What is STEM?

STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM is an education grouping used in the USA that refers to studies in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM encourages the idea of educating students in the four specific disciplines in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than the four disciplines being taught as separate subjects, STEM integrates them that gets students ready for real-world applications.

STEM Courses in USA

Let’s make the understanding of a STEM degree courses in the USA simple for you:

  • If you select to study a STEM course and graduate in a STEM field, you are eligible to remain in the US for an additional 24 months on an (Optional Practical Training) OPT STEM Extension
  • Students who have successfully finished either their Bachelors, Masters or PhD degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) are eligible to apply
  • Students who are hoping to study MS in US can verify if their MS program falls in the STEM category. Its best to check with the University (not all similar sounding programs are STEM courses!)
  • Whether a particular program is a STEM program is based on the curriculum developed by the US University for that particular program. This information is either available on the University’s website or students can specifically ask the University. All programs in the STEM fields (listed below) do NOT automatically qualify to become STEM degrees
  • Based on job prospects, students with STEM degree in the following fields are in great demand: computing (computer networking, system analysis, software engineering, management information systems (MIS), cloud computing, computer science) and mostly all engineering degree programs


You may qualify for an additional 24 months of OPT under the following circumstances:

  • Your degree for your current period of post-completion OPT is a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in a STEM courses in USA program listed on the Department of Homeland Security’s STEM designated degree program list (STEM fields are listed below)
  • Job or a job offer that is directly related to the STEM field of study
  • The employer from which you are seeking work uses the E-Verify Program.
  • You have not already received a 17-month stem extension of OPT ie. only one 24-month extension is possible, regardless of how many degrees in the US you obtain. If you received a STEM extension for bachelor’s degree, you are not eligible for a STEM extension at the Masters or PhD level
  • Must apply for the 24-month extension before your initial 12 month period of OPT ends
  • May not request the Stem extended months in the initial OPT application; must apply for initial 12 months of post-completion OPT first


