First-Year Learning Communities (Fall Semester)

First Year Programs coordinates a range of first year learning communities in which first year students enroll in at least two linked courses, one of which is a section of GEL 101. Each first year learning community addresses a unique theme, both in and outside of the classroom. Examples of first year learning communities include:


• San Marcos Experience (SME):
A civic-engagement learning community for students living on campus. Emphasis is on development of leadership skills, serving the community, and involvement in campus life.

• First-Year Business Learning Community (FYBLC):
A learning community for students planning to major in Business Administration.

• Athlete Learning Community (ALC):
A learning community for first year student athletes.

• Global Learning Community (GLC):
A learning community for students that emphasizes global and cultural diversity.

• Undeclared/Undecided Learning (ULC):
A learning community with an emphasis on researching and choosing an academic major and career path for students who have not yet chosen a major.

• Chemistry/Biochemistry Learning Community (CBLC):
A learning community for students planning to major in Chemistry or Biochemistry

• Health & Wellness Learning Community (HWE):
A residential learning community for students interested in exploring issues and topics related to health and wellness.

For further information on our First-Year Learning Communities, please contact Interim Director of First-Year Programs, Dr. Joanne Pedersen at 760-750-4186 or email: pedersen@csusm.edu