STEM Pathway

Students studying chemistry.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Pathway is the perfect place for students interested in sciences, engineering, mathematics or computers. 



  • AA-T
    Associate in Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T
    Associate in Science for Transfer
  • AA
    Associate of Arts
  • AS
    Associate of Science
  • BS
    Bachelor of Science
  • COA
    Certificate of Achievement
  • COCP
    Certificate of Competency
  • COCM
    Certificate of Completion
  • JSC
    Job Skills Certificate

About this Pathway

Science, technology, engineering, mathematics pathway seal.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Pathway is the perfect place for students interested in sciences, engineering, mathematics or computers. The Pathway has Associates degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics and Physics and job-focused certificates in computer technology. Students can establish instant connections with other STEM students and faculty mentors through the American Chemical Society Student-Affiliate club, Computer Science club, Geology club, Math club, Pre-med club, Electrical Engineering club, HOPES (Hispanic Organization Promoting Engineering), WISE (Women in Engineering) and MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement).

With a BC STEM degree, students can transfer to major universities to become medical doctors, pharmacists, marine biologists, petroleum engineers, computer programmers, and forensic scientists, to name a just a few valuable professions. Having a positive future is possible when you start your educational journey in the BC STEM Pathway.

Completion Coaching

We have a community of specialists in the STEM Learning and Career Pathway ready to help you with your specific needs to complete your goals. There are faculty, counselors, and staff that understand your program and goals for specialized support in your program academics, counseling, and in the writing center.

Directory of Completion Coaches

Career Outlook

The Bakersfield College Program Map is a great resource to find Program Learning Outcomes and detailed career outlook statistics for each of the programs of study associated with this Learning and Career Pathway. For more information about career outlooks in any field, visit the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Program Map for STEM

Medical Professional Program Student Interest Form

Steps for Success

Momentum Points

If you are pursuing one of the degrees in this pathway, you will want to enroll in 15 units each semester to graduate in approximately two years. This would require 30 units in your first year. Some of those units you earn in your first year should be in Math, English, and your major! Not only will earning 9 units in your major your first year keep you on track to your degree, it may also help you earn a certificate on the way!

Not sure where to start? Let us help.

Meet with a Counselor

Take the right classes to meet your education and career goals. Create your Comprehensive Student Education Plan (CSEP) with your Counselor or Ed. Advisor.
Call (661) 395-4421.

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Take the career quiz to discover the perfect career based on your personality type and interests.

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