Science is the study of the natural world based on facts learned though experimentation and observation. As a discipline it requires curiosity, creativity, imagination and focus. It uses the tools from many other disciplines to develop, present and share ideas about the world and borrows clues from many other disciplines to identify areas for investigation. While science as a whole is divided into two interrelated sub-disciplines – physical science which focuses on physical phenomena and life science which focuses on life and living systems – collectively the areas of science improve our understanding of the world and how it works.
If living things, even life itself, fascinates you, biology may be the field for you. From plants (botony) to animals (zoology), human anatomy to nutrition this is where our understanding of the living world comes together. Plus, our area provides many environmental challenges that allow faculty and students to apply their knowledge in the field (and marshes and creeks!). Learn more about how you can join those efforts in the Environmental Center.
Students interested in life sciences may earn an Arts and Sciences Transfer (A.S.) degree in one of several options. Our department also offers credit certificates in the environmental sciences. Learn more about our areas of study:
Stephen Ailstock, Ph.D., professor
Amy Allen-Chabot, Ph.D., professor
Debra Bartlett, associate professor
Paul Bushmann, Ph.D., professor
Mickey Dehn, assistant professor
Tammy Domanski, professor
Mark Farinha, professor
Karen Israel, Ph.D., professor
Susan Lamont, professor
Carrie Long, professor
Jill Loukides, Ph.D., professor
Javanika Mody, Ph.D., professor
Jessamy Rango, professor
Thomas Saunders, Ph.D., assistant professor
Gregory Schrader, associate professor
Benjamin Weibell, professor
Eileen Davids, technical assistant
Kathy Durham, technical specialist
Philippe (Phil) Espitallier, technical specialist
Shelley Greenhouse, technical specialist
Kendel Hannon, technical specialist
Maury Hutchens, technical specialist
Michael Norman, laboratory manager
All students taking courses within the Science departments are encouraged to use the many resources we have available to help them toward the successful completion of their science course requirements.
Located in Dragun, Room 120 (410-777-6370), the Science Computer Lab has about 20 computers equipped with software to support a variety of science courses. Internet access is also available. You may use these computers during Computer Lab open hours, when a lab technician is present.
Open hours for fall and spring terms:
9 a.m.-9 p.m.
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Biology and Environmental Club is a place for those passionate about the life sciences to grow, learn, and experience biology together. We do various events related to the sciences such as field trips, guest speakers, and on campus projects.
Led by Director, Dr. M. Stephen Ailstock, the Environmental Center at AACC supports the college's mission through applied research projects designed and led by faculty to address local environmental necessities. Students have the opportunity to participate in these projects through collaborative work that assists in the development of solutions to a variety of contemporary environmental problems. Maryland has been described as America in miniature because of its great diversity of natural resources. The types of environmental challenges confronting Maryland's people, government, industries, and civic organizations are very similar to those confronting several areas of the country.
Several of our courses regularly have field trips as part of the curriculum. For example, each fall & spring semester, Oceanography, Meteorology, Earth-Space Science, & Environmental Science students are given the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities during 3-hour educational cruises on a skipjack or a schooner sailing vessel. These cruises are coordinated through the Living Classrooms Foundation and usually conducted in Baltimore Inner Harbor. Students participate in several activities onboard the sailing vessels which include: raising & lowering the sails, trawling for fish, taking water quality measurements, deploying a plankton net, & investigating oyster anatomy. In addition students will be exposed to interesting stories and landmarks surrounding Baltimore’s Inner Harbor including historical Fort McHenry.