Science-Related Degrees – Pioneering the New Age

Science expands our boundaries, inflames our imaginations, and elevates our understanding of the complexities of our world. Perhaps most importantly, science allows us to dream big and achieve big goals.


Science and the Next Frontier of Human Achievement

Science is the most essential tool that guides our knowledge, and it helps us understand the world. It can transform observations and hypotheses into real solutions and insights that enhance the quality of life and protect our planet.

Science is built into nearly all aspects of our lives. For instance, science is the clean water in your cup – purified and supplied through complex filtration systems developed through chemical and environmental science.  

Science is the food we eat – made safer and more abundant thanks to agricultural science and biotechnology. It is the medicine we depend on to sustain our well-being.

With a degree in a science-related discipline, you can help influence what comes next. How will you make your mark? How will you harness the power of science for the next great discovery?


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Learning Science Is an Adventure

A degree in a science-related field can offer many opportunities to students who are interested in pushing the boundaries of research, disrupting outdated industries, and tackling global challenges. A degree in a field of science is meant for those committed to creating a greater future for all.

Given the rich diversity of science majors, disciplines, and degrees available, this field can cater to a wide range of interests and career aspirations. Whether your passion lies in molecular biology, data science, electrical engineering, or environmental science, there exists a niche for every curious mind.

The vast array of various fields provides opportunities to innovate and solve complex problems in creative ways.


How Is an Online Format Beneficial for You?

Enrolling in online science courses presents numerous advantages for college students and working professionals:

  • Flexibility and convenience: Online science programs are designed to give you control over your schedule. When you find a flexible asynchronous format, you are able to balance your learning with personal and professional responsibilities. This flexibility ensures that you can access course materials, participate in discussions, and complete weekly assignments at times that work best for you, whether early in the morning or late at night. American Military University (AMU) is an example of an online university offering an asynchronous format. AMU classes have no set times when you must log in for a lecture or class.
  • Quality education: You should look for an online learning model that does not compromise the quality or depth of instruction. Be sure to identify programs that offer the same rigorous curriculum, expert faculty, and cutting-edge scientific resources as you would find in a traditional classroom setting, including interactive online tools and collaborative platforms. At American Military University, some programs in the sciences have earned specialty accreditation. For example, AMU’s online Master of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Additionally, the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress has accredited AMU’s programs in fire science and emergency and disaster management. Also, AMU is part of American Public University System, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 
  • Accessible research: Look for universities that provide an online library offering robust research resources available from any location with internet access. A significant number of AMU’s science courses offer digital textbooks that are available round-the-clock in your virtual classroom or our online library.
  • Recognized standards: More and more employers are acknowledging the validity and effectiveness of online learning, especially post-COVID-19.
  • Engaging multimedia: What kind of learner are you? AMU’s online learning model incorporates a multimedia approach. Educational content and instruction are delivered through diverse formats, like videos and podcasts. This multimedia approach supports students with varying learning styles, allowing for potentially greater comprehension and retention of essential information.
  • Affordability: Have you considered how you will pay for your education? Students who earn an online degree from AMU can potentially graduate with less debt. The cost-effectiveness of AMU's online format is a significant benefit for students. AMU also offers a Preferred Military Rate for servicemembers and their families. It’s designed to minimize out-of-pocket costs. By eliminating the need for physical textbooks for many courses, commuting costs, and various campus-related fees like room and board, AMU’s online science programs can be an economical choice for adult learners seeking a quality education.

Note: Some programs require in-person activity, including doctoral residencies, internships, practicums, proctored comprehensive exams, or class projects with in-person assignments. View your program of interest for specific requirements.

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AMU’s Online Lab Component

Several of American Military University’s science degree programs include a virtual lab component. For example, our Biology 133 and Chemistry 133 courses have virtual labs.

The best part about AMU’s lab requirement is that you don’t need to step into an actual lab to complete your lab assignments. They’re all done virtually. This beneficial setup means you can dive into experiments and get your lab work done online, no matter where you are. These virtual labs mimic the real deal, offering a super flexible way to get hands-on experience in your field, right from your home.

You may participate in a course requiring the purchase of a lab kit. These kits will be delivered to your home and the costs will be outlined in either the syllabus, the online program page, or in course materials you receive upon enrollment.

None of AMU's science courses require an on-campus lab obligation.

How Are Science Majors Useful for Military Personnel?

A degree in a scientific field builds skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, data analysis, as well as the ability to make evidence-based conclusions. These skill sets can be applied to a variety of industries. 

From leading a team in the field to overseeing complex operations, advanced study may also prepare a servicemember to seek leadership roles within the military. Additionally, the analytical and problem-solving skills honed through scientific study can help sharpen strategic thinking and decision-making. 

Current servicemembers who have completed military training in the medical and health sciences, for example, may find AMU’s associate of applied science in health sciences to be a good entry point for further exploration of the healthcare industry.

For those who are serving our nation in the Armed Forces, AMU's online format is designed with the unique needs of military personnel in mind. AMU recognizes the challenges servicemembers face and has dedicated support services to ensure sustained success. 

From academic advisors who understand the intricacies of your situation to career services specialists who are well-versed in the demands of military life, AMU is committed to providing you with the resources and guidance you need to excel in your educational journey. While AMU has its roots in the military, the University is open to all.

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Real-World Application

The choice of science degrees at AMU is versatile, each with specified program requirements. Depending on your program choice, you may be learning about everything from biological sciences and chemistry to data science, computer science or environmental science.

