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Why Science?

Welcome to the Science Department!

For a small college, GCC offers an exciting and varied range of science classes – from anatomy/physiology to chemistry and microbiology to the biological, natural and environmental sciences and to engineering, physics, astronomy and meteorology.  Our mission is to provide high quality sciences that meet the needs of students academically and professionally.

Students in a chemistry lab

GCC students in a chemistry lab

Our dedicated faculty and staff are committed to teaching high quality science classes while meeting the diverse needs of our students.

While almost all GCC students are required to take two four-credit lab science classes, we also provide courses for students from other two and four year colleges and universities as well as interested learners in the community at large.

We offer Associate in Arts degrees in six different science programs: Environmental Science, Food Science, Science-Math Education, Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency and Farm and Food Systems (a Math-Science degree option is offered by the Math Department).  We offer an Associate in Science degree in Engineering Science. Most students in these programs transfer to four year institutions to complete their undergraduate degree. In addition, we offer certificates in Environmental Science and Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency.

Our science classes help meet the prerequisite requirements for our Health Occupations students including those pursuing an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing, and those involved in achieving certification in the Paramedic, Fire Science and Practical Nursing programs.

Our Science Studio allows students cooperative work space and computer access in close proximity to faculty offices where students are provided with academic assistance.

Environmental Studies lab/fieldwork

Environmental Studies lab/fieldwork

Through contracts with local utilities and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, we offer seasonal employment opportunities for students to work on the Connecticut River performing fish population studies.

If there is anything we can do to help make the sciences a rewarding educational journey for you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Brian Adams, Co-Chair, 775-1454, adams@gcc.mass.edu or Trisha Basford, Co-Chair, 775-1862, basfordt@gcc.mass.edu

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