Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Gain a Robust Foundation for Exciting Opportunities in Science and Technology

Two STEM students wearing white lab coats and safety goggles in a lab

Program Overview

Are you interested in the ever-evolving world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)? College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers a comprehensive STEM Associate of Science degree, designed to develop strong problem-solving and scientific thinking skills. Whether you are planning to transfer to a bachelor's degree program in a STEM discipline or looking to build upon existing technical certifications, this degree provides a flexible and robust foundation.

The STEM degree culminates in a capstone project, allowing you to reflect on your learnings and clarify your path to achieving your academic and professional goals in STEM. This program is an excellent choice for students seeking a diverse sampling of STEM disciplines, enhancing both personal and professional growth. By participating in this program, you will gain interdisciplinary problem-solving skills, a portfolio showcasing your STEM-related knowledge, and a pathway to exciting career opportunities in high-demand fields.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Science



Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

2 years

Science student studying in lab

Learning Opportunities

  • Exposure to Multiple STEM Disciplines: Explore a variety of STEM fields, broadening your academic and career options.
  • Development of Problem-Solving Skills: Gain critical skills in scientific, mathematical, and technological problem solving.
  • Portfolio of STEM Skills & Knowledge: Build a comprehensive portfolio that reflects your growth and learning in STEM disciplines.
  • Enhanced Career Opportunities: Prepare for a wide range of high-demand careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Flexibility for Transfer & Career Advancement: Use this degree as a stepping stone for transferring to a four-year program or advancing in your current career.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) – Associate of Science Degree




Degree Requirements

Cost: $10,045

STEM instructor teaching students in a lab

Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers


    Annual Openings*


    Hourly Median Wage*


    Annual Median Salary


    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Natural Sciences Managers

    Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.


    Annual Openings*


    Hourly Median Wage*


    Annual Median Salary


    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Physical Scientists, All Other

    All physical scientists not listed separately.


    Annual Openings*


    Hourly Median Wage*


    Annual Median Salary


    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Life Scientists, All Other

    All life scientists not listed separately.


    Annual Openings*


    Hourly Median Wage*


    Annual Median Salary


    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

Load more

*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


Step 1

  • Apply to CWI.
  • Choose Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math as your major.

Step 2

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Academic CalendarNew Student Checklist


In his fourth year at College of Western Idaho, Machine Tool Technology student, Wade Kindberg, continues to learn new skills and trades for a future career.

Read more about Finding His True Calling through College of Western Idaho

"Because of CWI, I was able to return to college as a non-traditional student having been out of high school for a decade, find my passion, make wonderful friends, gain influential mentors, and...

Read more about To Change the World

Annual STEM Out! event introduces students to STEM careers through hands-on workshops presented by CWI faculty and students.

Read more about STEM Out! Event a Success
View all news

Request More Information

Please complete the following

Connect With Us

Ready to get started? Our team looks forward to assisting you!

One Stop Student Services