Become a STEM Leader at Mills.

Enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math in an inclusive, collaborative environment focused on your success. Through real-world research and an education grounded in gender and racial justice, you'll graduate ready to take the lead in your future career.

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
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Discover biological systems at the molecular level in supportive classes as you prepare for graduate study or careers in medicine, dentistry, and other health science professions.

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Become part of a rigorous scientific community and an integral member of an original research team working in the field and in the lab.


Participate in primary research in biology or psychology as you explore the relationship between body and mind.

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Learn scientific techniques in our small, interactive labs and participate in faculty-led research as you prepare for your career or graduate study.

Computer Science
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Study with computer scientists who collaborate with some of Silicon Valley's foremost employers and bring these luminaries to campus.

Data Science
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Prepare to be in demand as you manage big data sets using math and computer science to solve real-world problems..


Earn an environmental studies degree from Mills and a civil engineering degree from UC Berkeley in this unique 3+2 partnership program.

Environmental Science
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Learn the scientific knowledge and research skills to tackle tough environmental challenges with field work on campus and throughout the Bay Area.

Environmental Studies
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Understand ecological systems and environmental issues as you explore public policy questions and solutions to protect our planet.

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Immerse yourself in a rigorous and supportive community to develop your quantitative skills. Talks from industry leaders will enrich your learning and expand your network.

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Pursue your general science courses at Mills and get guaranteed admission to Boston's Simmons College nursing program for your clinical training.

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Experience our collaborative, hands-on psychology labs where you can acquire experimental, clinical, and professional skills.

Public Health & Health Equity
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Put your learning to work in a supervised internship at a local urban hospital or health justice organization as part of this important program.


Hellman Summer Science & Math Program

Prepare yourself to succeed through our three-week summer residential program. You'll live and learn on campus with first-year students who share your passion for STEM while connecting with supportive faculty and staff. Grow your college-level science and math skills as you investigate a mock murder using forensic biology, dive into pre-calculus, explore environmental chemistry, and examine the many facets of food justice. You'll even visit places like Pandora's headquarters in Oakland and the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

Hellman Summer Program Description

Learn by Doing.

As a Mills student, you'll have the extraordinary opportunity to work one-on-one with your professors and peers on scientific research, presenting at national conferences, writing for professional journals, and creating special STEM events in your field of study. As part of your undergraduate journey at Mills, you'll also collaborate with an academic success team through our MPOWER signature academic experience and have the rare experience as an undergraduate to participate in summer research programs. This highly personalized education will help you develop your interests and talents and equip you for a strong future in whatever STEM field you pursue.

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Russell Women in Science Leadership Program

Studying STEM at Mills will empower you to become a leader in your field. As part of the Russell Women in Science Leadership Program, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a multi-week summer research project that will equip you with research skills that are typically available only to graduate students. You'll also create special events for the community where you identify global leaders in STEM, invite them to campus, and create networking opportunities for you and your peers. All of these efforts will help you develop the core communication and leadership skills that will serve as the foundation for your future in STEM.

Mills STEM student and science professor conducting field research.

Award-Winning Scientific Research

The recipient of the 2019 Inspiring Program in STEM Award, the Jill Barrett Biology Research Program is a 10-week summer field research project in genetics, animal behavior, microbiology, and other biological sciences. Past projects have included tracking native squirrel populations and restoring rare California plant species. Student researchers also work with faculty in several psychology laboratories, including the Psychology and Health Lab, the Cognition Lab, the Social Psychology Lab, and the Early Childhood and Family Research Lab.

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Supporting Women in Science

Mills is committed to helping underrepresented women advance in STEM fields. We host groups of all ages to special STEM events on campus ranging from the Girls Scouts to Black Girls Code to Tech Intersections: Womxn of Color in Computing, an annual conference founded by Mills alumnae and faculty. We are proud to present our showcase lecture series, Russell Women in Science, which features leading female scientists from around the country speaking on topics of global impact. Mills STEM students have the rare opportunity to spend one-on-one time learning from these inspiring role models before and after the public lectures.

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STEM Resources

At Mills, your education will expand outside the classrom into experiences that will bring your learning to life. You'll get deeply involved in meeting and working with STEM leaders on campus, engaging with and being mentored by alumnae who are working in fields that interest you, and taking advantage of all the resources and innovation that the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley have to offer. You'll have the chance to intern with the best and go to work after graduation at premier organizations that are creating change.

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