You'll have the chance to acquire a deep understanding of the scientific method and learn how to conduct experiments, analyze data, and draw evidence-based conclusions. Through hands-on laboratory work and theoretical coursework, you can further develop your analytical thinking skills and the ability to apply scientific principles to real-world problems.

In addition to scientific knowledge, you'll also cultivate essential life skills such as communication, teamwork, and adaptability. Many scientific disciplines require collaboration and effective communication. You may have opportunities to work on group projects, present your findings, and engage in scientific discussions with your peers.

AMU students benefit from faculty who are practitioners in the field. They bring their real-world experience from professional engagements involving conservation, wetlands, space exploration and research, and military agencies.

Recognizing the versatility of these skills, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) highlights how graduates with science degrees are equipped for a diverse range of career paths, from research and development to environmental conservation and public policy.

What Can You Do with a Degree in a Science-Related Field?

An undergraduate degree, just like a master's degree, could serve a wide range of interests. Here are some examples:

  1. Research and development: Work in laboratories conducting experiments and research to advance knowledge in various scientific fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science.
  2. Healthcare and medicine: Aside from attending medical school to become a doctor, graduates can explore careers in medical research, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, public health, and healthcare administration.
  3. Engineering: Apply scientific principles to design, develop, and improve structures, machines, devices, systems, materials, and processes in fields through civil, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, and chemical engineering.
  4. Environmental science and conservation: Address environmental challenges through roles in conservation management, environmental consulting, sustainability initiatives, and governmental agencies focused on natural resource management.
  5. Education: Inspire the next generation by teaching science at the elementary, secondary, or post-secondary level, or work in educational content development, communication, and outreach.
  6. Government and policy: Influence public policy related to science, health, and the environment by working with governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and think tanks.
  7. Space exploration and astronomy: Contribute to space exploration projects, prepare to work with space agencies like NASA or SpaceX®, or engage in astronomical research and analysis.
  8. Forensic science: Apply scientific methods and techniques to criminal and civil investigations, working closely with law enforcement and legal teams.
  9. Food science and agriculture: Improve food production, safety, and sustainability through roles in agricultural research, food processing, nutrition and health science, and regulatory compliance.
  10. Business and industry: Leverage scientific knowledge in roles such as technical sales, marketing of scientific products, quality control, and project management within scientific and technological companies or financial institutions.

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AMU’s Science-Related Student Organizations

At American Military University, student organizations offer an enriching complement to academic life, providing you with unique opportunities to network with professionals, gain hands-on experience in a field of interest, and develop leadership and teamwork skills.

Here are some of AMU’s science-related organizations: 

Advocates for women's involvement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) areas, providing networking opportunities, professional insights, resources, and support to help women in STEM advance their careers.
Promotes women in STEM across all fields and job sectors, working towards systemic change to enable women to reach their full potential.
Aims to empower its members to influence space exploration, offering chances to connect, network, and learn from space industry leaders.
Advances its aerospace objectives and initiatives within the University, focused on shaping the aerospace future with members as its core.
 Focuses on innovative space living and operational strategies through hands-on research and analog missions. It allows students from all fields to participate in experiments and planning in various simulated space environments, advancing space exploration knowledge.
Raises awareness about environmental issues and creates action plans to engage the University community more actively with environmental initiatives.
Creates an open space for students and members to explore fire science topics, network with professionals, and foster both academic and career achievements. 
Invites curious students to delve into the exploration and documentation of the supernatural, from ghostly encounters to cryptic creatures and the vast unknowns of the cosmos.
Offers students the chance to learn about the multi-faceted field of environmental stewardship, promoting ethical practices, technical expertise, and professional standards to achieve its goals.
Empowers Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in STEM, guiding them from college to career and leadership roles. 
We are an environment of learning where students are actively engaged and supported, class discussions aren't fluff, and the remote format is used to our advantage.
Sylvia Nemmers
PhD, Associate Professor, Department Chair, Environmental Science 

Frequently Asked Questions

You don't need to have a mathematics degree to obtain a degree in a science-related field and the amount of math involved in pursuing a degree can vary significantly. Fields such as biology or environmental science may require less intensive math courses, focusing instead on statistics and data analysis relevant to the discipline.

However, degrees in the natural sciences and engineering may require a substantial amount of math, including courses in calculus and statistics.

The BS and BSc are synonymous. They both stand for “bachelor of science” and they can be used interchangeably. However, the acronym BA stands for “bachelor of arts.”

A bachelor of arts degree is different from a bachelor of science degree because its focus and coursework differ. BAs focus on a broad liberal arts education, and the BS/BSc degrees emphasize specialized study in scientific and technical disciplines. The choice between these pathways depends on what your selected institution offers in a discipline and your career goals, interests, and the specific requirements of a chosen field.

No, you do not need a scientific background to pursue a science degree – "only scientific curiosity," says AMU's Environmental Science Department Chair Sylvia Nemmers.

AMU offers organic chemistry I and II, including an online organic chemistry course with a lab component, which is a unique course not commonly found in online education.

"We worked with our partners to develop a lab kit that our science students could actually use at home," says Danny Welsch, PhD. "We devised a lab kit that we could ship through the mail, that didn't have disposal concerns, but that still met the outcomes of the course."

Students taking our organic chemistry courses acquire the same skill set and knowledge as the students in traditional education settings, but the difference is that AMU students benefit from the added flexibility of learning from the comfort of their own homes.

Learn More About AMU's Science Programs

If you are interested in learning more about the online science degrees offered by American Military University, be sure to check out the list of programs offered by our School of STEM. If you have any questions, we have advisors ready to assist you.

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