“STEM Degree Courses in the USA” List

  1. Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
  2. Animal Sciences
  3. Agricultural Animal Breeding
  4. Animal Health
  5. Animal Nutrition
  6. Dairy Science
  7. Livestock Management
  8. Poultry Science
  9. Animal Sciences
  10. Food Science
  11. Food Technology and Processing
  12. Food Science and Technology
  13. Plant Sciences
  14. Agronomy and Crop Science
  15. Horticultural Science
  16. Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding
  17. Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management
  18. Range Science and Management
  19. Plant Sciences
  20. Soil Science and Agronomy
  21. Soil Chemistry and Physics
  22. Soil Microbiology
  23. Soil Sciences
  24. Natural Resources/Conservation
  25. Environmental Studies
  26. Environmental Science
  27. Natural Resources Conservation and Research
  28. Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
  29. Forest Sciences and Biology
  30. Urban Forestry
  31. Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology
  32. Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
  33. Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology
  34. Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  35. Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
  36. Computer and Information Sciences
  37. Artificial Intelligence
  38. Information Technology
  39. Informatics
  40. Computer and Information Sciences
  41. Computer Programming/Programmer
  42. Computer Programming, Specific Applications
  43. Computer Programming, Vendor/Product Certification
  44. Computer Programming
  45. Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
  46. Information Science/Studies
  47. Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
  48. Computer Science
  49. Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
  50. Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
  51. Computer Graphics
  52. Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation
  53. Computer Software and Media Applications
  54. Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
  55. Network and System Administration/Administrator
  56. System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
  57. Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
  58. Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster
  59. Information Technology Project Management11 111006 Computer Support Specialist
  60. Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management
  61. Educational/Instructional Technology
  62. Educational Evaluation and Research
  63. Educational Statistics and Research Methods
  64. Engineering
  65. Pre-Engineering
  66. Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  67. Agricultural Engineering
  68. Architectural Engineering
  69. Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  70. Ceramic Sciences and Engineering
  71. Chemical Engineering
  72. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  73. Chemical Engineering
  74. Civil Engineering
  75. Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
  76. Structural Engineering
  77. Transportation and Highway Engineering
  78. Water Resources Engineering
  79. Civil Engineering
  80. Computer Engineering
  81. Computer Hardware Engineering
  82. Computer Software Engineering
  83. Computer Engineering
  84. Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  85. Laser and Optical Engineering
  86. Telecommunications Engineering
  87. Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  88. Engineering Mechanics
  89. Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
  90. Engineering Science14 141401 Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  91. Materials Engineering
  92. Mechanical Engineering
  93. Metallurgical Engineering
  94. Mining and Mineral Engineering
  95. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  96. Nuclear Engineering
  97. Ocean Engineering
  98. Petroleum Engineering
  99. Systems Engineering
  100. Textile Sciences and Engineering
  101. Polymer/Plastics Engineering
  102. Construction Engineering
  103. Forest Engineering
  104. Industrial Engineering
  105. Manufacturing Engineering
  106. Operations Research
  107. Surveying Engineering
  108. Geological/Geophysical Engineering
  109. Paper Science and Engineering
  110. Electromechanical Engineering
  111. Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
  112. Biochemical Engineering
  113. Engineering Chemistry
  114. Biological/Biosystems Engineering
  115. Engineering
  116. Engineering Technology
  117. Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
  118. Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
  119. Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering
  120. Laser and Optical Technology/Technician
  121. Telecommunications Integrated Circuit Design
  122. Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians
  123. Biomedical Technology/Technician
  124. Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering
  125. Instrumentation Technology/Technician
  126. Robotics Technology/Technician
  127. Automation Engineer Technology/Technician
  128. Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians
  129. Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering
  130. Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician
  131. Solar Energy Technology/Technician
  132. Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling
  133. Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
  134. Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician
  135. Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians
  136. Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician
  137. Metallurgical Technology/Technician
  138. Industrial Technology/Technician
  139. Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
  140. Welding Engineering Technology/Technician
  141. Chemical Engineering Technology/Technician
  142. Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
  143. Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians
  144. Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
  145. Quality Control Technology/Technician
  146. Industrial Safety Technology/Technician
  147. Hazardous Materials Information Systems Technology/Technician
  148. Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians
  149. Aeronautical/Aerospace
  150. Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician
  151. Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
  152. Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians
  153. Mining Technology/Technician
  154. Petroleum Technology/Technician
  155. Mining and Petroleum Technologies/Technicians
  156. Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  157. Surveying Technology/Surveying
  158. Hydraulics and Fluid Power Technology/Technician
  159. Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
  160. Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
  161. Computer Hardware Technology/Technician
  162. Computer Software Technology/Technician
  163. Computer Engineering Technologies/Technicians
  164. Drafting and Design Technology/Technician
  165. CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
  166. Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
  167. Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD
  168. Electrical/Electronics Drafting and Electrical/Electronics CAD/CADD
  169. Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD
  170. Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians
  171. Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician
  172. Engineering/Industrial Management
  173. Engineering Design
  174. Packaging Science
  175. Engineering-Related Fields
  176. Nanotechnology
  177. Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields
  178. Biology/Biological Sciences
  179. Biomedical Sciences26 260202 Biochemistry
  180. Biophysics
  181. Molecular Biology
  182. Molecular Biochemistry
  183. Molecular Biophysics
  184. Structural Biology
  185. Photobiology
  186. Radiation Biology/Radiobiology
  187. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  188. Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  189. Botany/Plant Biology
  190. Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
  191. Plant Physiology
  192. Plant Molecular Biology
  193. Botany/Plant Biology
  194. Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
  195. Anatomy
  196. Developmental Biology and Embryology
