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October 16, 2018

Promoting STEM Careers with Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Day at Geneva

Are your sights set on a STEM career? If you thrive on the challenge of solving tough problems and are at your best when you’re gathering and evaluating evidence, this quote probably inspires you:

"[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world."

— President Barack Obama, March 23, 2015 

There’s never been a better time to parlay your passion for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics into a STEM career path. The world has become increasingly complex and totally reshaped by technological changes. Innovation in science and technology is key to a thriving American economy, and STEM professionals are in high demand.

But the U.S. Department of Education reports that “few American students pursue expertise in STEM fields—and we have an inadequate pipeline of teachers skilled in those subjects.” At Geneva, we hope to play a part in changing that.

STEM careers are the backbone of the American economy

Pursuing a STEM degree program will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in this dynamic arena. You’ll enjoy plentiful career opportunities across many industries, both in the United States and abroad. Your STEM degree is also a great indicator of future financial success. Careers in these fields tend to have significantly higher starting and mid-level salaries when compared with non-STEM jobs.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in May 2016, there were 8.8 million science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs, representing 6.3 percent of U.S. employment.

The National Science Foundation points to some specific numbers from the BLS that pertain to Science and Engineering (S&E) occupations:

  • By 2020, employment in S&E occupations will grow by 18.7%, compared to 14.3% for all occupations.
  • Approximately 59% of the projected increase is in computer/mathematical scientist occupations. These occupations also have the largest growth rate (23.1%). Professionals skilled in computer networking, system analysis, management information systems and software engineering are in especially high demand.
  • Biological/agricultural/environmental life scientists and social scientists/psychologists have the next highest projected growth rates: 20.4% and 18.5%, respectively.
  • Healthcare practitioners and technicians, a non-S&E occupational category that contains significant numbers of S&E-trained people, is projected to grow by 25.9%.

 STEM Day at Geneva, Friday, October 19

“All young people should be prepared to think deeply and to think well so that they have the chance to become the innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges facing our nation and our world, both today and tomorrow. But, right now, not enough of our youth have access to quality STEM learning opportunities and too few students see these disciplines as springboards for their careers.”

— U.S. Department of Education

We hope you’ll join us for a taste of Geneva College life on Friday, October 19, 2018. It’s a great way to interact with our talented faculty while exploring our facilities. You’ll get some hands-on knowledge of what it’s like to major in math, biology, physics, computer science, chemistry or engineering at Geneva. You'll also have the chance to speak with some of our currently enrolled students who are eager to share their experiences with you.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Day is designed for both freshman and transfer students in these intended departments. Invited majors include:

  • Math — concentrations in applied math and math education
  • Chemistry — concentrations in chemical engineering, biochemistry and chemistry education
  • Computer science — concentrations in web technology, information systems, hardware and science/math programming
  • Engineering — concentrations in biomedical, chemical, civil, mechanical, computer, electrical and interdisciplinary
  • Physics — concentrations in physics and physics education
  • Biology — concentrations in environmental biology, cell and molecular biology, human biology, pre-med, pre-veterinary, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician′s assistant, environmental science, pre-nursing, medical technology and biology education.

STEM Day Components

Here are some of the things you can look forward to experiencing:

  • Participate in departmental activities for a hands-on experience of what you can expect at Geneva
  • Tour our beautiful and welcoming Beaver Falls campus
  • Interact with our faculty and current students to delve deeper into your selected major and get the inside scoop on campus life
  • Eat lunch in the Dining Commons for a taste of our nutritious and delicious meals
  • Hear about academics and gain insight into student life here
  • Learn about the admissions and financial aid process
  • Get a feeling for what it’s like to be embraced by our Christ-centered academic community while you reach your full potential

Sound like fun? Register to attend STEM Day at Geneva. It only takes a second. We can’t wait to meet you!

If you’d like to learn more about STEM professions that enable you to serve wholeheartedly and faithfully in your life’s work or want to learn more about a biblically based, Christ-centered education at Geneva, we’d love to chat with you. For more information on how Geneva College can help you pursue your education goals, please phone us at 855-979-5563 or email web@geneva.edu.