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Top Associate Degrees in Life Sciences

An associate’s degree is a two-year degree awarded at the undergraduate level. This degree comes before, and sometimes in lieu of, a bachelor’s degree and offers a way to advance your career and education without spending too much time or money.
What is an associate degree in life sciences? This degree program can provide students with a means of gaining education about the human body, plant life, and animals. Through the course of this program, students can learn about the fundamentals of life science and how to apply them to real-world problems. Students enrolled in this degree course can specialize in agriculture, forestry, food safety, biotechnology, and even molecular science. There are varied options for students to choose from in this program.
An associate degree in life sciences may provide individuals with strong communication skills, analytic skills to identify problems and create solutions, and critical thinking skills necessary for understanding how the mechanisms of science work.
The cost of an associate degree in life sciences depends on the school that offers it but generally takes two years to complete. An individual should always research the school and program to make sure both are a good fit for their future goals.
With an associate degree in life sciences, individuals may choose from many career paths to enter into, or they may decide to continue on to a four-year degree. Depending on the subjects focused on, graduates may become entry-level research assistants or laboratory technicians. These can be in a variety of fields, including medical, agricultural, environmental, and pharmaceutical industries. Many students who obtain this associate’s degree transfer to a bachelor's program later on.
Universities around the world offer an associate degree in life sciences and also online programs for more flexibility in location and timeframe of study. To learn more about your options, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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16 Results in Life Sciences

Seward County Community College

Agriculture encompasses more than what happens in the field. At SCCC, students are able to prepare themselves for success in today’s diverse agriculture-related wor ... [+]

Agriculture encompasses more than what happens in the field. At SCCC, students can prepare themselves for success in today’s diverse agriculture-related workforce with studies in animal science, agronomy, agri-business and specialty crops. SCCC stresses the importance of acquiring the technical, business and communication skills required that contribute to student success through up-to-date courses, hands-on experience and participation in clubs and organizations available on campus.

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USA Liberal
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon

Biotechnology technologists specialize in laboratory work in the various fields of chemistry and biology. ... [+]

Pathway of Specialization in Biotechnologies

Biotechnology technologists specialize in laboratory work in the various fields of chemistry and biology.

Their laboratory training allows them to acquire handling techniques with specialized devices found in workplaces related to biotechnology. Technologists are trained to work in a variety of fields. What interests them the most is the living organisms . They handle microorganisms , grow bacteria , clone cells and sequenced DNA . They can participate in the development of products and technologies in agriculture, food, pharmaceuticals and the environment.

What do we learn?Advanced principles in chemistry and biochemistryHow to take samples, analyze them and produce reportsThe use of sophisticated analysis instrumentsIdentification, manipulation and modification of microorganismsHow to read DNA and perform testsHow to grow cells and tissuesHow to cloneIs this program right for you?Biology fascinates you and chemistry interests you.You like learning by the concrete.You are fascinated by laboratory work.You want to use sophisticated instruments.You have interest in new technologies.You have a good sense of responsibility and observation.You are methodical and meticulous."Laboratory experimentation is at the heart of training"Why choose Lévis-Lauzon?The only CEGEP in Eastern Quebec to offer a college education in biotechnology.Laboratories at the cutting edge of technology and arranged according to standards found in the biotechnology and chemical industry.Training focused on practical work.Professors highly qualified for their professional experience and research work.Education focused on the reality of the job market.Practical internships in companies with the possibility of international internships of 8 weeks (France, Belgium, United States and Mexico) .Opportunity to do the last... [-]
Canada Levis
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Parkland College

Careers in horticulture are as diverse as the plants we work with! Our programs can teach you to nurture seedlings, grow food, design landscapes, create floral masterpiec ... [+]

Nurture your future

Careers in horticulture are as diverse as the plants we work with! Our programs can teach you to nurture seedlings, grow food, design landscapes, create floral masterpieces, and construct hardscapes. Students have the option to begin in short-term certificate programs or start with an associate degree and transfer to a four-year institution. The curriculum focuses on hands-on learning to prepare you for your future career.

