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Effective date: April 8, 2008; Updated April 18, 2008


The following is a list of Classification of Instructional Programs codes published by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES CIP codes) that have been designated by ICE as science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) degrees for the purpose of approving a 17-month STEM extension of optional practical training (OPT) under the provisions of 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(ii)(C).

In order for F-1 students to qualify for this 17-month extension, the code for the student’s degree program must be on this list. Other requirements are found in the regulatory language.

To suggest a change to the list of STEM designated degrees, write to SEVIS.Source@dhs.gov, with STEM Code Change Request in the subject line. Please include your name, phone number, organizational affiliation, the code(s) you would like to see added and the rationale for the addition. Change requests will be reviewed by ICE in conjunction with the Department of Education and other advisors.

The Federal Register notice for this rule is available on line at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-7427.pdf.

More information on NCES CIP codes is available at http://nces.ed.gov/Pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2002165.


STEM List: Numerical Order

CIP Code Family

CIP Code

Numeric Order CIP Code Title

11

11.0101

Computer and Information Sciences, General.

11

11.0102

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

11

11.0103

Information Technology.

11

11.0201

Computer Programming/Programmer, General.

11

11.0202

Computer Programming, Specific Applications.

11

11.0203

Computer Programming, Vendor/Product Certification.

11

11.0301

Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician.

11

11.0401

Information Science/Studies.

11

11.0501

Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst.

11

11.0701

Computer Science.

11

11.0801

Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design.

11

11.0802

Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration.

11

11.0803

Computer Graphics.

11

11.0901

Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications.

11

11.1001

System Administration/Administrator.

11

11.1002

System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager.

11

11.1003

Computer and Information Systems Security.

11

11.1004

Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster.

14

14.0101

Engineering, General.

14

14.0201

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.

14

14.0301

Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering.

14

14.0401

Architectural Engineering.

14

14.0501

Biomedical/Medical Engineering.

14

14.0601

Ceramic Sciences and Engineering.

14

14.0801

Civil Engineering, General.

14

14.0802

Geotechnical Engineering.

14

14.0803

Structural Engineering.

14

14.0804

Transportation and Highway Engineering.

14

14.0805

Water Resources Engineering.

14

14.0901

Computer Engineering, General.

14

14.0902

Computer Hardware Engineering.

14

14.0903

Computer Software Engineering.

14

14.1001

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering.

14

14.1101

Engineering Mechanics.

14

14.1201

Engineering Physics.

14

14.1301

Engineering Science.

14

14.1401

Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.

14

14.1801

Materials Engineering.

14

14.1901

Mechanical Engineering.

14

14.2001

Metallurgical Engineering.

14

14.2101

Mining and Mineral Engineering.

14

14.2201

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

14

14.2301

Nuclear Engineering.

14

14.2401

Ocean Engineering.

14

14.2501

Petroleum Engineering.

14

14.2701

Systems Engineering.

14

14.2801

Textile Sciences and Engineering.

14

14.3101

Materials Science.

14

14.3201

Polymer/Plastics Engineering.

14

14.3301

Construction Engineering.

14

14.3401

Forest Engineering.

14

14.3501

Industrial Engineering.

14

14.3601

Manufacturing Engineering.

14

14.3701

Operations Research.

14

14.3801

Surveying Engineering.

14

14.3901

Geological/Geophysical Engineering.

15

15.0000

Engineering Technology, General.

15

15.0101

Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician.

15

15.0201

Civil Engineering Technology/Technician.

15

15.0303

Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician.

15

15.0304

Laser and Optical Technology/Technician.

15

15.0305

Telecommunications Technology/Technician.

15

15.0401

Biomedical Technology/Technician.

15

15.0403

Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology.

15

15.0404

Instrumentation Technology/Technician.

15

15.0405

Robotics Technology/Technician.

15

15.0501

Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology/Technician (ACH/ACR/ACHR/HRAC/HVAC/AC Technology).

15

15.0503

Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician.

15

15.0505

Solar Energy Technology/Technician.

15

15.0506

Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician.

