Science Technology Engineering Mathematics
Science Technology Engineering Mathematics

Welcome to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Career and Academic Pathway (CAP).

Valley College’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Career and Academic Pathway (CAP) is for students interested in exploring majors in the sciences, engineering, mathematics, or computers. STEM fields help us investigate and understand how the world around us works.


If you are a currently enrolled student in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) CAP, click on the button below to join the STEM CAP Canvas Site, the one-stop hub to help you succeed and complete your pathway at LAVC.  

Join the STEM CAP Canvas Site

Science Technology Engineering Mathematics

Program Mapper

Want to explore the majors in this CAP and see what classes you would take?  We have a great tool available to help you plan your college and career path. 

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

STEM CAP Program and Departments

 In the STEM CAP, students can STEM majors can open the door to a diverse range of important and challenging career fields. Employers value STEM majors because they have developed multi-disciplinary skills that are highly desirable in the modern workforce. The STEM pathway consists of the natural sciences, math, engineering, and technology-related fields, and students can major in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Engineering, Engineering focused on Technology & Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics. Most STEM jobs are in high demand but suffer from a lack of qualified candidates. STEM is necessary for growing the economy and staying globally competitive.

STEM Areas of Study

Click on the tabs below to access information about each Area of Study.

Anthropology Area of Study 

Anthropology Department 

Anthropology Department Chair – Rebecca Stein, @email  

Biology Area of Study 

Biological Sciences Department 

Biological Sciences Department Chair – Songqiao (Sara) Huang, @email  

 

Chemistry Area of Study 

Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering 

Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Department Chair – Lucas Haley, @email  

Computer Science Area of Study 

Computer Science and Information Systems Department (CSIS) 

CSIS Department Chair – Michael Rahni, @email 

Earth Science Area of Study 

Earth Science Department 

Earth Science Department Chair – Jacquelyn Hams, @email 

 

Engineering Area of Study 

Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering 

Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Department Chair – Lucas Haley, @email 

Geology Area of Study 

Earth Science Department 

Earth Science Department Chair – Jacquelyn Hams, @email 

Geography Area of Study 

Earth Science Department 

Earth Science Department Chair – Jacquelyn Hams, @email 

 

Math Area of Study 

Math Department 

Math Department Chair - Mostapha (Steve) Barakat, @email  

 

Physics Area of Study 

Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering 

Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Department Chair – Lucas Haley, @email 

Psychology Area of Study 

Psychology Department 

Psychology Department Chair – Ali Ghassemi, @email 

Meet Your LAVC Support Network

Your CAP is a network of people who are available to help you with your academic, career, and personal goals. Some of your community include Professors, Counselors, Success Coaches, Librarians, and Tutors. 

The career transfer center supports you in reaching your career and educational goals. We can help you discover your dream career, identify majors that can help you get there, and develop the skills needed to land an internship or job. If you are unsure about your major or career, considering changing your major, or need help finding work, the Career Transfer Center is there for you.  We can support you in making informed career decisions, building your resume, developing your interviewing and networking skills, and searching for jobs & internships. Visit the Career Transfer Center web page to make an appointment with a career specialist, sign up for a workshop, and learn about our upcoming career events. 
 
Visit the Career Transfer Center 
 
Examples of Questions to Ask a Member of the Career Transfer Center: 

  • What steps can I take to learn about what career and major best align with my interests, values, and skills? 

  • What career opportunities are available within the major I am considering? 

  • What internships or other opportunities are available to help me develop my job readiness skills? 

  • What jobs are available in my area of interest? 

  • How can I prepare myself to increase my chances of securing a job? 

  • Which career community is best for me based on my interests? 

Counselors are available to answer your academic, career, and personal questions and to help you to develop an educational plan. Counselors can help you plan out your semester-by-semester course selections to maximize your chances of completing your degree, certificate and/or transfer goals. They can also help you learn how to choose a career, major, and transfer institution and provide strategies for being academically and personally successful. Be sure to visit your counselor regularly to update your education plan based on your major and transfer goals. Make an appointment with a counselor here: 

Visit Counseling 
 
Examples of Questions to Ask Your Counselor: 

  • Can we review my Student Educational Plan (SEP)?

  • What courses should I take to meet my career/academic goal(s)? 

  • How do I receive credit for AP (Advanced Placement) test scores? 

  • How do I receive credit for coursework completed at another college? 

  • How many classes should I take each term?  

  • How many units are needed to meet my academic goal?  

  • How can I improve my current academic standing? 

LAVC Librarians are experts in academic research and citation. We can guide you through all phases of the research process: understanding research assignments, selecting a topic, developing research strategies, finding credible sources, and citing information. We provide one-on-one research assistance at the Reference Desk every hour the library is open, and 24/7 live chat support online. No appointment is required. 
 
Get Your questions answered by a librarian anytime, anywhere! 

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Examples of Questions to a Librarian:  

  • How do I use library databases to find resources relevant to my assignment?  

  • Can you help me understand my research assignment?  

  • How can I determine if the information I found online is credible?   