Landscape design

Landscape and Urban Horticulture focuses on the design and installation of hardscapes and plant material to create beautiful outdoor spaces for commercial and residential projects. The program develops students' landscape construction skills alongside plant cultivation and maintenance skills. Learn more about career options.... [-]

USA Champaign
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
West Hills College - Coalinga

The Precision Agriculture program prepares students to work with global positioning satellite (GPS) systems, geographic information system (GIS) software, automatic tract ... [+]

The Precision Agriculture program prepares students to work with global positioning satellite (GPS) systems, geographic information system (GIS) software, automatic tractor guidance systems, variable rate chemical input applicators, surveying equipment, and related computer software. Students will learn through hands-on, real-world applications. Completing the certificate qualifies the student to enter the professional job market in the public sector as well as the agriculture industry. Units for the Precision Agriculture Certificate apply to the Associates Science Degree in Agriculture.

Agriculture Science and Technology AS Degree

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USA Coalinga
January 2020
Full-time
Campus
Gateway Technical College

Do you prefer to work outdoors? Don’t like being confined to an office? If so, Gateway’s Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Technician Degree program is the one for you. Almost ... [+]

Do you prefer to work outdoors? Don’t like being confined to an office?

If so, Gateway’s Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Technician Degree program is the one for you. Almost all the work is conducted outside, working with a variety of tools and machinery. And, if you choose to climb trees, you can have your very own natural “office” with a view every day.

Gateway’s Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Technician associate degree provides the hands-on skills and natural resource education for graduates to enter this exciting career field of arborists, urban foresters and related occupations. It offers family-sustaining wages and year-round work with private, corporate or government landowners.... [-]

USA Kenosha
August 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
North Iowa Area Community College

NIACC offers the first two years toward a bachelor’s degree in virtually any field. The Associate Degree earned provides you with the general education requirements and c ... [+]

Hundreds of North Iowa Area Community College graduates transfer to four-year colleges and universities every year. Whether you want to become a teacher, lawyer, engineer, physician, artist or (you name it!), we can get you started. And if you’re unsure about a major, NIACC is a great place to get your feet wet.

NIACC offers the first two years toward a bachelor’s degree in virtually any field. The Associate Degree earned provides you with the general education requirements and core courses needed to continue your education as a junior at a four-year school.

Forestry

Sample Schedule (2 year plan)

First Semester

ENG-105 Composition I ^ 3 s.h. CHM-151 College Chemistry 4 s.h. MAT-121 College Algebra * 4 s.h. SDV-199 College Essentials 1 s.h. AGA-154 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3 s.h. Total 15 s.h. ... [-]
USA Mason City
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges

Graduates of the Agricultural Technology Business Option program qualify for a variety of rewarding positions. Areas of employment encompass agricultural sales, marketing ... [+]

Overview

Graduates of the Agricultural Technology Business Option program qualify for a variety of rewarding positions. Areas of employment encompass agricultural sales, marketing, mid-management at dealerships or distributorships, research, or other agricultural positions. Job opportunities include operational or mid-management positions at agricultural suppliers of feed, seed, fertilizer, chemicals, grain, equipment, and other products and services. Upon completion of this program, students should be able to communicate with other people, demonstrate a general knowledge of crop and livestock production, understand the problems of agriculture, be aware of the new developments in farming, and develop skills in marketing, management, and financing in agri-business.... [-]

USA Robinson Olney Mount Carmel Fairfield  + 1 More
September 2019
4 semesters
Campus
Business Academy Aarhus

The AP degree programme in Chemical and Biotechnical Science is a 2½-year full-time Higher Educational programme which qualifies our graduates for key functions within a ... [+]

The AP degree programme in Chemical and Biotechnical Science is a 2½-year full-time Higher Educational programme which qualifies our graduates for key functions within a number of trades and industries. Typical areas of work include control laboratories and research and development laboratories within the manufacturing sector, and at universities and other research institutes.

