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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

The STEM LLC is a dynamic community designed to increase the talent pool of future scientists and engineers and can support your academic success as a STEM major. This LLC is open to students majoring in Engineering, Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, or Biochemistry. This LLC is located in Sayers Hall.

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Options for Course Co-Enrollment

In addition to your general education core courses, STEM LLC participants co-enroll in courses each semester to meet STEM major requirements from the College of Science and Engineering


Click HERE for detailed information on courses you will take with the STEM LLC


What do you like most about your LLC?
"Living in the STEM learning community gives me a great sense of camaraderie and friendship."

How has your LLC helped you academically?
"It helps with hard courses to be in classes with other students who have a similar strong work ethic."

Katie Klassan

 Name: Katie Klassen
Hometown: Helotes, Texas
Major: Mathematics

What do you like most about your LLC?
"We spent lots of time together. Its like a family. We get to help each other in classes which is helpful for getting our work done."

Who is your favorite professor and why?
"Dr. Julie Westerlund/University Seminar. She is very involved. She always makes sure to check up on us. She knows us. She checks up on our classes. She is really nice."

Ragene Thornton

Name: Ragene Thornton
Hometown: Houston
Major: Chemistry - Minor: Biology

Out of Class Events

Peer mentoring, help with your STEM classes, STEM career exploration, volunteer service, and social events are part of the STEM LLC experience!

Students in the STEM LLC participate in weekly study groups and STEM tutoring in the Collaborative Learning Center, Math Lab, and Computer Science Labs.

Recent activities for STEM LLC students:

  • The STEM Film Series movie nights (A Beautiful Mind, Escape Fire, Travelling Salesman, Robot & Frank)
  • Visiting Texas State’s STEM Career and Summer Internship Expos
  • "Meet the Professor Night" with faculty from the College of Science and Engineering

We have lots of fun, too!

  • Day trip to Enchanted Rock State Park with the G.O.A.L Outdoor Recreation specialists from Texas State
  • Volunteering for Sights & Sounds of San Marcos and Bobcat Build 
  • Pumpkin painting, "the LLC Hunger Games," comedy show night, and ice cream socials



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STEM LLC Advisor

Dr. Elmar Bergeler is a lecturer in the Department of Physics. He studied physics and mathematics in Germany, including a semester abroad in Kenya. He wanted to live in a sunny place, so he moved to Austin, Texas and worked for a tech company. Now teaching physics at Texas State, Dr. Bergeler also makes a lot of music!

Alumni Comments about the STEM LLC

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"The Learning Community enabled me to make connections with people in the College of Science and Engineering who support me academically, which I may not have found elsewhere."

Ryan DeElena, Applied Mathematics major (STEM LLC 2013-2014)