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STEM at Georgia Southwestern

The STEM Focus

As our surroundings in the world around become increasingly technical, the number of math and science-oriented majors has been steadily decreasing. Opportunities in the STEM field are abundant, yet many are left unfulfilled. The latest teaching techniques offered at Georgia Southwestern have made these concepts easier to grasp by providing more engaging and practical hands-on learning amongst our campus. Our dedicated faculty and staff welcome natural inquiry and developmental approaches that allow for concrete experiences that foster quicker learning and longer retention.

Our Goals

The aim of the STEM program at GSW is to increase enrollment and success in STEM courses and to increase the number of these majors and graduates. This extends beyond the campus boundaries to area feeder schools by working with students and teachers to build interest, confidence, and expertise in STEM learning, several years before students enroll in college.



STEM Program

Michele L. Smith, Ph.D., STEM Coordinator

Office of Recruitment & Admissions
1-800-338-0082 toll free

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The B.S. Degree and minor in biology provide the foundation for careers in wide array of fields such as allergist, botanist, conservation scientist, dentist, environmental health analysis, geneticist, lab technician, microbiologist, mycologist, nutritionist, pharmacist, physical therapist, physician assistant, teachers, veterinarian, virologist, wildlife biologist and many others.

Chemistry Lab


The B.S. Degree in Chemistry and minor in Chemistry offer students preparation in the fields of environmental analysis, research and development, safety, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, production and management.

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Computer Science

Computer Science is a multifaceted discipline that encompasses a broad range of topics from the theoretical capabilities of computers to more applied techniques for the design and construction of machines, and with advanced applications of computers in all aspects of our society.

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Information Technology

Information Technology is the application of computers to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data, often in the context of a business or other enterprise. This academic program prepares students to work in network and database administration, information security, and web development.

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GSW offers a B.S. in Mathematics with the option of Computational Science and Engineering concentration or Teacher Certification. Banking, business, computer science, actuarial science, insurance, civil service, and education are a few of the many varied career opportunities available with a mathematics degree.

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Regents' Engineering Pathway Program

In its current structure, students complete two or more years of pre-engineering courses at Georgia Southwestern and then transfer to a REPP Partner institution to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.

Advantages of STEM Careers

When choosing a career in STEM, students can expect opportunities that are challenging, diverse, and offer a variety of benefits including:

  • Graduates have flexibility and versatile skills to pursue a variety of career paths
  • Average starting salaries are generously higher than careers in other fields
  • Ability to join a fast-growing industry in technology
  • Graduates make a positive contribution to society
  • Diversity in the class and workplace setting

Ready to Apply?

Join the growing field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at Georgia Southwestern!

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STEM Student Organizations


Biology Club

The Biology Club caters to biology majors but welcomes all students of Georgia Southwestern State University. The Biology Club provides opportunities for personal growth with an emphasis on community service, student leadership, and social diversions. 


Chemistry Club                                                 

The purpose off the Chemistry Club is to engage the GSW community in chemistry-related activities both on campus and around Sumter County. The Chemistry Club aims to show the students of Georgia Southwestern State University the many ways chemistry can be used, both in and out of the classroom.

Computer Science

Computer Science Club

The purpose of the GSW Computer Science Club is to promote and support the activities of the Computer Science Department. The club encourages community service and works with a variety of organizations within the surrounding area.


Engineering Club

The GSW Engineering Club is devoted to initiating more interest in engineering. The developing world relies of problem-solving mindsets to find resolutions to global problems.


AIPG Student Chapter 

The purpose of the student chapter of the American Institute of Professional Geologists is to promote continued professional growth in the areas of geology. 

Geology Club 

The Geology Club is open to all students, faculty, and staff that are interested in Earth or environmental sciences.  


Math Club

The GSW Math Club is an organization whose primary goal is to help make mathematics accessible to the student body. Membership is open to all mathematics and mathematics/educations majors, as well as those individuals with an interest in mathematics. The Math Club serves as a sponsor for student/faculty seminars and participates in math tournaments at GSW.

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