STEM Classification Systems

Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS-ICE)

  • Contains 422 programs (6-digit) in 22 disciplines
  • Broadest definition - revised/expanded in 2012
  • Includes prgrams in Agriculture, Natural Resources, Communications, Education and Psychology
  • International STEM graduates may remain additional 17 mo. optional practical training (OPT)
  • DHS-ICE STEM-Designated Degree Program List

National Science Foundation (NSF-LSAMP)

  • Definition used in PS-LSAMP
  • Contains 224 programs (6-digit CIP) in 12 disciplines
  • Includes Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Does not include Health Professions and Related Programs
  • Broader definition than IPEDS
  • NSF STEM Classification of Instructional Programs

National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES-IPEDS)

  • Provides extensive benchmarking opportunities
  • Contains 224 programs (6-digit CIP) in 10 disciplines
  • Narrowest definitions considered

University System of Georgia - 2016 - 19 STEM Education Improvement Plan

Georgia House Bill 801: STEM GPA Boost

Starting fall semester 2017, certain rigoourous STEM courses are eligible for a .5 GPA boost for students' HOPE average GPAs. Find out more about this program, as well as a directory of eligible courses HERE.

A presentation with more information on STEM classifications, created by UGA's Office of Institutional Research, can be found HERE.














What is STEM?

Efforts to track the growth and evolution of scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) have led to various definitions of what STEM is. Factors in defining STEM vary depending on who is tracking data, including government agencies, academic institutions, and industry. As a result, there is not a single definition of STEM that is universally observed. Links to the right provide information for STEM as defined by various classification systems.