Science is the study of the natural world based on facts learned though experimentation and observation. As a discipline it requires curiosity, creativity, imagination and focus. It uses the tools from many other disciplines to develop, present and share ideas about the world and borrows clues from many other disciplines to identify areas for investigation. While science as a whole is divided into two interrelated sub-disciplines – physical science which focuses on physical phenomena and life science which focuses on life and living systems – collectively the areas of science improve our understanding of the world and how it works. If the physical world, whether at a micro-level or beyond this planet, fascinates you, one of the many sciences that make up physical science may be right for you.
Students interested in the physical sciences may earn an Arts and Sciences Transfer (A.S.) degree in one of several majors.
Jason Barbour, Ph.D., professor
Jason Barbour, Ph.D., professor
Robert Carp, associate professor
Dan Ferandez, professor
Eric Fons, associate professor
Katherine Keough, instructor
Deborah Levine, Ph.D., assistant professor
Kristine Miller, Ph.D., professor
Anthony Santorelli, Ph.D., associate professor
Shyamala Sivalingam, Ph.D., assistant professor
Maureen Sherer, professor
Lynn Tracey, Ph.D., professor
Timothy Shivok, assistant professor
Philippe (Phil) Espitallier, chemistry technical specialist
Kendel Hannon, laboratory coordinator
AMIL-404A, mail stop AMIL-100
Meranda Byers, physics laboratory manager
Elizabeth Ward, chemistry lab manager
If you're taking a science course, the following resources are for you. They were developed to help you complete your science course requirements successfully.
AACC's Astronomy Club provides opportunities for students and community members alike to share their love of Astronomy. The club has access to the Arnold campus observatory and its 11- and 14-inch telescopes and radio telescope for observing and for astrophotography. The club brings in speakers on astronomy topics, holds monthly nighttime observing sessions open to the public, and participates in the annual Planet Walk event on the B&A Tail. Research, field trips and other activities are planned by the club based on current student interests.
The Chemistry Club promotes student awareness of and interest in chemistry through campus activities, educational activities and outreach events.
AACC's Earth Science Club provides an opportunity for those interested in Earth Science to share their enthusiasm about the subject! Events are centered around increasing student awareness of the AACC Earth Science program and collaborating with other student clubs at other local colleges focused on earth science. Club members expose students to earth science careers through lectures by guest speakers and local field trips, and promote the earth sciences to the public through student-run events as well as participation in local earth science-related events.
Several of our courses regularly include field trips as part of the curriculum. For example, each fall and spring term, Oceanography, Meteorology, Earth-Space Science, and Environmental Science students are given the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities during three-hour educational cruises on a skipjack or a schooner sailing vessel. These cruises are coordinated through the Living Classrooms Foundation and usually are conducted in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Students participate in several activities on board the sailing vessels which include: raising and lowering the sails, trawling for fish, taking water quality measurements, deploying a plankton net, and investigating oyster anatomy. In addition, students are exposed to interesting stories and landmarks surrounding Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, including Fort McHenry.
Bogged down with your math requirements? STEM Core at AACC is a program designed to grow the number of students interested in STEM-related careers while accelerating through your math requirements.