Chemistry and Biochemistry Learning Community

Chemistry and BioChemistry RLC

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Residential Learning Community will introduce you to a supportive community of students interested in the chemical sciences. You will have an opportunity to be mentored by a successful, undergraduate chemistry or biochemistry major who will introduce you to a variety of campus resources. You may also benefit from meeting chemistry and biochemistry faculty outside of the classroom and tour research labs and attend RLC specific events.

What is a Residential Learning Community?
It is an awesome opportunity to live in a freshman hall with other students (20-30) who share your academic major or interests. You will be able to attend social and academic programs together, interact with faculty outside of the classroom, and get to know an upper division Community Mentor (student) who shares your major or career path.
What are Common Courses?

By participating in the Residential Learning Community program you benefit from taking one or two classes with others in your community. These “courses in common” allow you to attend class with other RLC members and form study groups around those classes. For this RLC, those courses include:

Fall semester:

  • CHM 151 - General Chemistry I: Through this course fundamental chemistry principles are presented at a level appropriate for pre-professional, science, and engineering majors. Students in the chemistry and biochemistry learning community will be enrolled in the same section of this course.
  • CHM 151L - General Chemistry I Lab: This co-requisite course (with CHM 151) introduces students to important lab practices and the analysis of chemical unknowns.
Spring semester:
  • CHM 152 - General Chemistry II: This course is a continuation of CHM 151, in which fundamental chemistry principles are further investigated and presented. Students in the chemistry and biochemistry learning community can choose to be enrolled in the same section of this course
  • CHM 152L - General Chemistry I Lab: This co-requisite course (with CHM 152) introduces students to further information such as analytical chemistry, thermochemistry, pH and buffers, chemical kinetics, and spectrophotometry.
Why do I want to participate in an RLC?
Over and over again, we hear from our RLC students that being a part of the RLC program helped them find future friends and experience a smoother transition to college their freshmen year. By participating in an RLC, you will learn about campus resources and become more involved in your university experience. And this involvement has consistently led to RLC students remaining at the university in greater numbers, and more RLC students successfully graduating from the university.
How do I sign up?
Simply select your preferred Residential Learning Community on your online housing application. If you qualify for and are selected to participate in that RLC, we will assist you by placing you within the RLC of your choice in a freshman hall, and matching you with a roommate within that same RLC. That’s it! You can relax knowing your housing space and roommate selection are being taken care of for you.