Cisco College offers abundant opportunities to pursue an exciting career in the field of science! Pursue an Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis in: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dental, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Medical, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physician's Assistant, or Pre-Veterinary. Learn more about the courses and career paths for each of these areas below!  

Completion of an Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis in one of these areas will provide a core foundation that corresponds with the requirements for a Bachelor's Degree from a four-year institution.

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About this Program

Degrees & Certifications Program Length
Associate of Science Degree Four Semesters

What Can This Program Do For You

  • Biology

    The field of biology explores the vast spectrum of life. The Biology department at Cisco College equips students with a cohesive understanding of biosciences, preparing them for further study in a number of scientific and health science disciplines.

    Completion of the Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis in Biology is a great first step toward a career in fields such as education, medicine, research, or journalism. Many biology courses at Cisco College meet the prerequisites for health science programs and may fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor's Degree from a four-year institution.

    Potential Career Paths:

    • Laboratory Assistant or Technician
    • Research Assistant
    • Speciment Technician
    • High School Biology Teacher
    • Quality Control Technician
    • Soil Scientist
    • Public Health Laboratory Director
    • Quality Control Microbiology Supervisor
  • Chemistry

    Chemistry is an excellent pathway to a career in many different professional sectors. Employers such as healthcare organizations, the food and drink industry, government, environmental consultancies, and colleges and universities all offer opportunities in the field of chemistry. 

    An Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis in Chemistry supports study in allied fields and provides a gateway for you to continue your chemistry education. Chemistry courses at Cisco College also correspond with the requirements for a Bachelor's Degree from a four-year institution.

    Potential Career Paths:

    • Chemical technician
    • Laboratory Technician
    • Associate Chemist
    • Formulator
    • Toxicologist
    • Research and Development Technician
  • Physics

    An education in physics prepares students to pursue a variety of scientific occupations including engineering, geophysics, biophysics, astronomy, medical physics, nuclear physics, molecular physics, or elementary particle physics. 

    An Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis in Physics provides a broad education in physical sciences. Completion of the coursework will prepare students for transfer to a Bachelor's Degree program at a four-year institution. 

    Potential Career Paths:

    • Research Scientist
    • Aerospace Engineer
    • Professor
    • Physicist
    • Astronaut
    • Airline Pilot or Train Engineer
    • Airplane Navigator
    • Ballistics expert
    • Electrical or Mechanical Engineer
    • Hydrologist
    • Electrical, Laser, Mechanical, or Optics Physicist
  • Pre-Chiropractic

    An Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis in Pre-Chiropractic offers focused coursework in both general education and areas more specific to the Chiropractic field. Students will take courses in the natural sciences such as biology and chemistry. These courses include participation in science laboratories for hands-on experience with research and documentation. Course work in communication, social sciences, and humanities is also included.

    Suggested Curriculum

    Freshman Year

    First SemesterSecond Semester
    ENGL 1301 Composition I3ENGL 1302 Composition II3
    BIOL 1406 Biol. for Sci. Majors I4BIOL 1407 Biol. for Sci. Majors II4
    CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I4CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II4
    HIST 1301 United States History I3HIST 1302 United States History II3
    MATH 2413 Calc I w/ Analytical Geom.*4(MATH 2414 Calc II w/ Analytical Geom.**
    **if required by transferring institution)
    4
    EDUC 1100 Learning Frameworks1
                                          TOTAL19                                       TOTAL14/18

    Sophomore Year

    First SemesterSecond Semester
    CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I4CHEM 2424 Organic Chemistry II4
    PHYS 1401 College Physics I4PHYS 1402 College Physics II4
    Language, Philosophy & Culture3Creative Arts (Survey Course)3
    GOVT 2305 Federal Government3GOVT 2306 Texas Government3
    Social & Behavioral Science
    3SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR
    BCIS 1305
    3
                                            TOTAL16                                       TOTAL17
    *The choice to take 2413 should depend on the readiness of the student for 2413. The chairperson of the mathematics division or a mathematics professor should be consulted.
    **Students attending chiropractic school may need to take BIOL 2401, 2402 in place of other science courses. Students need to check with the chiropractic school to determine which courses are needed.
  • Pre-Dental

    An Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis in Pre-Dental offers focused coursework in both general education and areas more specific to the Dental field. Students will take courses in the natural sciences such as biology and chemistry. These courses include participation in science laboratories for hands-on experience with research and documentation. Course work in communication, social sciences, and humanities are also included in the coursework.

