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STEM

STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at Western

Whether you’re a future doctor, engineer or ecologist, Western’s STEM programs will provide you with the skills and resources you need to succeed in any career. Our hands-on programs conducted in our backyard laboratory in the Rocky Mountains will provide you with unique educational opportunities and set you up for a fulfilling, lucrative career in dozens of professional fields.

Overview

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Small class sizes to help you learn; big opportunities to help you grow.

Though Western prides itself on providing over 100 years of liberal arts education, we bring the same curiosity and creativity to our STEM fields. Our students are innovative problem-solvers who don’t just want to memorize facts; they want to put their knowledge to test in the field and contribute meaningful work that has long-lasting impact both during and beyond their undergraduate years. With a 16:1 student to faculty ratio, our small class sizes provide a safe space to ask individual questions, learn from mistakes, and get one-on-one guidance from faculty mentors for career and graduate school preparation.

No matter the area of study, our programs foster an eagerness to learn and help our students develop their inherent academic strengths to become well-rounded, analytical and resourceful scientists.

Practical learning

Many of Western’s STEM programs have a strong focus on lab work so students can turn theoretical knowledge into hands-on understanding.

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A cutting-edge partnership

Founded through a generous $80 million donation from Western alumnus Paul M. Rady, the Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science & Engineering offers two programs made possible through a collaborative effort with the University of Colorado Boulder. Students in the partnership programs spend their first two years as Western students and then transition into CU Boulder’s College of Engineering & Applied Science where they will earn their degree, all while remaining on Western’s campus. Students in these programs enjoy small class sizes, one-on-one attention from faculty and access to state-of-the-art lab equipment in the newly constructed, 75,000 square foot Rady Building. Eligible students can apply for a full-tuition scholarship for their first two years in the partnership program to offset costs lessen student debt upon graduation.

Access to industry technology

Opened in 2021, Western’s Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science & Engineering provides lab spaces with the most up-to-date software and engineering equipment.

Areas of Study

actuarial science

Actuarial Science

Emphasis

Actuarial Science
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Anthropology

Major | Minor

Anthropology
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Applied Physics/Pre-Engineering

Major

Applied Physics/Pre-Engineering
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Biochemistry

Emphasis

Biochemistry
STEM

Biology

Major | Minor | Secondary Licensure

Biology
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Cell & Molecular Biology

Emphasis

Cell & Molecular Biology
Chemistry

Chemistry

Major | Minor | Secondary Licensure

Chemistry
Clinical Exercise Science

Clinical Exercise Science

Emphasis

Clinical Exercise Science
STEM

Computer Science

Major | Minor

Computer Science
Computer science

Computer Science – University of Colorado Partnership

Major

Computer Science – University of Colorado Partnership
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Data Analytics

Minor

Data Analytics
Environmental Biology Ecology

Environmental Biology & Ecology

Emphasis

Environmental Biology & Ecology
Geology

Environmental Geology

Emphasis

Environmental Geology
Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Major | Minor

Environmental Science
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Exercise sport science

Exercise & Sport Science

Major | Minor | K-12 Licensure

Exercise & Sport Science
STEM

Fisheries & Aquatic Ecology

Emphasis

Fisheries & Aquatic Ecology
Geoarchaeology

Geoarchaeology

Emphasis

Geoarchaeology
Geology

Geology

Major | Minor | Secondary Licensure

Geology
STEM

Health & Fitness

Emphasis

Health & Fitness
Information Security

Information Security

Emphasis

Information Security
STEM

M.S. in Ecology 3+2

Accelerated Degree Programs

M.S. in Ecology 3+2
STEM

M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP) 3+2

Accelerated Degree Programs

M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP) 3+2
Mathematics

Mathematics

Major | Minor | Secondary Licensure

Mathematics
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Mechanical Engineering – University of Colorado Partnership

Major

Mechanical Engineering – University of Colorado Partnership
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Nutrition Science

Major | Minor

Nutrition Science
Petroleum Geology

Petroleum Geology

Emphasis

Petroleum Geology
Physics

Physics

Minor

Physics
Pre-nursing

Pre-Health Advising

Advising Program

Pre-Health Advising
Pre-Nursing

Pre-Nursing

Emphasis

Pre-Nursing
Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Physical Therapy

Emphasis

Pre-Physical Therapy
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Psychology

Major | Minor

Psychology
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Scientific Computing

Emphasis

Scientific Computing
STEM

Software Engineering

Emphasis

Software Engineering
Web design

Web Design & Development – Computer Science

Minor

Web Design & Development – Computer Science
STEM

Wildlife & Conservation Biology

Emphasis

Wildlife & Conservation Biology

Scholarships

Eligibility

  • Accepted to Western by April 15
  • Declared major in the Computer Science or Mechanical Engineering partnership programs by April 15

Award Amount Tiers based on High School GPA

  • 3.50-3.749
    • $3,500 In-State
    • $9,000 Out-of-State
  • 3.75-3.999
    • $5,000 In State
    • $10,500 Out-of-State
  • 4.0
    • $6,500 In-State
    • $12,000 Out-of-State

Renewal Criteria

  • Remain in the partnership program
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Complete MATH 151 Calculus 1 with grade of C or better prior to the start of second fall semester (to be evaluated at the end of first spring semester).

Description

The Rady Merit Scholarship is awarded for 4 semesters (maximum of 6 semesters upon successful appeal), while the student is considered a full-time Western student (enrolled in 12 credits or more) and Western is processing the student’s financial aid. The number of scholarships awarded is based on fund availability.

Get In Touch

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Flynn Guerrieri, our Regional Director of STEM Recruitment and Promotions, is happy to answer any questions you have about our STEM offerings, scholarship opportunities, ways to visit campus, how to set up a one-on-one meeting with faculty and more! Email fguerrieri@western.edu or click the link below to set up a virtual counselor meeting.

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We keep the Mountaineer spirit going strong within our alumni community. Whether getting together with friends at an annual event, making a donation or mentoring a student, graduates continue to play an important role in the Western community.

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