STEM Disciplines and CTE Areas

How is STEM defined at PCC?

Ever since STEM entered the national lexicon, educators and policy makers have struggled to define which academic fields and occupations qualify as a STEM. Recognizing this challenge, the US Departments of Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, the US Department of Labor, the National Science Foundation and numerous other Federal agencies participated in a workgroup formed by the National Standard Occupational Codes (SOC) Policy Committee to develop a list of commonly agreed upon STEM occupations. The workgroup reviewed existing definitions of STEM occupations, such as those used by academic or policy bodies, and narrowed the array of definitions into a commonly agreed upon list of standard occupations and fields.

PCC Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and Lower Division Collegiate (LDC) courses were mapped to the STEM occupations identified by the National SOC Policy Committee. The following 50 PCC CTE programs are now considered STEM:

PCC CTE STEM Degrees and Certificates

  • Accelerated Accounting
  • CIS NET ADM Windows Network Security
  • Accounting Clerk
  • CIS Web Application Development
  • Architectural Design & Drafting
  • Dental Assisting
  • Architectural Design & Drafting Residential
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Architectural Sustainable Design
  • Dental Laboratory Technology
  • Biology and Management of Zoo Animals
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Design for Accessibility and Aging in Place
  • Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) Mechatronics/Auto/Robotic
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • EET Renewable Energy Systems
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology Powerplant
  • EET Wireless & Data Communication Technology
  • Automated Manufacturing Technology
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Building Construction Technology Design/Build Remodeling
  • Emergency Medical Services Technician
  • Bioscience Technology
  • Gerontology End of Life Care and Support
  • Biomedical Engineering Electronic Tech
  • Graphic Design
  • Computer Aided Design & Drafting
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Civil Engineering Technology (CET)
  • Landscape Technology
  • CET Green Technology & Sustainability
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET)
  • Computer Information Systems (CIS)
  • MET Green Technology & Sustainability
  • CIS Oracle and SQL
  • Marketing
  • CIS Database Design and SQL
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • CIS Health Informatics
  • Microelectronics Technology (MT)
  • CIS Network Administration (NET ADM)
  • MT Solar Voltaic Manufacturing Technology
  • CIS NET ADM Microsoft Server
  • Occupational Skills Training
  • CIS NET ADM Linux/Unix Network Security
  • Radiography
  • CIS NET ADM Linux Server
  • Veterinary Technology
  • CIS VB NET ADM Application Programming
  • Website Development and Design

For Lower Division Collegiate (LDC) courses, PCC used the STEM major fields of study identified by the Department of Commerce and National Science Foundation to determine course sequences at PCC which are commonly taken or required prior to enrollment in one of the above programs. The following LDC course sequences indicated concentration in STEM studies:

PCC LDC STEM Course Sequences

  • Biology - 211, 212, 213
  • Math - 251, 252 OR Math - 254, 256, 261
  • Chemistry - 221,222,223
  • Computer Science - 250, 251
  • Physics - 211, 212, 213
  • Geology - 201, 202, 203
  • Engineering - 211, 212, 213 OR Engineering - 221, 222, 223
  • Environmental Studies 160, 201, 202

The table below summarizes enrollment in PCC STEM programs and courses from both areas.

PCC STEM enrollment

Area of Study Students
CTE STEM Degrees and Certificates (50) 2011-12 Enrollment 5,291
LDC Completed STEM Course Sequences 2009-2010 3,836
Total 9,127

Based on this methodology, PCC served 9,132 STEM students.

Potential STEM students

PCC has also defined a pipeline of potential STEM students that includes students enrolled in one of three areas: 1) LDC STEM gateway courses, 2) below-100 level math (pre-college levels) courses, and 3) 100-level science classes. The table below lists the individual LDC STEM Gateway courses:

PCC LDC STEM Gateway Courses

  • Biology 211, 212 or 213
  • Math 251, 252, 253, 254, 256 or 261
  • Chemistry 221, 222, 223, 260 or 261
  • Geology 201, 202, or 203
  • Engineering 211, 212, 213, 221, or 223
  • Environmental Studies 160, 201, 202 (two of the three)

Consequently, PCC’s potential STEM pipeline enrollment is as follows:

Potential STEM pipeline student enrollment

Area of Study # Students
Enrolled in LDC STEM Gateway Courses 12,299
Enrolled 2011-12 in Below-100 Level Math (pre-college levels) 30,195
Enrolled 2011-12 in Science (classes below 200 level STEM gateway) 14,544
Total 57,038