    Suggested Curriculum

    Freshman Year

    First SemesterSecond Semester
    ENGL 1301 Composition I3ENGL 1302 Composition II3
    BIOL 1406 Biol. for Sci. Majors I4BIOL 1407 Biol. for Sci. Majors II4
    CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I4CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II4
    HIST 1301 United States History I3HIST 1302 United States History II3
    MATH 2413 Calc I w/ Analytical Geom.*4(MATH 2414 Calc II w/ Analytical Geom.**
    **if required by transferring institution)
    4
    EDUC 1100 Learning Frameworks1
                                          TOTAL19                                       TOTAL14/18

    Sophomore Year

    First SemesterSecond Semester
    CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I4CHEM 2424 Organic Chemistry II4
    PHYS 1401 College Physics I4PHYS 1402 College Physics II4
    Language, Philosophy & Culture3Creative Arts (Survey Course)3
    GOVT 2305 Federal Government3GOVT 2306 Texas Government3
    Social & Behavioral Science 3SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR BCIS 13053
                                            TOTAL16                                       TOTAL17
    *The choice to take 2413 should depend on the readiness of the student for 2413. The chairperson of the mathematics division or a mathematics professor should be consulted.
  • Pre-Engineering

    Students interested in pursuing a career in Engineering should have a strong background in Math and Science. Engineers are good problem solvers, so critical thinking and attention to detail are important skills for success. 

    An Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis in Pre-Engineering will help students lay the foundation to pursue any type of engineering degree at a four-year program. Students will take courses in physics, chemistry, and mathematics, and get an introduction to engineering. Course work in English, communication, the social sciences and humanities are also included in the coursework.

    Potential Career Paths:

    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
  • Pre-Medical

    An Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis in Pre-Medical is designed for students who have demonstrated an interest in health related fields. Most medical schools recognize the importance of a strong foundation in the natural sciences in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Completion of an Associate's Degree with an emphasis inPre-Medical at Cisco College prepares students for transfer to a 4-year institution.

    Suggested Curriculum

    Freshman Year

    First SemesterSecond Semester
    ENGL 1301 Composition I3ENGL 1302 Composition II3
    BIOL 1406 Biol. for Sci. Majors I4BIOL 1407 Biol. for Sci. Majors II4
    CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I4CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II4
    HIST 1301 United States History I3HIST 1302 United States History II3
    MATH 2413 Calc I w/ Analytical Geom.*4(MATH 2414 Calc II w/ Analytical Geom.**
    **if required by transferring institution)
    4
    EDUC 1100 Learning Frameworks1
                                          TOTAL19                                       TOTAL14/18

    Sophomore Year

    First SemesterSecond Semester
    CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I4CHEM 2424 Organic Chemistry II4
    PHYS 1401 College Physics I4PHYS 1402 College Physics II4
    Language, Philosophy & Culture3Creative Arts (Survey Course)3
    GOVT 2305 Federal Government3GOVT 2306 Texas Government3
    Social & Behavioral Science 3SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR BCIS 13053
                                            TOTAL16                                       TOTAL17
    *The choice to take 2413 should depend on the readiness of the student for 2413. The chairperson of the mathematics division or a mathematics professor should be consulted.
  • Pre-Pharmacy

    Pharmacy can be a rewarding career for students who like chemistry, biology, and math. Many schools of pharmacy offer a doctorate of pharmacy that requires six years of study beyond high school, including two years of pre-pharmacy study and four years of study in a professional school of pharmacy. Prospective pharmacy students should plan their coursework to meet the requirements of the particular professional school of pharmacy to which they plan to transfer. Cisco College offers an Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis in Pre-Pharmacy that satisfies the core curriculum for this field. 

    Students considering this career path may also want to consider pursuing a Pharmacy Technician Level II Certificate which is also offered by Cisco College. 

    Suggested Curriculum

    Freshman Year

    First SemesterSecond Semester
    ENGL 1301 Composition I3ENGL 1302 Composition II3
    BIOL 1406 Biol. for Sci. Majors I4BIOL 1407 Biol. for Sci. Majors II4
    CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I4CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II4
    HIST 1301 United States History I3HIST 1302 United States History II3
    MATH 2413 Calc I w/ Analytical Geom.*4(MATH 2414 Calc II w/ Analytical Geom.**
    **if required by transferring institution)
    4
    EDUC 1100 Learning Frameworks1
                                          TOTAL19                                       TOTAL14/18

    Sophomore Year

    First SemesterSecond Semester
    CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I4CHEM 2424 Organic Chemistry II4
    PHYS 1401 College Physics I4PHYS 1402 College Physics II4
    Language, Philosophy & Culture3Creative Arts (Survey Course)3
    GOVT 2305 Federal Government3GOVT 2306 Texas Government3
    Social & Behavioral Science 3SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR BCIS 13053
                                            TOTAL16                                       TOTAL17
    *The choice to take 2413 should depend on the readiness of the student for 2413. The chairperson of the mathematics division or a mathematics professor should be consulted
  • Pre-Physician's Assistant

    An Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis in Pre-Physician's Assistant is designed for students who have demonstrated an interest in health-related fields. Most medical schools recognize the importance of a strong foundation in the natural sciences in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics.

    Students considering this career path may also want to consider pursuing an Associate of Applied Science Degree or Certificate in Medical Assistingwhich is also offered by Cisco College. 

