Skip to content Skip to navigation

Natural Sciences Living Learning Communities

Students studying in the School of Natural Sciences will select from one of these exciting new learning community programs. The programs below will all be housing in Granite Pass, our new residence hall opening in Fall 2018. Students will express interest in these programs when completing the housing application and may be asked to complete a supplemental application. 

Carson House: Sustainable Futures 

UC Merced provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a sustainable economic, social and environmental way of living that preserves the ability of current and future generations to meet their and others' needs. Our faculty, staff and students embrace this opportunity and are building sustainability into every aspect of the campus. Our Community provides opportunities to engage with this campus vision and to explore the positive roles that individuals, teams, and societies play in interacting with and protecting the environment. We seek to deepen our sense of place and build the skills needed to create sustainable futures through partnerships on campus and in the surrounding area. 

Highlights of this LLC

  • Create a greener campus! Students will have the opportunity to participate in campus-wide sustainability projects! Projects include: Eco Reps, Real food Challenge, Composting and Green Energy! 
  • Networking opportunities! Students will have the opportunity to meet faculty who research and teach topics in sustainability. 
  • Opportunities to participate in social and environmental justice initiatives! Initiatives such as UC Sprouts-Farm to Table and access to healthy food Initiatives. 
  • Get dirty in our on-campus Community Garden! 
  • Personalized Academic Advising and Peer Mentor Support  
  • Power Hour!  Study sessions with a focus on academic help in core courses 
  • Field trips/Tours 

Vaughan House: The Digital Abacus 

The Digital Abacus floor is a community of scholars interested in learning how to use computers to simulate scenarios and solve problems in math and science. Students participating in this learning community will use MATLAB, Mathematica, and Python to explore concepts in their biology, earth systems, chemistry, math, and physics courses, as well as tackle interesting problems written by faculty. Community activities include hack-a-thons with the resident teaching assistant, presentations by faculty who use computers in their research, and organized study sessions. 

Highlights of this LLC

  • Networking opportunities! Students will have the opportunity to meet faculty within the Chemistry, Physics and Applied Math Programs! 
  • Hack-a-thons!  
  • Programming 101 and App Development Workshops! 
  • Software and Data Carpentry 
  • Power Hour!  Study sessions with a focus on academic help in core courses 
  • Field trips/Tours 
  • Personalized Academic Advising and Peer Mentor Support 

Aristotle House: Leadership, Education, Service 

The Aristotle House will broadly explore the three pillars of Leadership, Education and Service in the Natural Sciences. This living and learning community (LLC) is committed to helping students hone their leadership skills, develop life-long friendships, engage in community outreach and explore careers in all facets of education. Students in this LLC are passionate about making a difference in this world through active leadership, education and service.  

Highlights of this LLC

  • Networking opportunities! Students will have the opportunity to meet faculty and local community leaders in K-12 education  
  • Leadership Development Programs! 
  • Community Engagement, and Service Projects  
  • Personalized Academic Advising and Peer Mentor Support  
  • Monthly STEM challenge games 
  • Power Hour!  Study sessions with a focus on academic help in core courses 
  • Field trips/Tours including Citizen science opportunities 
  • Team service competition 

BEYOND the MD: Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions 

This learning community welcomes students who are interested in pursuing biomedical and health-related professions outside of the MD track. Students will engage with local Physician’s Assistants, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Optometrists and other health care professionals, as well as faculty who work in biomedical research and public health in order to learn about career options in clinical, industry, government, and academic settings. 

Highlights of this LLC

  • Networking opportunities! Students will have the opportunity to meet faculty and local health care professionals 
  • Professional Development Opportunities! Career Forums to help you explore careers that fit your goals! 
  •  Identifying career pathways and professional development goals 
  • Power Hour!  Group study sessions with a focus on academic success in core courses 
  • Personalized Academic Advising and Peer Mentor Support  
  • Social and Community Engagement: Focus on community health issues 
  • Exposure to cutting-edge technologies and new developments in health professions 
  • Field trips/Tours