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Would you like to meet other students who share a common interest in protecting the environment? The Environmental Sciences learning community provides you with an opportunity to explore emerging environmental problems and innovative solutions. Activities include field trips (some on weekends including camping and hiking), hands-on learning, study halls, and meals together.  Get to know faculty and your peers through social events held throughout the semester.

Boiler Challenge
Turkey Run Hike
Water Sampling
Wolf Park


  • First-time beginning students admitted to any college/school/major

Residential Component

  • Students from this learning community reside in McCutcheon Hall
  • Information about this residence hall can be found here
  • Circumstances preventing a student from living in this hall, such as participating in the Honors College or living off-campus, will be taken into consideration when conducting the placement process
  • Your roommate in many cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Fall Semester

Associated Classes

NRES 12500 - Introduction to Environmental Science (NOTE: students who exempt out of this course due to AP credit still qualify for the learning community)

NRES 49800 - Environmental Sciences Learning Community

Events and Activities Included:

  • Wade Power Plant tour
  • Wind Farm tour
  • Farm tour
  • Canoeing Trip
  • Visit to Wolf Park
  • Hiking at Turkey Run State Park
  • Boiler Challenge ropes course
  • Water sampling
  • Escape Room
  • Fall social
  • Study Halls (with snacks) around exam time
  • Meals with professors and student mentors
  • End of semester celebration/dinner

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

Learning Communities ERHT 1275 1st Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906 - (765) 494-5785 or (765) 494-8571,

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