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ECC Science student in lab classroom

While the field of Science is broad, there are many different career opportunities available that begin with a science background. If you have a curiosity about living things and how they tick, you may be interested in the various Life Sciences including biology, anatomy, botany, genetics, toxicology and zoology. The Physical Sciences deal with non-living matter studied in chemistry and physics. The Earth Sciences cover with the study of natural sciences like geology, oceanography and meteorology.

Continued growth of scientific and medical research as well as the development and production of technical products will cause continued demand for employment in the science field. Job responsibilities may include teaching, research, and development. Employers may include chemical, agricultural, pharmaceutical and other industries; environmental-related companies; governmental agencies; laboratories; and colleges and universities.

ECC’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs are among the highest paying and most popular career choices for today’s workplace!


Because science-related careers vary so widely, you are encouraged to check the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook to find current educational requirements, median salary information, and employment prospects for each career in which you’re interested.


ECC’s two-year Associate of Arts (AA) transfer degree is designed to meet the requirements of colleges and universities to which students may wish to transfer for completion of baccalaureate (BA or BS) degrees. In many instances, transfer colleges accept this degree as equivalent to their own general education requirements.

Because the requirements for an AA transfer degree change periodically, students should check with their academic advisor or the ECC Admissions Office to confirm that they have the most current information. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree they hope to obtain and for planning their schedule accordingly.

Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa

ECC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable ECC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at ECC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the ECC Admissions Office for more information!


  • ECC currently has the 17th highest student success rate (graduation rate + transfer rate) of any community college in the nation.
  • The College offers generous scholarships and financial aid packages, which is why our graduates have one of the lowest average student debt loads of any college in Iowa, public or private, two-year or four year!
  • What students appreciate about ECC is our smaller class sizes, which results in more one-on-one attention from the instructor and greater classroom success.

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Jim Cheaney

Jim Cheaney

Jim is a native Hoosier from Evansville, IN, although his roots are in Kentucky. He received a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molec...

Jim is a native Hoosier from Evansville, IN, although his roots are in Kentucky. He received a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Mississippi State University and a master’s in Poultry Science with a minor in Reproductive Physiology, also from MSU. Despite being warned about Iowa winters, he moved to Iowa to get...

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