresses the human element in environmental issues. This curriculum prepares students to transfer and complete a BS or BA in an Environmental Science field for subsequent graduate study in MS, PhD, and law degree programs and careers in government agencies or the private sector.

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Environmental Science

Associate in Sciences - Transfer (AS-T)


Geography

Geography


Knowledge about the planet we inhabit, the surrounding universe and the natural forces that impact our world adds value to our daily lives and provides the basis for interesting careers in a broad range of disciplines: astronomy, earth sciences, geography, geology, meteorology and oceanography. Begin studies for an advanced degree leading to positions with government agencies or private industry as an independent consultant, teacher, or researcher.

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Geography

Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)


Geology

Geology


 Knowledge about the planet we inhabit, the surrounding universe and the natural forces that impact our world adds value to our daily lives and provides the basis for interesting careers in a broad range of disciplines: astronomy, earth sciences, geography, geology, meteorology and oceanography. Begin studies for an advanced degree leading to positions with government agencies or private industry as an independent consultant, teacher, or researcher.

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Geology

Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)


Geology

Associate in Sciences - Transfer (AS-T)


Physics

Physics


Physics is an excellent preparation for advanced study in astronomy and astrophysics, atmospheric science, biophysics, chemical physics, computer science and engineering. Students can complete the first two years of studies toward a bachelor’s degree and can also specialize in physics education. Professional careers include research positions with government, universities and private industrial laboratories, observatories and science museums.

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Physics

Associate in Sciences - Transfer (AS-T)


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