Physics and Astronomy Residential Learning Community

Physics and Astronomy RLC

The Physics and Astronomy Residential Learning Community will connect you with other students interested in either physics or astronomy. Faculty from the Department of Physics and Astronomy will interact with your community through programs and dinners. By being a member of this RLC, you can find other students in your field with whom to study, and go on field trips to local spots of scientific interest. You will also be able to learn about research opportunities available on campus and in the local community.

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:

  • EGR 186 - Introduction to Engineering Design: Through this course students are introduced to the design process, problem-solving techniques, teaming skills, oral and written communication skills, and tools for success in academic and professional careers. Multiple hands-on projects are also included. 

AND

  • MAT 125 – Precalculus: This course 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. 

OR

  • MAT 136 - Calculus I: This course builds on the foundations of pre-calculus and covers the calculus of one variable including basic concepts, interpretations, techniques, and applications of differentiation and integration. 

Spring Semester:

  • MAT 136 - Calculus I: This course builds on the foundations of pre-calculus and covers the calculus of one variable including basic concepts, interpretations, techniques, and applications of differentiation and integration. 
OR
  • MAT 137 - Calculus II: This course covers concepts, techniques, and applications of integration, differential equations, Taylor polynomials, and infinite series.

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.