Community College Science Majors Have A Bright Future Ahead

by Chad Agrawal

Community College Science MajorsThe sciences comprise a number of disciplines, several of which are desirable choices for college students seeking a major, not only because science is fun, but because many different fields have shown growth over the last few years, despite the ongoing recession. Various fields of engineering, for example, require a strong background in both math and science, and they have continued to demand talented graduates. And if you've been paying attention to current events then you know there is a growing vacuum in the health sciences that will need to be filled by qualified individuals in the coming years.

Students who adopt such majors today should have no trouble finding jobs in the near future, if experts are to be believed. While there are certainly some sciences that don't have much potential when it comes to professional opportunities (botany, for example), many students will find that scientific study provides an avenue for employment. And you can definitely begin (and perhaps even finish) at your local 2 year community college.

So what kind of science programs can students expect to find in community college?

In truth, it depends mainly on the school you go to. For example, Glendale Community College in California offers internships with NASA/JPL, so students interested in aeronautics engineering or astronomy might want to head for sunny SoCal for school. Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon offers a 2-year degree in Energy Management, a program that trains students in the field of sustainable and renewable energy systems (amongst other things). This is an industry that looks to grow in the coming years. Then there is Mesa Community College in Arizona, which has a Mortuary Sciences degree program. Since the only certainties in life are death and taxes, you know this is a growth industry (or at least one that will remain fairly steady). And of course, many community colleges offer nursing programs that will earn you clinical hours and prepare you to take the appropriate exams for licensure in your state.

But what about the basics, such as biology, physics, chemistry, and the like?

While many community colleges cannot offer degree programs for these complex fields, largely because the subject matter is too extensive to cover in two years of coursework, most can still help you to prepare for the move to a 4-year university. They may only have standard GE types of classes in these overarching areas of study, but if you have an idea about the particular major you're looking to pursue and the 4-year school you're interested in, you may be able to find a community college that offers the prerequisites you'll need to successfully transfer from community college to Ivy League and get started in your major study.

If you're not yet certain about your path but you know that you know that you have an interest in pursuing a career in a scientific field, your best bet is to use your time at community college to take as many science classes as possible in order to narrow down your many choices to the discipline that interests you most.

You needn't waste time and money building a marine wildlife habitat if you're not into marine biology, or ordering chemicals for experiments from if chemistry isn't your bag. But you will eventually need to select an area of study if you want to obtain a degree in a field of science, and community college can help you to get there with all manner of scientific programs.

This post was written by Chad Agrawal

Chad Agrawal is the founder of CCTS, helping students transfer from community college to Ivy League, tier 1 or anywhere else by following this community college guide.

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Peter Gorze October 17, 2012 at 3:31 am

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Chad Agrawal October 17, 2012 at 11:09 am

Hey Peter, thanks for stopping by 🙂


Justin P. October 18, 2012 at 1:49 am

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Chad Agrawal October 18, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Glad I can help Justin. Let me know if you have any questions to get going.


Ted October 19, 2012 at 8:03 pm

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RCNET June 29, 2013 at 11:36 am

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