Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Degree Focus Areas

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Welcome to the General Studies Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Core (STEM). Here you can explore the STEM disciplines while deciding which specific major you want to complete at MC or pursue at a four-year college or university, you can complete preparatory course work necessary to apply for other programs, or you can complete your Associate’s with an emphasis on a STEM related area.  You will select at least 15 credits from any of the discipline courses or individual courses within the core, including at least 3 credits at the 200 level.

Note: If you are planning to complete an MC degree in a specific STEM area (such as Biology, Chemistry, or Engineering) or planning to transfer in a science, engineering or technology area, please be sure to work with a counselor or program advisor to select the right entry level math and science courses. 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Degree Focus Areas

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This degree is available as a Z-Degree—no textbook purchases required. (Learn more about Z-degrees).

The STEM core is designed for you to explore a variety of courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics before selecting a focused STEM related major.  In addition to exploring STEM related majors, you can pursue on of the following focused options while completing a General Studies degree:

  • Data Science Certificate plus A.A. Degree (DATA)
  • Food Science and Nutrition
  • Pre-STEM Major
  • Pre-Allied Health Sciences And Pre-Nursing

In addition to the General Studies STEM degree, MC offers the following STEM area degrees. 

Montgomery College also offers the following STEM related certificates:

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Articulate a plan for their educational and career development that relates their coursework to their goals.
  • Identify available resources related to their ongoing educational and professional development.
  • Apply critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and/or scientific reasoning skills by articulating, analyzing, and evaluating problems and scenarios across discipline areas.
  • Find, evaluate, use, and synthesize information needed to address increasingly complex problems and scenarios.
  • Use technology effectively to accomplish a variety of general and discipline specific activities.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally appropriately across disciplines.
  • Articulate an academic identity that reflects an integrated, interdisciplinary view of their formal, co-curricular and personal learning.
  • Make and articulate the connections within their course of study.

Curriculum

Suggested Course Sequence

The suggested course sequence is listed below for General Studies: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Areas of Focus

The suggested course sequence is listed below for General Studies: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Areas of Focus

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.

Suggested Course Sequence


All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester


  • ENGL 101A - Introduction to College Writing  3 semester hours            
  • Mathematics foundation 3 semester hours (MATF)
  • Natural science distribution 3 semester hours (NSND) ††
  • General education institutional requirement 3 semester hours (GEIR)
  • Elective 3 semester hours

Second Semester


  • English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)‡
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD) **
  • Humanities distribution 3 semester hours (HUMD)
  • Natural science distribution with lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)
  • Elective 3 semester hours

Third Semester


  • Arts distribution 3 semester hours (ARTD or HUMD)
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours(BSSD) **
  • Core course 1 3 semester hours
  • Core course 2 3 semester hours
  • General education institutional requirement 3 semester hours (GEIR) †

Fourth Semester


  • Core course 3semester hours
  • Core course 3 semester hours
  • Core course 3 semester hours
  • Elective 3 semester hours ‡‡
  • Elective 2 semester hours ‡‡

* ENGL 101/ENGL 101A, if needed for ENGL 102/ENGL 103, or select a general elective.

** Behavioral and Social Science Distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

*** Students must complete one Global or Cultural Perspectives designated course as part of their General Education Program.

‡ Students should attempt ENGL and MATH foundation requirements within completion of the first 24 credits of college level work or at the completion of any prerequisite or required non- credit coursework.

‡‡ Any credit hours beyond the minimum in General Education (31 Credit hours) or Core courses are counted toward elective credit hours.

† Two general education institutional requirement (GEIR) courses required from the following general education courses: COMM, HLTH , or one ARTD or HUMD. Students may only take one course from ARTD or HUMD to fulfill General Education Institutional Requirements.

†† Consult a counselor/advisor for NSND/Science course selection. Students potentially interested in science, health or engineer transfer programs should consider a 4 credit lab science course.

Please Note: Exact semester credit counts may vary based on specific course selections.

Additional Resources & Contacts

If you have a question and would like to speak with an advisor, you may schedule an appointment with the counseling office or reach out to one of our Instructional Faculty Advisors. 

View the list of 2018 General Studies Faculty Advisors (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)  .

Please meet with your counseling advisor and/or program advisor for more guidance.


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Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.

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