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Study the physical and natural world.


Associate of Science Degree

Science is the systematic study of the physical and natural world through observation, experimentation, and the application of predictive models. The interdisciplinary nature of science requires the student to have a broad exposure to biological sciences, chemistry, and physics in order to connect the concepts learned in a chosen discipline to the greater whole of science.

This program provides the opportunity for knowledge and skill development in preparatory coursework necessary for the student considering a career in biology, chemistry, physics, other physical sciences, or health sciences, including medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy.

General Biology I 4
General Chemistry I 4
Public Speaking 3
General Physics I OR College Physics I  4

A student must choose twenty-nine (29) credits from the following courses:

Survey of Astronomy 4
Introduction to Meteorology 4
Introduction to Climatology 4
Intro to Environmental Science 4
General Biology II 4
Chemical Problem Solving I 1
General Chemistry II 4
Chemical Problem Solving II 1
Quantitative Analysis 4
Introductory Organic Chemistry OR Organic Chemistry I 4
Organic Chemistry II 4
Intro to Computer Science I OR Intro to Engineering Problem Solving 3-4
Physical Geology 4
Environmental Geology 4
Medical Terminology 3
College Algebra 4
Trigonometry 3
Calculus I 5
Calculus II 5
Calculus III 5
Elementary Linear Algebra 3
Applied Differential Equations 3
General Microbiology 4
General Physics II OR College Physics II 4
General Psychology 4
Sociological Principles 3
Fundamentals of Statistics 4
Human Anatomy 4
Human Physiology 4
Cadaver Anatomy 2

Students must complete general education requirements that will provide students a general knowledge to help them complete a degree at CWC.

Writing Level I 3
Writing Level II 3
American & Wyoming Government 3
Student must complete six (6) credits of General Education courses distributed over two (2) different general education areas, ARTS/HUM/SOC 6
University Studies 1


Total Credit Hours: 60

More Information


First and second-year students have the opportunity to participate in research projects that usually only upperclassmen get to participate in. Students teams are currently conducting studies on:

  • Cellular signaling pathways
  • Impact of microplastics on freshwater environments

Career Options

  • Biological Technicians
  • Science Teachers
  • Zoologists & Wildlife Biologists
  • Teachers
  • Forestry and Conservation
  • Molecular and Cellular Biologists
  • Bionformatics Scientist
  • Biophysicist 
  • Ecologist
  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Pharmacist
  • Optometrist

Science faculty bio tag

Lucy Graham

Instructor of Biological and Physical Sciences

Lucy Graham is from Aurora, Nebraska. Prior to earning her master's degree, Graham spent a year doing an internship at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services where she worked in the epidemiology department focusing on chronic disease prevention, particularly cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Tara Womack

Professor Biology

Tara Womack lets her students be their own subject by drawing their own blood to determine blood type, counts and more!

Aaron Bender

Instructor Biological and Physical Sciences

Aaron Bender received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Botany and his PhD in molecular biology. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Kirsten Kapp

Professor of Biology and Math

Kirsten Kapp has a passion for wildlife and brings a wealth of experience to the classroom.