Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College
FREE STEM classes at GCC for qualified students who are new to STEM
GCC’s STEM Starter Academy is part of a statewide initiative to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Our program is for students new to STEM (including high school students graduating in 2017 or 2018) who are interested in attending GCC—for free! Participants take a summer science, technology, engineering or math class, receive intensive advising, tutoring and career support, and participate in special STEM-focused activities.
Priority given to applications received by May 1st. Classes held July 12 through August 31.

  • STEM Academy Summer 2017 runs July 12 through August 31.


    Students wishing to take part in the free STEM Starter Summer Academy at GCC must:

    • submit a completed and signed STEM Starter Academy application (including parent signature if under 18 year old)
    • submit a Greenfield Community College application (online) or GCC dual enrollment application if you are in high school (download)
    • be selected via interview with STEM Starter Coordinator
    • place into one of the STEM Starter Summer Academy classes via AccuPlacer testing
    • be willing to consider enrolling at GCC during the 2017-2018 academic year
    • attend a mandatory orientation session
    • attend required workshops and STEM activities
    • participate in pre- and post program evaluations
    • purchase all required texts and electronic subscriptions

    Program Benefits

    • FREE science, technology, engineering or math class
    • Earn college credit in a small-class environment
    • Active learning/student engagement with peers
    • One-on-one professional tutoring
    • Personal Academic Advising
    • Career-focused counseling
    • Hands-on events/field trips
  • STEM Academy participants can choose from the following courses:

    Courses available for Summer Session II (July 12th- August 31st)


    BIO 104: Natural History (4 cr) M T W 4:10pm – 7:00pm 7/12 – 8/2 THEN M T W R from 8/7 – 8/29
    An introductory study of plants and animals in their natural environment including the historical and biological processes that have led to the present day landscape of southern New England. Topics may include a survey of local flora and fauna, species identification, survival strategies, conservation, evolution, disturbance history and interpretation, biodiversity, animal tracks and sign, water resources and food webs. Field trips to local natural history sites and a project focusing on a natural area enhance student observation skills and understanding of class topics.

    BIO 126: Biology I – Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology (4cr) T W R 5:00pm – 8:30pm
    Major topics include the biochemical basis of life, cell biology, photosynthesis, respiration, mitosis, meiosis, genetics, DNA structure and replication and protein synthesis. Students engage the scientific method by designing, conducting, and evaluating laboratory experiences that include selected topics in cell structure and function, enzymes, respiration, photosynthesis, genetics and molecular biology.

    EGR 105 Introduction to Engineering, Science, Technology, and Society (4 cr) M T W R 1:30pm-4:25pm

    A survey introductory course that combines hands-on experience with sociological analysis of engineering, science, and technology using lab, lecture, research, design, and discussion. Includes aspects of electrical, mechanical, environmental, civil, and chemical engineering.

    EGR 114 Numerical Computing for Engineers and Scientists using Mathematica (3 cr) M T W R 1:30pm – 4:25pm
    An introduction to numerical and symbolic computing using Mathematica, a high level knowledge based programming language for engineering problem solving and analysis, as well as creating algorithms for data manipulation and for solving basic mathematical equations which model real world phenomena. (Prerequisite: MAT 108)

    REE 124: Energy Conservation and Efficiency  (1 cr) July 17th – July 24th: 9:00am-12:05pm
    An exploration of the methods and equipment to improve the energy efficiency of existing and new structures. These energy uses include heating/cooling loads and electrical consumption. Students learn how to use existing technology to assess energy usage, evaluate opportunities for reducing and managing loads, and learn best current practices.

    SCI 141: Cosmic Life Becomes You: Scientific Literacy for Today (4 cr) M T W R 8:00am – 10:30am
    An introduction to the joy of science for all comers through the exploration of the beauty, wonder, and interconnectedness of the natural world. Together the class explores contemporary issues in cosmology, astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, and art through dialogue, group research, and guest experts. The course helps the student to work with models, experimentation, and laboratory verification to understand the physical world.

    MAT 095: Introductory Algebra** T R 9:00am – 12:00pm
    An introductory algebra course that assumes a working knowledge of basic arithmetic skills. Students study topics that include the concept of a variable, negative numbers, properties of real numbers, numeric and algebraic expressions, linear equations and inequalities in one variable including their graphic representations, ratio and proportion, quadratic equations (with no linear term) in one variable, integer exponents (including scientific notation) and graphing of two-variable equations(by plotting points). Students work with applications throughout the course to help them understand and connect algebraic concepts to real world situations.

    MAT 096: Intermediate Algebra** M T W R 9:00am – 11:00am
    Develops algebra skills and a conceptual understanding of algebraic topics, and focuses on the relationship between algebraic, graphical, and numeric approaches to solving problems. Students study topics that include linear equations and systems of equations, methods for solving problems, radicals and radical equations, quadratic equations and the quadratic formula, rational exponents and rational expressions. The course places emphasis on graphing in the Cartesian coordinate system with particular stress on graphing linear equations and systems of equations. Students work at times with calculators and/or computers.

    MAT 107: College Algebra (4 cr) M T W R 9:00am – 11:00am
    The study of functions. This course is a gateway to the study of higher level mathematics and a useful preparation for courses with quantitative content. Students investigate the principles, properties, and applications of several common types of functions from numerical, algebraic, and graphical perspectives and use these functions to model real world problems. Principle types include polynomial, rational, composite and inverse functions. The course also introduces exponential and logarithmic functions and briefly examines absolute value, root, step, and piecewise functions. Students use graphing calculators extensively.

    MAT 108: Precalculus (4 cr) M T W R 9:00am – 11:00am
    A preparation for MAT 201 and the physical sciences. Students study principles, properties, and applications of functions and their graphs. They revisit functions introduced in MAT 107 and expand their knowledge of them. The course focuses heavily on circular trigonometric functions and introduces conic sections. Laboratory activities place particular emphasis on the use of functions to model real problems. Computers and/or graphing calculators are used to enhance the study of mathematics.



    **These two courses (MAT 095, 096) do not count for college credit and may not be used to fulfill degree or certificate requirements. SOME highs chools MAY accept these credits towards their math requirements for progression and/or graduation purposes; if you are a high school student, speak to your guidance counselor about whether or not these credits can be used at your high school.
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