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  • Biology: Life Science I (BLY 101) and First Year Course (CAS 100)

    This community includes the Life Science course (for non-biology majors) which meets a science requirement for many students at the university. Partnered with a FY course, it offers students the opportunity to integrate material in two classes, meet new students, and form study groups! All students need to enroll in the Life Science lab as well (BLY 101 L).
  • Engineering: Engineering (EG 101), Math (MA 113, 115, or 125), and English (EH 101 or 102)

    Applying math, science, economics, and practical knowledge to design solutions for the needs of society is a task that only a select few can tackle--Engineers make a world of difference! Students in one of our learning communities will work together in teams on assignments involving Engineering (EG 101), Math (MA 113, 115, or 125), and English (EH 101 or 102). Engineering tools (like spreadsheets and computer simulations); along with hands-on design projects (robots, bottle rockets, water treatment devices) are used to stimulate young engineering minds. Additionally, these integrated courses will emphasize problem solving, communication, and critical thinking. Join an engineering learning community, because dreams need doing! Students in this community are encouraged to select Epsilon as their housing choice.
  • Music: Music Theory class (MUT 112) and First Year Course (CAS 100)

    Are you a music major? Are you in the marching band? Does your life revolve around music? It will if you join this community! This new learning community is for students majoring or minoring in all areas of music. It includes the required College of Arts and Sciences first year course (CAS 100) alongside the Music Theory class (MUT 112). Music Theory is like the engine in your car; you can’t drive anywhere in this discipline without it. Enjoy the camaraderie of working with others that share your passion as well as the support of a peer leader trained in music.
  • Nursing: Freshmen Seminar (NU 101) and Life Science I (BLY 101)

    Pre-nursing majors have the opportunity to participate in a living learning community at USA. Students have the opportunity to live together in the residence halls and share two or three academic courses. The academic classes include a first year experience course targeted to pre-nursing students (NU 101) and introductory biology course (BLY 101). Remember, a lab is required for this course and you will need to schedule one. Students who are interested may elect to join a community within the community which will include an introductory Spanish course (LG131). In addition to working on assignments that span all classes, speakers and activities will be brought into the residence hall. This provides another opportunity for students to interact with each other and with faculty in the community. Students in this community are encouraged to select Epsilon or Stokes for their housing choice.
  • Psychology: Introduction to Psychology (PSY 120) and First Year Course (CAS 100)

    This community is excellent for students majoring in Psychology, most of the Health Professions, or anyone with an interest in learning more about why we behave the way we do. Psychology (PSY 120) provides a survey of the basic theories, concepts, principles, and research findings in the field of psychology. The first year experience course (CAS 100) includes the knowledge and tools you need to be successful at USA. These integrated courses will also emphasize information literacy and critical thinking skills.
  • Chemistry: General Chemistry I (CH 131) and First Year Experience (CAS 100)

    It's Elemental!

    Calling all Chemistry majors! We welcome you to this learning community. We will provide the solid foundation you need for future chemistry classes and the amazing opportunities available after you graduate.
  • Art: Art History I (AH 103) and First Year Course (CAS 100)

    This community is great for art majors and minors, and anyone looking to complete one of their fine art requirements. Enjoy learning about art and architecture from prehistoric times to Medieval times, plus benefit from partnering with your classmates in the FY course.
  • Public Speaking: Public Speaking (CA 110) and First Year Course (CAS 100).

    We engage in many activities providing students the opportunity to better understand yourself, your peers, as well as function successfully in an increasingly diverse society. The goal of the seminar is to serve as a bridge into new learning environments and assist students in taking ownership and responsibility for their learning and life choices. Learn how to balance advocacy and inquiry through practice, conviction and leadership. Explore how the choices you’ll make in higher education and in everyday life are informed by our deeply held values and our views about human good. We begin by planning for our lives, emphasizing two of the major tasks of adult development: developing intimate relationships and giving back to others. This community includes Public Speaking (CAS 110), and the First Year Experience Course (CAS 100).