Physics and Astronomy Learning Community

The Physics and Astronomy Residential Learning Community is open to students majoring in Physics & Astronomy, Physics and Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Engineering Physics and Physical Science.

Residential Learning Communities (RLC) allow you to live with other students sharing the same academic major or special interest. As an RLC member, you have the opportunity to attend social and academic programs with other students, interact with faculty outside of the classroom, and get to know an upper division Community Mentor who shares your major or interest area.

Residential Learning Communities (RLC) are located in one of 10 Freshmen Connection Halls and participants are eligible for priority room selection. Additional information regarding room and roommate selection will be sent to student NAU email accounts if you are accepted into the RLC.

Join this group if you want to:

  • meet other students
  • get to know the faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • find people to study with
  • go on field trips to local spots of scientific interest

Priority enrollment

Seats in certain high-demand, major-based classes will be reserved for Physics and Astronomy Learning Community residents. Your advisor will help you enroll in these courses. Visit Priority Enrollment to find out more about enrollment and advising.

Seats will be reserved in:

Fall semester:

  • PHY 103 – First Year Seminar: introduces first-year majors to the academic content, degree programs, faculty, resources, facilities, and opportunities available in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
  • PHY 161/L – University Physics I: first course and lab in the three-semester introductory physics sequence.
  • PHY 161R – University Physics I Recitation: recitation section provides students with an opportunity to work on problem-solving and get additional questions answered. Complements the PHY 161 class lecture.
  • MAT 125 – Precalculus: covers the concepts of function, graphs, absolute value, linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, and systems of equations, in addition to analytic geometry.  Students in the learning community will be enrolled in the same section of this course.
  • MAT 136 – Calculus I: building on the foundations of pre-calculus, this course covers the calculus of one variable including basic concepts, interpretations, techniques, and applications of differentiation and integration. Students in the learning community will be enrolled in the same section of this course.