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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

For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.

  • MC Student Employment Services: Speak with the Student Employment Specialist for help with resume writing, interviewing, setting up a College Central Network (CCN)new window account and other job search topics.
  • Career Coach: Explore Career Coach to learn more about this career and/or discover related majors and in-demand careers based on your current interests! Take a Career Assessment and then browse careers and job opportunities in the area.

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.