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STEM Pathway

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) Pathway

This pathway is for students interested in a STEM career. Students 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 extracurricular 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.

Contact Us


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

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