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) 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.

Classes will be held July 15 through August 29.

  • STEM Starter Academy Summer 2019 runs July 15 through August 29. Students can enroll in one free course during one of the two offered sessions.


    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 (apply online here)
    • be selected via interview with the STEM Starter Academy Coordinator
    • place into one of the STEM Starter Summer Academy classes via AccuPlacer testing
    • be willing to consider enrolling at GCC during the 2019-2020 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
  • BIO 126: Biology I – Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology (4cr) TWR 8:30am-12:00pm
    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. Pre-req: ENG 090, ENG 094 and MAT 095 or satisfactory placement test scores

    EGR 105: Introduction to Engineering Science  (4 cr) MTWR 1:30pm-4:25pm S 301
    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. Pre-req: ENG 090, ENG 094 and MAT 095 or satisfactory placement test scores

    ENG 101: English Composition 1: Expository Writing  (3 cr)  M W 8:00am-12:00pm N314
    Focuses on the writing of essays. This course offers student the opportunity to understand writing as a process and to develop clear, effective presentation of ideas. The student develops an awareness of the relationship between writer and reader. The course includes word processing methods and research and documentation using print and electronic texts. Pre-req: ENG 090, ENG 094 or satisfactory placement test scores

    EVS 101: Environmental Studies: Issues in Sustainability  (3 cr) M W 9:00am-12:00pm E 164
    An introduction to basic concepts and principles in ecology including ecosystems, population, food protection, energy, pollution, technology, and resource depletion. This course focuses on people’s impact on the natural environment emphasizing current problems and alternative solutions to them. Pre-req: ENG 090 and ENG 094 or satisfactory placement test scores

    MAT 095: Introductory Algebra (3 cr) T/R 9:00am-12pm N435
    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. Pre-req: ENG 090, ENG 094 and MAT 090 or satisfactory placement test scores

    MAT 096: Intermediate Algebra (3 cr) MTWR 9:00am-11:00am N405
    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. Pre-req: ENG 090, ENG 094 and MAT 095 or satisfactory placement test scores

    MAT 107: College Algebra (4 cr) MTWR 9:00am-11:00am N403
    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. Pre-req: ENG 090, ENG 094 and MAT 096 or satisfactory placement test scores

    MAT 108: Precalculus (4 cr) MTWR 9:00am-11:00am N404
    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. Pre-req: ENG 090, ENG 094 and MAT 107 or satisfactory placement test scores


  • Workshops are generally available only for SSA participants but may be open to the public on a case by case basis.

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  • STEM and science-oriented events which are open to the wider campus community.

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