What is STEM?
STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM majors are those that focus on the following areas:
Parallel Planning in STEM
As you explore STEM majors, you will note some have entrance requirements that must be completed before applying. In some cases, even if you meet these requirements, admission may be limited due to space.
If you are exploring majors that have entrance requirements, we recommend looking at options for a parallel plan (also known as a back-up plan). A parallel plan includes majors that relate to your interests and skills and can be declared without meeting additional requirements. Having multiple options allows you to pursue your goals even if you are not admitted to your first choice major.
We recommend using the links on this page to explore and identify parallel plan options at the U, as well as learn about the wide-variety of STEM careers available.
Learning more about your interests, values, and skills can be helpful in identifying parallel plan options. Visit the Self-Awareness section of the CAPE site for activities that can help you learn more about yourself.
If you would like support with developing a parallel plan, schedule a meeting with a CAPE Coach!
STEM Majors List
The majors below focus exclusively or predominantly on mathematics, natural sciences (including physical sciences and biological/agricultural sciences), engineering/engineering technologies, and computer/information sciences.
STEM-Related Majors List
While not focusing exclusively on STEM subjects, the majors below have a strong math/science foundation and will also help build skills relevant for many STEM career fields.
Career Paths in STEM
Many students are interested in STEM majors because they would like to build skills that will help them pursue STEM-related careers. As many STEM careers develop and evolve with changes in research and technology, it is important to learn about the range of possibilities and assess how options match your interests and skills.
Below, you will find resources to help you learn more about STEM careers:
Profiles of STEM CareersIncludes job descriptions, average salary information, and related careers
Statistics on STEM CareersA detailed overview of STEM careers and projected areas of growth
Career ServicesConnect with the Career Services office for your college to get support in gaining experience