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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:

  • Help each other navigate through a large university setting
  • Enroll in the same two or three core courses grouped by academic discipline
  • Receive priority enrollment in major courses
  • Connect with university resources and faculty for academic support and to find research and career opportunities
  • Form study groups to achieve academic excellence and finish their degrees in a shorter time period

Freshmen can choose from one of the following fourteen communities:

  • 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.
    • Eligibility:  Placement into Math 130 (Pre-Calculus) or higher and First Year Seminar or CRW 112.
  • 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.
    • Eligibility:  Placement into Math 130 (Pre-Calculus) or higher and First Year Seminar or CRW 112.
  • Biology 130 FSC – Biology majors who place into Pre-Calculus or a higher math will be co-enrolled in Freshman Biology, Chemistry, Pre-Calculus or Calculus and a Science Gateway Seminar. Students select their own English class.
    • Eligibility:  Placement into Math 130 (Pre-Calculus) or higher and First Year Seminar or CRW 112.
  • Biology 115 FSC – Biology majors who place into College Algebra will be co-enrolled in Freshman Biology, College Algebra and a Science Gateway Seminar. Students select their own English class and a General Education Distribution class.
    • Eligibility:  Placement into Math 115 (College Algebra) and First Year Seminar or CRW 112.
  • 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.
    • Eligibility:  Placement into Math 130 (Pre-Calculus) or higher and First Year Seminar or CRW 112.
  • 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.
    • Eligibility:  Placement into Math 130 (Pre-Calculus) or higher, and First Year Seminar or CRW 112.
  • 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.
    • Eligibility:  Placement into Math 130 (Pre-Calculus) or higher and First Year Seminar or CRW 112.
  • 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.
    • Eligibility:  Placement into Math 115 (College Algebra) or higher and First Year Seminar or CRW 112.
  • 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.
    • Eligibility:  Placement into Math 115 (College Algebra) or higher and First Year Seminar or CRW 111/CRW 112.
  • 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.
    • Eligibility:  Placement into Math 115 (College Algebra) or higher and First Year Seminar or CRW 111/CRW 112.
  • 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.
    • Eligibility:  Placement into Math 115 (College Algebra) or higher and First Year Seminar or CRW 111/CRW112.

What are the next steps?

For students planning to enroll in Fall 2015, 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.

  • Like the Freshman Success Community program on Facebook to learn about all the new and exciting opportunities from the Student Success Center!
  • Sign up for an early freshman orientation session.
  • Take care of your New Student Assessment (Math Placement and Writing Assessment) at least one week before your orientation session to be eligible for this exciting program.

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


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Bob Chen

Professor of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences; BA Chemistry and Physics, Harvard University; PhD Marine Chemistry, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UC San Diego

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