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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH (STEM)

STEM professionals designed and built the Hubble telescope to peek into the universe; created the internet; built the tallest buildings in the world, and continually push our understanding of diseases and new medical treatments. These programs create critical thinkers and enable the next generation of innovators. 

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Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree

The Associate in Arts transfer degree equals the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. By earning your A.A. degree at PBSC, you are guaranteed admission to one of Florida's public universities to complete your bachelor’s degree. You also may transfer to certain private institutions or PBSC bachelor's programs. Our A.A. degree advising tracks will help guide you in selecting general education and elective courses that fit your desired upper-division major and the requirements of your chosen transfer school. Always work with your PBSC academic advisor in making your final choices.

 

There are two options for completing the A.A. degree.

Option 1: 15 to Finish: 4 semesters with 15 credits per semester  |  Option 2: Flex to Finish: 6+ semesters with 6-11 credits per semester.

View the course sequence maps for each option by selecting the tracks below: 

A.A. Degree - Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Tracks

(pre-physician/pre-dentist/pre-veterinarian)

 

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Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Degrees & Certificates

At PBSC, you can choose from many business career pathways. Each certificate and degree is a stepping-stone, either to the job market or to the next level in your education. 

Degrees:

  • AS: Associate in Science degrees prepare you for skilled employment or transfer to PBSC’s bachelor's programs and possibly other institutions.
  • BAS: Bachelor of Applied Science degrees give associate degree graduates the option to earn a career-focused bachelor’s degree.

Certificates:

  • CCC: College Credit Certificates give you marketable skills as well as college credits that can transfer to an associate degree.

 

Bachelors

Overview

By earning the B.A.S. in Information Management, you’ll gain the edge needed to pursue the best IT jobs and increase your earning potential. This two-year program requires an
associate degree to enroll. Those with equivalent credits may also be considered.

 

Information Management - Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

B.A.S. degrees are designed for students who wish to earn a bachelor's degree for career advancement after earning their A.A. or A.S. degree. After completion of this program, students may choose to apply for graduate study at a public or private university.

 

Three Concentration Areas:  

Database Administration and Data Analytics Concentration

The program articulates from existing Associates in Science/Associates in Applied Science degrees in the computer science field. The core curriculum includes coursework in project management, systems design and programming, business law, finance and business writing.

 

Project Management Concentration

Graduates of this program will have the knowledge and skills to pursue managerial-level positions in an information technology/management information systems environment. Students take core courses that provide a broad applied background in finance, legal and ethical issues, communications, leadership, and project management. Additional courses focus on coursework to prepare students for employment in specialized areas in the information technology field, such as networking and security assurance or database administration and project management.

 

Security and Network Assurance Concentration

The program articulates from existing Associates in Science/Associates in Applied Science degrees in the computer science field. The core curriculum includes coursework in project management, systems design and programming, business law, finance and business writing.

 

Biotechnology

Overview

Play a vital role in of of the nation's fastest-growing industries. Biotechnology is the use of biology to enhance our quality of life and integral to the creation of products and services in many different fields, including pharmaceuticals, medical device development, disease diagnostics, crop improvement, crime solving and biofuels.

 

Biotechnology - Associate in Science (A.S.)

This degree program is designed for students who will seek employment as biotechnology research technicians, biological technicians, cell culture technicians or biotechnology manufacturing technicians, or for persons wanting career advancement already employed in the field. Course content includes biology and chemistry concepts, algebraic and statistical analysis, basic microbiology concepts, biohazard and safety procedures, human anatomy and physiology, core biotechnical laboratory techniques and industry workplace experience.

Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State’s Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management. In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a four-year program.


 

Related College Credit Certificates

Biotechnology - College Credit Certificate (CCC)

The College Credit Certificate program has been designed for those students who are currently employed in the biotechnology industry or for those who would like to pursue a biotechnology career or have a bachelor’s degree in another academic discipline.

