Passionate about science? Want to get a head start on your studies and career development? Then this is the community for you!

The Natural Sciences Living Learning Community (LLC) (also known as the CASAR Project: Community for Achievement in Science, Academics, and Research) was initially established by a grant from the National Science Foundation so that science majors at St. Edward’s University can begin establishing their credentials as experienced scientists. Participating students arrive on campus before school begins and join the Freshmen Accelerated Research Methods (FARM) Workshop where they learn research tools and methodologies in several scientific disciplines so they are prepared to join research projects and develop their credentials as a scientist.

As a member of the Natural Sciences LLC, you’ll enroll in courses specially selected for you and your LLC peers, so you will already know many students in your classes before the semester begins. There are also many fun activities throughout the year to balance the demands of study with the need for relaxation.

Apply to the Natural Sciences LLC

When filling out the online housing application, select a room in Le Mans Hall on the 3rd floor (Rooms 301–331) or Hunt Hall (Rooms 343–362). Unlike other LLCs, not everyone who signs up for an available spot in this community will be admitted. Upon completion of your application, we'll follow up with you via email with further instructions.

Typically, all Natural Science LLC students arrive at campus earlier than the rest of freshmen to participate in the FARM workshop with other STEM majors. Learn more about the Science LLC FARM. 

Quick Facts

Residence Hall: 3rd Floor, Hunt and Le Mans Hall
Capacity: 40 students
Faculty Member: Richard Kopec, PhD
Signature Events: FARM Week, recreational activities, community dinners, and research opportunities
Founded: 2010

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Fall 2021 Course

Identity, Ancestry, and the Human Genome
Faculty members teaching this course: Richard Kopec

Students will learn about the human genome and lessons learned from our current understanding of how DNA determines morphology and other genetically linked traits and dispositions as well as associated environmental influences.  Students will learn how they are connected to people around the globe and when and where their ancestors lived.  Course content will include a focus on the development of skills designed to successfully facilitate the transition from high school to college.

This course, available for freshmen STEM majors, focuses on recent scientific discovery, the impact of science on society and the nature of science. Students will also learn information that will assist them with their academic and career endeavors, as well as college life outside the classroom. Students enrolled in this course, are expected to sign up for the FARM workshop.