St. Petersburg College's Science and Mathematics community serves every SPC student through our degree programs, as well as through the electives we offer. Our science and math classes serve as the building blocks to any associate or bachelor's degree, and can prepare you for a career in STEM fields, which are projected to grow at a larger rate than the average of all other occupations over the next five years.
Forging partnerships for student success
In Tampa Bay, our community is our classroom. And with locations all over Pinellas County, SPC has forged cultural partnerships with companies throughout Tampa Bay, creating incredible internship opportunities for our students.
Bay Pines Learning Center
Our hands-on science learning complex provides research opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. The facility, located near the Intracoastal Waterway in Pinellas County, offers great access to study marine and other sciences, state-of-the-art labs, an auditorium/multipurpose room and wireless networking.
SPC adds Biotechnology program to meet industry demand
SPC designed a biotechnology laboratory training program that local employers in this growing industry asked for. Now, our graduates are helping to fill the skills gap in the biotechnology field, which is estimated to top $500 billion next year in the United States.
"I know that if I hire graduates of SPC's program, they will be able to perform in a lab and help me be productive," said Michael Shamblott, a member of SPC's Biotechnology Advisory Committee and Associate Professor at the University of South Florida's College of Medicine.
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Shoot for the stars in our Planetarium
Our planetarium is a "star theater" with a 24-foot domed ceiling that accurately simulates the night sky at any time or location on Earth. Our rooftop observatory and observation decks feature several telescopes that provide day and night viewing to our students and the public.
Get back to the elements in our Natural Habitat park
Constructed using an environmentally sensitive system designed to protect the fragile ecosystems, our 40-acre Natural Habitat Park on the Seminole campus supports the Environmental Science Technology and other programs.
Our associate degree in Environmental Science gives you the hands-on skills and experience you need to join a field that makes the world a better place. Our bachelor's degree in Biology prepares you for careers in health care, education, conservation, research or advanced study.
Award-winning Math Faculty
Whether you want to teach math, move on to higher education in mathematics or simply satisfy a degree requirement, our mathematics department is committed to helping you succeed. We offer award-winning faculty, free face-to-face tutoring on seven campuses and numerous online resources.
Shirley A. Jackson, George R. Carruthers, Mae Carol Jemison, Euphemia Lofton Hayes, Kelly Miller, and Percy Julian are among those African American History Month heroes honored at a Tarpon Springs Campus display celebrating African American history in February.
The college's new Bay Pines STEM Center was home to Dr. Erin Goergen's inaugural STEM by the Bay Conference, held in January. Organizers designed the conference to allow students to meet with STEM professionals and learn how they entered their chosen fields and to get hands-on experience while exploring what areas were a best fit for them.
SPC's Women2STEM Symposium gave attendees a chance to find inspiration and see their heroes up close: artist and former astronaut Nicole Stott, television meteorologist Lindsay Milbourne and Pinellas County Schools K-12 STEM Specialist Laura Spence.