Why Choose STEM @ CSUSM?

Don't Set Out to be One Thing - Be Anything

At California State University at San Marcos' College of Science and Mathematics, students can be more than just one thing –they can be anything.  For students to have the most opportunities, they must do science and math – as well as study them.  And that's what CSUSM has to offer - the chance to get your hands dirty in science.

Our faculty constantly promotes undergraduate research experience and a multidisciplinary approach. We include computer science in all natural science curricula whenever possible. And it's not unusual to find faculty and students from two departments – like chemistry and physics, as an example – working together on joint projects. Our philosophy is the more you learn about how to apply and use all of the sciences, the stronger you’ll be in the major area you choose.

What Makes CSUSM's College of Science and Mathematics Different

Our goal is to make science and mathematics relevant to students' everyday lives and careers. Hands-on experience in science helps make those connections by reinforcing in the lab the concepts learned in the classroom. Students learn to hone their problem-solving skills and that leads to innovation. More than physicists, biologists, mathematicians, chemists and IT professionals, companies are looking for problem-solvers and innovators.

Getting Your Hands Dirty in Science Will Get you Where You Want to Go

Finding out what interests you, what you like and what you want to do is an important part of pursuing a science and math major. And it's not satisfied by merely declaring a major. You have to experience working in different areas and academic topics to find out what you like. Because of the amount of hands-on experience our students get working alongside professors, they don't have trouble landing jobs or gaining admission to graduate school. Just take a look at these testimonials from some of our current and former students.

And unfortunately, surfing the web doesn't qualify as getting your hands dirty. So, we recommend that students tour and experience our research labs. We can also match you with current students, alumni and professors from different majors so you can ask them anything you want. Email stem@csusm.edu to start getting your hands dirty.