STEM Majors

Please note: Contacting the academic or major department directly will be best in trying to get answers to many of these specific questions. 

For more suggested questions that are specific to your major, stop by the Transfer and Career Center.

  1. Is the major broad-based or does it concentrate on one particular area of study?
  2. Does the school provide adequate resources, including equipment, laboratories, studios, or other facilities, to provide practice and experience for students to prepare them professionally in the field?
    • Is access to these facilities limited in any way? Hours, groups, individuals, graduate vs. undergraduate, etc.?
    • Is there opportunity to have a designated space for a group or individual to work on projects?
    • How modern and current is the equipment?
    • Are the facilities reserved for only those within the major, or are they shared with other academic programs on the campus?
  3. Are students required to purchase any supplies other than textbooks?
  4. Are there opportunities to participate with faculty members in their research programs?
  5. Are faculty actively engaged in research? Do faculty have professional experience in the field?
  6. What are the recent accomplishments of the faculty in this major?
  7. Does the program of study have faculty members or administrative staff who act as the academic advisers for undergraduate students?
  8. What are the opportunities for independent research?
  9. Has any student work received national recognition in recent years?
  10. What are the opportunities for internships in this field?
  11. Approximately what percentage of the students in the major go on to graduate school vs. employment?
  12. What employers come to the school to recruit for this major?
  13. What college, or larger department, does this major belong to?
  14. What are the general education course requirements and recommendations for this major? What are the major preparation requirements and recommendations? Which does the school consider to be more important when evaluating applications – general education or major preparation?
  15. How long has the college offered this major?
  16. Does the program have any independent/professional accreditations?
  17. Are students encouraged to join professional associations while working toward their degree?
  18. Is a capstone project or fourth year thesis required?
  19. Are there student clubs and organizations on campus related to this major?
  20. How often are the courses required for graduation offered? Every term?
  21. To what extent will a student in this major have opportunity to take classes in other major areas of study, or collaborate with students in other departments on special projects?