STEM/Math Pathways

To ensure our students are accomplishing their goals per their education plan, the Math Department strives to ensure that students are completing the proper courses necessary to achieve their goals, whether it be a certificate, degree, or to transfer.

Part of the SAM Grant initiatives were to ensure proper placement and successful completion of math courses per major requirements. Thus, the Math Pathways, divided into two paths, STEM and Non-STEM, was developed.

The following lists of majors are intended to help you determine which math pathway you should take. While this list is not all-inclusive, it should help you to determine your pathway. If your major of interest is not listed, look for related majors in the lists.

You are strongly encouraged to research specific majors at specific colleges/universities, as requirements may vary. If you have questions, please seek out the advice of a counselor or the Transfer Center.

Math Pathways 

*These majors may have special circumstances based on the college/university you transfer to, as well as how far in the discipline you intend to study. Please consult a counselor of the Transfer Center for further direction.



(the "traditional" pathway)

Students in this pathway take Math 12, Math 42 (or Math 42S), Math 90 (or Math 90S), Math 104, Math 105, and then calculus courses (starting at the course in which they are placed by the VVC assessment exam.)

 For the following majors:

  • Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Applied Sciences
  • Architecture
  • Astronomy
  • Aviation Maintenance Tech.
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electronics & Computer Tech.
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Health Science
  • Kinesiology
  • Math
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nursing*
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Sports Medicine
  • Structural Engineering
  • Surveying


non-stem pathway



(for those requiring less math)

Students in this non-STEM pathway take Math 12, followed by Math 63, and Math 120 (starting at the course in which they are placed yb the VVC assessment exam).

For the following majors:

  • Allied Health
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • ASL (sign language)
  • Auto
  • Broadcast Media
  • Business
  • Business Education Technology
  • Child Development
  • Classics
  • Communication
  • CIS (Computer Information Systems)
  • Computer Animation & Graphics
  • Construction Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dance
  • Dental Hygiene*
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Ecology
  • English
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Environmental Health
  • Exercise Science
  • Fire Technology
  • Geography
  • Government
  • History
  • Human Resources
  • Liberal Arts
  • Medical Assistant
  • Music
  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Paralegal
  • Parametric
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology*
  • Real Estate
  • Restaurant Management
  • Social Work*
  • Sociology*
  • Spanish (Foreign Languages)
  • Theater Arts
  • Welding


stem chart