Frequently Asked Questions


1) Which majors are compatible with the STEM Pathways Academy?

You can major in biology, chemistry, biology-chemistry, or environmental studies. If at any time you change your major and no longer have a major in one of these disciplines, you cannot remain in the program.


2) Can I double major or do a minor if I am in this program?

Yes, as long as one of your majors is a science major.


3) Can I pursue a 2-year pre-pharmacy plan as part of this program?

No, the goal of the Academy is for students to complete a bachelor’s degree in a science major.


4) Can I be in the Honors Program and the STEM Pathways Academy?

Yes, this program is completely compatible with Honors.


5) Can I be in the Fast Forward Program and the STEM Pathways Academy?

Yes, this program is completely compatible with Fast Forward.


6) Will this program require a lot of extra work from me?

No; it requires different work. For example, in your research-based science labs, you may write fewer, more complex lab reports than those that students in other sections are writing. There are some journaling requirements for the mentoring program, but our current students suggest that the benefits of the mentoring program are worth it!


7) How much flexibility do I get in choosing my courses if I choose this program?

In your first year, most of your schedule will consist of specific sections of courses that are required for most science majors. That’s to give you the support of a dynamic learning community during your transition to college. In years 2-4, aside from taking a short seminar each year, your course schedule is entirely up to you.


8) Can I lose my scholarship?

We work hard to make sure that doesn’t happen. You need to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0, and a science GPA of 2.5, and maintain adequate participation in Academy activities. If you fall below those thresholds, we let you know you’re at risk and work to help you get back on track. You may lose your scholarship after 3 consecutive semesters of not meeting criteria.


9) Will I benefit from the social aspects of this program?

In general, our student cohorts are very cohesive, and students make friends easily in the cohort. The cohort size is small (about 10-16 students), and we create social opportunities throughout the school year such as having ice cream at a professor’s house.

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