Design

ID: 
5
Abbreviation: 
C
Department Code: 
7

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/

 

Biological & Pre-Medical Illustration (BPMI)

"Being in a Learning Community is something that's helped me grow as a student and make connections with people who have similar goals as me. The BPMI Learning Community has done a phenomenal job to help build a cohort of students who otherwise might not connect with each other during their first year. The group of students in my Learning Community grew to be some of my most understanding friends and favorite study buddies."

 

Majors eligible to join

First-year or transfer majors in Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration (BPMI)

 

Program Description

Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration (BPMI) is an interdisciplinary major at ISU. The curriculum spans both the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Design. While the major is administered by LAS, there is a close working relationship with COD administration and faculty. 
The program is small, averaging 40-50 students. BPMI is a “destination major” meaning that many students come to ISU specifically because of the program and BPMI attracts many out of state students. Currently, out of state students comprise about 1/2 of the BPMI student count, including several international students. 

Our Learning Community allows students to meet others in their cohort from day one. 

 

Living Options

Non-residential

 

Signing up

Sign up will take place during Orientation. Please ask your adviser for details.

 

Contact

Elizabeth Zimmerman
515-294-4831
ezim@iastate.edu

 

Web Site
https://www.bpmi.iastate.edu/

  

 

 

 

Traveling Savanna Studio (sophomore)

"Living in a learning community allows you to form long-lasting connections over not just proximity, but shared interests. From taking similar classes, grabbing a bite at the dining center, or just hanging out, being part of a learning community gives you an advantage both socially and academically." -Nick Raap

 

Majors eligible to join

Landscape Architecture students in their first year in the professional program (sophomore year).

 

Program description

Students travel as a group with 2-3 faculty members exploring the savanna landscape region that extends from Canada to Texas. Student enroll in 15 credits of Landscape Architecture classes and spend 6-8 weeks during the semester on the road visiting urban areas, national parks, and landscape architecture firms. The travel experience allows students to learn, first-hand, many different aspects of the landscape architecture program and offer the opportunity to interact with their peers and faculty on a daily basis.

 

Living Options

None

 

Signing up

When admitted into the professional program.

 

Contact

Malinda Cooper 
297 Design
515-294-3680
macooper@iastate.edu

 

 

 

Design Exchange

"Living in a learning community allows you to form long-lasting connections over not just proximity, but shared interests. From taking similar classes, grabbing a bite at the dining center, or just hanging out, being part of a learning community gives you an advantage both socially and academically." -Nick Raap

 

Majors eligible to join

Open to all majors in the College of Design: Art and Design, Integrated Studio Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Community and Regional Planning.

 

Program description

The Design Exchange Learning Community is a full year living and learning experience open to direct from high school first-year students enrolled in any major in the College of Design.  The residential component allows students to build a support network as they transition to ISU and the College of Design. All Design Exchange students are enrolled in a one credit seminar each semester (DSN S 110 in fall and DSN S 111 in spring) that encourages their personal, social and intellectual development. All students will take DSN S 131 in the fall together.  They will take DSN S 102 in the Spring.  Students also participate in academic and social activities arranged by a peer mentor. 

 

Living Options

The Design Exchange is a residential learning community housed in Friley and Helser halls.

 

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

Malinda Cooper
288 Design
515-294-3680
macooper@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

https://www.design.iastate.edu/future-students/future-undergraduate/learning-community/

 

 

Design Collaborative

Living in a learning community allows you to form long-lasting connections over not just proximity, but shared interests. From taking similar classes, grabbing a bite at the dining center, or just hanging out, being part of a learning community gives you an advantage both socially and academically."  -Nick Raap

 

Majors eligible to join

Open to all freshmen and transfer students with majors in the College of Design: Art and Design, Integrated Studio Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Community and Regional Planning.

 

Program description

The Design Collaborative is a one-semester, non-residential learning community required for all first-year students enrolled in the College of Design, who are not enrolled in the Design Exchange. The Design Collaborative provides students with the opportunity to connect with both peers and faculty members during the semester. Participants expand their knowledge of the various disciplines offered by the College of Design as well as enhance their skills necessary to succeed as design students.

 

Living Options

Non-residential

 

Signing up

You will register for the learning community at summer orientation, if you are a freshman, and at transfer orientation if you are a transfer student.

 

Contact

Malinda Cooper
288 Design
515-294-3680
macooper@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

https://www.design.iastate.edu/future-students/future-undergraduate/learning-community/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUILD (Building Up In Leadership by Design)

Majors eligible to join

All first-year and transferring BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ are eligible to join.

 

Program description

BUILD is designed to support incoming multicultural students in the successful transition and completion of the Design Core program.  
First-year students are paired with an upper-class student (mentor) in their intended major. 
Students develop academic, co-curricular, social, and professional connections beyond the studio.

Benefits of B.U.I.L.D

  • Peer mentors working one-on-one to help you successfully complete the Design Core program.  
  • Fun monthly social events to build community and strong connections. 
  • Meet twice a month with your mentor to discuss academic and social connections. 
  • Learn the basic software and programs need for the various majors. 
  • Building a strong network of peers to support you through your academic journey.

 

Living Options

No residential options affiliated with the program.

 

Signing up

Contact Jordan Brooks at jwbrooks@iastate.edu to learn more about the program and how to get involved.

 

"Being able to come together as a community and create genuine, authentic connections with new faces that can easily become friends, and getting to freely explore new and impactful experiences as a young adult. A better question would be why shouldn’t a student join a learning community? It provides a plethora of opportunities that will advance and continue to open doors and foster personal growth and development for years to come." Mohamed

Contact

Jordan Brooks
515-294-9555
jwbrooks@iastate.edu

Marwa Elkahif 
515-294-9555
mssgrad@iastate.edu

 

 

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Majors eligible to join

Open to all undergraduate students in any major, including open option, undecided and undeclared.


Program Description

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Learning Community provides a unique learning experience for students from all majors who have ever thought about starting their own business, who are currently running their own business, or who are simply looking to gain skill sets in entrepreneurship, leadership, and small business management. Students majoring in chemistry, marketing, engineering, and all other disciplines learn together in a hands-on entrepreneurial learning environment.

Students in the program are connected to mentors and speakers who contribute to student learning by sharing experiences and offering advice. Students have access to a support network rich in resources to help them develop new innovations or even launch their own companies. Students from a variety of majors will learn about entrepreneurship and innovation through classroom and extracurricular activities.

Students should register for Bus Ad 292 to participate in the weekly seminar class, which includes field trips, speakers, and fun team activities. 
 

Living Options

This is a non-residential learning community program.
 

Application Process 

Register for the required weekly seminar course, Bus Ad 292, or contact Judi Eyles for more information about getting involved.

The course is open to all majors and includes field trips, speakers, networking, and more. The one-credit course meets on Thursdays from 9:30-10:45 am in the Student Innovation Center.

Contact

Judi Eyles
Program Coordinator
ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship
515-296-6754
eyles@iastate.edu

 

Website 

http://www.isupjcenter.org/learn/elc/