How STEM Core Works
STEM Core aims to assist students who are interested in a STEM major or career path
and who need to take Algebra and Trigonometry as prerequisites to Calculus.(If you
are already in or ready to take Calculus, you are not eligible for STEM Core; consider
other STEM-related programs at Mission College.)
Students begin by enrolling in the College Algebra or Trigonometry class noted under
the Math Classes tab below. (Note: if students need to take Intermediate Algebra prior
to their STEM Core year, they should do so during the summer term or the year preceding
their STEM Core year.)
In short, students join a cohort of other students in a math class in order toprepare for Calculus and advanced STEM classes in one academic year or less.
STEM Core Scholars receive additional help from a dedicated in-class math tutor and
the Student Support Specialist who can assist with a variety of challenges.
During this academic year, students are strongly encouraged to take Introduction to
Engineering (EGR 10) and/or Python Programming (CIS 7), along with English 1A or 1B,
to be ready to apply for a paid summer internship. Students are also encouraged to
take Mechatronic technology classes.