Agriculture and Life Sciences

ID: 
1
Abbreviation: 
A
Department Code: 
1

CALS Transfer

Majors eligible to join

All transfer students in their first semester with a major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). 
 

Program description

The purpose of the CALS Transfer residential learning community is to assist new students in making a successful academic, social, and personal transition to Iowa State University. Activities include guest speakers, agriculture tours and social activities. Students in the CALS Transfer learning community will also enroll in a common section of ENGL 302 (Business Communication). The learning community will have a transfer student peer mentor that will support students with the transition to Iowa State University.


Living Options

Housing in Frederiksen Court, the University owned apartments, is required for transfer students who participate in this learning community. CALS Transfer men and women are housed in separate 4 person (1 per bedroom) apartments.


Signing up

To sign up for a residential learning community simply click on the “Learning Community” tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.” Registration for ENGL 302 takes place during transfer student orientation.

 

Contact

Stephanie Zumbach
szumbach@iastate.edu
515-294-5179

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Brandau
abrandau@iastate.edu
515-294-6147

 

International Adventure

The International Adventure learning community provides a 100% virtual experience in which first-year international students can take courses in common, connect with one another, receive support from upper-division peer mentors, and explore career options from anywhere around the world.

Four options are available for this virtual experience:

  1. Business: course options for Pre-Business majors
  2. Computer Science: course options for computer science majors
  3. Engineering: course options for Engineering majors
  4. General: course options for all majors
     

Contact:

For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Suzanne Härle at sharle@iastate.edu

 

FOCUS (Fostering Opportunity and Collaboration through Unity and Scholarship)

Majors eligible to join

All multicultural students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are eligible.

 

Program description

The FOCUS Learning Community is a multicultural peer mentorship program that is designed to support incoming students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The program provides academic, social, and professional connections to aid in the successful transition to college. Students will participate in enriching activities that will help them develop a strong sense of community.

Benefits of FOCUS

  • Receive one-on-one guidance from a peer mentor
  • Successfully navigate your first-year experience
  • Increased opportunity for academic success
  • Attend fun monthly social events to build community and strong connections
  • Develop a strong network of peers to support you through your academic journey

 

Living Options

No residential options are affiliated with the program.

 

Signing up

Contact Audrey Kennis, kennis@iastate.edu, to learn more about the program and how to get involved.

 

"The best part of being in a learning community is the mentor/mentee connection that you can make and getting to know other students in the same boat as you." - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student

 

Contact 

Audrey Kennis
515-294-6828
kennis@iastate.edu

 

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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

None 
 

Signing up

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

 

Contact 

Clark Coffman
515-294-3911
ccoffman@iastate.edu

Corinna Most
515-294-3523
cmost@iastate.edu

 

Web Site 

https://sky.las.iastate.edu/

 

Science of the Environment and Sustainable Systems

Majors eligible to join

Freshmen and transfer students in Environmental Science

 

Program description 

Science of the Environment and Sustainable Systems (SoESS) Learning Community is a two-semester, academically-linked residential learning team oriented toward meeting the scholastic and social needs of entering and continuing Environmental Science freshmen and sophomore students. The SoESS learning community aims to provide an engaging environment designed to foster student-to-peer, and student-to-community interactions by involving students in well-designed academic, community volunteer, and social activities pertinent to the fields of environmental science and environmental sustainability.

 

Living Options

The Science of the Environment & Sustainable Systems Living Learning Community is located in Larch Hall.

 

Signing up

To sign up for a residential learning community simply click on the “Learning Community” tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.” Sign up for the learning community course(s) takes place at summer orientation.

 

Contact

Richard Williams
103 Bessey Hall
515-294-1070
dickwms@iastate.edu

 

 

Natural Resource Ecology & Mgmt

Majors eligible to join

Forestry and Animal Ecology majors

 

Program description

Our NREM Freshmen Learning Community program is a full year, residential based learning community. Students enroll in a cluster of courses that satisfy our degree requirements (Biology 211, 211L, 212, and 212L, NREM 110, 111 and 120 among others). The learning community is intended to assist students in their academic pursuits by providing study groups, interactive visits with our faculty and natural resource professionals, and optional field trips and community service projects. Peer mentors (upper-class NREM students) coordinate activities and are available for advice and direction.  The group meets weekly in a classroom setting for a one-credit class (NREM 111).

The NREM Transitions Learning Community is designed for students transferring to the department and needing the second-year series of courses (Vertebrate Biology, Ecology, Statistics, etc.) and interested sophomores continuing their studies. The NREM Transitions Learning Community is open to NREM students regardless of where they choose to live. We meet once per week in a classroom setting and have optional field trips and community service projects outside of the class time. Students earn one credit for the successful completion of this program. There are two peer mentors who are available to assist students and help coordinate study groups for common classes. 

The goals of both learning communities include developing your study skills, creating a strong sense of belonging within the department and the university, providing a positive social setting and improving your time management skills.

 

Living Options

Participants in the NREM Freshmen Learning Community live on a coed floor in Willow Hall. 

Members of the NREM Transitions Learning Community may choose to live on or off campus. Unlike the freshmen program the NREM Transitions Learning Community is not residential based.

 

Signing up

To sign up for a residential learning community simply click on the “Learning Community” tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.” Sign up for the learning community course(s) takes place at summer orientation.

Sign up for the NREM Transitions Learning Community is done at the time of class registration. See the contact person for details and course availability.

 

Contact

John Burnett
124 Science II
515-294-3681
jburnett@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

https://www.nrem.iastate.edu/search/content/NREM%20learning%20community%C2%A0

 

Microbiology

Majors eligible to join

Microbiology, Biology, Genetics or Biochemistry

 

Program description

In this learning community, students study biology, chemistry, English and microbiology as a group, seeing the same faces in most of their first semester classes. The English course most of the students take is science-focused, using the discovery of water-borne disease, the controversy surrounding antibiotics in agriculture, and the importance of hand-washing to demonstrate the value of communication skills. Peer mentors will provide assistance, be part of the orientation class, and plan social outings.

During the spring semester, Microbiology students will continue to have access to the peer mentors for guidance pertaining to academics, class questions, or a friendly person to listen to concerns. At the end of the academic year, learning community students are given the opportunity to travel to the national American Society for Microbiology (ASM) meeting, where they see presentations of the most current microbiology research and, more importantly, meet student and professional microbiologists from around the country. If you are interested in microbiology, join us to learn how microbes DO rule the world. 

 

Living Options

Non-residential LC

 

Signing up

Freshman/first semester students may sign up for the learning community during their summer orientation.

 

Contact 

Susan Cramer
515-294-1722
shcramer@iastate.edu

 

Web Site 

https://www.micro.iastate.edu/

 

Technology

Majors eligible to join

Industrial Technology (ITec) http://www.abe.iastate.edu/undergraduate-students/industrial-technology/ 
Agricultural Systems Technology (AST) http://www.abe.iastate.edu/undergraduate-students/agricultural-systems-technology/

 

Program description

The Technology Learning Community (TLC) helps you explore options and make the transition to ABE and Iowa State successfully. Students in the TLC learning community get a head start on their college careers by getting involved in their major and ABE faculty as soon as they step on campus. (ABE - the department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering - is the home department for AST and ITec.) Upperclassmen serve as Peer Mentors to help guide TLC students in their transition into Iowa State. TLC students take courses together and enhance their skills in mathematics, physical science, problem solving, and competencies necessary for career success.  Social activities and the ITec and AST student clubs help round out the TLC learning community experience.

 

Living Options

Our freshmen/sophomore ABE Living Community is located on the 3rd and 4th floors of Maple Hall, and 4th floor of Helser.

 

Signing up for the ABE Living Community

To sign up for a residential learning community simply click on the “Learning Community” tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.” Sign up for the learning community course(s) takes place at summer orientation.

 

Contact 

AST Adviser: Ashtyn Beek
515-294-5196
beek@iastate.edu

ITec Adviser: Tamara Kerns
515-294-0462
tkerns@iastate.edu

 

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Web Site

http://www.abe.iastate.edu/undergraduate-students/learning-communities/

 

Horticulture

Majors eligible to join

Horticulture

 

Program description

In a large university environment, it is essential that students develop a sense of belonging early in their academic career. The goal of the Horticulture Learning Team is to provide this connection, which in turn promotes development of social skills, communication skills, and study skills. This learning team is for first-semester, first-year students majoring in horticulture. The courses on the team's schedule meet the degree requirements for horticulture. Students will also benefit from participating in the Horticulture, Landscape and Turf Clubs, career exploration activities, social activities, industry field trips, and an orientation class. One of our student’s favorite activities is the “Project Glean”, a service learning project where the students pick, grade, and package apples at the Horticulture Research Station and then donates them to charity. Another favorite is the faculty/student dinner held in the first semester to get to know the instructors of their classes and who the professors are in the department of horticulture.

 

Living Options

This is a non-residential learning community.

 

Signing up

Please contact the Horticulture Learning Community Coordinator, Barb Clawson.

 

Contact 

Barb Clawson
107 Horticulture Hall
515-294-5624
bclawson@iastate.edu

 

Web Site 

http://www.hort.iastate.edu/undergraduate-experience/learning-communities/

 

Global Resource Systems (GLOBE)

Majors Eligible to Join

First-year majors in Global Resource Systems

 

Program Description

The GLOBE Learning Community supports first-year students in their transition to university life and in making connections with faculty and other students majoring in Global Resource Systems. First-year students enroll in GLOBE 110 (Orientation) and GLOBE 201 (Global Resource Systems), and the learning community is an integral part of both courses. GLOBE learning community peer mentors assist students in these courses and also promote active learning through other program activities. Students consistently list their favorite learning community activities as participating in service-learning projects, meeting visitors from other countries, and planning their curriculum to study abroad.

 

Living Options

GLOBE is a non-residential learning community.  Please sign up during orientation and ask your adviser for details.

 

Contact

Dr. Emily Zimmerman

515-294-2853

emilyz@iastate.edu

 

 

Maggie Sprecher
515-294-6025
msprech@iastate.edu

 

 

Dr. Gail Nonnecke
515-294-0037
nonnecke@iastate.edu
 

 

 

 

 

Web Site

http://www.globe.iastate.edu

 

 

 

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