Science, Engineering & Mathematics Pathway
Are you interested in how things are built and how they work? Whether looking at people, animals, plants, machines, buildings, the earth or the universe, students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Pathway (STEM) have an interest in understanding how the world works. And with our rapidly improving technologies, there are always new boundaries to push and new things to learn. As a result, technologies we can barely dream of today will be the reality 10 years from now, and STEM students will be on the leading edge of those changes.
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is a two-year undergraduate degree similar to the Associate of Arts (AA) and the Associate of Science (AS) degree. The AAS degree is designed for students who intend to enter the workforce immediately following graduation from their program.
The Associate of Science (AS) is a two-year undergraduate transfer degree that is primarily intended as a stepping stone into a bachelor’s degree program. AS coursework focuses on the sciences and helps students develop useful skills and knowledge.
Engineering is the process of utilizing knowledge and principles to design, build, and analyze objects. Engineering is a necessary element for most items that require construction and has several branches of expertise including civil, electrical, mechanical, and chemical.
Environmental scientists explore nature’s systems and how humans influence those systems. They may be involved in a variety of areas, such as soil conservation, water quality and treatment, agriculture, plant pathology, ecology, environmental engineering, biology and more.
Mathematics is an essential tool for better understanding the world in which we live. Mathematics is a tool that prepares us for careers in many diverse areas such as nursing, accounting, medicine, education, law, engineering, computer science, business and so much more.
Community colleges can be stepping stones for students interested in a variety of fields, including aspiring medical students. The medical sciences major is designed for pre-professional students who are interested in graduate training in human medicine (pre-medicine, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy).
Science is a way of discovering what’s in the universe and how those things work today, how they worked in the past, and how they are likely to work in the future. Science education should contribute to a student’s ability to make sense of the world.