When you join an Academic Learning Community (ALC), your learning forms connections with the community theme and with your classmates. The community theme explored throughout the ALC courses allowing you to examine the theme from different disciplines (example: How are plants viewed from Biology versus Art?) or on a deeper level (example: discover viruses and genomes under the microscope in a lab). Students enrolled in an ALC take courses together in a cohort. ALCs will enhance your learning while also providing you with an opportunity to:
Biotechnology is a rapidly growing sector that impacts many critical aspects of our lives and environment. You will learn about the principles of molecular biology, genetics and cellular processes from the perspective of biotechnology methods and applications that have revolutionized human health, agriculture, and other industrial processes. Students will participate in tailored learning experiences, professional development opportunities, and gain advanced hands-on experience with molecular techniques. Courses include: Principles of Biology, Biotechnology FYS, Intro to Research in Biology, and Introduction to Genetics. Students in the Biology, Chemistry, or Pre-Forensic Science majors are best suited for this community.
The Latinx learning community is a part of the largest/fastest growing minority population in the US. History dating back 500 years ago examines cultural impact of Latinx individuals and this course is built to be an inclusive learning community, as well as supportive. Therefore, the Latinx community will deliver on creating a sense of belonging for first year students who are interested in building a more diverse and inclusive student community. Courses include: Intro. to US Latinx Studies, Freshman Seminar in Literature, and Latin American History.
Join our internationally focused environment cultivated through global engagement programming, interactive cultural experiences, and community service! The Going Global! Living-learning community is open to Honors students who want to think globally while connecting locally. Community members live in the same hall in the beautiful Blue Ridge Honors Residence Hall! Courses include: Honors Global Issues and Honors Forum.
The Virus Hunters project-based learning curriculum provides students with meaningful research opportunities as part of their first-year experience. Students participate in a semester-long research experience on the discovery of novel viruses and the genomes of bacteriophage. Virus Hunters offers a community where students are provided with an inclusive experience where they are engaged with other students that have similar professional interests while performing undergraduate research and getting excited about science early in their college careers. Virus Hunters is best for students that are interested in a pre-health concentration, in graduate school in the biomedical sciences, or in a degree that combines chemistry and biology such as Forensics. Courses include: Chemistry, Principles of Biology, and Molecular Bioinformatics.
Whee Teach is for students who love children and are interested in learning more about teaching as a profession. Whee Teach is a living learning community, which means students will live together on a designated floor of one of our brand-new residence halls, learn together in classes designed to help them take a closer look at teaching as a profession while fulfilling liberal studies requirements, and making the transition to college with a built-in support system as soon as they arrive on campus. Beyond the theme, Whee Teach wants to help students develop a strong foundation for future success by providing holistic support throughout their first year of college.