STEM ACADEMIC ADVISING & COLLEGE ADMISSIONS
WHAT IS A STEM MAJOR?
Do you enjoy and excel in your science and math courses? Do you think you want to become a physician? Maybe you’ve learned to code and write APPs or were told you would make a great engineer?
You might be the next Tony Stark or follow in the footsteps of Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Sally Ride (NASA), Jeff Bezoz (Amazon), Shigeru Miyamoto (Nintendo), Jeffrey Katzenberg (Dreamworks Animation), Caterina Fake (Flickr), Helen Greiner (iRobot), or Antonia Coello Novello (Surgeon General).
Aspiring STEM students! Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D., provides pre-college academic advising, ensuring academic success and helping you s et yourself apart from other STEM applicants.
Traditional STEM majors include:
Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry),
Technology (Computer Science, Information Systems),
Engineering (i.e. Mechanical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, etc.)
The complete list of STEM majors and careers contains dozens of selections and extends far beyond the courses you’ve explored in your high school AP, AICE or IB classes.
Given your interests and strengths, or perhaps there is an area you have yet to uncover, let me guide you to the discovery of unique and cutting-edge STEM majors.
You’ll be surprised to know that there are STEM majors for students who enjoy the “Liberal Arts” and for students with overlapping interests in business, social sciences and even the fine arts.
A variety of fields have been influenced by the analytical approaches and scientific techniques taught in STEM programs. Collaboration taking place within multi-disciplinary teams is the direction of future innovation in all fields.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A STEM EDUCATION?
The nature of STEM fields continues to evolve. Advanced preparation for an undergraduate STEM major should include the following:
- Mathematics: All STEM fields require a comfort and aptitude for quantitative analysis. High school coursework preparing you for Calculus & Statistics is advised. All engineering programs have math pre-requisites. Pre-medical students will complete rigorous Chemistry classes requiring mathematics. Business school students, especially those in Finance & Marketing should anticipate coursework in advanced statistics and calculus.
- STEM AP/AICE coursework: STEM majors are more structured than others leaving few credits for exploration. Achieving high (threshold) scores on AP STEM exams related to your chosen major not only enhances your admissions portfolio, but better prepares you for the challenging coursework ahead and leaves room to enroll in non-STEM electives/minors.
Challenge yourself to complete as many of these AP classes as possible during high school: Computer Science, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics
- CODING: Multi-disciplinary problem-solving is typical in the fast-paced and incredibly competitive technical sector. Students in all fields, including video-gaming/artists, filmmakers, financial gurus and even aspiring physicians are at a competitive advantage having acquired basic programming skills. Robotics and Artificial Intelligence continue to influence all fields. Understanding the basics of coding is essential to success in STEM and many disciplines. Have you considered “Computational Finance” or “Computational Biology” as potential majors?
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