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Do you seek answers to fundamental questions about who we are, where we come from and what is our place in the natural world?

If so, you may want to consider Anne Arundel Community College’s Life Sciences programs. You’ll be taught by outstanding faculty who are incredibly passionate about the life sciences and their students. You’ll benefit from small class sizes and hands-on labs. You’ll receive a world-class education at an unbelievable value while you prepare to transfer to the four-year college or university of your choosing.

Transfer Degrees

The School of Science, Technology and Education is proud to offer the following Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees. As an additional transfer option, AACC has the unique Transfer Studies degree. All of these degrees will prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution. Whichever path you choose, we strongly encourage you to meet with an advisor to structure your AACC studies to meet your specific transfer goals.

Biology, Arts and Sciences Transfer, A.S.

Do you look around and wonder about life and the functions of living organisms? If so, our Biology program might be for you. You’ll complete your general education requirements while taking courses in microbiology, botany and zoology. You’ll also be able to concentrate on other areas of biology according to your interest. The study of biology is excellent preparation for the diversity of life science professionals where careers in biology are interesting and in demand. By the time you earn your degree, you’ll be ready to transfer to a four-year institution of your choosing.


Environmental Science, Arts and Sciences Transfer, A.S.

Environmental science is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field, with issues such as climate change and fracking spurring public interest. Environmental scientists work toward improving the environment and identifying, controlling or eliminating environmental hazards or pollutants affecting public health. At AACC, you’ll take a variety of general education classes as well as courses in zoology, ecology and environmental science. By the time you finish your degree, you’ll be well prepared for the next step of your academic journey and to transfer to a four-year institution.


Nursing, Arts and Science Transfer, A.S.

The field of nursing includes a number of different career paths. If you are interested in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing — a four-year degree allowing greater involvement in patient care, including health care administration, research, or clinical teaching positions — then the Nursing Transfer degree is for you. It will allow you to transfer to both in and out-of-state four-year colleges to complete your degree.


Nutrition, Arts and Sciences Transfer, A.S.

AACC can help you on your path to credentials with a two-year transfer degree. Our curriculum provides a solid foundation in biology, physical sciences, chemistry, health and wellness that feeds into the accredited dietetics bachelor’s program at the University of Maryland, College Park. An advisor can also adjust the program for transfer to other four year colleges as needed.


Plant Science, Arts and Sciences Transfer, A.S.

If you’re looking for a career that enables you to restore natural and urban environments, beautify landscapes and manage property for food or fiber, then our Plant Science Program might be the perfect fit. Plant scientists study plants to improve landscapes for human nature. At AACC, you’ll finish your general education requirements and gain an overview of the principles of plant taxonomy, restoration ecology and horticulture. When you finish your degree, you’ll be ready for the next step by transferring to a top four-year college or university.


Premedical Professional Transfer, A.S.

Health care is a rapidly expanding field that relies on the expertise of a wide range of credentialed professions. It includes the many types of doctors, therapists and clinicians who work directly with patients as well as those who develop new health care treatments and conduct laboratory-based diagnostics. Our Premedical Professional Program will prepare you for transfer to a four-year college or university specializing in these areas.


Transfer Studies, A.A.

The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. This option is particularly good if you are undecided in your ultimate career direction, not sure where you'd like to eventually transfer or just looking to complete general education requirements while "testing the waters" of a particular major. No matter what brings you to Transfer Studies, the result is a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career. 

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Credit Certificates

The following certificates are also available.

Ecosystem Restoration

You'll gain the knowledge base and skills needed to create, restore and enhance the diverse types of ecosystems found in Maryland.


Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

Gain the knowledge base and skills needed to evaluate the condition and environmental status of the diverse types of ecosystems found in Maryland for the purpose of environmental assessment or compliance.

Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (certificate)

What can you do with a degree in Life Sciences?

Our A.S. degrees in the Life Sciences are designed to prepare you to transfer to another institution to receive your bachelor’s degree. And with four-year transfer agreements with dozens of colleges and universities in Maryland and beyond, a degree from AACC has never been a better investment. Once you have completed your education, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue a variety of career paths.

If Life Sciences are of interest to you, but you are unsure what field you want to pursue, then contact the Science office and we'll be happy to discuss your interests and options. Once you decide what you specific goals are, we can also point you in the right direction toward the appropriate major and four-year degree program. For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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Raj Thummar


I would tell anyone who comes here to be yourself because the campus is welcoming to everyone. It doesn't matter what your background is. Doesn't matter what your age is. Just enjoy it. Enjoy the journey.

-Rajan Thummar, transfer studies, biology

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