15

15.0507

Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology.

15

15.0508

Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician.

15

15.0607

Plastics Engineering Technology/Technician.

15

15.0611

Metallurgical Technology/Technician.

15

15.0612

Industrial Technology/Technician.

15

15.0613

Manufacturing Technology/Technician.

15

15.0701

Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician.

15

15.0702

Quality Control Technology/Technician.

15

15.0703

Industrial Safety Technology/Technician.

15

15.0704

Hazardous Materials Information Systems Technology/Technician.

15

15.0801

Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician.

15

15.0803

Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician.

15

15.0805

Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician.

15

15.0901

Mining Technology/Technician.

15

15.0903

Petroleum Technology/Technician.

15

15.1001

Construction Engineering Technology/Technician.

15

15.1102

Surveying Technology/Surveying.

15

15.1103

Hydraulics and Fluid Power Technology/Technician.

15

15.1201

Computer Engineering Technology/Technician.

15

15.1202

Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology.

15

15.1203

Computer Hardware Technology/Technician.

15

15.1204

Computer Software Technology/Technician.

15

15.1301

Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General.

15

15.1302

CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician.

15

15.1303

Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD.

15

15.1304

Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD.

15

15.1305

Electrical/Electronics Drafting and Electrical/Electronics CAD/CADD.

15

15.1306

Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD.

15

15.1401

Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician.

15

15.1501

Engineering/Industrial Management.

26

26.0101

Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

26

26.0102

Biomedical Sciences, General.

26

26.0202

Biochemistry.

26

26.0203

Biophysics.

26

26.0204

Molecular Biology.

26

26.0205

Molecular Biochemistry.

26

26.0206

Molecular Biophysics.

26

26.0207

Structural Biology.

26

26.0208

Photobiology.

26

26.0209

Radiation Biology/Radiobiology.

26

26.0210

Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology.

26

26.0301

Botany/Plant Biology.

26

26.0305

Plant Pathology/Phytopathology.

26

26.0307

Plant Physiology.

26

26.0308

Plant Molecular Biology.

26

26.0401

Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology.

26

26.0403

Anatomy.

26

26.0404

Developmental Biology and Embryology.

26

26.0405

Neuroanatomy.

26

26.0406

Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.

26

26.0407

Cell Biology and Anatomy.

26

26.0502

Microbiology, General.

26

26.0503

Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology.

26

26.0504

Virology.

26

26.0505

Parasitology.

26

26.0506

Mycology.

26

26.0507

Immunology.

26

26.0701

Zoology/Animal Biology.

26

26.0702

Entomology.

26

26.0707

Animal Physiology.

26

26.0708

Animal Behavior and Ethology.

26

26.0709

Wildlife Biology.

26

26.0801

Genetics, General.

26

26.0802

Molecular Genetics.

26

26.0803

Microbial and Eukaryotic Genetics.

26

26.0804

Animal Genetics.

26

26.0805

Plant Genetics.

26

26.0806

Human/Medical Genetics.

26

26.0901

Physiology, General.

26

26.0902

Molecular Physiology.

26

26.0903

Cell Physiology.

26

26.0904

Endocrinology.

26

26.0905

Reproductive Biology.

26

26.0906

Neurobiology and Neurophysiology.

26

26.0907

Cardiovascular Science.

26

26.0908

Exercise Physiology.

26

26.0909

Vision Science/Physiological Optics.

26

26.0910

Pathology/Experimental Pathology.

26

26.0911

Oncology and Cancer Biology.

26

26.1001

Pharmacology.

26

26.1002

Molecular Pharmacology.

26

26.1003

Neuropharmacology.

26

26.1004

Toxicology.

26

26.1005

Molecular Toxicology.

26

26.1006

Environmental Toxicology.

26

26.1007

Pharmacology and Toxicology.

26

26.1101

Biometry/Biometrics.

26

26.1102

Biostatistics.

26

26.1103

Bioinformatics.

26

26.1201

Biotechnology.

26

26.1301

Ecology.

26

26.1302

Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography.

26

26.1303

Evolutionary Biology.

