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“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.” – Carl Sagan

In the Life Sciences program at Cabarrus College, you’ll gain knowledge and skills, and you’ll also learn how to ask the right questions – how to think like a scientist – opening the door to an array of career options. With an associate degree in Life Sciences, you can pursue a career in research, data analysis, microbiology, food science, biotechnology, forensics and more. Or, choose a Life Sciences degree as your base to transfer into our nursing or allied health programs.


  • Degree options:
    • Two-year associate degree for students seeking careers in life sciences such as microbiology, food science, biotechnology or forensics
    • May apply for associate degree Nursing or other allied health programs via the change-of-major process
  • Provides strong foundation in science, biology and chemistry
  • Sharpens critical thinking skills
  • Refines research, reporting and writing skills
  • Dedicated student success staff helps you explore and define career options
  • Enroll full-time or part-time
  • Start in fall or spring


The mission of the Associate of Science Program at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is an absolute commitment to educational excellence in the preparation of men and women for careers in the Health Sciences within our region.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with the Associate of Science degree will be able to:

  • Recognize foundational concepts of natural and physical sciences.
  • Explain the regulatory mechanisms which control the operation of natural and physical systems.
  • Use technological resources to assess the relevance and application of science in healthcare delivery.
  • Demonstrate scientific quantitative skills, such as the ability to evaluate experimental results, read graphs, and understand and use information from scientific papers.
  • Use technical writing skills to describe the structure and function of biological systems.
  • Apply conceptual and mathematical models to interpret the operation of natural and physical systems.

Testimonial quote

“I attribute part of my success and excellent grades in my current major to my time in the Associate of Life Sciences program. Had I not participated in the Life Sciences program, my workload would have been significantly more stressful.”

Stephanie Penninger, COTA/L, ‘20
Occupational Therapy Assistant