What is STEM?

STEM is creativity. STEM is productivity. STEM is energy. Quite simply, science, technology, engineering and math are the tools that will help solve the problems of today and tomorrow.

There is no universally accepted definition of STEM. The National Science Foundation (NSF), Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and The Department of Homeland Security each have an umbrella of STEM disciplines based on CIP codes. Our definition of STEM is based on the FL SUS Board of Governors list of STEM CIP codes and includes:

  • Computer Information Science: computer science, information technology, computer information systems, computer analysis and management information systems/business data procedures
  • Engineering: general, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, mechanical and industrial engineering, plus materials science, engineering management and architecture
  • Life Sciences: general biology, biomedical sciences, microbiology, cancer biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology and the medical sciences (health)
  • Mathematics: general mathematics and statistics
  • Physical Sciences: chemistry, geology, oceanography and marine science, physics, interdisciplinary life and physical science