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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Designated STEM OPT Degrees


For a foreign student to apply for STEM OPT employment, he or she must have earned a designated STEM degree in an accredited U.S. college.  In 2012, DHS expanded the list of designated STEM OPT degrees significantly including such fields as pharmaceutical sciences, econometrics, clinical and industrial development, food science and technology, quantitative economics, etc. Below is a complete list: 


CIP Code Family2010 CIP CodeNumeric Order CIP Code Title
11.0308Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture.
11.0901Animal Sciences, General
11.0902Agricultural Animal Breeding
11.0903Animal Health
11.0904Animal Nutrition
11.0905Dairy Science
11.0906Livestock Management
11.0907Poultry Science
11.0999Animal Sciences, Other.
11.1001Food Science
11.1002Food Technology and Processing
11.1099Food Science and Technology, Other.
11.1101Plant Sciences, General
11.1102Agronomy and Crop Science
11.1103Horticultural Science
11.1104Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding
11.1105Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management
11.1106Range Science and Management
11.1199Plant Sciences, Other.
11.1201Soil Science and Agronomy, General
11.1202Soil Chemistry and Physics
11.1203Soil Microbiology
11.1299Soil Sciences, Other.
33.0101Natural Resources/Conservation, General.
33.0103Environmental Studies.
33.0104Environmental Science
33.0199Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Other.
33.0205Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management.
33.0502Forest Sciences and Biology
33.0508Urban Forestry.
33.0509Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology
33.0601Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management.
44.0902Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology.
99.0702Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
1010.0304Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
1111.0101Computer and Information Sciences, General
1111.0102Artificial Intelligence
1111.0103Information Technology
1111.0104Informatics
1111.0199Computer and Information Sciences, Other.
1111.0201Computer Programming/Programmer, General
1111.0202Computer Programming, Specific Applications
1111.0203Computer Programming, Vendor/Product Certification
1111.0299Computer Programming, Other.
1111.0301Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
1111.0401Information Science/Studies
1111.0501Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
1111.0701Computer Science
1111.0801Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
1111.0802Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
1111.0803Computer Graphics
1111.0804Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation
1111.0899Computer Software and Media Applications, Other.
1111.0901Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
1111.1001Network and System Administration/Administrator
1111.1002System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
1111.1003Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
1111.1004Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster
1111.1005Information Technology Project Management
1111.1006Computer Support Specialist
1111.1099Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other.
1313.0501Educational/Instructional Technology.
1313.0601Educational Evaluation and Research.
1313.0603Educational Statistics and Research Methods
1414.0101Engineering, General
1414.0102Pre-Engineering
1414.0201Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
1414.0301Agricultural Engineering
1414.0401Architectural Engineering
1414.0501Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
1414.0601Ceramic Sciences and Engineering
1414.0701Chemical Engineering
1414.0702Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
1414.0799Chemical Engineering, Other.
1414.0801Civil Engineering, General
1414.0802Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
1414.0803Structural Engineering
1414.0804Transportation and Highway Engineering
1414.0805Water Resources Engineering
1414.0899Civil Engineering, Other.
1414.0901Computer Engineering, General
1414.0902Computer Hardware Engineering
1414.0903Computer Software Engineering
1414.0999Computer Engineering, Other.
1414.1001Electrical and Electronics Engineering
1414.1003Laser and Optical Engineering
1414.1004Telecommunications Engineering
1414.1099Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Other.