  197. Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  198. Cell Biology and Anatomy
  199. Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences
  200. Microbiology
  201. Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
  202. Virology
  203. Parasitology
  204. Mycology
  205. Immunology
  206. Microbiology and Immunology
  207. Microbiological Sciences and Immunology
  208. Zoology/Animal Biology
  209. Entomology
  210. Animal Physiology
  211. Animal Behavior and Ethology
  212. Wildlife Biology
  213. Zoology/Animal Biology
  214. Genetics
  215. Molecular Genetics
  216. Microbial and Eukaryotic Genetics
  217. Animal Genetics
  218. Plant Genetics
  219. Human/Medical Genetics
  220. Genome Sciences/Genomics
  221. Genetics
  222. Physiology
  223. Molecular Physiology
  224. Cell Physiology
  225. Endocrinology
  226. Reproductive Biology
  227. Cardiovascular Science
  228. Exercise Physiology
  229. Vision Science/Physiological Optics
  230. Pathology/Experimental Pathology
  231. Oncology and Cancer Biology
  232. Aerospace Physiology and Medicine
  233. Physiology, Pathology, and Related Sciences
  234. Pharmacology
  235. Molecular Pharmacology
  236. Neuropharmacology
  237. Toxicology
  238. Molecular Toxicology
  239. Environmental Toxicology
  240. Pharmacology and Toxicology
  241. Pharmacology and Toxicology
  242. Biometry/Biometrics26 261102 Biostatistics
  243. Bioinformatics
  244. Computational Biology
  245. Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology
  246. Biotechnology
  247. Ecology
  248. Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  249. Evolutionary Biology
  250. Aquatic Biology/Limnology
  251. Environmental Biology
  252. Population Biology
  253. Conservation Biology
  254. Systematic Biology/Biological Systematics
  255. Epidemiology
  256. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  257. Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology
  258. Molecular Medicine
  259. Neuroscience
  260. Neuroanatomy
  261. Neurobiology and Anatomy
  262. Neurobiology and Behavior
  263. Neurobiology and Neurosciences
  264. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  265. Mathematics
  266. Algebra and Number Theory
  267. Analysis and Functional Analysis
  268. Geometry/Geometric Analysis
  269. Topology and Foundations
  270. Mathematics
  271. Applied Mathematics
  272. Computational Mathematics
  273. Computational and Applied Mathematics27 270305 Financial Mathematics
  274. Mathematical Biology
  275. Applied Mathematics
  276. Statistics
  277. Mathematical Statistics and Probability
  278. Mathematics and Statistics
  279. Statistics
  280. Mathematics and Statistics
  281. Air Science/Airpower Studies
  282. Air and Space Operational Art and Science
  283. Naval Science and Operational Studies
  284. Intelligence
  285. Strategic Intelligence
  286. Signal/Geospatial Intelligence
  287. Command & Control (C3, C4I) Systems and Operations
  288. Information Operations/Joint Information Operations
  289. Information/Psychological Warfare and Military Media Relations
  290. Cyber/Electronic Operations and Warfare
  291. ntelligence, Command Control and Information Operations
  292. Combat Systems Engineering
  293. Directed Energy Systems
  294. Engineering Acoustics
  295. Low-Observables and Stealth Technology
  296. Space Systems Operations
  297. Operational Oceanography
  298. Undersea Warfare
  299. Military Applied Sciences
  300. Aerospace Ground Equipment Technology
  301. Air and Space Operations Technology
  302. Aircraft Armament Systems Technology
  303. Explosive Ordinance/Bomb Disposal
  304. Joint Command/Task Force (C3, C4I) Systems
  305. Military Information Systems Technology
  306. Missile and Space Systems Technology
  307. Munitions Systems/Ordinance Technology
  308. Radar Communications and Systems Technology
  309. Military Systems and Maintenance Technology
  310. Military Technologies and Applied Sciences
  311. Biological and Physical Sciences
  312. Systems Science and Theory
  313. Mathematics and Computer Science
  314. Biopsychology
  315. Behavioral Sciences
  316. Natural Sciences
  317. Nutrition Sciences
  318. Cognitive Science
  319. Human Biology
  320. Computational Science
  321. Human Computer Interaction
  322. Marine Sciences
  323. Sustainability Studies
  324. Physical Sciences
  325. Astronomy
  326. Astrophysics
  327. Planetary Astronomy and Science
  328. Astronomy and Astrophysics
  329. Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
  330. Atmospheric Chemistry and Climatology
  331. Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics
  332. Meteorology
  333. Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
  334. Chemistry
  335. Analytical Chemistry
  336. Inorganic Chemistry
  337. Organic Chemistry
  338. Physical Chemistry
  339. Polymer Chemistry
  340. Chemical Physics
  341. Environmental Chemistry
  342. Forensic Chemistry
  343. Theoretical Chemistry
  344. Chemistry
  345. Geology/Earth Science
  346. Geochemistry
  347. Geophysics and Seismology
  348. Paleontology
  349. Hydrology and Water Resources Science
  350. Geochemistry and Petrology
  351. Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
  352. Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences
  353. Physics
  354. Atomic/Molecular Physics
  355. Elementary Particle Physics
  356. Plasma and High-Temperature Physics
  357. Nuclear Physics
  358. Optics/Optical Sciences
  359. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
  360. Acoustics
  361. Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
  362. Physics
  363. Materials Science
  364. Materials Chemistry
  365. Materials Sciences
  366. Physical Sciences
  367. Science Technologies/Technicians
  368. Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
  369. Industrial Radiologic Technology/Technician
  370. Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician
  371. Nuclear and Industrial Radiologic Technologies/Technicians
  372. Chemical Technology/Technician
  373. Chemical Process Technology
  374. Physical Science Technologies/Technicians
  375. Science Technologies/Technicians
  376. Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
  377. Comparative Psychology
  378. Developmental and Child Psychology
  379. Experimental Psychology
  380. Personality Psychology
  381. Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
  382. Social Psychology
  383. Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology
  384. Psychopharmacology
  385. Research and Experimental Psychology
  386. Forensic Science and Technology
  387. Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism
  388. Archeology
  389. Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  390. Geographic Information Science and Cartography
  391. Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology
  392. Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist
  393. Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  394. Medical Scientist
  395. Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
  396. Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  397. Natural Products Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
  398. Clinical and Industrial Drug Development
  399. Pharmacoeconomics/Pharmaceutical Economics
  400. Industrial and Physical Pharmacy and Cosmetic Sciences51
  401. Pharmaceutical Sciences
  402. Environmental Health
  403. Health/Medical Physics
  404. Veterinary Anatomy
  405. Veterinary Physiology
  406. Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology
  407. Veterinary Pathology and Pathobiology
  408. Veterinary Toxicology and Pharmacology
  409. Veterinary Preventive Medicine Epidemiology and Public Health
  410. Veterinary Infectious Diseases
  411. Medical Informatics
  412. Management Science
  413. Business Statistics
  414. Actuarial Science
  415. Management Science and Quantitative Methods

Source: ICE.gov

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While selecting your Universities to study in the United States, ensure that you know whether your selected program is a STEM classified degree courses in USA. This will allow you the regular 1 year OPT + 2 year STEM extension ie. a total of 3 years to work in the US after your Masters.

If you are unsure whether your program is a STEM courses in USA program, feel free to email us at [email protected] or contact us and we can quickly verify the same for you and respond.


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