    Suggested Curriculum

    Freshman Year

    First SemesterSecond Semester
    ENGL 1301 Composition I3ENGL 1302 Composition II3
    BIOL 1406 Biol. for Sci. Majors I4BIOL 1407 Biol. for Sci. Majors II4
    CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I4CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II4
    HIST 1301 United States History I3HIST 1302 United States History II3
    MATH 2413 Calc I w/ Analytical Geom.*4(MATH 2414 Calc II w/ Analytical Geom.**
    **if required by transferring institution)
    4
    EDUC 1100 Learning Frameworks1
                                          TOTAL19                                       TOTAL14/18

    Sophomore Year

    First SemesterSecond Semester
    CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I4CHEM 2424 Organic Chemistry II4
    PHYS 1401 College Physics I4PHYS 1402 College Physics II4
    Language, Philosophy & Culture3Creative Arts (Survey Course)3
    GOVT 2305 Federal Government3GOVT 2306 Texas Government3
    Social & Behavioral Science 3SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR BCIS 13053
                                            TOTAL16                                       TOTAL17
    *The choice to take 2413 should depend on the readiness of the student for 2413. The chairperson of the mathematics division or a mathematics professor should be consulted.
  • Pre-Veterinary

    An Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis in Pre-Veterinary is designed for students who have demonstrated an interest in the field of veterinary medicine. Veterinary Science is a field where the practitioner plays a major role in the healthcare of pets, livestock, as well as zoo, sporting, and laboratory animals. Consequently, it is readily apparent that this profession offers extensive areas of specializations. Practicing veterinarians graduate with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine Degree from an accredited college of veterinary medicine and obtain licensure. 

    An Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis in Pre-Veterinary prepares students to transfer to a 4-year institution and completion of the Bachelor's degree, leading to entry in a College of Veterinary Medicine.

    Suggested Curriculum

    Freshman Year

    First SemesterSecond Semester
    ENGL 1301 Composition I3ENGL 1302 Composition II3
    BIOL 1406 Biol. for Sci. Majors I4BIOL 1407 Biol. for Sci. Majors II4
    CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I4CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II4
    HIST 1301 United States History I3HIST 1302 United States History II3
    MATH 2413 Calc I w/ Analytical Geom.*4(MATH 2414 Calc II w/ Analytical Geom.**
    **if required by transferring institution)
    4
    EDUC 1100 Learning Frameworks1
                                          TOTAL19                                       TOTAL14/18

    Sophomore Year

    First SemesterSecond Semester
    CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I4CHEM 2424 Organic Chemistry II4
    PHYS 1401 College Physics I4PHYS 1402 College Physics II4
    Language, Philosophy & Culture3Creative Arts (Survey Course)3
    GOVT 2305 Federal Government3GOVT 2306 Texas Government3
    Social & Behavioral Science 3SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR BCIS 13053
                                            TOTAL16                                       TOTAL17
    *The choice to take 2413 should depend on the readiness of the student for 2413. The chairperson of the mathematics division or a mathematics professor should be consulted.
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  • Courses

    Freshman Year

    First SemesterSecond Semester
    ENGL 1301 Composition I3ENGL 1302 Composition II3
    HIST 1301 United States History I3HIST 1302 United States History II3
    MATH Elective**3MATH Elective**3
    Life & Physical Science***4Life & Physical Science***4
    Creative Arts*3
                                          TOTAL16                                       TOTAL13

    Sophomore Year 

    First SemesterSecond Semester
    GOVT 2305 Federal Government3GOVT 2306 Texas Government3
    Life & Physical Science*4SPCH 1315 Public Speaking3
    Social & Behavioral Science*3Electives****9
    Language, Philosophy & Culture***3
                                            TOTAL16                                       TOTAL15

                   TOTAL DEGREE HOURS60
    *See core curriculum course options.  
    **Math Electives include MATH 1314, 1316, 1324, 1325, 1342, 2412, 2413, 2414, 2415 
    ***Life & Physical Science Electives include BIOL 1406, 1407, 1411, 1413, 2401, 2402, 2421, CHEM 1411,   1412, 2423, 2425, GEOL 1403, 1404, PHYS 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404, 2425, 2426                                                      
    ****Electives should be chosen to fulfill transfer requirements for a particular STEM major. Students should consult with their intended transfer institution’s program requirements before choosing courses. 

    See the Cisco College Catalog for additional course listings.

Meet the Faculty

Debbie Barton

Professor of Biology
Cisco Campus
(254) 442-5163
debbie.barton@cisco.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Carl Bray

Professor of Physics & Mathematics
Cisco Campus
Office # 2, Science Building
(254) 442-5186
carl.bray@cisco.edu

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Janie Brixey

Professor of Biology
Abilene Campus
(325) 794-4418
janie.brixey@cisco.edu

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Justin Ceniceros

Professor of Biology
Cisco Campus
(254) 442-5185
justin.ceniceros@cisco.edu

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Nirmala Chandrasekharan

Professor of Chemistry 
Abilene Campus 
(325) 794-4429 
nirmala.chandrasekharan@cisco.edu

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Bea Jackson

Professor of Biology
Abilene Campus
(325) 794-4512
elsie.jackson@cisco.edu

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Zane Laws

Professor of Biology and Chemistry
Abilene Campus
(325) 794-4461
zane.laws@cisco.edu

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Sarah Wise

Professor of Biology
Abilene Campus
(325) 794-4459
sarah.zell@cisco.edu

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