Updated: Dec 8, 2021
By Mark Oleksak
Why does university curriculum include so many course requirements in non-STEM studies?
Let us look at the real world and how panels evaluate research projects and even potential funding for future works.
· Concise scientific evidence derived from each and every step of the proposed research
· A very clear relationship between each step and the governing dynamic and/or guiding question
· Clear and sufficient background research information for each step in the research
· Strong written and verbal verification of the scientific capabilities and knowledge base of the applicant
· Relevant photos, graphics, and diagrams sufficient to explain the procedures and results
· Short and concise abstract of the project goals and impact in the real-world
Is it not amazing, that much of this assessment is based on communications skills, mastery of language, graphics, and art, and even the ability to tell a good story?
Certainly, to be successful in a STEM career, you must master your field of study. Just as important, you must integrate your thinking skills and expertise with many other academic pursuits.
The main reason so many non-STEM classes are required to obtain a STEM degree is that scientists and engineers and computer programmers rarely work in a vacuum. They are usually together in teams and work with other groups of people in the private and public sectors. STEM research and innovation is a team effort. You must have the skills to cooperate and collaborate with your teammates.
Which is more important; knowing how to cook, or knowing how to run a restaurant? Both are essential. Both must be practiced. For example, Organic Chemistry class and Speech class are both critical parts in the cog of learning.