Top STEM Education Textbooks for College Students

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Now more than ever, there's a spotlight on the national initiative to encourage more students to pursue a STEM education, short for science, technology, engineering, and math, and work in fields like mathematics and technology. A STEM degree prepares students for rewarding careers as inventors, programmers, engineers, bio tech managers, and scientists.

The idea, of course, is that the more students we can excite with STEM education, the more science, tech, and engineering positions will be filled by creative, competent, leadership-minded workers once they graduate! By starting STEM education in grade school and scaling it up to the college level, students start learning these subjects early and develop some expertise by the time they hit the workforce.

STEM education lends itself to careers that will be popular in the future.
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STEM education is exciting because it empowers students to invent, construct, create, heal, build, solve, and reapproach existing problems from new perspectives. Here's a selection of top STEM education textbooks – all available on

Science textbooks

Campbell Biology 9th edition A Short Guide to Writing About Biology 9th edition Conceptual Chemistry 4th edition Essentials of Geology 4th edition
Campbell Biology, 9th edition by Jane Reece & Lisa Urry A Short Guide to Writing About Biology, 8th edition by Jan A. Pechenik Conceptual Chemistry, 4th edition by John A. Suchocki Essentials of Geology, 4th edition by Stephen Marshak

Technology textbooks

Code Complete 2nd edition The C Programming Language 2nd edition Introduction to the Analysis of Algorithms 2nd edition Refactoring Improving the Design of Existing Code
Code Complete, 2nd edition by Steve McConnell The C Programming Language, 2nd edition by Brian W. Kernighan & Dennis M. Ritchie Introduction to the Analysis of Algorithms, 2nd edition by Robert Sedgewick & Philippe Flajolet Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code by Martin Fowler, Kent Beck, John Brant, William Opdyke, & Don Roberts

Engineering textbooks

Engineering Fundamentals 4th edition Sustainable Engineering 12th edition Engineering Statistics 5th edition Engineering Ethics 4th edition
Engineering Fundamentals, 4th edition by Saeed Moaveni Sustainable Engineering, 12th edition by David T. Allen Engineering Statistics, 5th edition by Douglas C. Montgomery Engineering Ethics, 4th edition by Charles Fleddermann

Mathematics textbooks

Survey of Mathematics with Applications expanded edition Algebra and Trigonometry 4th edition MyMathLab Student Stand Alone Access Kit 4th edition Statistics Art and Science of Learning from Data 2nd edition
Survey of Mathematics with Applications, expanded edition by Allen R. Angel Algebra and Trigonometry, 4th edition by Robert F. Blitzer MyMathLab Student Stand Alone Access Kit, 4th edition by Pearson Publishing Staff Statistics: Art and Science of Learning from Data, 2nd edition by Alan Agresti

As the purveyors and appreciators of used college textbooks (you could also just call us "nerds"), we know all too well that textbooks – especially those on topics like science, technology, engineering, and math – can get crazy expensive.

However, STEM education resources are invaluable to imaginative, industrious students who want to make careers out of innovating and changing the world for the better. That's why at, we do our best to make sure students can get the STEM education textbooks they need at the very best prices.