Career and Academic Pathways: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

These pathways are for students interested in a STEM career. Students begin to learn the skills necessary to start careers in science (biology, chemistry, geology, geography, natural sciences, physics), technology (computer programming and applications, computer information systems, computer science, computer technology, cybersecurity), engineering, and mathematics.

STEM Programs

  • An Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree provides knowledge and skills for employment or further study in a chosen field.
  • An Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degree is for students interested in transferring to schools within the California State University (CSU) system to earn a bachelor’s degree.
  • Certificate of Achievement (C) is approved by the state and prepares students to enter the workforce.
  • Skills Certificate (CS) is issued by the department and prepares students to enter the workforce.
  • Noncredit Certificate (CN) is for students who want to acquire employment, transition to college, and/or explore pathways leading to a career.


LACC received funding from the Department of Education to implement the STEM Pathways Program to support academic success and rate of transfer of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) students.

The program provides the following benefits to student participants:

  1. Math Preparation and Support– Free math review bootcamps for pre-calculus and calculus during the winter and summer intercessions.
  2. STEM Learning Center– Group study space, just for STEM students, with tutoring and supplemental instruction in STEM courses available.
  3. STEM-Specific Individualized Counseling and Peer Mentoring - Participants have access to a dedicated STEM Counselor and also have the opportunity to be assigned a Peer-Mentor.
  4. Faculty Mentoring – Participants join a group led by a Faculty Mentor to engage in excurricular enrichment and to provide academic and career support.
  5. Undergraduate Research Experiences– Students will have access to paid summer research experiences at CSULA and CSUF. Funding will be available for students to present their undergraduate research work at conferences.
  6. University and Industry Field Trips- Free travel to field trips to university open days and industry tours.
  7. Book Loan Program- Participants will have access to a STEM textbook book loan program.

How to Join:

Please complete the application form and return to the reception desk in FH304. Please do not forget to attach your unoffical transcripts and letter of interest to the application form when you submit it. You will be notified by email about our decision on your application.

Online Transfer Certification

Request CSU GE Breadth Certification
For transferring to California State Universities

Request IGETC Certification
For transferring to University of California campuses

Course Descriptions

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Jayesh Bhakta, Ph. D.
Department Chair of Physics and Engineering/Faculty Lead for STEM Pathways
Phone: (323) 953-4000 ext.2923

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