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Associate Degree: Science Focus

Are you one of those people who watch medical science shows on TV and is fascinated (instead of nauseated)? If you look up at a bird soaring through the sky and find yourself wondering how his wings handle the wind forces, or if you find yourself thinking about the wonder of the human body and the elegance of function, you will enjoy the hands-on laboratory sessions and the deeper insights of this curriculum.

This associate degree program is designed to transfer as the first two years of a four-year Bachelor of Science degree. The curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in science, along with many of the general education courses necessary to complete a more advanced degree at the university of their choice.

Please note: You are only eligible to receive one Associate in Arts in Liberal Studies degree. You may not receive a second or subsequent degree in Liberal Studies with a different focus.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Demonstrate skills as critical thinkers, readers and writers.
  • Describe the interaction of history, culture, literature, economics and science as studied within a broad liberal arts curriculum.
  • Analyze and solve quantitative problems.

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Data Scientist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Medical Scientist
  • Meteorologist
  • Science Teacher
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Survey Researcher
  • Urban Planner
  • Vet Technician
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Zoologist

Continue Your Education

Available transfer agreements for this program include:

Estimated Full-Time Degree Completion Time


Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

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Not ready to commit to a degree program? We may have other options that work for you.

Did you know that we offer a broad array of short-term workforce training programs that allow you to enter the workforce and start earning quickly? These programs are a great way to enter a career in your area of interest and to become accustomed to college classes. They are also often grant-funded (free of charge to trainees). And, if you find you want to keep going, we can help you find a related academic degree or certificate program of interest with which you can continue your education.


Costs & Financial Aid

This degree program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Contact Us:

Admissions: 207-741-5800 or 

Department Chair: Larry Chaney, 207-741-5953 or

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


*Additional program costs may apply.


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