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Natural and Physical Sciences Department

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Science is everywhere; physical, chemical and biological processes are happening all around us all the time. The Aims Natural and Physical Sciences Department strives to challenge students in ways that expand their curiosity, knowledge and skills. The department offers the first two years of college biology and chemistry, algebra- and calculus-based physics courses, geology courses and more. 

The science programs at Aims are designed to meet a variety of needs. Whether you are earning an associate degree in healthcare or emergency medical services, taking science electives or planning to transfer to a four-year institution, you'll be able to find the right science classes to meet your goals.

If you choose to earn a liberal arts degree with designation in one of the sciences, your courses will transfer to any participating four-year public Colorado school so you can pursue a bachelor's degree.

Aims offers science-based associate of science degrees with designation (transfer degrees) in the following subjects:

You can also take non-degree science courses in astronomy, environmental science and meteorology that can serve as either general education or elective course requirements toward another degree program.

Whatever your academic needs and goals, the Natural and Physical Science Department is here to support you on your educational journey at Aims. Read more about the specific science subject areas Aims offers below.


Astronomy

astronomy

Astronomy is the study of the universe and the objects and phenomena within the universe. Astronomers study a variety of topics, including planets, moons, galaxies, black holes, supernovae, astrobiology and the origin and evolution of the universe. In Astronomy 101 you can expect to learn about telescopes, space exploration, planets, moons, extrasolar planets, asteroids, meteoroids, comets and the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. If you want an informed perspective when looking at the night sky, astronomy may be for you.

Career Opportunities in Astronomy

Astronomy is an exciting and ever-changing science, with new technologies being developed that expand knowledge of the universe. Here are some examples of careers you can pursue by earning a bachelor's or higher degree in astronomy:

  • Observational Astronomy
  • Theoretical Astronomy
  • Planetary Astronomy
  • Cosmology
  • Research
  • Education
  • Science Writing

View Astronomy Courses in the Current Aims Catalog

Astronomy Faculty and Staff

The astronomy faculty and staff are passionate about this subject matter and equally invested in helping you meet your academic goals.

Headshot of Aims astronomy professor Shirley Davis

Shirley Davis

Part-Time Faculty, Astronomy and Physics
Headshot of Aims physics and astronomy instructor Bob Franz

Bob Franz

Part-Time Faculty, Astronomy and Physics
Headshot of Aims physics professor Dr. Fana Mulu-Moore

Fana Mulu-Moore

Instructor, Astronomy and Physics

Biology

Biology studies life and all living organisms, including the structure, function, growth and evolution of those organisms. It includes several subdisciplines, such as cellular biology, anatomy, physiology, evolutionary biology, genetics, botany, ecology and microbiology. Aims offers several biology courses, including Science of Biology, General College Biology I and II, Basic Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology and more. Check the schedule for current class offerings.

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Earn a Biology Associate Degree at Aims

Thanks to a statewide agreement, after earning a biology associate degree at Aims, you can transfer to any participating four-year public university in Colorado as a junior to earn your bachelor’s degree. Taking your general education degree requirements at Aims instead of a four-year institution offers substantial tuition savings.

Learn more about the biology liberal arts transfer degree

Biology Faculty and Staff

The Aims biology staff are passionate about their areas of expertise, and equally dedicated to supporting your success as a student. 

Headshot of Aims biology instructor Shahad Atlouba

Shahad Atlouba

Part-Time Faculty, Biology
Headshot of Aims biology instructor Kristina Ayers

Kristina Ayers

Instructor, Biology & Environmental Science
Headshot of Aims microbiology instructor Morgan Bland

Morgan Bland

Instructor, Microbiology
Aims anatomy and physiology instructor Jason Borchert headshot

Jason Borchert

Instructor, Anatomy and Physiology
Portrait of Carole Brown

Carole Brown

Associate Professor, Anatomy and Physiology
Chair, Faculty Teaching and Learning Center
Edward Butler headshot

Edward Butler

Part-Time Faculty, Microbiology
Headshot of Aims microbiology instructor Bridget Fox

Bridget Fox

Coordinator, Instructional Lab II, Natural Sciences
Lynne Fox-Parrish headshot

Lynne Fox-Parrish

Professor, Biology and Environmental Science
Headshot of Aims biology instructor Sharlene Haeger

Sharlene Haeger

Part-Time Faculty, Biology and Environmental Science
Headshot of Aims concurrent enrollment biology instructor Amanda Hollar

Amanda Hollar

Part-Time Faculty, Biology and Chemistry - Concurrent Enrollment
Headshot of Aims biology instructor Jennifer Hood

Jennifer Hood

Part-Time Faculty, Anatomy and Physiology, Biology
Headshot of Aims Natural Sciences Lab Coordinator Shaer Islam

Shaer Islam

Coordinator, Instructional Lab I
Headshot of Aims concurrent enrollment biology instructor Zac Lemon

Zac Lemon

Part-Time Instructor, Biology - Concurrent Enrollment

Michael Morgan

Coordinator, Instructional Lab I
Headshot of Aims biology instructor Dr. Emma Murray

Emma Murray

Professor, Biology
Headshot of Aims biology instructor Ann-Elizabeth Nash

Ann-Elizabeth Nash

Part-Time Faculty, Biology
Headshot of Aims biology instructor Margaret O'Keefe

Margaret O'Keefe

Part-Time Faculty, Anatomy and Physiology, Biology
Headshot of Aims biology instructor Oscar Ramirez

Oscar Ramirez

Part-Time Faculty: Anatomy and Physiology, Biology
Headshot of Aims biology instructor Jaimie Robinson-Bergstralh

