First-Year Learning Communities

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) LC

STEM students gather around science experiment

STEMThe Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Learning Community was created to meet the needs of incoming first-year students interested in various science, technology, engineering and math areas. This learning community would be a great option for students interested in one of these specific areas of interest: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Oceanography, Physics, Physical Oceanography.

The Fall 2019 Learning Community Application is open, however, THE LC HOUSING ASSIGNMENT OPTION IS CLOSED.  You can still apply to the learning community courses. You will be placed in the housing assignment based off of your housing application.

Why Apply?

  • Meet other students who are interested in a STEM area; create a supportive network
  • Learn early on about undergraduate research opportunities and how to apply for these
  • Feel more involved in both in-class and out-of-class activities
  • Form study groups with classmates easier, which in turn can help you earn higher grades
  • Get connected to your Learning Community professors and the UNCW campus
  • Have an upper class peer mentor who is also pursuing a degree in a STEM area

All 120 students will be enrolled in CHM 101: General Chemistry I, with a lab. Students will also be placed in UNI 101: First-Year Seminar and one more course related to their area of interest with 23 peers. This community is residential (Innovation House).

For the STEM Learning Community, there is a programming requirement included in the UNI 101 course and meets Thursday evenings for both social and academic programming (STEM sample event calendar).

For additional information or if you have any questions about this community, please email