1414.1101Engineering Mechanics
1414.1201Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
1414.1301Engineering Science
1414.1401Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
1414.1801Materials Engineering
1414.1901Mechanical Engineering
1414.2001Metallurgical Engineering
1414.2101Mining and Mineral Engineering
1414.2201Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
1414.2301Nuclear Engineering
1414.2401Ocean Engineering
1414.2501Petroleum Engineering
1414.2701Systems Engineering
1414.2801Textile Sciences and Engineering
1414.3201Polymer/Plastics Engineering
1414.3301Construction Engineering
1414.3401Forest Engineering
1414.3501Industrial Engineering
1414.3601Manufacturing Engineering
1414.3701Operations Research
1414.3801Surveying Engineering
1414.3901Geological/Geophysical Engineering
1414.4001Paper Science and Engineering
1414.4101Electromechanical Engineering
1414.4201Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
1414.4301Biochemical Engineering
1414.4401Engineering Chemistry
1414.4501Biological/Biosystems Engineering
1414.9999Engineering, Other.
1515Engineering Technology, General
1515.0101Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0201Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0303Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0304Laser and Optical Technology/Technician
1515.0305Telecommunications Technology/Technician
1515.0306Integrated Circuit Design
1515.0399Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other.
1515.0401Biomedical Technology/Technician
1515.0403Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology
1515.0404Instrumentation Technology/Technician
1515.0405Robotics Technology/Technician
1515.0406Automation Engineer Technology/Technician
1515.0499Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other.
1515.0501Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0503Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician
1515.0505Solar Energy Technology/Technician.
1515.0506Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician
1515.0507Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
1515.0508Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician
1515.0599Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians, Other.
1515.0607Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0611Metallurgical Technology/Technician
1515.0612Industrial Technology/Technician
1515.0613Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0614Welding Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0615Chemical Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0616Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
1515.0699Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other.
1515.0701Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
1515.0702Quality Control Technology/Technician
1515.0703Industrial Safety Technology/Technician
1515.0704Hazardous Materials Information Systems Technology/Technician
1515.0799Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other.
1515.0801Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0803Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0805Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
1515.0899Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other.
1515.0901Mining Technology/Technician
1515.0903Petroleum Technology/Technician
1515.0999Mining and Petroleum Technologies/Technicians, Other.
1515.1001Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.1102Surveying Technology/Surveying
1515.1103Hydraulics and Fluid Power Technology/Technician
1515.1199Engineering-Related Technologies, Other.
1515.1201Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.1202Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
1515.1203Computer Hardware Technology/Technician
1515.1204Computer Software Technology/Technician
1515.1299Computer Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other.
1515.1301Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
1515.1302CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
1515.1303Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
1515.1304Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD
1515.1305Electrical/Electronics Drafting and Electrical/Electronics CAD/CADD
1515.1306Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD
1515.1399Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other.
1515.1401Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.1501Engineering/Industrial Management
1515.1502Engineering Design
1515.1503Packaging Science
1515.1599Engineering-Related Fields, Other.
1515.1601Nanotechnology
1515.9999Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other.
2626.0101Biology/Biological Sciences, General
2626.0102Biomedical Sciences, General
2626.0202Biochemistry
2626.0203Biophysics
2626.0204Molecular Biology
2626.0205Molecular Biochemistry
2626.0206Molecular Biophysics
2626.0207Structural Biology
2626.0208Photobiology
2626.0209Radiation Biology/Radiobiology
2626.021Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2626.0299Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other.
2626.0301Botany/Plant Biology
2626.0305Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
2626.0307Plant Physiology
2626.0308Plant Molecular Biology
2626.0399Botany/Plant Biology, Other.
2626.0401Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
2626.0403Anatomy
2626.0404Developmental Biology and Embryology
2626.0406Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
2626.0407Cell Biology and Anatomy
2626.0499Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other.
2626.0502Microbiology, General
2626.0503Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
2626.0504Virology
2626.0505Parasitology
2626.0506Mycology
2626.0507Immunology
2626.0508Microbiology and Immunology
2626.0599Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other.
2626.0701Zoology/Animal Biology
2626.0702Entomology
2626.0707Animal Physiology
2626.0708Animal Behavior and Ethology
2626.0709Wildlife Biology
2626.0799Zoology/Animal Biology, Other.
2626.0801Genetics, General
2626.0802Molecular Genetics
2626.0803Microbial and Eukaryotic Genetics
2626.0804Animal Genetics
2626.0805Plant Genetics
2626.0806Human/Medical Genetics
2626.0807Genome Sciences/Genomics
2626.0899Genetics, Other.
