Science Department

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RRCC Science Department Mission

The mission of the RRCC Science Department is to help students become scientifically literate citizens by providing a rigorous high-quality foundation in science that emphasizes experiential learning and the development of critical thinking skills.  We foster competency and interest in the sciences for students who are planning further degrees or careers in STEM fields, those fulfilling degree or certificate requirements at RRCC, and those seeking personal enrichment.

We offer Associate of Science degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Physics as well as courses in astronomy, engineering, environmental science, meteorology, and oceanography.

These are designed not only for freshman and sophomore students wishing to fulfill core requirements for transfer to Colorado's public four-year colleges and universities but are popular "reverse transfer" destinations as well. That means many students who are already enrolled in four-year schools come to Red Rocks for these classes. Why? Smaller classes, dedicated faculty - i.e., the same instructor for lecture and laboratory work, resulting in more individualized instruction with greater continuity - and guaranteed transfer.


STEM EXPO Spring 2018 Program

STEM EXPO Student Research Symposium April 25-26, 2018 Register at by April 23.

Students! Here is your chance to present your research results or class projects. Abstract submissions are now open! STEM Science Expo Registration and Abstract Submissions -- Sign up by April 23!

Two poster presentation opportunities:

  • Wednesday, April 25, 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm
  • Thursday, April 26, 10am-12pm or 1pm– 3pm

Posters, artwork and project demos will be on display in the Great Hall and on the Bridge at the Lakewood Campus
Student talks will be ongoing both days.

Requirements: A scientific poster to be posted during the Expo, and the student should be present to explain their work.

New Category! Using the Arts to Communicate Science

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Spring 2018 - Field Biology in Tanzania!

BIO 228: Field Biology (Tanzania) – 4 credits
Trip duration: May 13– May 24, 2018
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Summer 2018 – Iceland!

ENV 110: Natural Disasters (3 credits)

HNR 289: Honors Capstone (3 credits)
Trip duration: July 12- 21 (approx.)

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