Our graduates, the chemical and biotechnical analysts, are qualified for planning, managing and implementing analytical work and results within both chemical and biotechnical areas.

The programme is theory-based and job-oriented, i.e. it aims to qualify students to be able to solve practical problems with an analytical basis. Theory is constantly targeted towards practical application in the industry. A completed programme gives access to and credits for further studies in Denmark as well as internationally.... [-]

Denmark Aarhus
August 2019
Full-time
30 months
Campus
North Central Missouri College

The AAS in Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in the areas of agribusiness or the management of agricul ... [+]

The AAS in Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in the areas of agribusiness or the management of agricultural and natural resources. The program focuses on the general planning, economics and use of facilities, natural resources, equipment, labor and capital to produce plant and animal products. Classroom, laboratory, leadership and internship experiences are included in the program.

Opportunities After NCMC

- Agribusiness. Agronomy Sales, Feed Mills-Sales/Management, Swine Management, Grain. Elevator Management. - Ag Mechanics. Equipment Repairmen/Mechanics, Process Control Technician, Inventory. Controller, Machinery Computer Diagnostics. - Horticulture. Greenhouse Production, Own Business (Install, Turf Mgt., Arborist), Sales & Retail For Landscapers, Consultant. - Natural Resources. Soil Technician, Water Quality Technician, Wildlife Animal Caretaker, Fish Hatchery Worker. - Ag Science- Crop Production, Livestock Production, Crop Scout, Livestock Procurement, Operational Management, Research Technicians, Swine Farrowing Manager... [-]

USA Trenton
August 2019
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Baltimore City Community College

Students develop science laboratory technical skills in preparation for employment under the supervision of professional scientists in a variety of laboratory settings. T ... [+]

Program Description

Students develop science laboratory technical skills in preparation for employment under the supervision of professional scientists in a variety of laboratory settings. The program can also serve as the first two years of preparation for a four-year school with a major in physical or biological sciences.

The second year prepares students for employment in scientific labs including biological and chemical labs in biotech companies or universities. On the job experience is in-built in the program via internships. The Biotechnology Program includes a state-of-the-art technical research experience provided by local biotechnology companies and research facilities/ labs at local universities including University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Towson University and Johns Hopkins University.... [-]

USA Baltimore
September 2019
Full-time
2 - 4 years
Campus
Olympic College

Chemistry is the science which studies matter, its properties and composition, and the laws that govern the formation of matter from the basic elements. The breadth of th ... [+]

Associate in Bio Chemistry

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Olympic College is a two-year public college in Washington State that offers more than 70 different degrees and certificates in academic transfer and professional-technical programs. The campus in Bremerton is located on a 33-acre site framed by views of the Olympic Mountains, Mt. Rainier, saltwater inlets, and the Cascade Mountains.

Chemistry is the science which studies matter, its properties and composition, and the laws that govern the formation of matter from the basic elements. The breadth of the subject area is enormous and chemists can be found working on such diverse problems as the development of new plastics and fibres, drug preparation, pollution control, the isolation and identification of plant and insect hormones, medical research, nuclear chemistry, and the analysis of geological materials. Additionally, medical, engineering, pharmacy, veterinary, biochemistry, nursing and environmental sciences degrees require varying levels of knowledge of chemistry.... [-]

USA Bremerton
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
HIWASSEE COLLEGE

The Forestry Technology program is for students wishing to enter directly into the workforce upon receipt of the A.A.S. degree. The program is designed to help students a ... [+]

We are excited you are thinking about becoming part of the Hiwassee community! We are here to help you with anything and everything you need. We would love to answer any questions you may have about the College from academics to affordability and beyond.

Our campus has grown from a mere seven acres to a larger campus, comprised of eighteen buildings situated on 400 acres.

FORESTRY TECHNOLOGY (A.A.S.)

