Career and Academic Pathways

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Inquire, Experiment, Understand

A pathway where analytical thinking, science and logical innovation collaborate. Programs in this CAP will deepen your understanding of the natural and physical world from a scientific perspective so that you are prepared for a career in fields such as environmental policy, engineering, medicine, as well as field and laboratory science.

STEM CAP Lounge Locations

Aptos Campus STEM Center Room 834

Watsonville Center Building A atrium

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Meet Your CAP Ambassadors


Upcoming Events

This Week's Highlighted College Events!

Looking for a short list of featured events at the College? Check On the Horizon each week for a list of events selected by students for students.

Join a Student Club!

Joining a club is a way to enhance your college experience. Clubs are organized by students according to specialized fields of interest, academic majors, personal interest, or special service to the college or community.

Student Senate

Learn more about how Student Senate represents and supports you!

STEM Students in Action!
Do any of these describe you?
  • I'm curious about how the universe works.
  • I like using my mind to solve problems, especially if it involves using math or science.
  • I am drawn to nature and the natural world.
  • It's fun for me to take things apart to understand how they work.
  • I thrive in self-directed environments.
  • I find it rewarding to figure out complicated problems and intellectual challenges.
  • I enjoy developing theories or hypotheses.
  • I like to study, conduct research, or work in a lab.

If so, you may be interested in a career in STEM.

Not sure? See the characteristics of the other CAPs.

I like to create things or imagine new ideas.

I prefer working in unstructured environments.

I like to express myself through different mediums.

I'm excited to make things that inform or entertain people.

I enjoy being around creative individuals.

I'm an independent, original or innovative thinker.

I enjoy communicating ideas.

I'm excited to interpret other people's art.

I find working with a team to produce something rewarding.

I like to perform in front of others.

I enjoy achieving goals through quality team work.

I like working in a structured environment.

I enjoy working with my hands.

I feel satisfied when I see the results of my hands-on work.

I am willing to take risks.

I like working with money and finances.

I feel accomplished when I make order out of chaos.

I enjoy leading, motivating, supporting and influencing those around me.

I prefer to manage and support projects.

I want to start my own business or nonprofit.

I am interested in how to strategize and negotiate.

I aim to understand the world we live in.

I enjoy helping people learn, heal and grow.

It's fun for me to learn about different cultures.

I am multilingual or desire to be.

I enjoy communicating ideas or data.

I like playing with words and writing.

I often ask why things happen in society.

I find myself advocating for others.

I like making a difference.

I debate and discuss different topics.

I enjoy analyzing beyond the surface level.

I'm action oriented.

I care about the wellbeing and safety of others.

I value order, standards and routines.

I like providing service to others.

I enjoy teaching, counseling or training.

I am organized.

I enjoy solving problems.

I am interested in how the body works.

I can remain calm in stressful situations.

Want to transfer faster?

Interested in transferring to CSUMB? Learn how the Cabrillo 2+2 CSUMB program can help you get there faster!

Cabrillo has helped me connect with students and professors who have worked in the Data Analysis field. The professors are friendly and knowledgeable and my classmates make class time fun!
-Mercedes Z (Computer and Information Systems student)
Ready to get started?
Find the suggested map of courses for your program.
Questions or want to change your CAP?
Academic Counselors are here to help! Services are being provided remotely.
Resources for STEM Students
El Patio Outdoor Study Space

Looking for a quiet study space with Wifi access? Beginning April 20, 2021 you can reserve study space at the Watsonville Center!

STEM Clubs

Join a Student Club to connect with students who share your interests.

Student Senate

The Student Senate meets every Thursday and we want to hear from you! Have ideas about activities the senate should consider? Want to weigh in on a topic- like Cabrillo name change exploration, Hunger Free Campus initiatives, in person vs online classes, general COVID news, etc? Come join the weekly conversation, meet your senate representatives, and be heard... and see where things go from there. These meetings are open to the public and may have information items about community resources as well.

Meetings resume in fall semester

Learning Communities

Consider if a Learning Community is a good fit for you and your educational goals.


MathPLUS: get ahead! Free math preparation to help students get ready for upcoming math courses.

STEM Center

Access STEM tutoring, faculty office hours, and supplemental instruction. (Services are being provided in-person and remotely!)

Learning Centers

Connect with the HUB Learning Resource Center or the Integrated Learning Center for help with additional subjects. (Services are available in-person and remotely!)

MESA Program

The Mathematices, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) Program provides support for STEM students planning to transfer to a four-year school. Access study space, workshops, financial aid advising, transfer help, and much more!

Reading and English Language Support

Want help with your English or reading skills? Try these support courses to get off to a great start:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL): ¡Aprende inglés hoy!
  • Reading: Improve your reading skills
The Cabrillo STEM Center has been an invaluable resource when it comes to keeping my head above water. They offer free tutoring for almost every major STEM class.
-Hermes P (Engineering student)