STEM100 Introduction to STEM Disciplines (3 semester hours)

This course provides students a chance to explore an array of topics and disciplines across science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and provides a solid exploration of the STEM industry and career opportunities through undergraduate study. Students will be introduced to major areas of STEM, covering the fundamental concepts of each discipline, and how STEM topics are integrated into non-STEM areas. Additionally, students will be introduced to career avenues, expectations of career readiness, career satisfaction, and professional communication. There is an emphasis on developing an understanding of personal interests, skills, and abilities, with a focus on helping students find their passion through self-reflection and self-assessment. Additionally, this course is designed to foster community among students from a variety of majors.

STEM185 The History and Context of STEM (3 semester hours)

This course offer students the opportunity to delve into the history and context of the STEM disciplines. The course will review not only the definition of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), but the history of the individual study areas and their progression toward a unified field of study. The course will delve into the similarities that helps to unite these fields as well as the distinct differences that separate them. Students will be exposed to a wide range of topics as the course looks at different key timeframes in STEM, such as 19th century America and Europe as well as today.

STEM194 STEM Special Topics for Associate Students (3 semester hours)

Special Topics courses are offered occasionally, in response to student interest, on emerging topics. These courses are limited in their offerings and scope, and the format will vary based on the student interest and the topics to be covered. Enrollment by Program Director approval.

STEM195 STEM Internship for Associate Students (3 semester hours)

Participating in an internship provides students with a valuable educational and professional opportunity. During internships, students explore and gain hands on experience in a field they have an interest in working within. Within the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math the primary responsibility for finding an internship belongs to the student, however there are a number of resources in place to help you in your search, and with the application process.

STEM270 Thinking and Acting Ethically (3 semester hours)

This course offers the students an opportunity to delve into ethics from a multitude of approaches. Each and every day an individual’s ethics are challenged, and this course will do its best to provide you with a foundation on which the student can develop their own set of ethics. The course will cover the various ethical frameworks, review ethical challenges one is bound to encounter in their daily life, and look back at historical situations that have been studied extensively so that one can see how other individuals have reacted in their own situations.

STEM280 Exploring Society and Cultures via Science Fiction (3 semester hours)

This course offers students with a unique approach into the societies and cultures that we could progress toward in the future via the review of the science fiction genre. This course will review many aspects of technological questions that society will face in the future. Does the rise of technological advancements in artificial intelligence and robotics eventually bring us to a point where we must decide what is life and the right to self-determination as the Star Trek: TNG series covered in “The Measure of a Man”, laying out the rights of Commander Data. This is just one of many aspects of society and culture that will be examined throughout the course as students are made to think critically about what will the future look like.

STEM380 Coevolution of Society, Culture, and Technology (3 semester hours)

This course will expose students to how since the earliest days of mankind, technology and technological advances have helped to mold our society and guide our prosperity, but also to the goals of the society in driving the development and progression of technology as well. This course will review the various periods of time, where the world leaped forward in their understanding of the world around them and how they could harvest the world around them to advance their own world. This course will also reveal the potential conflicts of complex relationships between technology and society, looking at such topics as global warming, artificial intelligence, nuclear weapons, and many other potentially dangerous technological advances.

STEM470 Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Privacy and Ethics (3 semester hours)

This course offers an opportunity for students to look into the surveillance that takes place at all levels in today’s world. The course will first review the collection of surveillance technologies such as CCTV, border control, traffic cameras, etc. The course will then continue onward to look into such innocuous and hidden data collection such as website analytics, app data collection, online identity databases, and more. These topics will be viewed not only from the collection standpoint but also from a privacy standpoint and an ethical standpoint. Students will study these data collections and look at the rationales for their collection and be encouraged to justify or refute these collections on an ethical or privacy basis.

STEM471 Analytics, Algorithms, AI, and Humanity (3 semester hours)

This course offers students a unique peek into the world of artificial intelligence and analytics without all of the mathematics. The course will review the advancement of artificial intelligence technology in such fields as facial recognition, neural networks, self-driving vehicles, and the controversial Deep Fakes. The course will then continue to delve into the analytics and algorithms that drive our daily lives and that we willing feed more and more data to. From Facebook Likes to shopping cart analysis and prediction, this course will review the ways we interact knowingly and unknowingly with these technological advances and the effects that they are having on humanity as a whole.

STEM494 STEM Special Topics for Bachelors Students (3 semester hours)

Special Topics courses are offered occasionally, in response to student interest, on emerging topics. These courses are limited in their offerings and scope, and the format will vary based on the student interest and the topics to be covered. Enrollment by Program Director approval.September 2021 - Heading off Extinction: Primate Biology, Ecology, and Conservation.

STEM495 STEM Internship for Bachelors Students (3 semester hours)

Participating in an internship provides students with a valuable educational and professional opportunity. During internships, students explore and gain hands on experience in a field they have an interest in working within. Within the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math the primary responsibility for finding an internship belongs to the student, however there are a number of resources in place to help you in your search, and with the application process.