26

26.1304

Aquatic Biology/Limnology.

26

26.1305

Environmental Biology.

26

26.1306

Population Biology.

26

26.1307

Conservation Biology.

26

26.1308

Systematic Biology/Biological Systematics.

26

26.1309

Epidemiology.

27

27.0101

Mathematics, General.

27

27.0102

Algebra and Number Theory.

27

27.0103

Analysis and Functional Analysis.

27

27.0104

Geometry/Geometric Analysis.

27

27.0105

Topology and Foundations.

27

27.0301

Applied Mathematics.

27

27.0303

Computational Mathematics.

27

27.0501

Statistics, General.

27

27.0502

Mathematical Statistics and Probability.

29

29.0101

Military Technologies.

40

40.0101

Physical Sciences.

40

40.0201

Astronomy.

40

40.0202

Astrophysics.

40

40.0203

Planetary Astronomy and Science.

40

40.0401

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General.

40

40.0402

Atmospheric Chemistry and Climatology.

40

40.0403

Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics.

40

40.0404

Meteorology.

40

40.0501

Chemistry, General.

40

40.0502

Analytical Chemistry.

40

40.0503

Inorganic Chemistry.

40

40.0504

Organic Chemistry.

40

40.0506

Physical and Theoretical Chemistry.

40

40.0507

Polymer Chemistry.

40

40.0508

Chemical Physics.

40

40.0601

Geology/Earth Science, General.

40

40.0602

Geochemistry.

40

40.0603

Geophysics and Seismology.

40

40.0604

Paleontology.

40

40.0605

Hydrology and Water Resources Science.

40

40.0606

Geochemistry and Petrology.

40

40.0607

Oceanography, Chemical and Physical.

40

40.0801

Physics, General.

40

40.0802

Atomic/Molecular Physics.

40

40.0804

Elementary Particle Physics.

40

40.0805

Plasma and High-Temperature Physics.

40

40.0806

Nuclear Physics.

40

40.0807

Optics/Optical Sciences.

40

40.0808

Solid State and Low-Temperature Physics.

40

40.0809

Acoustics.

40

40.0810

Theoretical and Mathematical Physics.

41

41.0101

Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician.

41

41.0204

Industrial Radiologic Technology/Technician.

41

41.0205

Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician.

41

41.0301

Chemical Technology/Technician.

51

51.1401

Medical Scientist (MS, PhD).

52

52.1304

Actuarial Science

STEM List: Alphabetical Order

CIP Code Family

CIP Code

Alphabetical Order CIP Code Title

40

40.0809

Acoustics.

52

52.1304

Actuarial Science

15

15.0801

Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician.

14

14.0201

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.

14

14.0301

Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering.

27

27.0102

Algebra and Number Theory.

27

27.0103

Analysis and Functional Analysis.

40

40.0502

Analytical Chemistry.

26

26.0403

Anatomy.

26

26.0708

Animal Behavior and Ethology.

26

26.0804

Animal Genetics.

26

26.0707

Animal Physiology.

27

27.0301

Applied Mathematics.

26

26.1304

Aquatic Biology/Limnology.

15

15.1303

Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD.

15

15.0101

Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician.

14

14.0401

Architectural Engineering.

11

11.0102

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

40

40.0201

Astronomy.

40

40.0202

Astrophysics.

40

40.0402

Atmospheric Chemistry and Climatology.

40

40.0403

Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics.

40

40.0401

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General.

40

40.0802

Atomic/Molecular Physics.

15

15.0803

Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician.

26

26.0202

Biochemistry.

26

26.0210

Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology.

26

26.1103

Bioinformatics.

41

41.0101

Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician.

26

26.0101

Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

26

26.0102

Biomedical Sciences, General.

15

15.0401

Biomedical Technology/Technician.

14

14.0501

Biomedical/Medical Engineering.

26

26.1101

Biometry/Biometrics.

26

26.0203

Biophysics.

26

26.1102

Biostatistics.

26

26.1201

Biotechnology.

26

26.0301

Botany/Plant Biology.

