Academic and Career Pathways


Math and Sciences

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Do you like making logical connections, conducting experiments, and discovering and analyzing how something works? The Math and Sciences ACP is designed for those who are curious about the world and how it works. Our programs serve as building blocks to any certificate, associate degree, or bachelor degree, and they can prepare you for a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields as well as medicine.

  • You will have many options to choose from in the Math and Sciences ACP, such as biology, chemistry, biomanufacturing, biotechnology, mathematics, physics, computer science, earth sciences, and horticulture.

Careers in Math and Science *

  • Lab technicians, lab assistants, chemical technicians, biomanufacturing technicians, and crime lab analysts.
  • Engineers, computer programmers, software developers, database managers, and video game developers.
  • Landscape architects, sustainable agriculture managers, pest control specialists, horticulturalists, and food scientist technicians.
  • Economic analysts, research analysts, statisticians, information scientists, and database administrators.
  • Chemists, mathematicians, and research scientists.
  • Biologists, ecologists, biochemists, marine biologists, meteorologists, physicists, and oceanographers.
  • Medical doctors, pharmacists, and dentists.

*Many of these careers require a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Student Story

Nate Phillips

Nate PhillipsNate Phillips this fall enrolled with the inaugural cohort of 23 junior-year students at MiraCosta College's groundbreaking bachelor's degree program in Biomanufacturing. MiraCosta is one of just 15 California community colleges selected in a pilot project allowing the campuses to offer a for the first time a bachelor's degree in an in-demand field.

"I couldn't be happier," said Phillips, 32. "This is a profession that is growing exponentially, especially in San Diego County. The market is there. This is the spot for it. It's a great field to get into and it’s a great program to have at MiraCosta." READ MORE ABOUT NATE.

Programs of Study

KEY: Certificate of Proficiency Certificate of Achievement Associate Degree Bachelor's Degree

Program of Study Programs Sequence
Biology Biology Prep for Transfer MAP
Biotechnology Biotechnology MAP
  Bioprocess Technology  
  Laboratory Skills  
  Research and Development MAP
Chemistry Chemistry Prep for Transfer MAP
Computer Science Computer Programming Fundamentals  
Earth Science    
Geology Geology Prep for Transfer MAP
Horticulture Irrigation Technology  
  Landscape Architecture MAP
  Nursery/Horticulture Crop MAP
  Pest Control Advisor MAP
  Sustainable Agriculture MAP
  Sustainable Landscape and Turf Management MAP
  Viticulture and Enology MAP
Liberal Arts: Mathematics and Sciences Liberal Arts: Mathematics and Sciences  
Mathematics Mathematics Prep for Transfer MAP
Physical Science    
Physics Physics Prep for Transfer MAP

**These maps are suggested sequences for course completion. Please consult a counselor to first complete an educational plan.

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