First-Year Learning Communities

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) LC

Students at STEM exhibit


The 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 any of these areas of interest: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Math, Oceanography, and Physics.


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.

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).

Students who are interested in this community will live with other STEM Learning Community students in Innovation House.

Living with other students in your learning community can be an added benefit in developing community and making it easier to create study groups with your peers. Below are some quotes from fall 2014 students who took advantage of the living-learning community option:

"I think living with other STEM people in Schwartz has been incredible. It helps so much to have a support system of people who are in the same classes."

"I really enjoyed living in the learning community in Schwartz because many times it was helpful to study with the peers in my classes. Also, it helped me create a good group of friends because we share the same interests. I would definitely recommend this experience to future STEM students because the benefits aren't only academic but also social. It's been very enriching."

"I thought it was a great experience and I will recommend this to other STEM community students. I believe living with others helps you establish a connection with other people and it is always nice to see a familiar face in your class. You also make friends and learn about different people this way."


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