15

15.1302

CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician.

26

26.0907

Cardiovascular Science.

26

26.0407

Cell Biology and Anatomy.

26

26.0903

Cell Physiology.

26

26.0406

Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.

26

26.0401

Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology.

14

14.0601

Ceramic Sciences and Engineering.

40

40.0508

Chemical Physics.

41

41.0301

Chemical Technology/Technician.

40

40.0501

Chemistry, General.

15

15.1304

Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD.

15

15.0201

Civil Engineering Technology/Technician.

14

14.0801

Civil Engineering, General.

27

27.0303

Computational Mathematics.

11

11.0101

Computer and Information Sciences, General.

11

11.1003

Computer and Information Systems Security.

15

15.1201

Computer Engineering Technology/Technician.

14

14.0901

Computer Engineering, General.

11

11.0803

Computer Graphics.

14

14.0902

Computer Hardware Engineering.

15

15.1203

Computer Hardware Technology/Technician.

11

11.0202

Computer Programming, Specific Applications.

11

11.0203

Computer Programming, Vendor/Product Certification.

11

11.0201

Computer Programming/Programmer, General.

11

11.0701

Computer Science.

14

14.0903

Computer Software Engineering.

15

15.1204

Computer Software Technology/Technician.

11

11.0501

Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst.

11

11.0901

Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications.

15

15.1202

Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology.

26

26.1307

Conservation Biology.

15

15.1001

Construction Engineering Technology/Technician.

14

14.3301

Construction Engineering.

11

11.0802

Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration.

11

11.0301

Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician.

26

26.0404

Developmental Biology and Embryology.

15

15.1301

Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General.

26

26.1301

Ecology.

15

15.0303

Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician.

14

14.1001

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering.

15

15.1305

Electrical/Electronics Drafting and Electrical/Electronics CAD/CADD.

15

15.0403

Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology.

40

40.0804

Elementary Particle Physics.

26

26.0904

Endocrinology.

15

15.0503

Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician.

14

14.1101

Engineering Mechanics.

14

14.1201

Engineering Physics.

14

14.1301

Engineering Science.

15

15.0000

Engineering Technology, General.

14

14.0101

Engineering, General.

15

15.1501

Engineering/Industrial Management.

26

26.0702

Entomology.

26

26.1305

Environmental Biology.

15

15.0507

Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology.

26

26.1006

Environmental Toxicology.

14

14.1401

Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.

26

26.1309

Epidemiology.

26

26.1303

Evolutionary Biology.

26

26.0908

Exercise Physiology.

14

14.3401

Forest Engineering.

26

26.0801

Genetics, General.

40

40.0606

Geochemistry and Petrology.

40

40.0602

Geochemistry.

14

14.3901

Geological/Geophysical Engineering.

40

40.0601

Geology/Earth Science, General.

27

27.0104

Geometry/Geometric Analysis.

40

40.0603

Geophysics and Seismology.

14

14.0802

Geotechnical Engineering.

15

15.0704

Hazardous Materials Information Systems Technology/Technician.

15

15.0508

Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician.

15

15.0501

Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology/Technician (ACH/ACR/ACHR/HRAC/HVAC/AC Technology).

26

26.0806

Human/Medical Genetics.

15

15.1103

Hydraulics and Fluid Power Technology/Technician.

40

40.0605

Hydrology and Water Resources Science.

26

26.0507

Immunology.

14

14.3501

Industrial Engineering.

41

41.0204

Industrial Radiologic Technology/Technician.

15

15.0703

Industrial Safety Technology/Technician.

15

15.0612

Industrial Technology/Technician.

11

11.0401

Information Science/Studies.

11

11.0103

Information Technology.

40

40.0503

Inorganic Chemistry.

15

15.0404

Instrumentation Technology/Technician.

15

15.0304

Laser and Optical Technology/Technician.

14

14.3601

Manufacturing Engineering.

15

15.0613

Manufacturing Technology/Technician.

26

26.1302

Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography.

14

14.1801

Materials Engineering.

14

14.3101

Materials Science.

