Students talk about how El Dorado Hall and the STEM Center help them succeed academically.

The STEM Center offers free, drop-in tutoring for all gateway STEM courses. We also support upper division STEM courses as tutors are able: check the "By Subject" schedule for availability.

  • The STEM Center opens the second week of classes.
  • The STEM Center is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • STEM Tutors are available 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday & Saturday.

Schedules for Fall 2017: By Tutor (PDF, 164 KB), By Day (PDF, 85.4 KB), By Subject (PDF, 205 KB)

Additional tutoring at CI: Learning Resource Center, Biology Tutoring, Computer Science Tutoring.

Peer-Led Team Learning Workshops

We are continuing the successful PLTL Workshops for the following STEM Gateway courses: BIOL 203, CHEM 121, CHEM 122, CHEM 250, CHEM 311, CHEM 314, COMP 150, COMP 151 (PreLab), COMP 162, MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 230, and PHYS 101/201. 

New Workshops for Fall 2017: CHEM 105, COMP 105, and MATH 105!!

PLTL Schedule for Fall 2017 (PDF, 16.6 KB)

Use this link to sign up!

STEM Success Integrative Learning Community

The STEM Success Integrative Learning Community offers freshmen STEM students support in succeeding in college by developing core college success skill sets (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making), improving their self-efficacy, and developing resilience and a growth mindset.

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 Success Integrative Learning Community pairs two courses:
    • Fall
      • ENGL 102 – Stretch Composition I (3 units and continues with ENGL 103)
      • UNIV 100 – University Life and College Success (1 unit)
    • Spring
      • ENGL 103 – Stretch Composition II (3 units)

The Benefits

  • Encouraging and supportive faculty instructors
  • Support and guidance from an embedded Peer Academic Success Coach (who is a CI STEM major) in your UNIV 100 class
  • Outside class activities, known as Dolphin Interests Groups (DIGs) facilitated by the Peer Academic Success Coach
  • 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, specifically:
    • Written Communication (A2) with ENGL 102 and ENGL 103 combined
    • Lifelong Learning (E) with UNIV 100


  • You must be a 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.
  • Important: Students who are Pre-nursing or majoring in Health Sciences are, unfortunately, not eligible to participate in this learning community.

STEM Majors at CI are…

  • Applied Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science/Information Technology
  • Environmental Science and Resource Management
  • Mathematics

How it works

  • Complete the Intent to Participate form (the form will become available spring 2018)
  • We will confirm by email once you are placed (pending availability) in the learning community
  • We enroll you in ENGL 102 (3 units) and UNIV 100 (1 unit)
  • You enroll in your other courses

 For Questions Contact:

Katia Nava
College Readiness Coordinator
(805) 437-3599

To learn more about additional learning communities at CI visit:

For all students

El Dorado Hall and the STEM Center are great places to study, meet with study groups, etc. There are copious whiteboards, computers, and furniture that can be configured in a variety of ways. ELD and the STEM Center are open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Even for faculty...

Feel free to schedule office hours, special events, review sessions, and the like. No reservations are needed to meet students in the STEM Center, the multipurpose area, or the kitchen. To request a room, select El Dorado Hall in the CI Events Calendar reservation system.

*STEM means "Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics."