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General Studies: Concentration STEM

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Why study General Studies: Concentration STEM at APSU?

If you are a student with an earned associate's degree or have earned college credits with an interest to work in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics, then this option can be designed to meet your career goals. It is more broadly based to promote the understanding of basic and applied scientific skills. Students may focus primarily in the natural-sciences disciplines or they may extend their interests to the design and measurement of scientific knowledge.

What will I learn?

Students will learn the primary principles for working in the natural sciences, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics disciplines. Systematic approaches will be introduced to study the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world. Opportunities to apply scientific knowledge for practical purposes are available. Experienced advisors assist students to design an individualized degree plan that meets their career and/or graduate school goals.

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. 

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.

What Do General Studies: Concentration STEM Majors Do After Graduation?

If you are interested in a career related to scientific knowledge and its design and application, then this major can be used for entry-level positions that do not require specialized training. These positions may include working in a laboratory setting, assisting with technology within an organization, collecting and organizing data from various environments, or providing support for designing mechanical equipment. In addition, the degree may be an appropriate stepping-stone for students planning to continue into a graduate-level certificate or a master's level program related to teacher licensure, biology, or engineering technology.

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