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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Want to know more about life, the Milky Way, the structure of matter? Want to develop mathematical problem-solving skills or find solutions to the world’s problems? STEM will prepare you for a scientific, engineering, and mathematical career, to transfer to a university, and earn a degree or certificate.

Characteristics

Programs

Degrees

High Unit Certificates

(18 units or more)

Low Unit Certificates

(18 units or less)
Notes:
AS-T Associate in Science for Transfer Degree
AA-T Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
AA Associate of Arts Degree
AS Associate of Science Degree
CC Career Certificate
COA Certificate of Achievement
COSP Certificate of Skill Proficiency

Meet Your Success Team

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Yunior Hernandez
Counselor
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Will Thai
Counselor
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Viviana Villanueva
Counselor
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Luz Chavez
Instructional Chemistry Lab Technician (ABC Caller)
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Veronica Holbrook
Math Instructor
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Young Lee
Librarian
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Gisela Spieler
MESA Coordinator and Math Faculty
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Desiree Pimentel
Success Coach
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Michelle Yriarte
STEM Clerk
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Vann Priest
Mathematics, Sciences, and Engineering Dean

Career Outlook

Analyze statistical data, such as mortality, accident, sickness, disability, and retirement rates and construct probability tables to forecast risk and liability for payment of future benefits. May ascertain insurance rates required and cash reserves necessary to ensure payment of future benefits.

Median Salary:
$112,924.16
Annual Job Opening:
143
Typical Education Level:
a Bachelor's degree
Top Entry-level Education:
A Bachelor's degree
88%
A Master's or Professional degree
13%

Investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Includes weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of meteorology.

Median Salary:
$121,763.20
Annual Job Opening:
133
Typical Education Level:
a Bachelor's degree
Top Entry-level Education:
A Bachelor's degree
50%
A Master's or Professional degree
30%
A Doctoral degree or more
15%

Design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.

Median Salary:
$108,106.99
Annual Job Opening:
148
Typical Education Level:
a Bachelor's degree
Top Entry-level Education:
A Bachelor's degree
82%
A Doctoral degree or more
9%
A Master's or Professional degree
9%

Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.

Median Salary:
$108,596.79
Annual Job Opening:
577
Typical Education Level:
a Bachelor's degree
Top Entry-level Education:
A Bachelor's degree
73%
A Master's or Professional degree
27%

Study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth. May use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems. May study the Earth's internal composition, atmospheres, oceans, and its magnetic, electrical, and gravitational forces. Includes mineralogists, crystallographers, paleontologists, stratigraphers, geodesists, and seismologists.

Median Salary:
$99,655.87
Annual Job Opening:
446
Typical Education Level:
a Master's or Professional degree
Top Entry-level Education:
A Master's or Professional degree
44%
A Bachelor's degree
41%
A Doctoral degree or more
16%

Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.

Median Salary:
$113,276.80
Annual Job Opening:
140
Typical Education Level:
a Doctoral degree or more
Top Entry-level Education:
A Doctoral degree or more
88%
A Master's or Professional degree
8%
A Bachelor's degree
4%

Physicians who treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally-invasive, or non-invasive surgical methods, such as using instruments, appliances, or by manual manipulation.

Median Salary:
$212,436.13
Annual Job Opening:
161
Typical Education Level:
a Doctoral degree or more
Top Entry-level Education:
A Doctoral degree or more
92%
A Master's or Professional degree
7%
A Bachelor's degree
1%

Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.

Median Salary:
$76,910.80
Annual Job Opening:
177
Typical Education Level:
a Bachelor's degree
Top Entry-level Education:
A Bachelor's degree
47%
A Master's or Professional degree
39%
A Doctoral degree or more
13%
Source: Emsi Data.

Resources

  • MESA And TRIO Student Support Services
    https://www.riohondo.edu/mesa/
    MESA|TRIO will provide you with individualized advising and support from dedicated staff, academic excellence workshops to help you be more successful in your math and science classes, information about internships and summer research programs, and much more!

About RHC

Rio Hondo College, serving the communities of El Monte, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, and Whittier for over 50 years.

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Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601

Phone: (562) 692-0921
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