STEM Programs

What is STEM?

The disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math are collectively known as STEM. Students majoring in these subjects gain crucial problem-solving skills and the knowledge it takes to become scientists, engineers, innovators and leaders. 

The Loyola Science Center at Scranton is a fitting home to the University's rich legacy of science education, serving as a center of collaborative learning for all members of the campus and community.

High Demand Skills

"In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information." (Source: ed.gov/STEM)

Employment in occupations related to STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

STEM at Scranton

At The University of Scranton, students build upon a background in the liberal arts and are taught in the Jesuit tradition, expressed through a concern for society and the environment. The University offers a broad range of majors in the STEM fields, so those interested in these fields may sample various disciplines during their first year in college.

Throughout their four years, students often conduct their own research in top-notch facilities, and they are able to work closely alongside faculty members who are leaders in their fields. Scranton students gain the practical experience and knowledge they need to start their careers or to go on to graduate school. 

"I like the people and the sense of community at Scranton. After only one year I got to know almost every professor in the Biology, Physics/EE and Chemistry Departments. Class sizes are reasonable and I felt it was easy to establish a niche as first-year student, something I do not feel would have happened as quickly at other universities." - Joshua Toth '20, Physics/EE Major

The Royal Scholars Program

In April 2018, it was announced that a $645,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will fund scholarships and provide additional academic support to 25 undergraduate students at The University of Scranton majoring in STEM fields over the next five years. The competitive federal grant was awarded to the University for “Transforming STEM in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” now named the Royal Scholars Program.

The goals of the program are to assist students in developing their identities as STEM professionals, exploring careers in STEM, and taking steps along the appropriate pathways to these careers to improve the STEM workforce. Through this, we hope to influence students’ confidence and success in achieving their goals in STEM careers.

Find out more information about the Royal Scholars Program on our scholarship page.

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