Growing STEM Majors: Pursuing Careers that Bloom
Far too many students begin their higher education experience with the intention of pursuing STEM careers (physicians, engineers, etc.). They then become discouraged and disillusioned when confronted with the extraordinary academic preparation and financial obstacles these majors require. Through the process of career exploration and self-examination, students will gauge their interest and aptitudes in emerging careers in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Through readings, lectures, guest speakers, and field experiences, students will learn about traditional and emerging technologies and about jobs, careers, and professions that currently exist, including those that will come about as a result of them. Students will acquire a better understanding of their career interests. As part of the course experience, students will take a special tour of the W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience/The Spinal Cord Injury Project. During the visit, they will meet and interview Dr. Wise Young, a world-renown neuroscientist and leader in the field of spinal cord injury research, about the multitude of different STEM fields involved in finding a cure for spinal cord injuries.