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Associate of Science in Life Sciences

The rigor of the scientific method in the context of Landmark College's innovative teaching methods

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

Graduates of the Associate of Science in Life Sciences program will be able to:

1. Acquire essential knowledge in the life sciences.
2. Conduct and analyze research based on principles of scientific inquiry.
3. Apply scientific knowledge to analyze real-world problems and issues.
4. Develop useful skills for working within a life sciences field.
5. Communicate scientific content clearly and effectively.

Choose Your Focus: Health Science or Environmental Science

Landmark College Life Sciences majors choose from one of two strands, health science or environmental science, so they can begin to focus on a career while gaining a solid foundation in the sciences.

Meet the Natural Sciences Department Faculty

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The Curriculum

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

General Education Core – 15 credits

  • EN1011 Composition and Rhetoric (3 credits)
  • EN1021 Research and Analysis (3 credits)
  • FY 1011 First Year Experience (3 credits)
  • SS1011 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Humanities Core (3 credits)

Lab Science Courses – 24 credits*

  • NS1701 Principles of Biology I (4 credits)
  • NS1702 Principles of Biology II (4 credits)
  • NS1801 Principles of Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • NS1802 Principles of Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • NS2052 Field Ecology (4 credits)
  • NS2221 Environmental Science (4 credits)
  • NS2701 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  • NS2702 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)

*Students in the Environmental Science strand take Field Ecology and Environmental Science, while students in the Health Sciences strand take Anatomy and Physiology I and II.

Non-Lab Science Courses – 4 credits

  • NS1600 Life Science Career Seminar (1 credit)
  • NS2601 Bioethics (3 credits)

Mathematics – 6 credits

  • Two classes level six or above

Recommended Electives – 12 credits (At least 9 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)
  • NS2232 Introduction to Forensic Science (3 credits)

Apply now to be part of this exciting degree program.


Tom Hinckley
Chair, Natural Sciences Department

Dr. Adrienne Major
Academic Dean

Frequently Asked Questions about the A.S. in Life Sciences

  • No other college in the country offers our depth of expertise in teaching science to students who learn differently. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, nearly one in five Landmark College graduates currently goes on to study a science-related major. 

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

    The College’s faculty regularly present 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 who learn differently.

    The program is housed in the Nicole Goodner MacFarlane Science, Technology & Innovation Center, completed in August 2015. Facilities include several fully equipped laboratories, a preparatory room, and a number of dedicated science classrooms. 

  • 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
    • Environmental Science
    • Chemistry/Biochemistry
    • Pharmaceuticals

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

    If you plan to enter the workforce immediately after graduation from Landmark College, our life science studies 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 ecosystems. This includes microbes, plants, and animals, as well as the conditions that support all life. As a life sciences major, you'll receive the preparation needed for a wide variety of academic and career opportunities in high-demand STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

    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.

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