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Life Sciences Learning Community

The Life Sciences Learning Community is always one of our largest and most sought after communities, filling multiple floors in Reinert Hall.

Life sciences students
 


The Life Sciences Learning Community gives you the opportunity to live and study with others who share your major. The community will help you to develop and explore interests within the medical sciences, public health, sustainability and technology in science. One of the main goals of this community is to provide the optimal environment for studying, learning and building community with other science and pre-medical students.

This community is open to all students, but is especially recommended for those majoring in biology, chemistry, pre-medical studies or environmental science.

Associated Classes for 2020-2021

General Sections
Fall
  • UNIV 1010: Enhancing First-Year Success
  • BIOL 1240/BIOL 1245: Principles of Biology I Lecture and Lab
  • CHEM depending on major, placement and track

Spring

  • BIO 1260/BIOL 1265: Principles of Biology II Lecture and Lab
  • CHEM depending on major, placement and track
  • PUBH 2100: Intro to Global Health (Public Health Majors)

Pre-Med Scholars
Fall
  • UNIV 1010:  Enhancing First-Year Success
  • BIOL 1240/BIOL 1245: Principles of Biology I Lecture and Lab
  • CHEM 1110/CHEM 1115: General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab
Spring
  • BIOL 1260/BIOL 1265: Principles of Biology II Lecture and Lab
  • CHEM 1120/CHEM 1125: General Chemistry II Lecture and Lab


Medallion: Life Sciences Curricular and Co-Curricular Tracking

Students who complete all curricular and co-curricular requirements of the Learning Community program will receive a Gold Medallion to be worn at graduation and a Learning Community certificate, in recognition of their commitment and achievement within their LC. 

You are encouraged to track and share progress in the Learning Community program with your advisers, using this downloadable form to keep a personal record of  your participation, and to share your LC course progress, plans, co-curricular activities and service hours throughout the academic year. 

Life Sciences Course Changes

All Learning Community students will be placed into the associated LC courses by the Learning Community academic coordinator. To request adds, drops, or other changes to your LC course schedule, you or your advisor should complete the corresponding Google Forms located below.

Faculty Associate

Ashley Viehmann Milam, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology. A native of the St. Louis area, Dr. Milam received her B.S. in Biological Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and her Ph.D. in Immunobiology from Yale University. Dr. Milam does not currently have a research lab, but her past published research was in the field of cellular/molecular immunology and autoimmunity, with a focus on the link between affinity for self-antigen, cellular metabolism, and the primary and memory responses of CD4+ T cells. 

Outside of the world of science, Dr. Milam is a fan of watching sports, British television, and old movies, as well as playing board games. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and their son, as well as her dog Connor, who can often be found begging for treats in her office.