Associate of Science in Life Sciences Degree Program

Announcing Landmark College’s newest degree program

Landmark College is pleased to announce its first new academic degree program since 2007 — the A.S. in Life Sciences.

Hands-on scientific inquiry is one of the most exciting and meaningful ways to learn, and that is particularly true for students with learning differences. The principles of scientific investigation will form the foundation of the Life Sciences program — and as with all other Landmark academic programs, it will be integrated with the College’s proven program to develop effective learning strategies and assistive technology skills.

Careers in the Life Sciences

In recent years, careers in the life sciences have exploded, thanks to new technological and scientific advancements in such fields as biotechnology and molecular biology. Growth opportunities are particularly strong in:

  • Biotechnology                                                        
  • Healthcare/Health Sciences
  • Animal Sciences (e.g., Vet Tech)
  • Environmental Science
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Pharmaceuticals                                                        

If you plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree, you will find that Landmark’s life sciences degree will serve as an excellent foundation for such science majors as biology, chemistry, pre-professional studies (including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary and pre-pharmacy), allied health and nursing and environmental science. During your studies at Landmark, you will receive strong advising and counseling to ensure that your coursework aligns with your academic goals.

If you plan to enter the workforce immediately after graduation from Landmark, our life sciences program offers excellent preparation for entry-level positions in laboratory research, allied health and environmental services.

What You Will Gain

This program brings together all the fields of science that involve the study of living environments that support life. This includes microbes, plants, animals and humans — and the conditions that support their existence — as well as the scientific advances in health care that emerge due to advancing basic science knowledge. As a life sciences student, you will receive the preparation needed for a wide variety of academic and career opportunities in high-demand STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

As a student in this program, you will:

  • Broaden your understanding and knowledge of the life sciences.
  • Learn to conduct research based on the principles of scientific inquiry.
  • Learn to think critically and scientifically, and communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Apply scientific knowledge to analyze real-world problems and issues.

Optional internships with area firms, healthcare facilities, environmental organizations and laboratories will offer you added opportunities to develop and apply your skills in a professional setting. Optional faculty-student discovery research experiences will strengthen your understanding of STEM.

For more information on the program, contact:

Abigail Littlefield, Natural Science Department Chair

Dr. Adrienne Major, Academic Dean

Why Choose Landmark for Life Sciences?

No other college in the country offers the depth of expertise in teaching science to students with learning differences. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, nearly one in five Landmark graduates currently goes on to study a science-related major. That number is expected to grow considerably with the introduction of Landmark’s first science major program.

Students say our faculty members “make science come alive,” through their hands-on approach to teaching, their integration of Landmark’s learning strategies and their use of assistive technology within the curriculum.  Indeed, faculty members bring diverse academic backgrounds to the classroom, including specializations in human physiology, environmental studies, human ecology, biology and biology education, chemistry and biochemistry.

The College’s faculty regularly presents at regional and national conferences, and the expertise of its members is sought for textbook reviews, website content and other applications by a variety of academic institutions. The College also received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop a teaching manual documenting best practices in science instruction for educators working with students with learning differences.

Campus facilities include several fully equipped laboratories, a preparatory room, and a number of dedicated science classrooms.  Plans are also underway for a new Science & Technology Innovation Center, which will house all STEM programs and activities, including the Life Science program. We hope to have the new Innovation Center funded in a few short years.

The Curriculum

The curriculum for the 61-credit Life Sciences major incorporates the same General Education Core taken by all Landmark students as part of their degree requirements, plus specific classes and labs focusing on the life sciences. A tentative listing of Life Sciences program courses is provided below.

General Education Core – 15 credits

  • EN1011: Composition and Rhetoric (3 credits)
  • EN1021: Research and Analysis (3 credits)
  • FY1011: First-Year Experience (3 credits)
  • SS1011: Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Humanities core (3 credits)

Lab Science Courses – 24 credits

  • NS1701: Principles in Biology I (4 credits)
  • NS1702: Principles in Biology II (4 credits)
  • NS1801: Principles in Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • NS1802: Principles in Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • NS2701: Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  • NS2702: Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)

Non-Lab Science Courses – 4 credits

  • NS1601: Life Science Career Seminar (1 credit)
  • NS2601: Bioethics (3 credits)

Mathematics – 6 credits

Two classes Level 6 or higher

Recommended Electives – 12 credits (At least 6 credits from this list need to be at the 2000 level)

1000 level

  • NS1211: Introduction to Physical Science (4 credits)
  • NS1311: Introduction to Geology (4 credits)
  • CO1011:  Introduction to Communication (3 credits)
  • Physical Education course (1 credit)

2000 level

  • NS2001: Perspectives in Evolution (4 credits)
  • NS2041: Field Biology of Northern New England (4 credits)
  • NS2051: Aquatic Ecology (4 credits)
  • NS2061: Biological Psychology (3 credits)
  • NS2012: Health & Nutrition (3 credits)
  • NS2221: Environmental Science (4 credits)
  • NS2232: Introduction to Forensic Science (3 credits)