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 the physical world, whether at a micro-level or beyond this planet, fascinates you, one of the many sciences that make up physical science may be right for you.
Students interested in the physical sciences may earn an Arts and Sciences Transfer (A.S.) degree in one of several majors.
Kirsten Casey, Ph.D., professor
Jason Barbour, Ph.D., professor
Robert Carp, assistant professor
Dan Ferandez, professor
Eric Fons, associate professor
Deborah Levine, Ph.D., assistant professor
Kristine Miller, associate professor
Anthony Santorelli, Ph.D., assistant professor
Shyamala Sivalingam, Ph.D., assistant professor
Maureen Sherer, professor
Lynn Tracey, Ph.D., professor
Timothy Shivok, assistant professor
Meranda Byers, physical science laboratory assistant
Philippe (Phil) Espitallier, chemistry technical specialist
Thomas Gallagher, chemistry and physics technical specialist
Kendel Hannon, chemistry technical specialist
Thomas Wilbur, physics laboratory manager
Yolanda Kumm, chemistry and physics technical specialist
Elizabeth Ward, chemistry instructional specialist
All students taking courses within the science departments are encouraged to use the resources we have to help them toward completing their science course requirements successfully.
Located in Dragun Building 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 available. You may use these computers during computer lab open hours, when a lab technician is present.
Open hours for fall and spring terms:
Join us at the observatory in Arnold and gaze at the stars each month! We also have annual speakers and events, and we do a lot of cool research, too. This fun-loving group of people comes together to learn about the happenings in the astronomy community and explore the many facets of the sky with 14-inch and radio telescopes. Meetings, which are open to the public, begin at 7:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month at the observatory, located in the back of parking lots A and B. We also welcome families and children to attend every meeting.
The Chemistry Club promotes student awareness of and interest in chemistry through campus activities, educational activities and outreach events.
AACC's Earth Science Club provides an opportunity for those interested in Earth Science to share their enthusiasm about the subject! Events are centered around increasing student awareness of the AACC Earth Science program and collaborating with other student clubs at other local colleges focused on earth science. Club members expose students to earth science careers through lectures by guest speakers and local field trips, and promote the earth sciences to the public through student-run events as well as participation in local earth science-related events.
Several of our courses regularly include field trips as part of the curriculum. For example, each fall and spring term, Oceanography, Meteorology, Earth-Space Science, and Environmental Science students are given the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities during three-hour educational cruises on a skipjack or a schooner sailing vessel. These cruises are coordinated through the Living Classrooms Foundation and usually are conducted in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Students participate in several activities onboard the sailing vessels which include: raising and lowering the sails, trawling for fish, taking water quality measurements, deploying a plankton net, and investigating oyster anatomy. In addition, students are exposed to interesting stories and landmarks surrounding Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, including Fort McHenry.