27

27.0502

Mathematical Statistics and Probability.

27

27.0101

Mathematics, General.

15

15.1306

Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD.

14

14.1901

Mechanical Engineering.

15

15.0805

Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician.

26

26.0503

Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology.

51

51.1401

Medical Scientist (MS, PhD).

14

14.2001

Metallurgical Engineering.

15

15.0611

Metallurgical Technology/Technician.

40

40.0404

Meteorology.

26

26.0803

Microbial and Eukaryotic Genetics.

26

26.0502

Microbiology, General.

29

29.0101

Military Technologies.

14

14.2101

Mining and Mineral Engineering.

15

15.0901

Mining Technology/Technician.

26

26.0205

Molecular Biochemistry.

26

26.0204

Molecular Biology.

26

26.0206

Molecular Biophysics.

26

26.0802

Molecular Genetics.

26

26.1002

Molecular Pharmacology.

26

26.0902

Molecular Physiology.

26

26.1005

Molecular Toxicology.

26

26.0506

Mycology.

14

14.2201

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

26

26.0405

Neuroanatomy.

26

26.0906

Neurobiology and Neurophysiology.

26

26.1003

Neuropharmacology.

15

15.1401

Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician.

14

14.2301

Nuclear Engineering.

40

40.0806

Nuclear Physics.

41

41.0205

Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician.

15

15.0701

Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician.

14

14.2401

Ocean Engineering.

40

40.0607

Oceanography, Chemical and Physical.

26

26.0911

Oncology and Cancer Biology.

14

14.3701

Operations Research.

40

40.0807

Optics/Optical Sciences.

40

40.0504

Organic Chemistry.

40

40.0604

Paleontology.

26

26.0505

Parasitology.

26

26.0910

Pathology/Experimental Pathology.

14

14.2501

Petroleum Engineering.

15

15.0903

Petroleum Technology/Technician.

26

26.1007

Pharmacology and Toxicology.

26

26.1001

Pharmacology.

26

26.0208

Photobiology.

40

40.0506

Physical and Theoretical Chemistry.

40

40.0101

Physical Sciences.

40

40.0801

Physics, General.

26

26.0901

Physiology, General.

40

40.0203

Planetary Astronomy and Science.

26

26.0805

Plant Genetics.

26

26.0308

Plant Molecular Biology.

26

26.0305

Plant Pathology/Phytopathology.

26

26.0307

Plant Physiology.

40

40.0805

Plasma and High-Temperature Physics.

15

15.0607

Plastics Engineering Technology/Technician.

40

40.0507

Polymer Chemistry.

14

14.3201

Polymer/Plastics Engineering.

26

26.1306

Population Biology.

15

15.0702

Quality Control Technology/Technician.

26

26.0209

Radiation Biology/Radiobiology.

26

26.0905

Reproductive Biology.

15

15.0405

Robotics Technology/Technician.

15

15.0505

Solar Energy Technology/Technician.

40

40.0808

Solid State and Low-Temperature Physics.

27

27.0501

Statistics, General.

26

26.0207

Structural Biology.

14

14.0803

Structural Engineering.

14

14.3801

Surveying Engineering.

15

15.1102

Surveying Technology/Surveying.

11

11.1001

System Administration/Administrator.

11

11.1002

System, Networking and LAN/WAN Management/Manager.

26

26.1308

Systematic Biology/Biological Systematics.

14

14.2701

Systems Engineering.

15

15.0305

Telecommunications Technology/Technician.

14

14.2801

Textile Sciences and Engineering.

40

40.0810

Theoretical and Mathematical Physics.

27

27.0105

Topology and Foundations.

26

26.1004

Toxicology.

14

14.0804

Transportation and Highway Engineering.

26

26.0504

Virology.

26

26.0909

Vision Science/Physiological Optics.

15

15.0506

Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician.

14

14.0805

Water Resources Engineering.

11

11.0801

Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design.

11

11.1004

Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster.

26

26.0709

Wildlife Biology.

26

26.0701

Zoology/Animal Biology.


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