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STEM Exploratory Option

General Studies Associates of Arts Degree
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Review the academic map for recommended course selections and sequencing for a Pre-STEM focus (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

The STEM exploratory option is a great way to refine your interests in the many areas in STEM.  Beginning with the General Studies STEM major will allow you to select courses in the STEM areas, and in doing so, determine a specific area that interests you. During your first two semesters, you will have the ability to enhance your mathematics capabilities and develop your ability to think both critically and scientifically by taking appropriate math and science courses. During your second semester, you should meet with a program advisor or counselor to select a major that aligns with your transfer goals or stay in General Studies STEM and complete your degree. 

Key Courses

The Math requirement for most STEM fields includes the calculus sequence beginning with MATH 165 or MATH 181. Science requirements generally begin with CHEM 131 followed by BIOL 150. Talk with your program advisor or counselor for additional key courses.

Program Advising

Academic advising helps students reach their educational and career goals. Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to change major, graduate and/or transfer. See the academic map for suggested courses/course sequences that will best meet requirements for your academic goals and a degree in a STEM field.

Transfer Opportunities

There are General Studies articulation agreements with many transfer institutions that allow you to transfer seamlessly using this degree.  Because the General Studies STEM degree may not align with your 4-year transfer institution, we recommend that you explore the other STEM degrees at Montgomery College in your area of interest. Meet with a program advisor or counselor to ensure that your courses will transfer as requirements for your next degree.

Career Options

Located on the websites for the related degrees are links to career outlook/career options related to the specific degree programs.  In addition to those, you may also look into the following Montgomery College resources:

  • MC Career Services: Planning and support for MC students and alumni. 
  • Career Coachnew window: Explore hundreds of potential careers and job possibilities.

Related Programs and Courses

General Studies Degree

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

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

MC offers a wide variety of noncredit classes. These courses are designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new.