About the Program

The Freshmen Scholars Learning Community (FSLC) is a year-long program designed to support CNSM students navigate their first year of college, build a community among their peers, and promote academic success.

Program Structure

Core Math and Science Courses

Students will enroll in the appropriate Mathematics and Science courses in the Fall and Spring semester depending on their placement.

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

SI is a one-unit, credit/no-credit course attached to a specific science or math course. SI Leaders (upper division science majors) attend lectures with the students and then lead two or three weekly sessions in which they facilitate a variety of hands-on learning activities to foster a deeper understanding of the course material. FSLC students have reserved SI courses specifically for their cohort.

Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentors are CNSM upper classman students who provide tutoring and mentoring geared toward helping first time freshman be academically successful while helping them make a smooth transition from high school to life on campus. Each FSLC student will be assigned a Peer Mentor for academic and social support in their first year.

NSCI 190A and Success Workshops

All FSLC students will take NSCI 190A: Experience Success Program. The objective of this course is to familiarize the students with the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and provide a support system for their success in the College. Course topics include learning strategies, note-taking skills, student support services, student research opportunities, financial literacy, and career pathways.

Learning Communities

The following learning communities are available for Fall 2019:

Students in Learning Community 1 (Math or Physics) will take the following courses.

  1. MATH 122 - Calculus I
    • Sem: MW 12:30-1:45pm
    • Act: F 8:00-9:50am or F 10:00-11:50am
  2. NSCI-190A - Experience Success
    • W 11:00-11:50am
  3. CECS 100 - Critical Thinking in the Digital Information Age
    • TuTh 11:00-11:50am
    • TuTh 12:00-1:15pm

Students in Learning Community 2 (Biology) will take the following courses.

  1. MATH 113 - Pre-Calculus Algebra
    • MW 2:00-3:15pm
  2. CHEM 90 - Intro to General Chemistry
    • MWF 9:00-9:50am
  3. CHEM 90 - Activity
    • MWF 10:00-10:50am
  4. NSCI-190A - Experience Success
    • F 12:00-12:50pm
  5. SCED 100 - Intro to Scientific and Spatial Thinking
    • TuTh 11:00-12:15pm
  6. S/I 60 - Math 113
    • MW 12:30-1:45pm

Students in Learning Community 3 (Biology) will take the following courses.

  1. MATH 113 - Pre-Calculus Algebra
    • MW 2:00-3:15pm
  2. CHEM 90 - Intro to General Chemistry
    • MWF 9:00-9:50am
  3. CHEM 90 - Activity
    • MWF 10:00-10:50am
  4. NSCI-190A - Experience Success
    • F 11:00-11:50am
  5. SCED 100 - Intro to Scientific and Spatial Thinking
    • TuTh 2:00-3:15pm
  6. S/I 60 - Math 113
    • TuTh 9:30-10:45am

Students in Learning Community 4 (Biology) will take the following courses.

  1. MATH 119A - Survey of Calculus I
    • MWF 8:00-8:50am
  2. CHEM 111A - General Chemistry I
    • MWF 1:00-1:50pm
  3. CHEM 111A - Lab
    • TuTh 2:00-2:50pm
    • TuTh 3:00-4:50pm
  4. NSCI-190A - Experience Success
    • W 12:00-12:50pm
  5. SCED 100 - Intro to Scientific and Spatial Thinking
    • MW 9:30-10:45am
  6. S/I 60 - Math 119A
    • TuTh 12:30-1:45pm

Students in Learning Community 5 (Biology) will take the following courses.

  1. MATH 119A - Survey of Calculus I
    • MWF 9:00-9:50am
  2. CHEM 111A - General Chemistry
    • MWF 1:00-1:50pm
  3. CHEM 111A - Lab
    • TuTh 8:00-8:50am
    • TuTh 9:00-10:50am
  4. NSCI-190A - Experience Success
    • W 10:00-10:50am
  5. SCED 100 - Intro to Scientific and Spatial Thinking
    • TuTh 12:30-1:45pm
  6. S/I 60 - Math 119A
    • MWF 8:00-8:50am

Students in Learning Community 6 (Chemistry) will take the following courses.

  1. CHEM 111A - General Chemistry
    • MWF 1-1:50pm
  2. CHEM 111A - Lab
    • MW 8:00-8:50am
    • MW 9:00-10:50am
  3. NSCI-190A - Experience Success
    • M 11:00-11:50am
  4. SCED 100 - Intro to Scientific and Spatial Thinking
    • TuTh 12:30-1:45pm

Why Should I Join FSLC?

Freshmen Scholars enjoy the following benefits:

  • No cost to student
  • Develop a higher level of academic skill
  • Reserved courses/opportunities for study group
  • Exclusive Success Workshops
  • Early research opportunities
  • Form strong connections among peers
  • Peer Mentoring by upperclassmen
  • Connections with faculty
  • Access to Freshman Advising

Testimonies

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Hear what previous scholars of FSLC have to say about the program.

"I love that I was able to be a part of FSLC as it really helped me through my transition from high school to college. I was able to meet such wonderful staff and students." -Lillian, The Colorful Carcinogens (2018)

"I was able to build new relationships with many people because of this learning community." -Camille, The Colorful Carcinogens (2018)

"I appreciate the reserved seats for courses." -Hannah, The Mighty Chondrias (2018)

"The peer mentors were amazing and gave useful advice." -Catherine, G.O.A.T.S. (2018)

"I got to become friends with the peer mentors is my class. They made me feel more welcome and helped me become comfortable in the SAS Center." -Ashlyn, G.O.A.T.S. (2018)

How to Apply.

FSLC Cohort: OG Lab Ratz

Contact FSLC

For general questions and application:

Please include your student ID number in all email correspondence.