The Certificate of Achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) provides students with a solid foundation towards an academic or technical career in STEM, offering course prerequisite to, or part of, existing program core courses. Students receiving this certificate will have a better understanding about career choices, especially in STEM oriented areas. It will give them the knowledge needed to make an informed decision about either embracing the pathways leading to academia, and ultimately to an MS or PhD in a STEM field.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Predict the outcome of real-world situations using the fundamental laws of physics.
  • Use graphs and diagrams to explain or predict physical situations.
  • Explain the difference between science and technology.
  • Develop computer coding to solve real world problems.

Required Courses

Course Title Units
ASTRO 010 Introduction to Astronomy 3
COMSC 020 Introduction to Programming Concepts and Methodologies 3
ENGR 001 Technology and Society 3
Take one of the following Math options: 5-7
Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry  
Calculus I With Analytic Geometry  
Precalculus Algebra
and Trigonometry
Choose one course from the following: 3
Solar System Astronomy  
Stars, Galaxies, and the Origin of the Universe  
General Biology  
Fundamentals of Chemistry  
General Chemistry  
Total Units

What is a Program Map?

A program map is a suggested semester-by-semester plan to help you complete the courses required for a particular degree or certificate. It is based on the major sheet for the particular degree or certificate you are interested in. It includes courses required for the major, general education and any necessary electives. 

A program map is a representation of the major sheet. It includes the specific specialty courses in a major, general education courses and any necessary electives. 

What is a Major Sheet?

A major sheet includes a description of the program you are interested in, what you can expect to learn once you have completed the program (Program Learning Outcomes) and the specific specialty courses you will need to complete within a major.