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Take on big questions, and discover big truths. If you love research, experimentation, and testing a hypothesis – then a career in science may be just what you’re looking for.

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Apply the Scientific Method

“Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.” – Stephen Hawking

Here’s the Scientific Method at work:

  1. Ask a question: Are NOVA’s Physical & Life Sciences programs right for you?
  2. Do the research: Contact an academic advisor and schedule a visit to campus.
  3. Create a hypothesis: In two years, you can earn a degree that leads to an exciting, high-paying job.
  4. Test it out: We think you’ll be happy with the results.

Make the Smart Choice

  • Transfer is not always the goal, but transfer resources are available for students interested in applying to senior institutions.

  • Although general requirements may be transferred from other institutions, specific math and science requirements must be fulfilled at NOVA.

Careers In and Out of the Lab

You don’t have to wear a long, white coat to be a scientist. (Although you can if you want.) Careers in scientific fields are varied, stimulating, and well-compensated.

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  • Nuclear Equipment Operations Technicians

    Nuclear technicians assist physicists, engineers, and other professionals in nuclear research and nuclear energy production. They operate special equipment and monitor the levels of radiation that are produced.

    *Based on BLS data

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  • Nuclear Monitoring Technicians

    Collect and test samples to monitor results of nuclear experiments and contamination of humans, facilities, and environment.

    Potential Salary: $77,701*

    *Based on BLS data

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  • Chemical Technician

    Chemical technicians use special instruments and techniques to help chemists and chemical engineers research, develop, produce, and test chemical products and processes.

    *Based on BLS data

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Discover Your Passion

The variety of programs at NOVA reflect the diversity of paths within the Physical & Life Sciences. Find one that suits you.

Science, A.S.

Students will learn to see the world in a new way, and find real-life applications for what they have learned.

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Horticulture Technology, A.A.S.

If you enjoy being outdoors, and getting your hands dirty, this might be just the program for you.

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  • Biotechnology, A.A.S.

    This program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in entry-level positions at biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as laboratory, research, or manufacturing technicians.

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  • Biotechnology Lab Technician, C.S.C.

    This program is designed for persons wishing to enhance their employment options or retrain for a career as a laboratory technician in various biotechnology disciplines.

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  • Horticulture Technology, A.A.S.

    The curriculum is designed to prepare students for full-time employment within the field of commercial horticulture as well as for those presently working who seek further knowledge and advancement.

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  • Horticulture Technology: Landscape Design Specialization, A.A.S.

    This program is designed to prepare the student for full-time employment within the field of landscape design as well as assisting those who are presently working and who wish to further their knowledge and upgrade their skills.

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  • Science, A.S.

    The curriculum is designed for persons who are interested in a professional or scientific program and who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree program with a major in one of the following fields: agriculture, biology, chemistry, pre-dentistry, forestry, geology, home economics, nursing, oceanography, pharmacy, physics, physical therapy, pre-medicine, science education, or mathematics.

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