The physical and life sciences comprise the study of all living and non-living matter and energy encountered upon and within the earth, planets and stars. By studying these sciences, students will expand their understanding of scientific principles and become familiar with the methods of scientific inquiry.

Areas of Study

The Science Department provides students with an opportunity to take courses in the following physical and life sciences subject areas:

  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Meteorology
  • Oceanography
  • Physics

Learn more about the degrees and courses in these areas of study.

Students can choose from these courses to satisfy their general education knowledge areas or various associate degree program requirements.

For students who plan to transfer to complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree in biology, chemistry, environmental science or physics, enrolling in the Liberal Arts and Science associate of science degree program or the Environmental Science associate of science degree program is a good choice. By entering either one of these programs, students are able to start their coursework at Manchester and take advantage of its high-quality instruction and more affordable community college tuition and fees. Students who are thinking of transferring are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors to discuss how courses transfer to other institutions. More information on the transfer options available can be found in the Transfer Planning portion of the website.

A Career in the Sciences

A career in the sciences generally requires an advanced degree, and one of the benefits of studying the sciences is the variety of career paths it provides. Individuals with scientific training will have the background and qualifications for a variety of positions in business, industry, government agencies and education.


Astronomy, Chemistry and  Physics
Mike Pence, Department Chair

Rachel Mintell, Department Chair

Earth Science, Environmental Science and Geology
Ann Hadley, Coordinator