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First-Year Learning Communities are made up of a group of first-year students who are taking two to four courses together during their first semester at OU. FYLCs help bring students together to develop a sense of community as they attend classes, study, and participate in various activities and events with their community. One of the two to four courses in each FYLC will be a Gateway to College Learning class that has a focus in the topic of the FYLC. Through these linked courses and linked experiences, students will be a part of a close community exploring the FYLC topic and their first-year together. Content from these linked interdisciplinary courses will be integrated throughout the FYLC creating a deeper understanding of the content resulting in proven success through higher course completion and GPAs.

Join a First-Year Learning Community at OU

Pre-enroll in an FYLC by following the steps below: 
  1. Review the First Year Learning Communities listed below. You can find FYLCs based on your intended major, interests, or courses.
  2. Rank your top two to three choices and send an e-mail to FYLC@ou.edu including:
                · Your Sooner ID # (112- or 113-)
                · Your major(s) or the major you are considering 
                · Your list of First-Year Learning Communities in order of preference
  3. Within a week, you will receive an e-mail from the FYLC advisor confirming your pre-enrollment in your First-Year Learning Community.  You will be advised and enroll in your remaining courses during your scheduled visit to campus for your New Sooner Orientation Day.

Fall 2019 First-Year Learning Communities

Wakanda Forever 
UCOL 1002Sec 069CRN 33272Gateway: AFAM Community Engagement
M/W 10:30-11:20 AMWagner Hall, 240Tiffani Bates
AFAM 2003
Sec 003CRN 33100Introduction to African and African-American StudiesM/W/F 9:30-10:20 AM
Physical Science Center, 100Kayla Storrs

Students in the "Wakanda Forever" FYLC will explore the African and African-American communities, experience opportunities to engage with these communities, and build community within their own FYLC with a greater understanding of the benefits and responsibilities of community engagement.

Creating Success for Your"cell"f 
UCOL 1002Sec 002CRN 22318Gateway: Biology
M/W 9:30-10:20 AMWagner Hall, 135Lori Stevens
BIOL 1124
Sec 002CRN 39730Introduction to Biology: Molecule/Cell/PhysT/H 1:30-2:45 PM
Dale Hall, 200Tarren Shaw
BIOL 1124Sec 24CRN 39733Intro to Biology LabM 11:30 AM - 2:20 PMRichards Hall, 166TBD

In "Creating Success for Your"cell"f" students will explore important aspects in creating success at OU, including; developing study skills, exploring personal purpose, exploring major and career opportunities, and contrubuting to the OU community. Students will explore many of these themes through the lens of Biology. For example, students will learn how to study for the sciences and research the impact of biology on a career of interest to them. Students will have the opportunity to meet and talk with Dr. Shaw in a smaller setting outside of the larger BIOL 1124 classroom. 

My-O Bio 
UCOL 1002Sec 006CRN 22325Gateway: Biology
M/W 1:30-2:20 PMWagner Hall, 135Jennifer Lazar
BIOL 1124
Sec 002CRN 39730Introduction to Biology: Molecule/Cell/PhysT/H 1:30-2:45 PM
Dale Hall, 200Tarren Shaw
BIOL 1124Sec 19CRN 34953Intro to Biology LabW 2:30-5:20 PMRichards Hall, 159TBD

So, you are thinking about a Biology major? Signed up for BIOL 1124? Interested in having a GPA you can brag about? "My-O Bio" focuses on these things and more. Certainly, we aim to help you do well in BIOL 1124. However, we are also geeked out about helping you master the skills needed to get the most out of your experience as a student at OU.

Phenotypes of Prepared Pre-Health Students 
UCOL 1002Sec 045CRN 22424Gateway: Biology/Pre-Health
T/H 9:30-10:20 AMDunham Residential College, 128Ryan Carter
BIOL 1124
Sec 001CRN 30646Introduction to Biology: Molecule/Cell/PhysT/H 10:30-11:45 AM
Dale Hall, 200Eric Lee
BIOL 1124Sec 34CRN 41650Intro to Biology LabH 2:30-5:20 PMRichards Hall, 166TBD

Are you interested in Medical school? Nursing school? Pharmacy school? Students in the "Phenotypes of Prepared Pre-Health Students" will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of health majors and learn what it takes to be successful in a health career field. This FYLC seeks to foster a dynamic and supportive community of freshmen students who share similar career interests and are all taking BIOL 1124, Sec 1. We will encourage holistic development in ourselves through activities focusing on academic skill development, campus engagement, personal inquiry, and overall student success.

Life Science & Life Skills 
UCOL 1002Sec 080CRN 33345Gateway: Biology
T/H 1:30-2:20 PMWagner Hall, 145Jennifer Lazar
BIOL 1124
Sec 003CRN 41639Introduction to Biology: Molecule/Cell/PhysT/H 3:00- 4:15 PM
Dale Hall, 211Wendy Martin
BIOL 1124Sec 43CRN 41659Intro to Biology LabW 2:30-5:20 PMRichards Hall, 167TBD

The "Life Science & Life Skills" FYLC is designed to coach students through their transition to OU and Biol 1114. Students will learn about creating successful habits at OU and establishing a community that will help them thrive. Students will also have the unique opportunity to connect their Gateway course material to their Biol course material through faculty integration, learning how to study for the sciences, and making connections between the course content. 

The Price is Right 
UCOL 1002Sec 020CRN 22376Gateway: Business/ECON
T/H 12:30-1:20 PMWagner Hall, 240Garrett Hollingsworth
ECON 1113
Sec 001CRN 13055Principles of Economics-MacroM/W/F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Dale Hall, 200Gregory Burge
B AD 100199511249Personal Computing Productivity ToolsonlineonlineSai-Siu Lam and Robert Dauffenbach
B AD 100000137929Passport to SuccessN/AN/AMichelle Grunstead

The “Price is Right” FYLC is an opportunity for business majors to be part of an encouraging community and receive strong academic support and guidance as they learn how to navigate their first semester of college coursework.  This FYLC will introduce students to the Price College of Business through activities, tours, seminars, and guest speakers.  Students will explore opportunities, make connections, and take their first steps to success in the Price College of Business.

Formula for Business 
UCOL 1002Sec 075CRN 34261Gateway: Business/MATH 1643
T/H 9:30-10:20 AMWagner Hall, 240Josie Jones
MATH 1643
Sec 003CRN 17417Functions and Modeling for Business, Life and Social Sciences M/W/F 9:30-10:20 AM
Physical Science Center, 108Ashley Berger
B AD 100199511249Personal Computing Productivity ToolsonlineonlineSai-Siu Lam and Robert Dauffenbach
B AD 100000137929Passport to SuccessN/AN/AMichelle Grunstead

The “Formula for Business” FYLC will guide students through their first semester coursework and explore the new opportunities available both on campus and in Price College of Business. This FYLC will include opportunities to foster strong relationships, interactive activities, active learning, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and integration with your Math 1643 course.

Taking Care of Business 
UCOL 1002Sec 900CRN 22430Gateway: Business
M/W 4:30-5:20 PMWagner Hall, 240Dalynda Evans
B AD 100199511249Personal Computing Productivity ToolsonlineonlineSai-Siu Lam and Robert Dauffenbach
B AD 100000137929Passport to SuccessN/AN/AMichelle Grunstead

The "Taking Care of Business" FYLC is designed for Business majors. This FYLC will introduce you to instructors in different business majors, especially in our linked course(s). We will engage with the Price College community through special events and speakers ranging from the energy industry to healthcare administration. Join us to find your place within the Michael F. Price College of Business while forming valuable connections with each other.

Creating Bonds 
UCOL 1002Sec 029CRN 22394Gateway: Chemistry
T/H 9:30-10:20 AMWagner Hall, 135Amanda Warren Marshall
CHEM 1315
Sec 003CRN 11472General ChemistryT/H 10:30-11:45 AMNeilsen Hall, 270Laura Clifford
CHEM 1315Sec 056CRN 11542General Chemistry LabM 3:30-4:20 PM W 2:40-5:30 PMChemistry Annex Bldg, 325TBD

The purpose of the "Creating Bonds" FYLC is about all about bonding. This course option will be used as to engage and introduce how to bond to the university, how to create bonds with each other, and how to create a bond with Chemistry. In this first semester transition course we will focus on how to transition into college and establishing yourself at OU, we will also provide support for your general Chemistry course. The meaningful resources in this FYLC will help you establish a foundation in building strong bonds academically, socially, and within the OU community.

Good Chemistry 
UCOL 1002Sec 084CRN 34319Gateway: Chemistry
M/W 10:30-11:20 AMWagner Hall, 145Bobby Trujillo
CHEM 1315
Sec 002CRN 11469General ChemistryM/W/F 9:30-10:20 AM
Dale Hall, 211Odeleye Oluwatobi
CHEM 1315Sec 042CRN 11532General Chemistry LabT 12:30-1:20 PM H 11:30 AM-2:20 PMChemistry Annex Bldg, 123TBD

The "Good Chemistry" FYLC is designed to help students thrive in their first semester at OU and in their General Chemistry course. Our learning community will strive to be a place where students of all backgrounds will be empowered to succeed at OU by creating a compound of academic, campus, and community experiences.

Math Masters 
UCOL 1002Sec 071CRN 33274Gateway: DMAT Academic Success
T/H 9:30-10:20 AMAdams Center, 105George Bogaski
DMAT 0113Sec 001CRN 32950Elementary Algebra (Rose at OU)M/W 9:00-10:15 AMWhite Forum C0003Nancy Matthews

Intimidated by math but you need to dominate it? Determined to learn and take the steps needed to succeed in college? Looking for a group of like-minded students to share your journey at OU with? Open to an active instructor who will push you to not just meet expectations but also to flourish? Then “Math Masters” FYLC is for you.  What will your group have in common? We have struggled with math, but we do not let that define us. (Your instructor was in the same class you are now!) We have hopes and aspirations for our future that we begin achieving now. We are willing to be challenged and developed in order to achieve the success we want. We want to create a community of fellow students who we will be able to call good friends now and in the future.

Meaningful Math 
UCOL 1002Sec 088CRN 41817Gateway: DMAT Academic Success
M/W 3:30-4:20 PMDunham Residential College, 128Taylor Boyd
DMAT 0113Sec 004CRN 32953Elementary Algebra (Rose at OU)T/H 3:00-4:15 PMWhite Forum C0003Nancy Matthews

The "Meaningful Math" FYLC takes a holistic approach to student success by incorporating academic, campus, and community activities. Our First-Year Learning Community strives to create a positive and encouraging atmosphere where students can improve their math performance in order to successfully transition to college algebra and other advanced math classes. This course will provide opportunities for students to work together in an engaging environment to become increasingly confident in their math abilities.

Making Math Matter 
UCOL 1002Sec 040CRN 22416Gateway: DMAT Academic Success
T/H    11:30 AM - 12:20 PMWagner Hall, 135George Bogaski
DMAT 0123Sec 003CRN 32973Intermediate Algebra (Rose at OU)M/W 12:00-1:15 PMWhite Forum C0005Nancy Matthews

Intimidated by math but you need to dominate it? Determined to learn and take the steps needed to succeed in college? Looking for a group of like-minded students to share your journey at OU with? Open to an active instructor who will push you to not just meet expectations but also to flourish? Then “Making Math Matter” FYLC is for you.  What will your group have in common? We have struggled with math, but we do not let that define us. (Your instructor was in the same class you are now!) We have hopes and aspirations for our future that we begin achieving now. We are willing to be challenged and developed in order to achieve the success we want. We want to create a community of fellow students who we will be able to call good friends now and in the future.

Solve for X 
UCOL 1002Sec 010CRN 22333Gateway: DMAT Academic Success
M/W 10:30-11:20 AMWagner Hall, 250Kasie Crall
DMAT 0123Sec 001CRN 32971Intermediate Algebra (Rose at OU)T/H 9:00-10:15 AMWhite Forum C0003Nancy Matthews

The "Solve for X" FYLC is an interdisciplinary exploration into the study of mathematics. In this FYLC, emphasis will be placed on our journey through fundamental mathematics while we become accustomed to our great campus. Be motivated in your FYLC to share your experience in math as this community’s purpose is to assist you passing the basis and move to your major’s prescribed math course.

Multiplying Mastery 
UCOL 1002Sec 062CRN 28765Gateway: DMAT Academic Success
T/H 3:30-4:20 PMHeadington Hall, 132Kasie Crall
DMAT 0123Sec 006CRN 32976Intermediate Algebra (Rose at OU)M/W 3:00-4:15 PMWhite Forum C0003Nancy Matthews

The "Multiplying Mastery" FYLC provides students the opportunity to master important skills related to their transition to college and providing an added focus on mastering the skills required for DMAT 0123. Students in this FYLC will learn about effective study and time management methods as well as learn methods for creating a community of learners and lifelong friends.

News Reel 
UCOL 1002Sec 026CRN 22388Gateway: Journalism
M/W 10:30-11:20 AMWagner Hall, 235Aaron Lindley
JMC 1013Sec 010CRN 18647Introduction to MediaM/W 9:30-10:20 AMGaylord 1140Yvette Walker

Explore the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication with a group of fellow journalism majors taking Introduction to Media together in the “News Reel” FYLC. This course will focus on developing yourself as a learner and a storyteller, whatever your medium. Students in this FYLC will engage in preparation for the Language Skills Test to be fully admitted into the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and explore the OU Community through the lens of a journalism major.

Creating Your Story 
UCOL 1002Sec 082CRN 34263Gateway: Journalism
M/W   11:30 AM - 12:20 PMWagner Hall, 240Dorion Billups
JMC 1013Sec 020CRN 38327Introduction to MediaM/W 10:30-11:20 AMGaylord 1140Ralph Beliveau
JMC 1013Sec 26CRN 39654Disc-JMC 1013F 11:30-12:20 PMCate Center One 237Ralph Beliveau

Whether you are a journalism, public relations, advertising, professional writing or creative media production student, you will be telling and creating stories. As you start your journey through the University of Oklahoma, the “Creating Your Story” FYLC will focus on developing the skills and resources to become the best story teller while also laying the foundation to the phenomenal story that will be told about you.

Starting Your Story 
UCOL 1002Sec 094CRN 41805Gateway: Journalism
M/W 1:30-2:20 PMWagner Hall, 235Heather Howard
JMC 1013Sec 030CRN 37182Introduction to MediaM/W 3:00-3:50 PMGaylord 1140Melanie Wilderman

For this first-year learning community, "Starting Your Story," journalism students will begin to learn how to tell their own stories as well as those of others in their fields and around campus. Students will learn about the different majors offered in Gaylord, getting involved in Gaylord as well as resources available both in the college and around OU in general. 

Psych Yo'Self 
UCOL 1002Sec 038CRN 22412Gateway: Psychology
T/H 10:30-11:20 AMDunham Residential College, 128Stephanie Oakes
PSY 1113Sec 001CRN 21633Elements of PsychologyT/H 9:00-10:15 AMDale Hall, 200Janel Cavazos

Do you enjoy learning about mental health, psych-theories, and other psychology-related topics? Do you want to have a successful first-year transition at OU? Well get PSYCHED! In the “Psych Yo’ Self” FYLC, first-year students will have opportunities to connect with their PSY 1113 instructor, interact with PSY 1113 peer learning assistants, meet PSY graduate students, learn how to successfully study for social sciences, and understand how to become a successful OU citizen!

Psych Community 
UCOL 1002Sec 087CRN 41956Gateway: Psychology
T/H 1:30-2:20 PMDunham Residential College, 128Courtney Stone
PSY 1113Sec 002CRN 21636Elements of PsychologyT/H 12:00-1:15 PMDale Hall, 200Janel Cavazos

The "Psych Community" FYLC will provide students the opportunity to explore the professional realm of Psychology. Students will see Psychology through the eyes of the current and past professors of Psychology 1113. Students will also hear from current professionals working in the field of Psychology and will be given the chance to interview these professionals. This community will grow in our thinking together as we build personal connections between students, professors and professionals in the field of Psychology.