Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

What is STEM?
Don’t be confused...STEM is not a major. STEM fields or STEM education is only an acronym for the areas of study in the categories of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

At EMCC we help you explore, find, and start a career path in STEM. We offer all the introductory math, science, engineering and technology classes needed to help you reach your goal.

What are STEM careers?
Degrees in the STEM fields lead to a variety of top-level professions such as a chemical engineer, food science researcher/technician, wildlife biologist, aerospace engineer, veterinarian, physician, climate change analyst and fire protection engineer, just to name a few. However, STEM graduates can also pursue solid careers as health care practitioners, teachers, farmers, top-level managers in the private or government sector, and even writers or artists. 


EMCC is a great starting point for STEM-related careers. Review the three tracks below to determine which is the best fit for your career plans.

1.  STEM-based   
This track is usually for students who plan to transfer to a university for their bachelor degree in specific majors leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Major:  Select a major that interests you. How do you know which major to choose? See the “Areas of Study” on this page. that determines the required courses. Very often students don’t know what they would like to study until they take their first introductory course. Ask EMCC instructors about the various areas of study, and/or an EMCC advisor can assist in preparing and selecting a transfer pathway.

2.  Healthcare & Nursing
This track is for students who are choosing careers in nursing and other skilled supporting roles in the fields of health and medicine. Typically, biology and chemistry courses are required as prerequisites or as concurrent classes required in a specific program.

Majors:  Some healthcare programs at EMCC are cohort based and require separate enrollment, but do not require a declared major. See Healthcare and Wellness programs at EMCC.

3. Pre-Professional
This track is for students who have an interest in pursuing advanced degrees leading to careers in medicine, such as physicians, veterinarians, dentists and pharmacists.

Majors:  Most pre-med students select science-related majors, but it is not mandatory. Students in liberal or fine arts, business, justice, or any others, can still be on a pre-med long as the required courses for medical schools have successfully been completed. There are prerequisite biology and chemistry matter what degree you choose.

How does EMCC prepare students for university transfer?

Meet our wonderful faculty and they will be happy to help you.

Completing an associate’s degree or AGEC with 60 credits at EMCC allows you to transfer smoothly to several universities. For example, ASU.

The MAPP (Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program) is specifically designed for students studying at any of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges, which EMCC is one, and want to transfer to ASU for a bachelor’s degree. Here are a few of the bachelor’s degrees at ASU in STEM areas:

  • Health Sciences

  • Nutrition

  • Applied Math for Life and Social Sciences

  • Earth and Space Exploration

  • Environmental Chemistry

  • Computer Science

  • Meteorology/Climatology

  • Construction Management

  • Mathematics

  • Chemistry

  • Electrical Engineering

  • Engineering – Robotics

  • Environmental and Resource Management

  • Biochemistry

  • Biology