Natural Sciences


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

The Natural Sciences 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.

Typically, all Natural Science LLC students arrive to campus earlier than the rest of freshmen to particpate in FARM workshops with other STEM majors. For more information about these workshops, click here:


Just the Facts
: 3rd Floor, Le Mans Hall
Capacity: 24 students
Linked Courses: 1-credit science seminars in the fall & spring; reserved sections of freshman biology, chemistry, calculus and computer science
Signature Events: FARM Week, Recreational Activities, Community Dinners, Research Opportunities
Founded: 2010

Fall Course: SCIE 1100, Dr. Richard Kopec

The First Year Seminar in Science and Mathematics is a one credit hour course for majors in the School of Natural Sciences. The course introduces faculty, programming, and academicand career advising specific to majors in the School of Natural Sciences to help new students adjust to the university. The course emphasizes the development of skills necessary for success in college (e.g., academic research and critical thinking skills, time management and study skills, wellness, and personal responsibility) and the importance of research experience and internships to prepare for careers in science and mathematics. Topics in science and mathematics are based on the interests and needs of students and on areas of faculty expertise. Enrollment is restricted to incoming first-year students whose majors are in the School of Natural Sciences


What is expected of you as a member of the Natural Sciences community?

  • Live with community members in Le Mans Hall.
  • Take a special seminar course designed specifically for science and math majors.
  • Participate in regular community activities.

How do I apply?

When you fill out your housing application online, there will be a page devoted to the living learning communities--we're excited to see you apply! Once you select your bed, you're not guarateed a spot in the Natura Science LLC, so keep an eye on your email for a follow up email to officially confirm your spot!