Science - Associate Degree

Science - Associate Degree
Program Details
Credential: 
Associate of Science
Academic Division: 
Science, Engineering, and Technology

Discover the next big thing. Considering the tremendous emphasis on scientific discoveries and technological developments in today’s society, there is a great demand for scientists and scientifically-oriented people in business, government, industry and academia.

The Associate of Science in Science at Thomas Nelson Community College is designed for individuals interested in gaining knowledge and skills to be successful in an entry-level technical science field or to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree in a science-related field. The main focus is on training students to think scientifically and preparing them to conduct independent research at the bachelor’s degree level. During this two-year program, full-time students are required to complete two 2-semester science laboratory courses as well as additional courses of their choice to explore further optional science, mathematics or computer science courses. The program culminates with a required independent, guided research course, which allows students to work one-on-one with professors and design a research project on the topic of their choice.

Specializations

Computer Science

Thomas Nelson’s Computer Science program offers foundational courses to prepare you for baccalaureate studies in the field. Learn to design and code software, begin your study of algorithms and data structures and learn computer architecture.

Education

Thomas Nelson’s Associate of Science in Science program offers a specialization in education this is designed for students who are exploring education as a career. The program covers general education courses and an introduction to the teaching profession while preparing students to transfer to a four-year institution. The curriculum is specifically designed to develop skills in critical thinking, self-expression, communication, decision making and problem solving to meet the diverse educational needs of schools in Hampton Roads.

Math Education

Thomas Nelson’s Associate of Science in Science program offers a specialization in math education that is designed for students who are exploring education as a career. The program covers general education courses and an introduction to the teaching profession while preparing students to transfer to a four-year institution. The curriculum is specifically designed to develop skills in critical thinking, self-expression, communication, decision making and problem solving to meet the diverse educational needs of schools in Hampton Roads.

I have taken numerous science courses in the areas of biology, geology, physics and chemistry at [Thomas Nelson], and I have experienced nothing short of very intelligent and interesting professors, challenging courses with much hands-on lab work and, most of all, a greater understanding of the universe around me.  I owe it all to the science department at [Thomas Nelson]!

David Russ

Possibilities 

Students may qualify for one of several internship opportunities offered by The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS), the Department of Energy (DOE) or other private or government agencies.

Our graduates have been successful in their studies at:

  • University of Virginia
  • Old Dominion University
  • Christopher Newport University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • William & Mary
  • Virginia Tech
  • James Madison University

College Catalog

For the most up-to-date information about this program, including courses, credits, and other requirements, please refer to our College Catalog.

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