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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Learning Communities

The six different learning communities listed below make up the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Residential College located in Shaw Hall.  Being a member of the STEM Residential College will give you access to intentional academic support (advising, tutoring, study groups) as well as fun, social opportunities for you to connect with other students as well as faculty and staff within the STEM disciplines.  This experience will assist you in navigating challenging first-year courses and in making life-long friendships as well as helping you explore opportunities around research and their future careers.  Additionally, being a part of any one of these learning communities will give you access to study lounges with in-hall computer clusters and you will live in close proximity to the Life Sciences Complex and Link Hall, where many STEM related classes are taught.


Please visit our STEM learning community partners, for additional information about programs they offer: College of Engineering and Computer Science; College of Arts and Sciences; Psychology Department; David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.



Engineering and Computer Science Learning Community

The Engineering and Computer Science Learning Community is a place where you live and learn alongside peers who share your interest in, and enthusiasm for, engineering, computer science, and technology.  The LC is a friendly, comfortable spot on campus where you will have easy access to your classmates and where you will have the opportunity to practice and master the fundamentals of calculus and other key courses right in your residence hall. The LC staff creates exciting experiences where you will have the opportunity to meet, interact, and bond with other Engineering and Computer Science students who share the same adventures, challenges, and opportunities.  As an LC resident, you can connect right away with classmates and peers and begin to establish the friendships and team-building skills so critical to your success in an engineering or computer science degree program as you explore common interests.
  • Open to first-year undergraduate Engineering and Computer Science students and Arts and Sciences students enrolled in the dual A&S/ECS program.
  • Students are required to register for ECS 100 First-Year Engineering Experience (1 credit) and ECS 101 Introduction to Engineering and Computer Science (3 credits).
  • Location: Shaw Hall on the 3rd and 4th floors for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Health Studies Learning Community

Health Care is a huge part of our economy, our political agenda, and our personal futures. Many students have a general interest in health-related matters, and those interests are both widely diverse and closely interrelated. Are you considering becoming a health care provider, going into health economics, becoming a journalist with a specialty in health care, going into health law, becoming a politician with a special interest in health, pursuing a career in medical research, or in any other way have a strong interest in health-related matters? This learning community provides you the opportunity to share that interest in your living environment with others in health-related majors who want to learn and explore together with you.

  • Open to first-year undergraduate SU students who intend to major in a health-related area.
  • There is no course requirement for this learning community.
  • Location: Shaw Hall on the 2nd floor for the 2017-2018 academic year.

MORE in STEM Learning Community

The MORE in STEM Community is a housing option for sophomore students in the science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines who are looking for a supportive community that is connected to academic and social resources. This community is highly recommended for those students interested in actively engaging with their peers through informal academic and social opportunities related to STEM.

  • Open to sophomore SU students in the STEM disciplines.
  • There is no course requirement for this learning community.
  • Location: Shaw Hall on the Ground and 1st  floors for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Psychology In Action Learning Community

Psychology in Action is designed to provide first-year students with an up-close look at the world of psychology. What do psychologists do? Where do they work? Join other students who share your interest in exploring the intriguing domain of human behavior. Visit a psychology lab, chat with faculty about their experiences, meet with professionals who use their expertise in school, business, and human service settings. Students will have the opportunity to challenge themselves to new ways of thinking and experiencing the world as they learn about the fascinating field of psychology through interaction and discussion. 

  • Open to first-year undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences students.
  • Students register for CAS 101 (I credit) and PSY 205: Foundations of Human Behavior (3 credits).  Students who are receiving credit for PSY 205, register for PSY 274: Social Psychology (3 credits).
  • Students participate in a number of co-curricular experiences that enhance their knowledge of the field of psychology.
  • Location: Shaw Hall on the 2nd floor for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Public Health Learning Community

The Public Health Learning Community is an active group of students from the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics with shared interests in individual and community health and wellness and its role in their personal life and professional future. This community connects mind, body, spirit and the environment.  Students become active participants in their own wellness, and help to promote a healthy campus community by participating in innovative programs in areas such as stress management Wii Fit, biofeedback, nutrition, yoga, fitness, art and outdoor recreation.  Affiliated faculty and staff interact with students in shared classes and events on campus and in the community; enabling students to learn about career opportunities, professional organizations, and publications in public health while getting to know faculty in the College.
  • Open to first-year undergraduate Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics students only with priority consideration given to Public Health, Nutrition, and Undeclared majors.
  • Students register for HTW 121: Personal and Social Wellness (3 credits).
  • Location: Shaw Hall on the 1st floor for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Science, Technology, and Math Learning Community

Students in the Science, Technology, and Math Learning Community will be part of a vibrant community with strong academic support and a multitude of opportunities for social interactions. Residents of this community receive intentional academic support through advising, tutoring, and study groups while living in close proximity to their classrooms and laboratories. Students’ future success is also enhanced through the development of relationships with faculty members around research opportunities and career exploration. Although the Science, Technology, and Math Learning Community strives to enrich students’ academic success, it is far from “all work and no play”; it also creates lasting connections among community members through field trips, leadership development activities, floor programs, and shared meals.  This learning community assists students in navigating challenging first-year courses in science, technology, and math disciplines while making lifelong friendships. 
  • Open to first-year SU students who intend to major in any science, technology, or math discipline.
  • Although students will be taking a number of courses in common, there is no course requirement for this learning community.
  • Location: Shaw Hall on the 5th floor for the 2017-2018 academic year.