The Forestry Technology program is for students wishing to enter directly into the workforce upon receipt of the A.A.S. degree. The program is designed to help students acquire technical knowledge, understanding, and abilities in the principles and practices involved in the production and utilization of forests and the conservation of water resources. Graduates should be qualified to enter into positions as forest technicians with state and federal forestry agencies and private forest industries.... [-]

USA Madisonville
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Central Wyoming College

This is a two-year program for students planning to complete a bachelors degree in biology or a related discipline. If you are interested in a career in biological resear ... [+]

This is a two-year program for students planning to complete a bachelors degree in biology or a related discipline. If you are interested in a career in biological research, science, education and wildlife management this degree is for you. You will have a unique opportunity to work in a variety of research labs to obtain real world experience.

Program Requirements Courses Credits General Biology I 4 General Biology II 4 General Chemistry I 4 General Chemistry II 4 College Algebra 4 Trigonometry 3 Electives Courses Credits Introduction to Environmental Science 4 Chemical Problem Solving I 1 Chemical Problem Solving II 1 Intro to Organic Chemistry or Organic Chemistry I 4 Organic Chemistry I 4 Organic Chemistry II 4 Physical Geology 4 Earth System Science 4 Calculus I 5 Calculus II 5 General Microbiology 4 Medical Terminology 3 General Physics I or College Physics I 4 General Physics I or College Physics II 4 Fundamentals of Statistics 4 Human Physiology 4 General Ed. Requirements Courses Credits Writing Level I 3 Writing Level II 3 American & Wyoming Government 3 Arts 3 Humanities 3 Personal Finance Planning 1 Oral Communications 3 Physical Education 1 Social Science 3 Freshman Seminar 1 Wellness 1 Career Options Biological Technicians Science Teachers Zoologists & Wildlife Biologists Teachers Forestry and Conservation Molecular and Cellular Biologists Bionformatics Scientist Biophysicist Cost & Fees ... [-]
USA Riverton Lander Jackson Dubois  + 1 More
August 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Southwestern Oregon Community College

The Associate of Science degree, with an emphasis in Forestry, provides students with an introduction to the technical and scientific knowledge related to the field of fo ... [+]

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE FORESTRY EMPHASIS

The Associate of Science degree, with an emphasis in Forestry, provides students with an introduction to the technical and scientific knowledge related to the field of forestry and forest management. This set of classes satisfies the requirements for an Associate of Science degree and also meets the lower division requirements at Oregon State University (OSU) for a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry. There is a signed articulation agreement with the Forestry Department at Oregon State University that allows students that complete this AS degree and two additional courses to enter OSU as a junior in the Forestry program. Beyond the AS degree requirements, students will need to take the Forest Biology course (FOR 240) from OSU which can be done online. In addition, students will need to take a Physics course which is not calculus based. Currently, SWOCC does not offer that course. The forestry field is projected to have many career opportunities coming up in the next decade as many forestry and natural resources professionals retire in the next few years. If you enjoy working outdoors and want to have a career that focuses on managing our valuable forest lands to conserve and protect resources as well as produce valuable products for society, this is an excellent time to consider this degree. ... [-]

USA Coos Bay
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Jamestown Community College

In the not too distant future, organ transplants will be a thing of the past. Doctors will use your DNA to determine treatment options. And these treatments will be avail ... [+]

In the not too distant future, organ transplants will be a thing of the past. Doctors will use your DNA to determine treatment options. And these treatments will be available for animals and humans alike. Fueling all of this change is biotechnology. You can be one of these innovators not only by becoming a researcher, but also by following a variety of other career paths, including becoming a doctor, veterinarian, patent lawyer, health inspector, or environmental biotechnologist.

A biotechnology degree from Jamestown Community College is the first step.

We prepare students for transfer to a four-year college to major in biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular genetics, immunology, and related fields. Our program is also good preparation for medical, veterinary, dental, and pharmaceutical school and it provides the robust, interdisciplinary training modern baccalaureate science programs demand.... [-]

USA Jamestown Olean Dunkirk Warren  + 1 More
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
Online