Natural and Physical Sciences
Science is everywhere! The Aims Science program strives to instill knowledge about and appreciation for the sciences in all of our students. We offer the first two years of biology and chemistry, algebra and calculus-based physics courses, geology courses and more.
Our program is designed to meet a variety of needs. Many of our students take classes and then transfer to a four-year institution. 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.
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.
- Observational Astronomy
- Theoretical Astronomy
- Planetary Astronomy
- Science Writing
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.
- Biology Technician
- Molecular Biologist
- Research Technician
- Lab Technician
- Medical technologist
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 offers "Introduction to Chemistry," "Chemistry in Context," "General College Chemistry" and "Organic Chemistry." Check the schedule for current classes.
- Research Scientist in government labs, academia, or private industry
- Analytical Chemist
- Organic Chemist
- Quality Control Manager
- Laboratory Technician
- Pharmaceutical sales
If you’ve ever wondered about the rocks and minerals that make up our planet Earth, consider taking a geology class. Geology studies the history of Earth and its materials and structure, as well as how those things have changed over time.
Geology classes cover topics including:
- How and where minerals such as gold, diamonds and emeralds form
- How glaciers help shape Colorado’s landscape
- The formation of the Rocky Mountains and
- The dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals that once roamed the land we live on today.
Geology is the ultimate history course; each layer of rock is a page in Earth’s history going back 4.6 billion years.
- Environmental Geology
- Science Writing and Editing
- Environmental Law
- Engineering Geology
- Petroleum Geology
- Mineral Exploration
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.
- Physics – astrophysics, biophysics, geophysics, nuclear physics, atomic physics
- Engineering – mechanical, civil, chemical, electrical, aero-space, petroleum
- Medical Physics
- Science Writing
- Economics and Financial Analysis