Associate of Science Degree at Colorado Mountain College

Start your hands-on science education in the heart of the Rocky Mountains

An Associate of Science degree from Colorado Mountain College puts you in the one of the best labs around—the Rocky Mountains. With hands-on learning you will build a foundation to transfer smoothly to a four-year institution. And you’ll pay a fraction of the cost compared to the first two years at other colleges.

Our 13:1 student to teacher ratio fuels success. Personal attention from faculty will guide you all along the way..

Make the Colorado Rockies your classroom! Study weather on a mountaintop or sample water from a snowmelt stream. Learn about the forces that shaped the earth as you walk through the river canyons and glacial valleys found across our 11 mountain campuses.

Associate of Science degree concentrations:

An Associate of Science degree from Colorado Mountain College is your ticket to a future in science. The hands-on experiential foundation you build here will transfer smoothly to a four-year institution. The world awaits your scientific discovery! Get a head start at a reputable, affordable institution.

Hands-On Associate of Science Degree at CMC

Four CMC campuses focus on different science topics with hands-on experience.

Each Colorado Mountain College campus focuses on special areas in science for our Associate of Science degree program:

  • CMC Leadville emphasizes biology, chemistry and environmental concerns.
  • CMC Spring Valley is equipped for chemistry and physics courses and also emphasizes biology and geology.
  • CMC Steamboat Springs is strong for physics and biology, and is equipped with a science lab for both.
  • CMC Rifle and Vail Valley campuses offer the Associate of Science degree with a range of science and math courses.

Science teachers at Colorado Mountain College are passionate about showing students how science works in the world around them, not just on the chalkboard.

Outside the classroom, the Rocky Mountain West is your science laboratory. You might study geology in the Colorado San Juan Mountains or the Grand Canyon, biology on a mountainside with a herd of bighorn sheep, or astronomy on a clear mountain night. Field experience is offered frequently, and a unique benefit of our Associate of Science degree program.

Save money for later

With our low tuition, you'll avoid big student debt, and have more to spend when it's time to transfer. Colorado Mountain College is a member of the new Colorado State Guaranteed (GT) General Education Curriculum, which means you'll be guaranteed a full transfer of your Associate of Science degree to public colleges and universities in Colorado.

Students also transfer from Colorado Mountain College to universities across the state and country.  Our long-standing reputation for quality academic preparation has allowed us to pioneer transfer agreements with many competitive four-year institutions.

Here’s how our in-district and in-state tuition compares to other Colorado schools:

*Includes fees charged to all students. Some programs have additional fees.

See where our students have transferred. Yes, there are some Ivy League schools on the list.

Ian Derrington

“I’m really glad I went to Colorado Mountain College before I went to CU. It helped me figure out the direction I wanted to go. College would have been a lot more difficult if I had not taken those courses.”

Ian Derrington graduated as the salutatorian for Roaring Fork High School. While still attending high school, he took classes from Colorado Mountain College, transferring to the University of Colorado as a sophomore. He graduated from CU with honors and a double major in applied mathematics and engineering physics. He was awarded a teaching fellowship by the University of Washington, where he earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics.

Dr. Crystal Walden Roney

“I was well prepared at Colorado Mountain College. The professors in academics were comparable to those at the private college to which I transferred. The low-stress environment also kept me from becoming burned out before med school. It gave me a good perspective on life.” Dr. Crystal Walden Roney transferred to Westmont College in California, then attended the University of Colorado Medical School. She is now a family physician.

Dr. Aileen A. O’Donoghue

“Through the Associate of Science program at Colorado Mountain College, my mind was opened to the incredible wonder of science as a way to deeply explore the natural world that I had always loved. With care and gentleness, I was nurtured past my math anxiety and challenged to discover and develop my passion, my skills, and my confidence.”

Dr. Aileen A. O’Donoghue, is an Associate Professor of Physics at St. Lawrence University. Dr. O’Donoghue is pictured atop the 90-inch Bok telescope on Kitt Peak near Tucson, Arizona, where she is studying spectra of nearby stars for NASA’s Space Interferometry Mission, ultimately searching for Earth-like planets.

Keegan Hammond

“My chemistry professor at CMC took a real interest in us. He was able to explain very complex material in a way that made sense… Whatever we needed, he helped us. He equal to any chemistry professor I had at the School of Mines.”

Keegan Hammond transferred to the Colorado School of Mines, where she graduated with the highest GPA in her specialty of Extractive Metallurgy and earned a prestigious scholarship to continue on at the School of Mines for her graduate degree.

Dr. Chris Dionigi

“Colorado Mountain College was an excellent place to begin my career. Large universities are great places later… when research, laboratories and major libraries become critical. In my first two years, it was much more important for me to have excellent instructors and opportunities for personal attention.”

Dr. Chris Dionigi is assistant director for Domestic Policy for the National Invasive Species Council in Washington, DC. The NISC, part of the department of the interior, was established by presidential order to coordinate the invasive species efforts of more than 30 federal agencies.

Gethze Grajales

“Physics classes were hard, but my teacher, Joe Reining, had such a passion for physics and gave me a lot of help. Being the first in my family to earn a bachelor’s degree is proof that goals can be attained no matter where we come from or what our status is.” Gethze Grajales earned an AS in Physics at CMC and then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration.