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1 University of New Mexico
AlbuquerqueNM 87131

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Building 67, Room #211

Phone: (505) 277-0878

What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM typically refers to school subjects as well as careers. STEM majors include life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, health sciences, technology, engineering, STEM education, and mathematics. Careers in STEM fall on a diverse spectrum, which ranges from teaching high school science to advanced research positions at National Laboratories. Find a list of STEM careers and learn more about them here.

The UNM STEM Collaborative focuses our programs on STEM because only 22% of UNM Freshmen who are interested in STEM majors actually graduate with a STEM bachelor’s degree.1 Nationwide, 40% of STEM-interested freshmen graduate with STEM degrees.2 Low STEM graduation rates are problematic because there is a growing need for trained STEM professionals in New Mexico and world-wide. In 2018, 11% of job openings in New Mexico will require a STEM bachelor’s degree.3 The STEM Collaborative will support STEM students’ academic success and career exploration by connecting students to UNM's stellar STEM faculty and research laboratories.

1STEM Gateway Report, 2013  |  2PCAST, 2012  |  3Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2010

STEM Majors

STEM is defined in various ways. For the purposes of our grant program, STEM majors include the following:

  • Management Information Systems
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Secondary Education (Earth Science, Life Science, Mathematics, and Physical Science Concentrations)
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Health, Medicine, and Human Values
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Radiologic Sciences
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geography
  • Integrative Studies (STEM-focused)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Physics and Astrophysics
  • Statistics
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Computer
  • Computer Science
  • Construction
  • Construction Management
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Nuclear
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology