STEM Success Integrative Learning Community

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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