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College of Science students take their first steps into the fast-paced world of scientific discovery by becoming a part of the Discoveries in Chemistry Learning Community. First-year students come together with dedicated faculty and staff to develop a foundation in basic and applied science through shared classes, social learning community activities and unlimited opportunities to build friendships that will last a lifetime. With the benefit of peer support, students challenge themselves to be scientists who will someday solve the scientific challenges of their time.


  • First-time beginning students admitted to the College of Science with a Chemistry major

Residential Component

  • Optional. The location of learning community housing will be determined based on the incoming size and needs of the learning community. 
  • A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community. Once a housing contract is completed, you will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. Applications received by the priority deadline will be considered first. 
  • If you want to be placed with a preferred roommate and be admitted to a learning community with an optional residential component, both you and your roommate must apply (and be admitted) to a learning community with an optional residential component. Students admitted to learning communities with a required residential component cannot be paired with students admitted to learning communities with an optional residential component.
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  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying to a learning community. If you have questions about housing, contact University Residences ( at


Fall semester

Associated Classes


CHM 12500 - Introduction to Chemistry I

CHM 19400 - Freshman Chemistry Orientation


Events and Activities Included:

  • Tours of Research Facilities on Campus
  • Community service projects with National Chemistry Week
  • Periodic meals with faculty, staff, and alumni
  • Scientific Talks
  • Call-out for American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Group

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.

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