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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

emptyThe Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Career Cluster® focuses on planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services, including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.

Programs of study

Biomedical Science

Biomedical Science Program of Study

The Biomedical Science program of study focuses on the study of biology and medicine in order to introduce students to the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the healthcare field, such as researching and diagnosing diseases, pre-existing conditions, or other determinants of health. Students may also practice patient care and communication.

Course pathway

Note: This pathway is only available as a part of North Garland's Math, Science, Technology Magnet, as well as their Project Lead the Way program.

LevelNorth Garland HS
18H780 MST PLTW
MST Principles of Biomedical Science (PLTW)
2

8O790 MST
MST Biotechnology I

8H790 MST PLTW
MST Human Body Systems (PLTW)

3

8H740 MST
MST Medical Microbiology

8H792 MST PLTW
MST Medical Interventions (PLTW)

4

8H770 MST
MST Pathophysiology

8H794 MST PLTW
MST Biomedical Innovations (PLTW)

8O713 MST
Scientific Research and Design

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian WageAnnual Openings% Growth
Medical and Laboratory Technicians$37,9811,15928%
Biological Technicians$42,93145217%
Forensic Science Technicians$48,15217135%
Chemical Technicians$49, 73367210%
Medican and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$58,7601,16625%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education LevelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response**
Certificate/License*
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Associate's Degree
  • Histological Technician
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Bachelor's Degree
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biomedical Engineers
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Medical Scientist
  • Epidemiology

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
Work-based learning activities
  • Lab internship
  • Shadow a healthcare or medical professional
Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Program of Study

The Cybersecurity program of study includes the occupations and educational opportunities related to the planning, implementing, upgrading, or monitoring security measure for the protection of computer networks and information. This program of study may also include exploration into responding to computer security breaches and viruses and administering network security measures.

Course pathway

Note: This pathway is only available at the GRCTC.

LevelGRCTC
1

8K100, 8K105
Principles of Information Technology

9O110
Foundations of Cybersecurity

2

91820
Computer Science I

91822
AP Computer Science Principles

3

8K930, 8K935 DC GRCTC
Networking

9O980, 9O985 DC GRCTC
Cybersecurity Capstone

4

8O986, 8O988 DC GRTC
Practicum in Information Technology-Cybersecurity

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Information Security Analysts$91,91581429%
Network and Computer System Administrators$82,5972,81419%
Computer Systems Analyst$87,5665,93729%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 6
  • Oracle Certified Database Associate
  • MTA: Network Fundamentals**
  • MTA: Windows Server Admin. Fundamentals**
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA-CyberOps)**
Certificate/License*
  • GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware
  • Certified Advanced Windows Forensic Examiner
  • SAP Certified Technology Professional System Security Architect
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional Security Certification
Associate's Degree
  • System Networking, and LAN/WAN Management
  • Information Technology
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science
Bachelor's Degree
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
  • Information Technology
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at the GRCTC

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join the Technology Student Association (TSA)
  • Job shadow a computer system analyst or information security analyst
Work-based learning activities
  • Obtain an industry-based certification
Engineering

Engineering Program of Study

The Engineering program of study focuses on the design, development, and use of engines, machines, and structures. Students will learn how to apply science, mathematical methods, and empirical evidence to the innovation, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of different manufacturing systems.

Course pathways

Note: This pathway is offered at all GISD campuses and the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center (GRCTC).This pathway also has a specialized version as part of North Garland HS' Math, Science and Technology Magnet.

LevelHS CampusGRCTCNorth Garland MST & PLTW magnet
18O100
Principles of Applied Engineering
8O100
Principles of Applied Engineering

8O100/8O700 MST
Principles of Applied Engineering

8O740 MST PLTW
MST Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW)

28O230
Engineering Design and Presentation I
8O230
Engineering Design and Presentation I

8O230/8O710 MST
Engineering Design and Presentation I

8O770 MST PLTW
MST Computer Integrated Manufacturing (PLTW)

8O750 MST PLTW
MST Civil Engineering and Architecture (PLTW)

38O310
Engineering Design and Problem Solving
8O960 (GRCTC)
Engineering Design and Presentation II

8O310/8O710 MST
MST Engineering Design Problem Solving

8O760 MST PLTW
Aerospace Engineering (PLTW)

8O738 MST
Digital Electronics

8O716 MST
Engineering Science

48O340
Scientific Research and Design

One of the following:

8O970 (GRCTC)
Practicum in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

8O972 (GRCTC)
Extended Practicum Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

8O780 MST PLTW
MST Engineering Design & Development (PLTW)

8O340/8O713 MST
MST Scientific Research and Design

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian WageAnnual Openings% Growth
Aerospace Engineers$110,8434819%
Industrial Engineers$97,0741,26310%
Mechanical Engineers$91,7071,53511%
Chemical Engineers$112,8194749%
Electrical Engineers$98,4051,13710%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education LevelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Autodesk Certified Professional or User (ACU)-Inventor
  • Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA)**
  • Certified Engineering Technician-Audio Systems
Certificate/License*
  • Engineer, Professional
  • Fluid Power Systems Designer
  • Certified Biomedical Auditor
  • Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst
Associate's Degree
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
  • Engineering Technology
Bachelor's Degree
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at GISD campuses

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Participate in competitions like Skills USA
Work-based learning activities
  • Get an Engineering internship
  • Shadow a machinist
Programming and Software Development

Programming and Software Development Program of Study

The Programming and Software Development program of study explores the occupations and education opportunities associated with researching, designing, developing and testing operating systems-level software, compilers and network distribution software for medical, industrial military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific and general computer applications. This program of study may also include exploration into creating, modifying and testing the codes, forms and script that allow computer applications to run.

Course pathway

Note: This pathway is available at all GISD high school campuses.

LevelCampus pathway
1

95004S (Middle school)
Fundamentals of Computer Science

91822
AP Computer Science Principles

2

91820 (H)
Computer Science I

3

92821
AP Computer Science A

4

91824 (H)
Computer Science III

91838
Mobile Application Development

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Computer Network Architect$111,6331,4549%
Software Developer, Systems Software$103,3342,98525%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer
  • Microsoft Tech. Associate (MTA)- Intro to Programming Using Java**
  • Microsoft Tech. Associate (MTA)-Mobility and Device Fundamentals**
  • Microsoft Tech. Associate (MTA)- Software Development Fundamentals**
Certificate/License*
  • Certified Computing Professional
  • Cloud Technology Associate Certification
  • AEM 6 Developer
  • Certified Software Analyst
Associate's Degree
  • Computer Programming/Programmer General
  • Computer Software Engineer
  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies
Bachelor's Degree
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Computer Software Engineer
  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Computer Software Engineer
  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies

*Includes Level I and Level II certificates. Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Added, offered at the GRCTC

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join the Technology Student Association (TSA)
  • Participate in a coding club at school
Work-based learning activities
  • Obtain an industry-based certification
Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy Program of Study

The Renewable Energy program of study helps students discover how to assemble, inspect, maintain and repair different equipment required for renewable energy. It introduces students to solar photovoltaic equipment and wind turbines, the systems and processes used to maintain and manage these types of equipment and help students develop the skills needed to do so.

Course pathway

Note: This pathway is only available at South Garland HS (SGHS).

LevelSGHS pathway
1

8O100
Principles of Applied Engineering

2

8O250/8C255 DC
AC/DC Electronics

3

8O380/8O385 DC
Solid-State Electronics

4

8O370/8O375 DC
Digital Electronics

8O410
Practicum in STEM

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Wind Turbine Services Technician$51,334387108%
Solar Photovoltaic Installer$43,95747081%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
Certificate/License*
  • Photovoltaic Installer- Level 1 Professional
  • Solar Photovoltaic Certification
  • Small Wind Installer- Level 1
Associate's Degree
  • Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology
  • Solar Energy Technology
  • Engineering, Mechanics
  • Engineering, General
Bachelor's Degree
  • Surveying Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Engineering, Mechanics
  • Engineering, General
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Surveying Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Engineering, General

*Includes Level I and Level II certificates. Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join SkillsUSA
  • Join a Science Club
Work-based learning activities
  • Research four renewable energy companies and compare them
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Graduation planning

Endorsements

  • Biomedical Science: Public Service or STEM
  • Cybersecurity: STEM
  • Engineering: Business and Industry or STEM
  • Programming and Software Development: STEM
  • Renewable Energy: Business and Industry or STEM
See course descriptions and additional information on the high school course descriptions page.