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 two-year 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 two-year 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.

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

Zach Collins

“I really enjoyed the Ski Area Planning class.” says Zach, “Getting your ski area together from start to finish was both fun and challenging. Seeing something you created come together was very cool.”

Zach Collins has worked on the grooming crew for Vail Mountain, Copper Mountain, and Beaver Creek. He has traveled to Europe, South America and Russia providing event support for Prinoth and Snow Park Technologies. He’s worked on XGames, USASA Nationals, US Free-skiing Open Slopestyle, Red Bull World Record Quarter Pipe and many others. Currently, Zach is the Park Specialist and Demo Coordinator for Prinoth Snowcats.

Karen Gilliot

Karen Gilliot works as a snowcat groomer in Les Arcs, a collection of four resorts in the midst of the French Alps. Gilliot has also groomed at Beaver Creek, Heavenly at Lake Tahoe and in New Zealand, Australia and Iceland.

Eric Hockman

“I have never heard of another school that lets you tune skis or boards for class, much less create a ski or snowboard with your own graphics on it. The location of Colorado Mountain College’s campus, my program leader, as well as the students I attended with, made my experience at CMC worthwhile.”

Eric Hockman is an assistant manager for a ski and snowboard tuning shop in Keystone, Colorado.

Jake Black

“Sustainability Studies taught me how I can help build a better and more interconnected community. I want to teach this through my films.”

Jake Black, Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Studies graduate.

Keith Maloney

“The CMC Energy Program has prepared me for a career in both fossil fuel and renewable energies.”

– Keith Maloney

TJ Plambeck

“I learned a lot and received a broad oil and gas energy industry overview from the Process Technology program at CMC — and I start a full time job in the oil industry in the Fall of 2013.”

– T.J. Plambeck

Erissa Higgins

“I appreciate the care and attention I received from the faculty and staff at the CMC Integrated Energy Progam. As a wife, mother of four and busy fulltime student I was able to juggle all I needed to do to obtain my degree and prepare for my new career in the energy field.”

– Erissa Higgins

Roberto Gomez

“Thanks to the Process Technology Program I was able to obtain a job with the Chevron Pipeline Unit. I was hired as Trainee B, after 7.5 months was promoted to Trainee A — and only 10 days later was promoted to a Full Operator position!”

– Roberto Gomez

Jennifer Baker

“Thank you to the Integrated Energy Program at CMC for providing the knowledge and training for a career in the Energy industry.”

-Jennifer Baker

Damon Crocker

“The Integrated Energy Program helped prepare me for my new career as a Plant Operator through a balance of hands-on experience and class room training in cutting edge technology.”

Damon Crocker

Michael Whigham transferred to the Recreation program at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, where he graduated Cum Laude. He later returned to CMC and served as Interim Assistant Professor, Adjunct Faculty and Director of Teambuilding programs, as well as maintained employment with NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). Michael received a M.S. in Environmental Education at Antioch New England graduate school.