Preparation For Human Medicine - P MED

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HOME (Open Option in Liberal Arts & Sciences)



Majors Eligible to Join: All Open Option, Pre-Health, Pre-Med, and Pre-Law students are eligible to join.


Program Description:

The HOME Learning Community is a first-semester program designed to support exploring students.  The program provides a structured process for students to explore majors and careers while creating a home at Iowa State.  Students receive support from connections with peer mentors, academic advisers, and faculty.

Benefits of HOME include:

  • Provide you with a structured framework through which you can successfully explore three majors or careers.
  • Connect you with information, resources, and people that can support you through the exploration process.
  • Give you opportunities to practice and therefore develop confidence in your ability to make decisions.


Living Options

No residential options are affiliated with the program

Signing Up:
Students will sign up during Orientation. Please ask your advisor for more information.



Erin Valerio-Garsow








Bridging Opportunities in Leadership & Diversity (BOLD)

Majors Eligible to Join

Multicultural students (American Indian/Alaska Native, African American, Asian American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino/a, Multiracial) in any College of Liberal Arts and Sciences major.


Program Description

Are you looking forward to building a community with students of color this fall?

Do you want to learn more about campus resources and opportunities to get involved?

Would you like to develop a great relationship with a current multicultural student leader who could serve as your peer mentor, and become a life-long friend?

BOLD is a fantastic opportunity for first-year and new transfer students who are striving for academic, social and professional success. The BOLD Learning Community is designed to support the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ diverse student population with representation and retention, and you can be a part of it!

The BOLD Learing Community offers three main components:

  • Orientation course in the fall and seminar course in the spring
  • 1:1 peer mentoring
  • Academic and social events with all learning
  • community students and peer mentors


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Signing Up




Majors eligible to join

Microbiology, Biology, Genetics or Biochemistry


Program description

In the Microbiology learning community, students are enrolled in common course sections so you will see familiar faces between classes. A former student called Microbiology the Swiss army knife of majors, because it prepares students for such a variety of careers. So whether you know what you want to do or aren’t sure, we will help you navigate your experience in Microbiology at ISU. As you hear professors share their career path and research in the orientation course, you’ll also plan out your 4-year program of study and refine your own resume. You will get better acquainted with other Micro students and have the guidance and wisdom of current Micro students - the Micro peer mentors.

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. We strongly encourage students to get involved with the Micro Club, which puts on a fall Micro workshop for high school students and participates in Science Nights at local elementary schools teaching basic microbiology. They also have social events and activities including making soda, pouring jello plates, and creating agar art. 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.



Susan Cramer


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