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Associate of Arts - STEM

The Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in STEM is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university and major in biology, chemistry, computer science, information technology, mathematics, statistics, physical science, and physics. Suggested coursework under the STEM emphasis will cover biology, human anatomy, physiology, microbiology, information technology, statistics, calculus, chemistry, and physics. Careers related to STEM include but are not limited to actuary, computer programmer, network engineer, software specialist, risk analyst, physicist, biochemist, wildlife resources, veterinarian, botanist, pharmaceutical sales, forensic scientist, mathematician, meteorologist, and project management.

Career Information

Occupational Outlook Handbook
MACC Career & Placement Services

Academic Map

This academic map is a suggested semester-by-semester schedule of courses based upon the AA degree requirements as outlined in the academic catalog. In order for you to graduate in two years, specific milestones, courses, and other requirements (e.g. prerequisites) must be met in a timely manner. To ensure that milestone courses are completed, it is important that you, when possible and appropriate, enroll in any needed developmental coursework during the first semester(s) of enrollment. Additionally, enrolling for courses during the summer session is an option and can reduce your regular course load and allow you to stay on track to graduate in two years. Finally, keep in mind this map does not substitute for academic advisement. If you have questions, see your advisor and refer to the MACC website for current information.

Math Pathways Information


Course Semester Hours Milestone*
  First Semester (Fall)
   Core Elective 3  
 LAL101  ^Composition I 3  LAL101
   ^Mathematics 3  Math
 SKL101  College Orientation 1  SKL101
   Social and Behavioral Science 3  
 SPK101  Public Speaking 3  
  Second Semester (Spring)
   Biological or Physical Science 3-5  
   History or Government 3  
   Humanities and Fine Arts 3  
 LAL102  ^Composition II 3  
   STEM Elective 3  
  Third Semester (Fall)
   Biological or Physical Science 3-5  
   Humanities and Fine Arts 3  
   STEM Elective 3  
   STEM Elective 3  
   STEM Elective 3  
  Fourth Semester (Spring)
   Core Elective 3  
   Humanities and Fine Arts 3  
   Social and Behavioral Science Elective 3  
   STEM Elective 3  
   STEM Elective 3  
  Minimum Required Hours for Degree 61  

 *It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete the Milestone courses as planned on the academic map to ensure completion of the degree in two years. In addition, if students do not successfully complete the Milestone course(s), they are strongly encouraged to re-enroll in the course(s) the following semester. 

^Please refer to the college catalog and course descriptions for pre/co-requisite and placement information. You can only register for these courses if you have met the prerequisite, placed into the course and/or enroll in the co-requisite course(s).


Additional Graduation Requirement
Missouri law, included in Senate Bill 807, requires every college student pursuing an associate’s or bachelor's degree at a public institution to pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination with at least a 70 percent to graduate. The rule will apply to the incoming class of first-time college students in the fall of 2019 and all students thereafter.

This academic map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between MACC and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to meet the academic objectives of the college. MACC specifically reserves the right to modify, delete, or add to any academic map at any time within the student’s period of study at the college.