Welcome to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) at Hartnell College
Division Administrative Assistant: Alicia Ramirez
Office Location: CAB Building #151A
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) programs at Hartnell College incorporates Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Earth Science, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Meteorology, Oceanography and Physics.
Positions for which four-year graduates in these disciplines are qualified for include research, teaching, engineering, medicine, industry, the allied medical fields, biological research, work with various governmental agencies, or with private companies and all the health sciences. To learn more about what you can do with a STEM degree click here.
The Astronomy lecture course offers a comprehensive survey of the topics and theories of modern astronomy. Suitable for students from all majors and acceptable for physical science credit at any state college or university.
NOTE: Hartnell's astronomy department was recently awarded a NASA-CIPA grant (Curriculum Improved Partnership Award).
Additional astronomy courses that have a strong NASA emphasis are currently under development. A long-term goal is to offer an articulated A.S. degree in astronomy. Updates will be posted in subsequent catalogues.
The courses offered in biology are designed to meet the demands of science and nonscience majors. The non-major courses are designed to create interest and enrichment through the study of living organisms and the broad biological principles of life. The major courses provide a strong background in the biological sciences for students transferring to four-year institutions who are interested in careers such as teaching, biological research, work with various governmental agencies, or with private companies and all the health sciences.
The Chemistry program at Hartnell College is designed to meet the needs of the diverse community of interest served by the community college. A full program of chemistry for the professional scientist is offered through general chemistry and a two-semester course in organic chemistry. A separate track is offered for nursing students which includes general inorganic, organic and biochemistry. The Chemistry discipline also has a strong commitment to the student with no prior chemistry or one whose background is weak. The entire program is taught with a strong emphasis on the laboratory and in the more advanced classes, students receive hands-on experience with a wide variety of instruments.
Four-year graduates in chemistry are qualified for positions in research, industry, education, engineering, and the allied medical fields.
The Earth Science discipline provides the opportunity for an interdisciplinary curriculum for students whose interests cross over into various areas of earth science. Students completing this discipline build a strong foundation in several aspects of earth science, preparing them to continue in the field.
Engineering & Engineering Technology
The Engineering Discipline offers courses satisfying the lower division engineering requirements of most California colleges and universities. Students may profitably begin their study of chemical, civil, electrical or mechanical engineering at Hartnell College. Job openings abound in many engineering fields.
Some positions for which four-year graduates in engineering are qualified are research, building industry, manufacturing and business.
The Engineering Transfer curriculum at Hartnell College is the first two years or lower division of the traditional professional engineering program leading to a Bachelors Degree. It is nearly the same for all fields of engineering with specialization coming in the upper division. The required core curriculum follows the Engineering Articulation Agreement developed by the Engineering Liaison Council (ELC) between community colleges and four year public, private colleges and universities. This articulated agreement commonly referred to as the SUMMIT AGREEMENT, states that students should be considered for admission upon completion of the engineering core curriculum and not necessarily the completion of all general education.
The Geology discipline offers courses which concern the earth's history, structure, and economic resources. These courses meet the needs for those students wishing to pursue an academic major and subsequent career in one of the many aspects of geology as well as provide individual courses for those wishing to enhance their understanding of the planet on which we live.
The Mathematics discipline offers course work in all levels of mathematics from arithmetic through differential equations and linear algebra. Students seeking improvement in their basic mathematical skills and those desiring development of advanced mathematical methods can all find meaningful activities in the mathematics program. While there are job opportunities in pure mathematics, there are even more in applied mathematics, engineering and other technical fields relying heavily on mathematics.
Positions for which four-year graduates in mathematics are qualified can be found in the fields of business, computers, teaching, and research.
Meteorology courses are designed to be enjoyable and relevant to the needs, interests, and backgrounds of the non-science major while also providing an excellent foundation for further course work for students majoring in meteorology and other sciences. Students may design special projects to obtain greater depth in particular aspects of the subject.
The oceanography curriculum provides a sound introduction to the marine environment which comprises 71% of the earth 's surface. The courses are designed for both science and non-science majors and are fundamental for students planning to major in oceanography.
The Physics discipline offers course work for a diverse range of students from the community--starting with those merely wishing to learn more of the world around them and finishing with the student pursuing a four-year degree in science or engineering.
Physics courses are available at three different levels, all of which will satisfy the needs of students wishing to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The level of the physics course that students initially enroll in is largely dependent on their individual math skills. For those with little math background, the first level (Physics 10) would be appropriate. For students whose math background includes intermediate algebra and trigonometry, the second level (Physics 2A, 2B) provide both lecture and laboratory experience in physics. This sequence is often required for those pursuing studies in medicine, biology, physical therapy, and related fields. The third level is a calculus based sequence (Physics 4A, 4B, 4C), with both lecture and laboratory, and is appropriate for those majoring in engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and other physical sciences.
The emphasis at all levels is on developing an understanding and appreciation for the basic laws of our physical universe. This is done largely through the development of problem solving skills and laboratory investigations. The physics program at Hartnell College is fortunate to possess an excellent inventory of laboratory apparatus for demonstrations and student use in the laboratories, and special projects.
Some positions for which four-year graduates in physics are qualified are in research, teaching, engineering, medicine, and industry.