2626.0901Physiology, General
2626.0902Molecular Physiology
2626.0903Cell Physiology
2626.0904Endocrinology
2626.0905Reproductive Biology
2626.0907Cardiovascular Science
2626.0908Exercise Physiology
2626.0909Vision Science/Physiological Optics
2626.091Pathology/Experimental Pathology
2626.0911Oncology and Cancer Biology
2626.0912Aerospace Physiology and Medicine
2626.0999Physiology, Pathology, and Related Sciences, Other.
2626.1001Pharmacology
2626.1002Molecular Pharmacology
2626.1003Neuropharmacology
2626.1004Toxicology
2626.1005Molecular Toxicology
2626.1006Environmental Toxicology
2626.1007Pharmacology and Toxicology
2626.1099Pharmacology and Toxicology, Other.
2626.1101Biometry/Biometrics
2626.1102Biostatistics
2626.1103Bioinformatics
2626.1104Computational Biology
2626.1199Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other.
2626.1201Biotechnology
2626.1301Ecology
2626.1302Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
2626.1303Evolutionary Biology
2626.1304Aquatic Biology/Limnology
2626.1305Environmental Biology
2626.1306Population Biology
2626.1307Conservation Biology
2626.1308Systematic Biology/Biological Systematics
2626.1309Epidemiology
2626.131Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
2626.1399Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other.
2626.1401Molecular Medicine
2626.1501Neuroscience
2626.1502Neuroanatomy
2626.1503Neurobiology and Anatomy
2626.1504Neurobiology and Behavior
2626.1599Neurobiology and Neurosciences, Other.
2626.9999Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other.
2727.0101Mathematics, General
2727.0102Algebra and Number Theory
2727.0103Analysis and Functional Analysis
2727.0104Geometry/Geometric Analysis
2727.0105Topology and Foundations
2727.0199Mathematics, Other.
2727.0301Applied Mathematics, General
2727.0303Computational Mathematics
2727.0304Computational and Applied Mathematics
2727.0305Financial Mathematics
2727.0306Mathematical Biology
2727.0399Applied Mathematics, Other.
2727.0501Statistics, General
2727.0502Mathematical Statistics and Probability
2727.0503Mathematics and Statistics
2727.0599Statistics, Other.
2727.9999Mathematics and Statistics, Other.
2828.0501Air Science/Airpower Studies.
2828.0502Air and Space Operational Art and Science.
2828.0505Naval Science and Operational Studies.
2929.0201Intelligence, General
2929.0202Strategic Intelligence
2929.0203Signal/Geospatial Intelligence
2929.0204Command & Control (C3, C4I) Systems and Operations
2929.0205Information Operations/Joint Information Operations
2929.0206Information/Psychological Warfare and Military Media Relations
2929.0207Cyber/Electronic Operations and Warfare
2929.0299Intelligence, Command Control and Information Operations, Other.
2929.0301Combat Systems Engineering
2929.0302Directed Energy Systems
2929.0303Engineering Acoustics
2929.0304Low-Observables and Stealth Technology
2929.0305Space Systems Operations
2929.0306Operational Oceanography
2929.0307Undersea Warfare
2929.0399Military Applied Sciences, Other.
2929.0401Aerospace Ground Equipment Technology
2929.0402Air and Space Operations Technology
2929.0403Aircraft Armament Systems Technology
2929.0404Explosive Ordinance/Bomb Disposal
2929.0405Joint Command/Task Force (C3, C4I) Systems
2929.0406Military Information Systems Technology
2929.0407Missile and Space Systems Technology
2929.0408Munitions Systems/Ordinance Technology
2929.0409Radar Communications and Systems Technology
2929.0499Military Systems and Maintenance Technology, Other.
2929.9999Military Technologies and Applied Sciences, Other.