The Biotechnology College Credit Certificate provides the student with comprehensive knowledge, specific competencies and lab techniques that enhance current skill while establishing a foundation for a successful bioscience career.

Credits in this certificate program will transfer directly into the Associate in Arts (AA) or the Associate in Science (AS) degree program in Biotechnology.

 

Biotechnology Laboratory Specialist - College Credit Certificate (CCC)

The College Credit Certificate program has been designed for AA students interested in biotechnology concepts, techniques and equipment. Relevant topics such as molecular biology, recombinant DNA technology, nucleic acid (DNA and RNA) extraction and analysis, plasmid transformation, polymerase chain reaction and agarose gel electrophoresis will be covered. Students will gain a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, and microbiology.

The certificate provides the student with comprehensive knowledge, specific competencies and lab techniques that enhance current skill while establishing a foundation for a successful bioscience career.

Credits in this certificate program will transfer directly into the Associate in Arts (AA) or the Associate in Science (AS) degree program in Biotechnology

 

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Computer Science & Information Technology

Classes Start: 2024 Fall Term (August)

 

Overview

The Artificial Intelligence degree and certificate programs are designed for anyone who wants to excel in the rapidly evolving field of AI. Through a rigorous curriculum that builds technical expertise, critical thinking, problem-solving ability, and employability skills, these programs prepare students for immediate employment as well as further education.

 

Applied Artificial Intelligence – Associate in Science (A.S.)*

In this A.S. degree, students build their knowledge of AI fundamentals and apply it to managing AI project lifecycles. Add opportunities for internships, industry networking and daily interactions with expert faculty, and students graduate well-equipped to design and implement AI solutions responsibly. 

Credits from the A.S. degree transfer to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Information Management at PBSC and potentially bachelor’s degrees at other institutions.

Please check the Pathway Map for this degree for advice on course selection and guidance on earning College Credit Certificates while pursuing your A.S. degree, giving you extra credentials.


* This program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

 


 

Related College Credit Certificates

Credits from the following CCCs may be applied to the Applied Artificial Intelligence A.S. degree. Please check the Pathway Map for this A.S. degree for more information.

Artificial Intelligence Awareness  – College Credit Certificate (CCC)
Gain an understanding of computer applications, programming fundamentals, and the transformative world of AI thinking. 
 

 

Artificial Intelligence Practitioner – College Credit Certificate (CCC)* 

This CCC explores data science tools, machine learning foundations, natural language processing and computer vision.


* This program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

 

Overview

A foundation in programming can open many doors. Programming knowledge is an asset, if not a necessity, in many information technology (IT) careers, such as database administration. At PBSC, you will master the critical programming concepts and skills that you will use on the job or as you further your education.

 

Computer Programming - Associate in Science (A.S.)

This A.S. degree includes the Programming certificate, general education courses, and advanced technical courses that further equip you to analyze business goals as well as design, develop and write computer applications. Comprehensive coursework covers topics ranging from IT project management to understanding SQL database techniques and includes a wide choice of electives. Employers want computer specialists who understand their needs. Start now and become a prized IT professional who can turn business problems into opportunities. 

Credits from this A.S. degree may transfer into Palm Beach State’s Bachelor of Applied Science programs in Information Management or Supervision and Management. Credits also may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a four-year program.

Please check the Pathway Map for this degree for advice on course selection and guidance on earning College Credit Certificates while pursuing your A.S. degree, giving you extra credentials.


 

Related College Credit Certificates

Credits from the following CCCs may be applied to the Computer Programming A.S. degree. Please check the Pathway Map for this A.S. degree for more information.

 

Programming - College Credit Certificate (CCC)

This certificate program focuses on building your programming knowledge to make you competitive in the job market. In hands-on courses, students write code in several computer languages, evaluate problems using logic/analysis tools, and test, monitor and debug computer programs. You’ll be prepared to begin a dynamic IT career in developing and maintaining computer applications.

 

Computer Programming  - College Credit Certificate (CCC)

Master the fundamentals of creating software applications using various computer languages and platforms—abilities highly valued in today’s workplace.

 

Artificial Intelligence Awareness – College Credit Certificate (CCC)

Classes Start: 2024 Fall Term (August)

Gain an understanding of computer applications, programming fundamentals, and the transformative world of AI thinking.

 

 

Internet of Things Applications – College Credit Certificate (CCC)

Classes Start: 2024 Fall Term (August)

This CCC offers hands-on technical training in the fundamentals of programming, smart device development and cloud computing. Students gain skills in designing smart devices and developing applications.

 

Classes Start: 2024 Fall Term (August)

 

Overview

PBSC’s Cybersecurity programs are designed to meet the increasing demand for cybersecurity professionals in Florida. PBSC prepares students through a comprehensive, industry-aligned curriculum that builds technical and nontechnical skills and promotes employability, higher-order reasoning, problem-solving abilities, and the adherence to ethical practices.

 

Cybersecurity – Associate in Science (A.S.)

This A.S. degree is carefully crafted to instill a deep understanding of cybersecurity, aligned with the NICE (National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education) framework's competency areas. Coursework covers network security, security essentials, digital forensics, and secure scripting, preparing graduates to tackle real-world challenges and contribute to business growth and innovation in the information technology (IT) industry.

Credits from this A.S. degree transfer to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Information Management, Security and Network Assurance concentration. Credits may also transfer to bachelor’s degrees at other institutions.

Please check the Pathway Map for this degree for advice on course selection and guidance on earning a College Credit Certificate while pursuing your A.S. degree, giving you an extra credential.


 

Related College Credit Certificate

Credits from the following CCC may be applied to the Cybersecurity A.S. degree. Please check the Pathway Map for this A.S. degree for more information.

 

Cybersecurity Analyst  – College Credit Certificate (CCC)

This CCC provides students with a comprehensive skill set and understanding of cybersecurity essentials. The curriculum blends a theoretical foundation with practical expertise in programming, networks and software systems.

 

Overview

Computer networks are the lifeblood of businesses and organizations. In a world dependent on 24/7 data access, networking professionals play a critical role in every industry. Be the computer pro people turn to by learning in-demand networking skills.

 

Networking Administrator – Associate in Science (A.S.)

This A.S. degree prepares you to plan, install, configure, monitor, troubleshoot and manage computer networks in a LAN/WAN environment. Students will learn to apply theoretical knowledge to the workplace utilizing technical skills obtained during the program. Course content includes computer hardware concepts, networking terminology, Microsoft Windows Server and Active Directory implementation and administration, Linux implementation and administration, and network security. These courses cover competencies for several certifications: A+, Network+, MCP and MCSA. 

Credits from this A.S. degree may transfer into Palm Beach State’s Bachelor of Applied Science programs in Information Management or Supervision and Management. Credits also may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a four-year program.

Please check the Pathway Map for this degree for advice on course selection and guidance on earning College Credit Certificates while pursuing your A.S. degree, giving you extra credentials.


 

Related College Credit Certificates

Credits from the following CCCs may be applied to the Networking Administrator A.S. degree. Please check the Pathway Map for this A.S. degree for more information.

 

Network Server Administration – College Credit Certificate (CCC)

Gain expertise needed to plan, install, configure, monitor, troubleshoot and manage computer networks in a LAN/WAN environment. Students also tackle enterprise-level network administration (Windows Active Directory/DNS), Linux implementation and administration, network security, and competencies for A+, Network+, MCP and MCSA certifications.

 

Network Security – College Credit Certificate (CCC)

This CCC is designed to teach students the skills necessary for entry-level positions in the field of network security. Students will learn and demonstrate proficiency in programming, network design and operations, cybersecurity, ethical hacking, and penetration testing.

 

Network Support Technician – College Credit Certificate (CCC)

Prepare to enter the field of Cisco security by learning to maintain the hardware and software of computer network systems and gaining competencies for A+ and Network+ certifications.

 

Electrical Power

Overview

Our labs, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, from Instrumentation & Control training stations: process control modules, temperature control modules, sensor calibration modules, data acquisition centers, valves, fluid control modules, to wind turbine control and SCADA control centers, to Smart Grid and ZigBee modules, to alternative energy installations (small wind, and solar arrays), to biofuels lab, to OSI Software PI system centers, enable students to gain as much practical and hands-on knowledge as possible. In addition, with our cooperation with local industry and business partners, we assist students in obtaining internships and positions to further enhance their learning experience.

The program takes students from general education, through introductory classes in electrical field (circuits, electronics), though introductory theory about power systems, via basics of programming (microcontrollers, PLCs), to specialized classes in alternative energies, Smart Grid, and advanced Instrumentation and control. The program is Algebra based, and the only pre-requisite is willingness to work hard!

 

Electrical Power Technology - Associate in Science (A.S.)

Upon completion of this program, students may seek employment in entry-level positions with a broad base of skills in instrumentation and control technology. Fields of employment include both aerospace and power industries. Job titles include instrumentation and control technician, control room technician, electronics technician, electrical distribution systems designer, engineering assistant, and technologist.

Courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a four-year program.

Overview

If you are interested in sustainable energy and want to build a rewarding career in a rapidly growing industry, then this program is for you.

This unique program prepares students for entry-level opportunities in the alternative energy industry. Technicians and others working in the electrical power industry will gain options for career growth and advancement.

 

Alternative Energy Engineering Technology - College Credit Certificate (CCC)

The Alternative Energy Engineering Technology certificate prepares students for careers in the growing "green" alternative energy industries. This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the growing alternative energy career cluster; and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the general employability skills, technical skills, and knowledge of all aspects of alternative energy careers.

Courses from the program transfer directly into Palm Beach State's Electrical Power Technology AS degree program. In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a two or four year program. 

 

Engineering Technology

Overview

The demand for skilled technicians in technology and engineering fields has reached a critical level nationwide and in South Florida. Graduates of the Engineering Technology program are rapidly finding employment in the local engineering technology, power, aerospace and manufacturing industries. Local employers are seeking talented graduates with a desire to work with both their hands and heads.

 

Engineering Technology - Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

Program graduates launch careers as engineering technicians or technologists who apply basic engineering principles and technical skills to operate high-tech equipment and assist engineers in product research and development, fabrication, quality control and more.

 

Four Concentration Areas:

Advanced Manufacturing
This concentration prepares students to work for manufacturers as a technician or engineering technologist in automation, robotics, mechatronics, or electrical/mechanical engineering.
 
Courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a four-year program.

 

Advanced Technology

This concentration prepares students to work as a technician or engineering technologist in product development and fabrication focused on drafting, 3D printing and rapid prototyping, manufacturing or quality assurance. 

Courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a four-year program.

 

Alternative Energy Systems

This concentration prepares students to work as an energy technician or technologist in solar, wind and biofuel electrical power generation.

Courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a four-year program.

 

Electronics

This concentration prepares students to work as an electronics technician or technologist in the design and development of computers, telecommunications systems, medical devices and other electronic equipment.

Courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a four-year program.


Engineering Technology Support Specialist - College Credit Certificate (CCC)

Upon completion of this certificate, you may seek employment in an entry-level position in varying areas of engineering and manufacturing. There will be expanded employment opportunities due to Florida's projected additional needs for engineering technologists. Job titles include technician in engineering technology, engineering specialist, manufacturing technician, manufacturing specialist, engineering assistant or technologist.

Credits earned toward this certificate can be applied toward the A.S. in Engineering Technology degree. They may also transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into four year program.

Overview 

This program is designed for students seeking entry into the field of engineering technology with a focus on automation in manufacturing. It is also designed for employees in this field who seek further education and career advancement.

 

Automation - College Credit Certificate (CCC)

Upon completion of this program, students may seek employment in entry-level positions in advanced manufacturing. Job titles include technician in engineering technology, manufacturing technician, automation technician, engineering assistant, and technologist.

Courses from this program transfer to the Engineering Technology - Advanced Manufacturing Associate in Science degree program at Palm Beach State College.

Overview

This program is designed for the student who is seeking entry into the field of engineering technology, with a focus on the manufacturing process, quality assurance, lean manufacturing and Six Sigma. It is also designed for employees in this field who seek further education and career advancement.

 

Lean Manufacturing - College Credit Certificate (CCC)

Upon completion of this program, students may seek employment in entry-level positions in advanced manufacturing.

Courses from this program transfer to the Engineering Technology - Advanced Manufacturing Associate in Science degree program at Palm Beach State College.

Overview

The  program is designed for the student who is seeking entry into the field of engineering technology, with a focus on automation, robotics and mechatronics in manufacturing. It is also designed for employees in this field who seek further education and career advancement.  

 

Mechatronics - College Credit Certificate (CCC)

Upon completion of this program, students may seek employment in entry-level positions in advanced manufacturing.

Courses from this program transfer to the Engineering Technology - Advanced Manufacturing Associate in Science degree program at Palm Beach State College.

Overview

This program prepares students for entry-level technical jobs in high tech production, manufacturing, distribution and engineering research and development facilities. The certificate is designed for the student who is preparing for a career in the engineering technology or high-tech manufacturing fields. It is also designed for employees in these fields who seek further education and career advancements.

 

Rapid Prototyping Specialist - College Credit Certificate (CCC)

Upon completion of this certificate, you may seek employment in an entry-level position with a base of skills in drafting and prototyping in engineering technology. There will be expanded employment opportunities due to Florida's projected additional need for engineering technologists. 

Credits earned in this certificate program will transfer into the Engineering Technology: Advanced Technology Concentration Associate in Science (A.S.) degree.

Courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into four year program.

 

Environmental Science

Overview

As an Environmental Science Technology student, you will be on your way to a meaningful career imparting a lasting change on the future of Florida's natural environment. A major trend in today's job market is to focus on the "greening" of business operations and supporting environmental sustainability initiatives. Seize this opportunity to be the first to catch this exciting career trend that is transforming the world around us.

 

Environmental Science Technology - Associate in Science (AS)

Courses include a wide range of environmental focuses, providing students with a well-founded education that prepares them for positions in environmental assessment, restoration, research and public education. Students receive quality, hands-on experience that is applied toward many critical initiatives for Florida’s environment.

Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State’s Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management. In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a four-year program.


Hazardous Materials Specialist - College Credit Certificate (CCC)

This certificate is part of the Environmental Science Technology AS degree program.

Courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into four-year programs.

 

Environmental Science Technician - College Credit Certificate (CCC)

This certificate is part of the Environmental Science Technology AS degree program. Its content is aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in agriculture, food and natural resources.

Upon completion of this certificate, you may seek employment in an entry-level position related to environmental science field and lab work. Employment opportunities include positions with local environmental consulting firms and/or with public agencies when emergency responders are needed as a result of the presence of hazardous materials or for temporary/seasonal employment positions.

 

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Overview

This program covers analysis, handling, storage and dispensing of hazardous materials in accordance with appropriate federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing proper chemical management.

Graduates of the certificate program should be able to: research applicable local, state and federal regulations and implement methods and strategies to ensure compliance; maintain records as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Transportation; develop and implement hazardous materials handling procedures; plan for emergency response of hazardous materials incidents; and protect workers and communities from hazardous material exposures.

 

Hazardous Materials Specialist - College Credit Certificate (CCC)

This certificate is part of the Environmental Science Technology AS degree program.

Courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into four-year programs.

 

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