What Is STEM to Stern?

STEM to Stern is a 2-year-long cohort program that accelerates the growth of students in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The cohort is a supportive learning community and a powerful resource where you will learn skills and make connections that will help you succeed as a STEM student and STEM professional.

Program Overview

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The classes help you build skills and connections that will enable you to succeed as a college-level STEM student and as a professional.

Specifically, this program will help you: 

  • Sustain enthusiasm for STEM fields by connecting  to STEM professionals and STEM alumni.
  • Develop “STEM Smarts” techniques, such as study skills, note taking, and time management.
  • Acquire and practice professional skills needed to successfully compete for jobs, internships,  and  scholarships.
  • Strategically plan your career paths after reflecting upon your interests and strengths and conducting hands-on research about STEM pathways and jobs.
  • Explore  and connect to  STEM opportunities on campus, in the Puget Sound area, and across the country.



  • 2-credit course during fall, winter and spring terms
  • Wednesdays, 2:30-4:20 p.m.
  • Meet mentors and build a professional network
  • Examine STEM fields to see which match your interests, values and skills
  • Build a resume and learn interviewing skills
  • Identify and apply for internships and research experiences
  • Completion of the first-year courses counts as a First Year Seminar requirement

Second-Year (aka STEM Squared):

  • 1-credit course during fall, winter and spring terms
  • Wednesdays, 2:30-3:20 p.m.
  • Participate in team projects and learn project management techniques
  • Prepare for transfer to 4-year institution
  • Apply for NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates across the nation!

NASA Space Grant Consortium

Be curious! Our STEM students join different clubs at Bellevue College to organize events and work on projects. Bellevue College is a member of the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium, you can get funds for rocket parts through the Rocketry & Aerospace Club, a group of students who build and launch high-powered rockets. Or become a Space Grant Scholar.