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Prepare for a Career in STEM

Explore SLU's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Fields

Careers in science, technology, engineering and math — also known as STEM fields — are among the most popular in the country, and some of the hottest majors at Saint Louis University.

Graduate Ready for Your Career in STEM

As a STEM major at SLU, you'll have plenty of opportunities to practice the skills you learn, starting your freshman year. Whether that means using Python, C/C++, Java and Eclipse on our department systems or using virtual reality to control drones used in research, your professors will not only embrace technology — they're helping invent it.

Past STEM students at SLU have worked alongside faculty researchers on single X-ray photo detectors, designed a chemical vapor deposition system for synthesis of nanoscale carbon materials and built and designed small satellites launched by NASA.

Most engineers can't just sit in a classroom all day. We want to actually see how stuff works. SLU really caters to the hands-on experience environment."

— Laura Bultus, Mechanical Engineering Major

Internship opportunities with airlines, technology companies and labs in St. Louis abound, leading to jobs for SLU's alumni in STEM fields after — or even before —graduation. You'll find recent SLU graduates at leading companies in STEM around the globe, including:

  • Bayer
  • Boeing
  • Express Scripts Holding Co.
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • IBM Global Services
  • MilliporeSigma
  • NASA
  • World Wide Technology

STEM by the Numbers


SLU majors and minors in STEM fields


growth in STEM fields since 1990*


minutes from SLU to Cortex, St. Louis' technology and innovation center


median earnings for Americans who major in a STEM field*

Highlights of STEM at SLU

Experience Hands-on Learning

STEM majors help solve problems. At SLU that often happens far before graduation. With a 9-1 student to faculty ratio, you’ll enjoy undergraduate research opportunities tailored to your career goals.

Our interdisciplinary approach to STEM and scientific thinking exists across campus, in places like our:

Academic Tech Commons

A 14,000-square-foot creator space in SLU's Pius XII Memorial Library gives you an opportunity to learn and interact with the latest technologies, including 3D printers, 360 cameras, recording studios and hologram technology. Features include:

  • An innovation Studio: Sketch out your ideas using large, touch-enabled displays and virtual reality technology.
  • Collaboration Studios: Brainstorm and create in an adaptable work environment with writable walls and mobile whiteboards, or present your work wirelessly.
  • A Print Studio: Professional-grade printing, scanning and finishing options for your projects and presentations.
  • Quick Record Studio and Editing Pods: Use workstations with multiple displays and audio splitters for group work.
New Biology and Chemistry Labs

Macelwane Hall, home to the University’s Department of Biology and Department of Chemistry, offers new state-of-the-art research labs and teaching labs following a nearly $29 million renovation in 2018.

Madrid Campus
STEM majors at SLU can fit a study abroad experience into their undergraduate career at our campus in Madrid, Spain, with no additional tuition cost and still graduate on time. 
Camps and Academies 
Start your STEM experience at SLU before freshman year by participating in summer experiences on campus for high school students. Learn how to program, experiment with robots and get a look inside professions like data science and structural engineering. 


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* According to the Pew Research Center
** Minor only available. 
+ Designated as a STEM degree by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the purpose of OPT extension as it pertains to student visas.