LIFE STEM coursework

First-year experience – a foundation for a successful transition to college

In the first year, LIFE STEM Scholars will take several courses together as a community:

  • Fundamentals of Chemistry – a foundation course required of all science majors
  • Writing and Research – an important course in Longwood’s academic core
  • Entering Research 1 and 2 – an interdisciplinary sequence of seminars focused on immersing scholars in guided research, problem solving, and preparing for advanced research

Second-year experience – maintaining momentum for success in the sciences

In the second year, LIFE STEM Scholars will complete one course as a cohort:

  • LIFE STEM Seminar 1 – focused preparation for future research and work experiences as well as continued academic support in the transition to upper-level work in the major.  Scholars will read, discuss, and present scientific literature, as well as learn about research and internship opportunities through visits with representative from industry, graduate programs, and research.

Third and fourth years – emphasizing professional growth and preparation for the transition to post-graduate work

As upperclassmen, LIFE STEM Scholars will be immersed in upper-level work in their majors.  However, they will continue to collaborate through two final program courses:

  • LIFE STEM Seminar 2 – focused preparation for the transition to the work force and post-graduate education.  As part of the seminar, scholars will be paired with an incoming science freshman to mentor.
  • Exploring Public Issues through Writing – required capstone course for Longwood’s academic core