Secondary Education Math and Science Learning Community

Secondary Math and Science RLC

The Secondary Education Math and Science Residential Learning Community is open to students wanting to teach secondary education in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, Health Sciences (Physical Education), Mathematics and Physics.

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:

  • connect with others who want to discover more about the teaching profession
  • get help with challenging courses that are part of your major by engaging in student study groups and working with NAU Teach Master Teachers
  • find people to study with
  • participate in group activities that explore the teaching profession
  • receive advising help

Priority enrollment

Seats in certain high-demand, major-based classes will be reserved for Secondary Education Math and Science Learning Community residents. Your adviser 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:

  • TSM 101 - Step One: Inquiry Approaches to Learning: students explore the teaching profession through observations and teaching science or mathematics lessons in elementary classrooms.  Under the guidance of a Master Teacher and working in a team, you will observe an elementary classroom and be supported in the planning and teaching of three inquiry-based science or mathematics lessons in grades 3-6.
  • MAT 125 - Precalculus Mathematics (depending on major): 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 who qualify for this course will be enrolled in the same class section.


  • MAT 136 - Calculus Mathematics (depending on major): building on the foundations of precalculus, this course covers the calculus of one variable including basic concepts, interpretations, techniques, and applications of differentiation and integration. Students in the learning community who qualify for this course will be enrolled in the same class section.
  • CHM 151 - General Chemistry I: This course covers the fundamental chemistry principles presented at a level appropriate for pre-professional, science, and engineering ... majors, including students proceeding to CHM 235 and 238. Course fee required.