Freshman Success Communities

Be part of a Freshman Success Community (FSC) designed for entering science and mathematics majors! Make friends, meet faculty, and have a better supported and more satisfying learning experience at UMass Boston.  Click here to download our brochure!

What are Freshman Success Communities?

They are small groups of science and mathematics students who:

Freshmen can choose from one of the following communities (click for more information about each community):

What are the next steps?

For students planning to enroll in Fall 2016, FSC spaces are limited and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be invited to participate in a FSC based on their choice of major and math/writing placement results.

If you have any questions, feel free to email studentsuccess@umb.edu or call 617-287-4846.

FSC Descriptions

Pre-Med FSC

Biology, Biochemistry, and/or Chemistry majors with a Pre-Med inclination will be co-enrolled in Freshman Biology, Chemistry, Pre-Calculus or Calculus and a Science Gateway Seminar. Students select their own English class. *There are currently two Pre-Med communities.

Biochemistry FSC

Biochemistry, Biology and likewise inclined undecided students will be co-enrolled in Freshman Biology, Chemistry, Pre-Calculus or Calculus and a Science Gateway Seminar. Students select their own English class.

Biology FSCs

We have two communities for biology majors depending on math placement:

Chemistry FSC

Chemistry majors will be co-enrolled in Freshman Biology, Chemistry, Pre-Calculus or Calculus and a Science Gateway Seminar. Students select their own English class.

Computer Science FSC

Computer Science majors will be co-enrolled in Introduction to Computing, Calculus and a Science Gateway Seminar. Students select their own English class and General Education Distribution class.

Engineering/Physics FSC

Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, and Engineering Physics students will be co-enrolled in Introduction to Engineering, Pre-Calculus or Calculus and a Science Gateway Seminar. Electrical Engineering students will take Philosophy 108 whereas Computer Engineering students will take Introduction to Computing.  Physics majors will have the option to take Physics 113 and 181 (Fundamentals of Physics I with Lab) after consultation with the Student Success Center.  Students will select their own English class.

Environmental Science FSC

Environmental Science majors and environmentally inclined undecided students will be co-enrolled in Introduction to Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Freshman Biology, College Algebra, Pre-Calculus or Calculus and a Science Gateway Seminar. Students select their own English class and General Education Distribution class.

General Sciences FSC

Physical Science majors will be co-enrolled in College Algebra or Pre-Calculus, English, First Year Seminar or CRW 111/CRW112 and a Student Success Seminar. Students select their own General Education Distribution class.

Information Technology FSC

IT Majors will be co-enrolled in IT Problem Solving, College Algebra or Pre-Calculus or Calculus, English, First Year Seminar or CRW 111/112 and a Student Success Seminar. Students select a General Education Distribution class.

Life Sciences FSC

Life Sciences majors (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Environmental Science) will be co-enrolled in Freshman Biology, First Year Seminar or CRW 111/CRW112, College Algebra or Pre-Calculus and a Student Success Seminar. Students select their own English class. *There are currently two Life Sciences communities.

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