The Sky is the Limit: LC for Students Interested in STEM

Majors eligible to join 

Open Option students and others interested in exploring majors and careers in science and technology - first-year and transfer students.


Program description 

Do you want to:

  • Get to know new friends in a small classroom setting (40 students or less) while exploring majors and careers in the areas of environmental sciences, health, cell biology, and interdisciplinary STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)?
  • Make connections with upperclass students who are knowledgeable and who remember what it was like to be new at Iowa State?
  • Learn about campus resources and develop academic and professional skills that will enable a successful Iowa State experience now and into the future?
  • Have the ability to shape your learning community experiences based on your own interests and goals?
  • Participate in small group activities that engage you with students and professionals who are already pursuing majors and careers that interest you?

You can achieve all of these things and more by meeting for just two hours per week throughout the fall semester.

During Orientation, you will have the opportunity to sign up for the section that best suits your needs, and don't worry - if your interests change as the semester progresses, you can get help switching to the section that works best for you!

Here are your options:

  1. Save Planet Earth. An environmentally-themed section where students learn and connect via hands-on sustainability and conservation projects, as well as field trips to research sites around Ames.
  2. Helping People: The Health Care Career Spectrum. Learn about the myriad of healthcare-related career options, have the opportunity to take a tour of the Iowa State cadaver lab, and meet with practicing professionals including a physician and a pharmacist.
  3. Exploring the Secret Life of Cells. Learn how basic cell biology research in different organisms can help us improve our world in areas such as medicine, agriculture, and technology. Experiences include hands-on lab activities and visits to research labs around campus.
  4. Striding Through STEM. This section will help you discover how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) can play a role in your broader interests. It will provide you with opportunities to explore interdisciplinary career paths through interactions with upperclass students, faculty, and leaders outside academia. It is also a great way to find study buddies for first-year STEM courses. Activities will include presentations by representatives of unique interdisciplinary majors (e.g. Data Science), workshops to develop professional skills, and field trips to facilities both on and off campus (e.g. Workiva).

Course: LAS 103D (1 cr.)


Living Options


Signing up

Students will have an opportunity to register for this learning community during June Orientation.
See your adviser for more information.



Clark Coffman

Corinna Most


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