Jaimie Robinson-Bergstralh

Part-Time Faculty, Biology
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Raymond Romero

Department Chair - Natural and Physical Sciences
Assistant Professor, Biology
Headshot of Aims biology instructor Emily Royse

Emmy Royse

Part-Time Faculty, Anatomy and Physiology, Biology
Headshot of Aims biology and environmental science instructor Christina Seely

Christina Seely

Part-Time Faculty, Biology and Environmental Science
Headshot of Aims biology and environmental science instructor Elicia Trujillo

Elicia Trujillo

Part-Time Faculty, Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, and Environmental Science
Headshot of Aims biology instructor Jacob Wood

Jacob Wood

Part-Time Faculty, Anatomy and Physiology, Biology

Chemistry

chemistry

Chemistry is a physical science that studies the composition, properties, behavior and transformations of matter. In chemistry, scientists investigate how atoms interact with each other and design molecules and materials with specific properties. 

Aims chemistry courses include Introduction to Chemistry, Chemistry in Context and General College Chemistry.

You can choose to take chemistry as a general education or elective course to earn most degrees at Aims, or you can choose to earn a chemistry associate degree that allows you to transfer to a four-year school to earn your bachelor's degree.

Learn More About Chemistry Courses at Aims

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Earn a Chemistry Associate Degree at Aims

Thanks to a statewide agreement, after earning a chemistry associate degree at Aims you can transfer to any participating four-year public university in Colorado as a junior to earn your bachelor’s degree. Taking your general education degree requirements at Aims instead of a four-year institution can save considerable costs.

Learn more about the chemistry liberal arts transfer degree

Chemistry Faculty and Staff

Aims chemistry faculty set high expectations for your success to prepare you for the rigors of this discipline as it relates to any degree program. Faculty are equally invested in offering guidance and support to help you meet your goals. With smaller class sizes, you'll have ample opportunities to get one-on-one support and interact with your peers in the  classroom and lab.

Headshot of Aims science instructor Matthew Deselm

Matthew Deselm

Instructor, Chemistry (Aims & Early College Academy)
Christine Gaudinski

Christine Gaudinski

Professor, Chemistry
Headshot of Aims concurrent enrollment biology instructor Amanda Hollar

Amanda Hollar

Part-Time Faculty, Biology and Chemistry - Concurrent Enrollment
Headshot of Aims Assistant Chemistry Professor Carolyn Ikenouye

Carolyn Ikenouye

Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Headshot of Aims chemistry instructor Kyle Kingsley

Kyle Kingsley

Part-Time Faculty: Chemistry
Headshot of Aims chemistry instructor Brian Schmidt

Brian Schmidt

Part-Time Faculty, Chemistry
Headshot of Aims chemistry instructor Carissa Sturgeon

Carissa Sturgeon

Part-Time Faculty, Chemistry

Geology

geology

Learn More About Geology Courses at Aims

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Earn a Geology Associate Degree at Aims

Thanks to a statewide agreement, after earning a geology associate degree at Aims, you can transfer to any participating four-year public university in Colorado as a junior to earn your bachelor’s degree. Taking your general education degree requirements at Aims instead of a four-year institution can save you substantial tuition costs.

Learn more about the geology liberal arts transfer degree

Geology Faculty and Staff

The geology faculty at Aims are as enthusiastic about this discipline as they are about teaching and helping students achieve their academic goals. They strive to instill a love of learning with rigorous instruction in geology fundamentals and scientific methods. 

Headshot of Adjunct Natural Sciences Instructor Pengfei Hou

Pengfei Hou

Part-Time Instructor, Geology
Aims geology instructor DeAnna Laurel headshot

DeAnna Laurel

Instructor, Geology and Environmental Science
Headshot of Aims adjunct natural sciences instructor Andrew Oligmueller

Andrew Oligmueller

Part-Time Faculty, Geology

Physics

physics

Physics is the study of how the world works on a fundamental level. Physicists work on a wide variety of topics, including classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, atomic physics, quantum mechanics, particle physics, general relativity, string theory, bio-physics, astrophysics and cosmology, and geophysics, to name a few. In an introductory physics class, you can expect to learn about many of these topics and will investigate various phenomena. If you have a curious mind, love a challenge, and enjoy math and science, physics may be for you. We offer classes in conceptual physics, algebra-based physics and calculus-based physics. Check the schedule for current class offerings.

Learn More About Physics Courses at Aims

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Earn a Physics Associate Degree at Aims

Thanks to a statewide agreement, after earning a physics associate degree at Aims you can transfer to any participating four-year public university in Colorado as a junior to earn your bachelor’s degree. Taking your general education degree requirements at Aims instead of a four-year institution can save you a considerable amount on tuition.

Learn more about the physics liberal arts transfer degree

Physics Faculty and Staff

The physics faculty at Aims are passionate about this subject and equally enthusiastic about helping students study it. They are dedicated to helping you achieve your academic goals and gain a thorough understanding of the material through rigorous instruction.

Headshot of Aims astronomy professor Shirley Davis

Shirley Davis

Part-Time Faculty, Astronomy and Physics
Headshot of Aims physics and astronomy instructor Bob Franz

Bob Franz

Part-Time Faculty, Astronomy and Physics
Headshot of physics instructor Samuel Hebenstreit

Samuel Hebenstreit

Adjunct Faculty, Physics
Headshot of Aims physics professor Dr. Fana Mulu-Moore

Fana Mulu-Moore

Instructor, Astronomy and Physics