3030.0101Biological and Physical Sciences
3030.0601Systems Science and Theory
3030.0801Mathematics and Computer Science
3030.1001Biopsychology
3030.1701Behavioral Sciences.
3030.1801Natural Sciences
3030.1901Nutrition Sciences
3030.2501Cognitive Science
3030.2701Human Biology.
3030.3001Computational Science.
3030.3101Human Computer Interaction.
3030.3201Marine Sciences
3030.3301Sustainability Studies.
4040.0101Physical Sciences
4040.0201Astronomy
4040.0202Astrophysics
4040.0203Planetary Astronomy and Science
4040.0299Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other.
4040.0401Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
4040.0402Atmospheric Chemistry and Climatology
4040.0403Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics
4040.0404Meteorology
4040.0499Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, Other.
4040.0501Chemistry, General
4040.0502Analytical Chemistry
4040.0503Inorganic Chemistry
4040.0504Organic Chemistry
4040.0506Physical Chemistry
4040.0507Polymer Chemistry
4040.0508Chemical Physics
4040.0509Environmental Chemistry
4040.051Forensic Chemistry
4040.0511Theoretical Chemistry
4040.0599Chemistry, Other.
4040.0601Geology/Earth Science, General
4040.0602Geochemistry
4040.0603Geophysics and Seismology
4040.0604Paleontology
4040.0605Hydrology and Water Resources Science
4040.0606Geochemistry and Petrology
4040.0607Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
4040.0699Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other.
4040.0801Physics, General
4040.0802Atomic/Molecular Physics
4040.0804Elementary Particle Physics
4040.0805Plasma and High-Temperature Physics
4040.0806Nuclear Physics
4040.0807Optics/Optical Sciences
4040.0808Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
4040.0809Acoustics
4040.081Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
4040.0899Physics, Other.
4040.1001Materials Science
4040.1002Materials Chemistry
4040.1099Materials Sciences, Other.
4040.9999Physical Sciences, Other.
4141Science Technologies/Technicians, General
4141.0101Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
4141.0204Industrial Radiologic Technology/Technician
4141.0205Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician
4141.0299Nuclear and Industrial Radiologic Technologies/Technicians, Other.
4141.0301Chemical Technology/Technician
4141.0303Chemical Process Technology
4141.0399Physical Science Technologies/Technicians, Other.
4141.9999Science Technologies/Technicians, Other.
4242.2701Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
4242.2702Comparative Psychology
4242.2703Developmental and Child Psychology
4242.2704Experimental Psychology
4242.2705Personality Psychology
4242.2706Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
4242.2707Social Psychology
4242.2708Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology
4242.2709Psychopharmacology
4242.2799Research and Experimental Psychology, Other.
4343.0106Forensic Science and Technology
4343.0116Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism.
4545.0301Archeology.
4545.0603Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.
4545.0702Geographic Information Science and Cartography
4949.0101Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General.
5151.1002Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist.
5151.1005Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
5151.1401Medical Scientist
5151.2003Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
5151.2004Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
5151.2005Natural Products Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
5151.2006Clinical and Industrial Drug Development.
5151.2007Pharmacoeconomics/Pharmaceutical Economics.
5151.2009Industrial and Physical Pharmacy and Cosmetic Sciences.
5151.201Pharmaceutical Sciences.
5151.2202Environmental Health.
5151.2205Health/Medical Physics.
5151.2502Veterinary Anatomy
5151.2503Veterinary Physiology
5151.2504Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology
5151.2505Veterinary Pathology and Pathobiology
5151.2506Veterinary Toxicology and Pharmacology
5151.251Veterinary Preventive Medicine Epidemiology and Public Health
5151.2511Veterinary Infectious Diseases
5151.2706Medical Informatics
5252.1301Management Science
5252.1302Business Statistics
5252.1304Actuarial Science
5252.1399Management Science and Quantitative Methods, Other

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