Students in STEM

Studying STEM at CSUEB

At CSUEB, STEM majors benefit from frequent ongoing exchanges with STEM faculty and the various research opportunities they present to students. A growing array of resources, including Institute staff designated solely to assisting students, are being developed by to make it easier for STEM majors to attain their degree and find employment upon graduation.

For more information on the CSUEB College of Science, click here.

Pathways to Engineering

Interested in studying engineering? Engineering Pathways is a resource for incoming freshman and transfer students which provides guides and assistance for entering a degree program in engineering. Funded by the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, Engineering Pathways partners directly with CSUEB to assist students in their transfer and/or enrollment process.

Check out the Engineering Pathways website here.

STEM Student Information

With the coordination of CSUEB professor Dr. Erica Wildy, we have helped to maintain a website that acts as a centralized informational hub on internships, fellowships/scholarships/financial aid, educational, research, employment, event opportunities, as well as other information for CSUEB students. The website mainly focuses on students with majors or minors in STEM disciplines, but there are a plethora of resources available to all CSUEB students regardless of their academic career plans.

Click here to check it out!

Exploring CSUEB Degree Options

If you are exploring a degree in STEM at CSUEB, you have a variety of degree options available to you. To better understand what classes are included within each major, check out the degree road-maps which outline the course taking patterns for each degree offered within the College of Science.

To research classes in each STEM major, click here. To view the different undergraduate majors, minors and graduate programs offered at CSUEB, click here.

Students in class

STEM for Entering Freshman

Avoiding Remedial Coursework

Freshman can save time and money by participating in their high school’s 11th grade Early Assessment Program testing opportunity. The exam is typically offered in the spring of students’ junior year of high school, and results are available at the beginning of the 12th grade year. Tips for what to do if test results indicate the need for further development are available at Support High School Students.

A Guide to the FAFSA has recently overhauled their FAFSA guide and updated it for 2016. In the course of their research they have found that most students were not aware that nearly all of them are eligible for some form of financial aid. So they decided to create a user-friendly guide that clarifies common questions, making it easier for students to have access to the support they qualify for to start or continue their education.


You can see the entire guide along with some of its features by navigating to the BestSchools website.

Choosing a First Year Learning Community Cluster

Once enrolled at CSUEB, all students are asked to select a first year learning community/cluster. A number of the clusters were designed specifically with STEM majors in mind. However, students who have not achieved a high enough score on the English and/or mathematics placement exams will not have access to the science oriented clusters until he/she has attained the level of skills needed to be successful in the courses. To learn more, go to remedial.

Transferring to STEM at CSUEB

Tips on Transferring Units From Another College

To minimize the possibility of taking courses at another college that do not ultimately count towards graduation at CSUEB, STEM majors are encouraged to meet with faculty advisors well before applying and transferring to campus. Information about how to make an appointment for advising is available at CSUEB’s advising page, and additional information about transferable credits is available here.
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Accelerating Time to Degree

Prior to being formally admitted to CSUEB, students can take undergraduate and graduate courses at CSUEB through the Open University Program on a space-available basis. Taking courses through Open University allows you to:


  • Enroll in classes if you’ve missed the CSUEB University application deadline
  • Examine a field of study before enrolling in a degree program
  • Update your skills
  • Attend classes on a non-continuous basis
  • Raise your grade point average (GPA) prior to application


Note: Regularly enrolled (matriculated) students or students who are, currently, applicants for admission as an Undergraduate or Graduate student in the current term are NOT permitted to take courses through Open University.

Graduate Students

Applying to CSUEB

There are resources available to help you apply to CSUEB and pursue a career in STEM. For more information about the application process, deadlines, Pre-Admission Counseling or your admission status click here.

What degree and/or certificate options would I have at CSUEB?

A complete listing of graduate degrees offered by the College of Science and/or the College of Education and Allied Studies.

Tips for Academic Success

The Student Center for Academic Success offers a range of services to help students be successful academically. To learn more, go to first-year students.

Data suggests that students who connect their work at CSUEB to future career goals by exploring career options with CSUEB’s trained staff have higher retention and graduation rates. The services of CSUEB’s Academic Advising and Career Education center are available free of charge to all CSUEB students.

Considering a Teaching Credential?

To find out more about teaching credential requirements, resources and programs, check out Teacher Preparation.

Teaching Online - Certificate Program

CSU offers a certificate program in online teaching and an online Masters Degree program in online teaching that enrolls students from around the world. Learn more at Teaching Online.

STEM Certificates for Educators

CSU East Bay has certificate programs for individuals wishing to enhance their math or science content knowledge in order to teach middle school math or science. Completion of these certificate programs should prepare students to demonstrate subject matter competency by passing the California Subject Exam for Teachers. Practicing multiple subject teachers can get an added authorization in either the Foundational Level Mathematics credential or the Foundational Level General Science credential after completing the certificate program and passing the necessary CSET exam. Individuals new to teaching need also to complete an accredited credential program.

For more information on Foundational Level Mathematics or General Science Certificates, click here.

Helpful Links

The College of Education and Allied Studies contains all relevant information for those interested in pursuing a career in education. If you have more questions about the various credential programs available to students at CSUEB, visit this page for detailed videos and descriptions of programs.