Fresno State Supports STEM

What Is STEM?

The acronym "STEM" refers to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, either taken individually or as a collective whole. 

The Definition of STEM Can Vary

As noted on the California Department of Education's STEM Web site, there is not a universally agreed upon definition of STEM education. Likewise, various designations of STEM fields/majors are used by the National Science Foundation for its grant programs, the Department of Homeland Security for student visa extensions, and by the California State University (CSU) system in assessing student persistence in STEM majors.  In some categorization systems, STEM fields can be found in every College/School on the Fresno State campus. In fact, creative solutions to real-world problems often require a multidisciplinary approach, and Fresno State actively supports this view coupled with strong support for high quality disciplinary studies in the STEM fields. 

Lyles College of Engineering at Sierra Vista MallWhy STEM? 

Fresno State is committed to its role as a highly engaged and collaborative leader in STEM education, supporting the STEM career pipeline from preschool to graduate school. This is vitally important, because technical innovations result from leadership in STEM fields, which in turn

  • drives economic competitiveness
  • helps to address global challenges such as water resource management, and
  • elevates the health and standard of living of the nation's citizens.

Photo: Lyles College of Engineering at Sierra Vista Mall during Engineers Week--Pictured is a Geomatics Engineering Student building with K'NEX.

Related Resources 

Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), 2012

NACE Salary Survey: Starting Salaries for New College Graduates
National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2013 

"Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Occupations: A Visual Essay" [(Employment Figures and Salaries)]
Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011

STEM: Good Jobs Now and for the Future
U.S. Department of Commerce, 2011 

Sample Statistics 

  • STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17.0 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations.  
  • STEM workers command higher wages, earning 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts. 
  • STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings, regardless of whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations.

Top-Paying Majors in 2012
National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2013