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California State University, Long Beach
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Freshmen Experience Success Course (NSCI 190A)

As you plan for your future with us, we want YOU to be a part of the Freshman Experience Success Program (ESP). ESP is a program with a two-fold mission. One goal is for students to learn and adopt organizational, time-management, study and test-taking skills as they engage in their initial freshman course learning experiences. College is different from high school and success demands that students independently manage their time and studies more intensely and at a faster pace than they have often experienced in their past. The second goal is to increase student awareness of science and math-related career options. Students must take ESP-I before selecting ESP-II; you may elect to take one or two semesters of the ESP Program.

NSCI 190 - Experience Success Program (ESP)

Semester I and II

ESP-Semester I

  • Learn about the many careers available in the sciences' and mathematics' fields
  • Career professionals from scientific and mathematics field invited on campus to speak
  • Meets 1 hour weekly during semester I

ESP-Semester II

  • Places students in mini-job shadowing experiences within science/math faculty labs on campus,
  • Assists students in becoming aware of summer internship opportunities
  • Supports the writing of beginning resumes
  • Provides students with short community-based mini-internships with local science or math career professionals
  • Meets 1 hour monthly during semester II with additional time assigned for job shadowing and internship experiences