The STEM Success Integrative Learning Community (STEM LC) offers freshmen STEM students support in college by focusing on core college success skill sets, such as, self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

What is a Learning Community?

A learning community is a cluster of two or more classes that a group of students take as a cohort. The STEM LC pairs two courses:


  • ENGL 102 – Strategies for Successful College Writers (3 units, continues with ENGL 105 in the spring)
  • UNIV 100 – University Life and College Success (1 unit)


  • ENGL 105 – Composition and Rhetoric (3 units)

The Benefits

Members of the STEM LC:

  • Are connected to encouraging and supportive instructors
  • Receive support and guidance from a Peer Mentor (who is a CSUCI STEM major)
  • Participate in outside class activities, known as Dolphin Interests Groups (DIGs) facilitated by the Peer Mentor
  • DIGs help students by emphasizing what is learned in their UNIV 100 class and also introduce students to more on campus resources
  • Fulfill General Education units:
    • Area E (Lifelong Learning & Self Development) with ENGL 102 and
    • Area A-2 (English Writing) with ENGL 105


To participate in the STEM LC:

  • You must be an incoming freshman and a STEM major.
  • You can be undeclared with a high interest in a STEM major.
  • You do not have to live on campus to participate in this learning community.

STEM Majors at CSUCI are…

  • Applied Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science/Information Technology
  • Environmental Science and Resource Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechatronics
  • Important: Students who are Pre-nursing or majoring in Health Sciences are, unfortunately, not eligible to participate in this learning community.

If you have questions about the learning community or would like more information contact: Crystal Delatorre,

Other Learning Communities at CSUCI

To learn more about additional learning communities at CSUCI visit: First-Year Communities

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