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Associate of Science in Life Science

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 Science program—and, as with all our other academic programs, the Life Science 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 Science program will be able to:

  1. Acquire essential knowledge in life science.
  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 science field.
  5. Communicate scientific content clearly and effectively.

Choose Your Focus: Life Science or Environmental Science

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

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The Curriculum

To earn the A.S. Life Science students must complete 61 credits which includes the general education core (18 credits not met by major requirements), 34 credits of additional major requirements, and 9 credits of open electives

General Education Requirements: 31 credits

18 credits plus 13 credits of major requirements that also fulfill general education requirements:

  • WRT1011 Composition and Rhetoric: 3 credits
  • WRT1012 Research and Analysis: 3 credits
  • EDU1011 Perspectives in Learning or EDU1001 Foundations in Learning: 3 credits
  • COM1011 Introduction to Communication: 3 credits
  • Social Science: 3 credits
  • Interpersonal Communication/Creative Expression: 3 credits

Major Requirements: 34 credits

11 credits of Biology:

  • BIO1521 Principles of Biology I (also fulfills general education Natural Science requirement): 4 credits
  • BIO1522 Principles of Biology II: 4 credits
  • BIO2041 Bioethics (also fulfills general education Humanities requirement): 3 credits

8 credits of Chemistry:

  • CHE1521 Principles of Chemistry I: 4 credits
  • CHE1522 Principles of Chemistry II: 4 credits

6 credits of Mathematics:

  • MAT1641 College Algebra (Also fulfills Gen Ed math requirement): 3 credits
  • MAT2621 Applied Statistics or higher MAT course (Math Level 6 or higher. Also fulfills the gen ed Quantitative Reasoning requirement): 3 credits

1 credit Career Seminar:

  • NSC1100 Life Sciences Career Seminar: 1 credit

8 credits—Focus Area Choice:

Must complete BOTH courses in either Environmental Science or Life Sciences

Environmental Science

  • ECO2521 Field Ecology: 4 credits and
  • ENV2511 Environmental Science: 4 credits

Life Sciences

  • BIO2521 Anatomy & Physiology I: 4 credits and
  • BIO2522 Anatomy and Physiology II: 4 credits

Open Electives: 9 credits

9 credits any level

Only six 1-credit courses allowed


Apply now to be part of this exciting degree program.


Professor Brian Young

Brian Young, Chair, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Department

Professor Geoff Burgess

Geoff Burgess, Dean, School of Professional Studies & Science

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

  • 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 science 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 science 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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