Dedicated advisors who guide students every step of the way.
The college’s professional academic advising team works with every student, starting at orientation and CST’s First Year Experience and through to graduation. Advisors ensure students not only complete degree requirements and navigate Temple University but have the educational background and experiences to compete successfully in today’s job market or for entry to top graduate or professional schools.
The college’s First Gen Initiative offers resources for students who are the first in their families to attend college and discipline-specific, personalized advising starts sophomore year and continues until graduation.
CST’s advising team—professional and faculty advisors for each major—help guide students toward the majors, minors, courses and experiences that will help them reach their specific career objectives. CST also has a dedicated group of sophomore, junior and senior students who are on hand to help first-year students understand courses and curriculums and build the skills needed to thrive at CST.
Connecting to career opportunities in Philadelphia and beyond.
Student Professional Development staff help students develop the skills to become successful in their fields. First-year students can explore career options with a CST staff member who understands the unique requirements for success in science and technology. Students can connect to internships and full-time employment at the college’s fall and spring job fairs, which are focused exclusively on science and tech opportunities. CST students can also network with Philadelphia’s thriving business community, a hub for biotechnology, a home to many tech companies and a leader in healthcare and scientific research.
Other CST events include employer visits and opportunities to learn from alumni, especially through the college’s Owl to Owl Mentor Program that connects students to successful CST graduates in their fields. CST students can also use the Temple University Career Center as a resource for jobs, internships and professional development activities.
Working side by side with internationally recognized scientists.
Real-world research is an essential part of the CST curriculum. Today’s students need to have laboratory experience, especially if they are planning on going to medical or dental school. Increasingly, even entry-level positions require research experience, whether it’s in a lab, in the field or on a high-performance computing network. In short, employers want ‘lab hands.’ Whatever the job market, advanced research experience means CST graduates have a distinct edge when applying for top jobs and spots in highly competitive graduate and professional programs.
The college’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP) gets motivated students into the laboratory with world-class researchers, both at CST and Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine. URP also allows sophomores, juniors and seniors to earn undergraduate credit and possibly a stipend during the fall, spring and summer semesters. The Science Scholars Program (SSP) gives qualifying incoming students and sophomores the opportunity to participate in paid summer research and academic or professional development experiences. Beyond URP and SSP, there are many research opportunities available through CST’s six academic departments, summer and international research experiences, programs such as Temple’s Diamond Research Scholars and through Philadelphia’s impressive number of hospitals, universities and research institutes.
Tailoring an education toward specific career goals.
At CST, students can build an educational program that meets their specific career objectives, whether it’s going to graduate school or becoming a tech entrepreneur. There are more than 30 majors, including biology, chemistry and computer science as well as emerging fields such as genomic medicine, data science, materials sciences and ecology, evolution and biodiversity. Minors and undergraduate certificate options help students round out their own education, offering mathematics majors digital media skills or physics majors a background in data analytics. That broad background makes CST graduates strong job candidates, wherever they are headed.
Students can explore careers in teaching through TUteach, where they enroll in both STEM courses in CST and courses in the College of Education and Human Development. Students then have opportunities to teach in elementary and middle-school environments in their first semester at Temple. CST offers several opportunities for students to complete their undergraduate and professional degrees through accelerated programs. These programs enable qualified students to build the necessary skills, earn two degrees and enter the workforce at a more advanced level.