NREM Learning Communities
What are Learning Communities
Learning communities are intended to provide positive social settings while helping students to build study skills, improve time management, develop professionalism applicable to future employment, and create a strong sense of belonging within the NREM department and Iowa State University. This is accomplished through:
- Clustered courses
- Professional speakers
- Peer mentors
- Fun educational experiences
- Opportunities to get to know professors and classmates
- Professional development opportunities
NREM offers two learning communities for Animal Ecology and Forestry students:
- NREM First-year Learning Community for students starting directly from high school
- NREM Transitions Learning Community for continuing and transferring students
Students will earn 1-credit by taking NREM 111. This courses meets once weekly to discuss other classes that students are taking, plan events, host speakers of interest, and do an overall check-in with peer mentors and the coordinator. There are a variety of optional field trips and community service projects offered outside of this meeting time as well.
The NREM First-year Learning Community is a residential-based program that requires students to live on the fourth floor of Willow Hall. This gives students a greater sense of community that helps to develop close friendships and academic and professional networks. Living with other students in the same area of study allows the opportunity for study groups and academic support.