  • How do I cite an image I found online?  

  • What’s the difference between MLA and APA citation format? 

Professors can provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in your academic and professional careers. You can reach your instructor through their LAVC email, which you can find using the directory link on the LAVC website.  You can also find their preferred contact information through the course syllabus. The syllabus will also provide information about faculty office hours, which are times outside of class specifically designated for meeting with students. Office hours sometimes referred to as faculty drop-in hours are a great place to ask questions and build professional relationships with faculty members.  It is important to get to know your professors, especially in your major because they can provide valuable career and/or transfer advice and may be able to provide references/letters of recommendation when you need them. 

Reach out to Professors via email, during office hours, or on Canvas. 

LAVC Directory of Email Address

Examples of Questions to Ask Your Professors: 

  • Can you please clarify this assignment?  

  • How can I best prepare for your exams? 

  • What strategies do you recommend for reading the materials/texts in your class?  

  • Where can I go for tutoring and/or supplemental instruction? 

  • What are the common habits of your best students? 

  • Why did you decide to major in this field? 

Student Success Coaches are available to help you adjust to all aspects of college including how to do well in your classes, how to connect to clubs and other opportunities to make friends, and how to find school/life balance.  We are your advocates and partners here to help you navigate college successfully and can connect you to a wide range of support and resources both on and off campus. We will reach out by email to introduce ourselves, so be sure to check your LACCD email regularly.   
 
Examples of Questions to Ask A Success Coach 
 

  • Where can I go for help with _______________? 

  • How do I navigate Canvas or my student email? 

  • I got this email from LAVC. What does it mean? 

  • How do I choose which professors might be a good match for me?  

  • I am struggling with balancing school, work, and other responsibilities, what advice do you have? 

  • I am experiencing food and/or housing insecurity.  Who can I reach out to for help?   

  • I need to see a counselor.  What should I do to prepare before I go so I get the most out of my appointment? 

Tutoring is a powerful tool that all students should take advantage of, whether or not they are struggling in a class. Tutors are LAVC students who can help you in a wide range of subjects and can also model the techniques, strategies, and beliefs that successful learners use to acquire new knowledge, solve problems, and complete academic tasks. In short, tutors help LAVC students develop the skills they’ll need to do their work independently. 

We offer tutoring and academic support in a wide variety of subjects as well as provide resources like study rooms, laptop/book use, and instructional handouts.  

Visit the Academic Resource Center  (ARC) website to connect with a tutor in person or online! 

Academic Resource Center
 
Examples of Questions to ask a Tutor:  

  • What are some things you did to be successful in your courses? 

  • Is there anything I can do before I ask for tutoring to help my session be productive?  

  • As a student, do you have any general advice on being a student here at LAVC? 

  • What are some outside resources and/or tips I can use to help me prepare for an exam? 

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CAP in Action

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics CAP is a dynamic and engaging pathway with opportunities to build your network and community.

Check the calendar for upcoming CAP events.

Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement  (MESA) Program is a program dedicated to creating exceptionally prepared transfer-ready students in calculus-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). 

MESA Program

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Student Clubs within the CAP

Student clubs are a great way to network within the CAP, connect with other students, and explore topics related to the CAP. 

Anthropology Club: Contact Professor Eugene Scott at scottek@islandcatpaws.com and visit the Anthropology Club Website

California Student Nursing Association (CSNA): Contact Bilma Pellisseri at Pellisbr@islandcatpaws.com

Psychology Club: Contact Professor Wilson Chu at chuw@islandcatpaws.com

Society for Advancing Chicano/Hispanic and Native American Students in Science (SACNAS) Club: Contact Professor Pam Byrd-Williams at byrdwipb@islandcatpaws.com

STEM Club: Contact Professor Humberto Raya Mendoza at rayameha@islandcatpaws.com

In addition to the CAP specific clubs, the Associated Student Union (ASU) also has numerous clubs for students. Visit the ASU website for more information. 

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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Programs

Anthropology
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
Anthropology AA-T
Biology
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
Biology AS-T AS
Chemistry
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
Chemistry AS
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
Cloud Computing C
STEM Foundation AS C
Engineering Graphics and Design
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
Computer Graphics/Design C
Computer Science
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
Computer Science AS
Computer Science Programming C
Geology/Geography/Oceanography
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
Earth Science AS
Engineering
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
Engineering AS
Manufacturing
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
Engineering Technology: Industrial/Manufacturing AS C
Engineering Technology: Mechanical Engineering AS C
Credit English as a Second Language (ESL)
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
ESL Milestone - Pathway to Environmental Science C
Geography
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
Geography AA-T AA
Geology
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
Geology AS-T AS
Adult Education
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
IT - Career Prep
Kinesiology
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
Kinesiology AA-T
Mathematics
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
Mathematics AS-T
Microcomputer Literacy
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
Microcomputer Literacy C
Nursing
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
Nursing AS
Physics
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
Physics AS-T AS
Psychology
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
Psychology AA-T
Respiratory Therapy
Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate
Respiratory Therapy AS C