Explore the diversity of life, matter, and energy, and discover a world of career possibilities.
HCC's Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Division offers studies in a variety of science fields, from the keystone life and physical sciences to emerging disciplines in biotechnology and environmental sciences.
Curriculum for each of these associate degree transfer programs focuses on fundamental scientific principles and problem solving skills that prepare graduates for continued study at a four-year institution and for success in their chosen fields.
HCC's Life Science degree students may choose further study in agriculture, botany, entomology, plant science, microbiology, zoology, molecular biology, genetics, ecology, physiology, marine biology, and pre-medical or pre-allied health programs.
Physical Science degree students may continue their studies in specialty areas such as astronomy, chemistry, geology, meteorology, physics, lab technicians, technical writing, and secondary and college teaching.
Students of HCC's Biotechnology degree program develop laboratory research skills for applying the life sciences to better our lives and planet. Bioinformatics degree students learn to blend biological sciences and technology for better understanding and use of data. Career opportunities for both of these fields is growing, with high demand for specialists in areas such as genetic engineering, biomedical research, pharmaceuticals, quality control, pollution abatement, and more.
For students interested in employment as a green collar professional, the Environmental Science degree is designed for transfer to baccalaureate programs in environmental science, ecology, or natural resources management. The Plant Science degree program explores the broad field of plant science from forestry to landscaping to fruit and vegetable production, and the curriculum is specifically designed for transfer to the Natural Resource Science degree at University of Maryland College Park.