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.


Fall dates announced! Registration open now.
Fall expo promotional flyer

Spring 2019 Winners announced!

Full program available here for Spring 2019


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 November 30!

Two poster presentation opportunities:

  • Wednesday, Dec 4, 10am-12pm or 12pm-2pm
  • Thursday, Dec 5, 10am-12pm or 12pm– 2pm

Two talk presentation opportunities:

  • Wednesday, Dec 4, 12pm-2pm
  • Thursday, Dec 5, 12pm– 2pm

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 in Gray's and Torrey's Peak rooms.

Requirements: Either a scientific poster to be posted during the Expo, and the student should be present to explain their work, or a 15 minute talk. 

View or download tips and guidelines:

STEM EXPO Fall 2018 Program

STEM EXPO Spring 2018 Program

Science Expo Program Spring 2017PDF Format

Science Expo Program Fall 2017 PDF Format

Fall 2019 - Connecting Environment & Community in Belize

SCI 105 Science & Society – 3 credits

SPA 109 - Spanish for Travelers - 2 credits
Trip duration (tentative): Dec 12– Dec 21, 2019

Spring 2020 - Tanzania!

BIO - 4 credits

Trip duration (tentative): May 15– 24, 2020

To find out more visit the Student Academic Travel Page