The College of STM-HS is organized into departments that deliver 13 majors in BA/BS degrees, 3 majors in BAS degrees, 11 Minors, 2 certificates and 9 pre-professional programs. STM-HS faculty are the heart of the liberal arts degrees at Eastern Oregon University, serving all students, whether they are taking on-campus, onsite or on-line courses. The faculty are deeply engaged in a learning partnership with their students.
The goal of STM-HS is to prepare our graduates for life in a complex society by providing each student with the opportunity to develop those characteristics that distinguish the educated citizen. The College provides students with the opportunity to develop proficiencies in the following University Learning Outcomes:
- Gaining a breadth of knowledge.
- Strengthening the intellectual and practical abilities necessary for success, identified by AAC&U as Essential Learning Outcomes.
- Being engaged in the community and exercising personal and social responsibility.
- Integrating, applying, and reflecting on their skills and knowledge.
To achieve a liberal arts and sciences mission, the College fosters and features excellence and innovation in instruction, active and collaborative learning, independent student research and creativity, outreach and distance delivery of its programs, and interdisciplinary modes of learning. College programs ensure both depth and breadth of learning. Depth is realized through intense training in a major. Breadth results from the assimilation of the substance, approach, and insights of several different disciplines through minors and general education requirements.
One of the hallmarks of an EOU education is the extent to which faculty actively involve themselves in the students’ educational process. This involvement is based on the deep learning our faculty have in their several disciplines and also on their own continuing growth and development, as they discover, create, research, and publish their contributions to the world’s knowledge. Every EOU student has the opportunity to know one of these faculty members as a personal mentor. Students have a broad array of practica and internships that will give them practical training in different settings. They will be prepared for the real world around them through real opportunities for engaged citizenship and international experiences.
STM-HS offers myriad opportunities for this personal attention - from the Chemistry Club to the Science Journal. In all of these venues the faculty guide students into habits of critical and creative thinking, into effective writing and communication skills, into mastery of the venerable traditional subjects and new applications of these subjects in the world and the workplace.
Pre-Professional Health Studies & Transfer Programs
One of the most rapidly expanding career fields today is that of the health sciences. At Eastern Oregon University, students planning to enter a professional program in the healthcare field can take their foundation courses through the pre-professional sequences. The liberal arts general education curriculum offered at EOU ensures students develop the strong foundational competencies required by the professional schools. EOU prepares the pre-professional student through academic groundwork and development, which encompasses the major field of study, the mastery of specific scientific principles, and advanced coursework.
There is no “best” major to gain entry into a professional school that requires a degree, although many EOU students complete a biology or chemistry-biochemistry degree as they encompass many of the prerequisite courses. Admission committees welcome majors outside of the sciences, but students need to be aware of the potential for an additional time commitment for completion of the prerequisite coursework. A major choice should be guided primarily by a student’s own intellectual interests and aptitudes. Most students perform better in a major that they find to be interesting, challenging and satisfying.
Students often complete. pre-professional coursework at EOU, then transfer to institutions offering their undergraduate, advanced degree, or training program. Although not an exhaustive list, following are health care fields often pursued by EOU students.