Whether looking at living systems, machines, man-made structures, the earth, or the universe, students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Pathway (STEM) have an interest in understanding how the world works. A STEM pathway will foster your intellectual curiosity, logical reasoning, and collaboration skills.

Are you curious about how things work? Do you like working on projects with a team of people to solve problems that will change the world?

With the continual expansion of technology, there are always new boundaries to push and new things to learn. As a result, the technologies and discoveries we can barely dream of today will be the reality a mere 10 years from now, and STEM scientists will be on the leading edge of those changes. Biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science, or astronomy are examples of career fields open to students with these interests.

Programs in This Pathway

Anthropology is the study of humans — past and present — as diverse social, cultural, and biological beings in a varied and changing world. Using a multicultural approach, it emphasizes skills for understanding and interacting with all kinds of people.
Students with interests in the life, natural, and health sciences have two primary study options to consider at Pierce College.
Career opportunities for students who pursue advanced study in the chemistry field include teaching, research, chemical lab work, chemical engineering, quality control and more.
Get on the fast track to a career in computers with top-notch classroom training and hands-on experience in Pierce College's Computer Network Engineering program.
Database management graduates are qualified for entry-level database administrator (DBA), database developer, IT business analyst, data analyst and application analyst positions.
The Engineering program at Pierce College is aimed at preparing students with the skills and knowledge needed to transfer to a four-year college with junior status. We offer a wide variety of classes and disciplines ranging from chemistry to technical writing to thermodynamics and physics.
Careers for students with training in environmental science are varied and diverse, and include such fields as teaching, research, and technical support.
The study of geography encompasses many aspects of the physical and social sciences. Pierce College offers students a wide range of courses designed to provide an introduction to the complex and fascinating physical and cultural systems of the environment.
Geology is the science of the physical Earth and its relationship to the life that exists on it.
The Health Information Technology associate degree and certificate programs are designed for students interested in IT careers in the health care industry. The degrees combine a health care foundation with business analysis skills.
Physics is the study of the laws and properties of matter, including mechanics, energy, sound, heat, light, electricity and magnetism. A major in physics would serve as a basis for work in industry, government or teaching.
In many disciplines, mathematics is used to help make sense of phenomena observed in the world. Math also can help us develop critical thinking and reasoning skills that can be used to solve problems in a variety of applications.
Courses offered in oceanography provide an interdisciplinary scientific approach to the study of the biological, chemical, geological and physical parameters of the ocean.