Catalog Year 2017/2018

The Associate of Applied Science in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is designed for students who plan to enter a career field. Some students will choose an approved Area of Concentration, others will explore STEM disciplines more generally.

STEM is the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. A STEM education trains students how to think analytically, creatively, logically, and scientifically, and how to ask the questions and pose the solutions to the challenges facing our society. The STEM discipline helps develop the technological, medical, and scientific breakthroughs that drive our economy and prepare us for the future.

If a student plans to go on to a four-year school and major in one of the traditional STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, math) with a heavy emphasis on undergraduate mathematics or science, it is advised that they consult with an advisor or ARTSYS as early as possible to ensure that all or most of their course credits will transfer to the four-year institution of their choice.


STEM Technology Curriculum Pathway by Catalog Year

  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement.
  • CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution ARTSYS  before selecting General Education CORE requirements.
  • In some General Education categories (Mathematics, Biological & Physical Sciences), a 4-credit course selected from the GenEd course list will satisfy the requirement in place of a 3-credit course. Students should check with an advisor before selecting these courses.
  • For the PE/Health requirement, a 3-credit Physical Education or Health course may satisfy the requirement in place of a 1-credit course. Students should check with an advisor before selecting this course.
  • Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in EN 101.
  • Students must complete a minimum of nine credits at the 200-level.
Course Credits


EN 101 English Composition 3


Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list)  3

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Social & Behavioral Science Elective (GenEd course list) 3

Arts & Humanities

Arts Elective (GenEd course list) 3
Humanities Elective (GenEd course list) 3
Communications Elective (GenEd course list) 3

Biological & Physical Sciences 

Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) 3

PE/Health Requirement
PE/Heath 1

Take a minimum of 24 credits of STEM Technology electives from any of the disciplines listed below. A minimum of 12 credits must be in the same
discipline. It is imperative that students consult with an advisor before registering to maximize transfer of coursework.
  • Biology (BI)
  • Bioprocessing Technology (BPM)
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Construction Management (CON)
  • Chemistry (CH)
  • Computer & Information Sciences (CIS)
  • Engineering (EG)
  • Film & Video/Graphics (CMM)
  • Mathematics (MA)
  • Music (MU)
  • Physical Science (PC)
  • Physics (PY)
Students majoring in the Associate of Applied Science in STEM without an Area of Concentration should follow the curriculum outlined above and will have 14
unrestricted elective credits. It is recommended that they take CIS 106 (Object Design and Programming).

Students majoring in an Area of Concentration will follow the curriculum for their major:

STEM AAS learning outcomes

Apply technology tools responsibly, appropriately, and effectively
Evaluate physically, mathematical, and scientific concepts in career fields
Employ contemporary and emerging technology resources in diverse and dynamic environments
Analyze technical requirements to determine and recommend resource requirements for organizations
Identify and resolve real-world problems/issues utilizing engineered techniques and approaches
Apply engineering design processes in developing solutions for business needs
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.