A Federal Register notice published January 21, 2022 announced that DHS "is amending the DHS STEM Designated Degree Program List by adding 22 qualifying fields of study and a corresponding Department of Education Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code for each." See 87 FR 3317 (January 21, 2022). The list controls which F-1 students are eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their Optional Practical Training (OPT). SEVP has updated the official PDF list on its website, now available at: https://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/stemList2022.pdf.

The additional fields, effective January 21, 2022, include the following (grouped by their 2-digit CIP code):

  • Bioenergy (03.0210)
  • Forestry, General (03.0501)
  • Forest Resources Production and Management (03.0510)
  • Human-Centered Technology Design (11.0105)
  • Cloud Computing (11.0902)
  • Anthrozoology (30.3401)
  • Climate Science (30.3501)
  • Earth Systems Science (30.3801)
  • Economics and Computer Science (30.3901)
  • Environmental Geosciences (30.4101)
  • Geobiology (30.4301)
  • Geography and Environmental Studies (30.4401)
  • Mathematical Economics (30.4901)
  • Mathematics and Atmospheric/Oceanic Science (30.5001)
  • Data Science, General (30.7001)
  • Data Analytics, General (30.7101)
  • Business Analytics (30.7102)
  • Data Visualization (30.7103)
  • Financial Analytics (30.7104)
  • Data Analytics, Other (30.7199)
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology (42.2804)
  • Social Sciences, Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods (45.0102)

Here are the field descriptions, extracted from the Federal Register notice:

Bioenergy (03.0210). A program of study that focuses on the environmental and economic impact of using plants and microbes for the production of bio-based fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. Includes instruction in biochemical engineering, bioprocessing, bioseparations, conversion, feedstock, economics, environmental sustainability, hydrology, and natural resource management. This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP. This field of study, as described in the NCES definition, is comprised of STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, and development of new technologies using biological science. Bioenergy is classified as STEM by the Department of Veterans Affairs10 and the National Science Foundation.

Forestry, General (03.0501). A program that generally prepares individuals to manage and develop forest areas for economic, recreational, and ecological purposes. Includes instruction in forest- related sciences, mapping, statistics, harvesting and production technology, natural resources management and economics, wildlife sciences, administration, and public relations. This field of study, as described in the NCES definition, is comprised of STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using biological science. Forestry, General is classified as STEM by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Science Foundation. This CIP code nomination included the Society of American Foresters' curricular requirements, which demonstrated instruction in STEM disciplines.

Forest Resources Production and Management (03.0510). A program that focuses on the application of forestry principles to the production, harvesting, and processing of forest resources and that prepares individuals to perform associated technical and managerial functions. Includes instruction in forest production and utilization, industrial forestry, agroforestry, transplantation, timber harvesting, selection and identification of trees, processing technologies and systems, equipment operations and maintenance, and related management skills. This field of study, as described in the NCES definition, is comprised of STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using biological science. Forest Resources Production and Management is classified as STEM by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Science Foundation. This CIP code nomination included the Society of American Foresters' curricular requirements, which demonstrated instruction in STEM disciplines.

Human-Centered Technology Design (11.0105). A program that focuses on incorporating a human perspective into designing, researching, and creating technological interfaces. Includes instruction in design, human-computer interaction, learning, neuroscience, perception, product design, user- centered design, and usability. This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using computer science and neuroscience, among other disciplines. Human-Centered Technology Design is classified as STEM by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Science Foundation.

Cloud Computing (11.0902). A program that prepares individuals to design and implement enterprise software systems that rely on distributed computing and service-oriented architecture, including databases, web services, cloud computing, and mobile apps. Includes instruction in data management, distributed and cloud computing, enterprise software architecture, enterprise and cloud security, mobile systems and applications, server administration, and web development. This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using computer science. Cloud Computing is classified as STEM by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Anthrozoology (30.3401). A program of study that combines anthropology and zoology in order to examine the relationship between animals and humans. Includes instruction in animal behavior and communication, animal welfare, animal conservation, animal training, animal-assisted therapy techniques, biology, ethics, and education. This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using biological science.

Climate Science (30.3501). A program that focuses on the scientific study of the climate system of the earth with emphasis on the physical, dynamical, and chemical interactions of the atmosphere, ocean, land, ice, and the terrestrial and marine biospheres. Includes instruction in biology, chemistry, climate analysis, climate change adaptation/mitigation, climate policy, ecology, energy development, environmental impacts, marine chemistry, meteorology, and oceanography. This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using physical and biological sciences.

Earth Systems Science (30.3801). A program that focuses on the interaction of the Earth's oceanographic, atmospheric, and terrestrial systems. Includes instruction in biogeochemistry, climate dynamics, geographical information science (GIS), geophysics, hydrology, landscape ecology, meteorology, and satellite remote sensing analysis. This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using physical and biological sciences.

Economics and Computer Science (30.3901). A program of study that focuses on the theoretical and practical connections between computer science and economics. Includes instruction in data analysis, database design, data mining, computer algorithms, economics, econometrics, computer programing, mathematics, and statistics. This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using mathematics and computer science.

Environmental Geosciences (30.4101). A program that focuses on the scientific study of the environmental implications of geological processes and human activities on Earth. Includes instruction in environmental/natural resource management, geographic information systems (GIS), geology, hydrology, regulatory agency compliance, hazard identification and mitigation, environmental law, environmental policy, and sustainability studies. This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using biological science and computer science.

Geobiology (30.4301). A program that focuses on the scientific study of how living things interact with geological systems. Includes instruction in evolution of Earth systems, geochemistry, geology, geomicrobiology, marine chemistry, paleobiology, paleoecology, paleontology, and petrology. This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using biological science.

Geography and Environmental Studies (30.4401). A program that focuses on interactions between people and the natural and built environments. Includes instruction in climate science, sustainability, environmental science and policy, research methods, geographic information systems (GIS), human geography, physical geography, remote sensing, and public policy. This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using biological science and computer science.

Mathematical Economics (30.4901). A program that focuses on the application of mathematical methods to the development of economic theory, models, and quantitative analysis. Includes instruction in data analysis, applied business economics, calculus, econometrics, linear algebra, microeconomic theory, probability, and statistical methods. This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using mathematics.

Mathematics and Atmospheric/Oceanic Science (30.5001). A program that focuses on the application of mathematics to atmospheric and oceanic problems. Includes instruction in chemistry, physics, atmospheric/ocean dynamics, climatology, weather simulation, climate modeling, mathematics, oceanography, and atmospheric science. This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using mathematics and physical sciences.

Data Science, General (30.7001). A program that focuses on the analysis of large-scale data sources from the interdisciplinary perspectives of applied statistics, computer science, data storage, data representation, data modeling, mathematics, and statistics. Includes instruction in computer algorithms, computer programming, data management, data mining, information policy, information retrieval, mathematical modeling, quantitative analysis, statistics, trend spotting, and visual analytics. This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using mathematics and computer science. This CIP code nomination included a letter of support from the Academic Data Science Alliance, which was signed by dozens of representatives of institutions of higher education and corporate and academic entities.

Data Analytics, General (30.7101). A program that prepares individuals to apply data science to generate insights from data and identify and predict trends. Includes instruction in computer databases, computer programming, inference, machine learning, optimization, probability and stochastic models, statistics, strategy, uncertainty quantification, and visual analytics. This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using mathematics and computer science.

Business Analytics (30.7102). A program that prepares individuals to apply data science to solve business challenges. Includes instruction in machine learning, optimization methods, computer algorithms, probability and stochastic models, information economics, logistics, strategy, consumer behavior, marketing, and visual analytics. This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using mathematics and computer science. This CIP code nomination included supporting information on the curricula required for the degree, which demonstrated instruction in STEM disciplines.

Data Visualization (30.7103). A program that prepares individuals to organize and derive meaning from data by using visual presentation tools and techniques. Includes instruction in cognitive science, computer programming, data management, data visualization theory, graphic design, infographics, perceptual psychology, statistics, and visual design. This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using mathematics and computer science.

Financial Analytics (30.7104). A program that focuses on financial big data modeling from algorithms to cloud-based data-driven financial technologies. Includes instruction in financial analytics, financial data processing, knowledge management, data visualization, effective decision communication, machine learning for finance, statistical inference and dynamic modeling on financial data, and project management. This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using mathematics and computer science.

Data Analytics, Other (30.7199). Any instructional program in data analytics not listed above. The NCES definition of this field of study encompasses any related programs not covered by Data Analytics, General; Business Analytics; Data Visualization; and Financial Analytics, which all describe instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using mathematics and computer science. This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology (42.2804). A program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and group behavior in institutional settings, applications to related problems of organization and industry, and that may prepare individuals to apply such principles in industrial and organizational settings. Includes instruction in group behavior theory, organizational theory, reward/punishment structures, human-machine and human-computer interactions, motivation dynamics, human stress studies, environmental and organizational influences on behavior, alienation and satisfaction, and job testing and assessment. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using mathematics. This CIP code nomination included supporting evidence from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) on data-driven research and analysis to address human-centered issues in institutional and organizational settings such as workplace dysfunction and employee engagement. The nomination also included specific examples demonstrating the application of statistical analysis to large data sets as part of an overall curriculum approach and its use in identifying potential solutions to human interface problems that are increasingly predominant in post-industrialized workplaces. These examples include case studies of industrial and organizational psychology methodology specifically applied in the government sphere, including a National Aeronautics and Space Administration grant awarded to a SIOP member to study astronaut health and performance on long-duration missions and the use of industrial and organizational psychology research and data to improve airline safety and assist members of the military in transitioning to civilian life. The examples are indicative of the research inquiry and mathematical applications inherent to this program of study and how they have provided real-world solutions to complex problems.

Social Sciences, Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods (45.0102). A program that focuses on the design of research studies, measurement of variables, data analysis, and formulation of models. Includes instruction in experimental, quasi-experimental, and case study methods; historical research; participant observation; questionnaire design; sampling theory; and statistical methods. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using mathematics. This CIP code nomination included a letter of support from the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering and supporting materials from the American Sociological Association.

Looking at the field descriptions, 18 of the 22 fields were added because "This is a new CIP code created by NCES and added to its decennial 2020 update to the CIP. The NCES definition of this field of study describes instruction in the STEM disciplines such as research, innovation, or development of new technologies using mathematics and computer science." 4 of the 22 fields were "nominated" for inclusion, with supporting evidence. The Federal Register notice also includes instructions for submitting the nomination of a field of study/CIP code for inclusion in future updates to the DHS STEM Designated Degree Program List.

The addition of the data science codes [Data Science, General (30.7001), Data Analytics, General (30.7101), Business Analytics (30.7102), Data Visualization (30.7103), Financial Analytics (30.7104), Data Analytics, Other (30.7199)] addresses the fact that in the update from CIP 2010 to CIP 2020, there were several new codes in the 2020 CIP for majors that in the 2010 CIP were categorized under STEM-eligible codes, but whose new code in the 2020 CIP were without a 2010-2020 crosswalk and which placed them outside the DHS STEM Designated Degree Program List. For example, the 2020 CIP has specific codes for Data Science (30.70xx) and Data Analytics (30.71xx) which are under the "Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies" 2-digit code 30 and did not appear in the 2020 update to the DHS STEM Designated Degree Program List.