The Community’s Primary Goal

is to enhance learning for students enrolled in the Associates of Science Degree at Southwest Virginia Community College. Students typically enrolled in this
degree major are those planning on a career in one of the following:

  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Medicine
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physics
  • Science Education
  • Veterinary

Students in the Science Learning Community will enroll in a science orientation class during the fall and spring semester of the freshman year as a group or cohort. The purpose of this grouping is to facilitate group learning activities, teamwork, critical thinking and communication skill development.

What are the benefits of enrolling in the Science Learning Community?

  1. Peer tutors in science.
  2. Mentors and job/career shadowing.
  3. Field trips related to science careers.
  4. Outside experts bringing lectures/demonstrations to the classroom experience.
  5. Loan of laptop computers and Voyage 200 calculators to students enrolled in Science Learning Community SDV classes.
  6. Opportunities for meeting faculty outside of the classroom environment.
  7. Foster friendships with students of common career interest.
  8. Assistance with transfer issues at professional and four year institutions.
  9. Meet new people right away.
  10. Learn about articulation agreements with four-year colleges and professional schools
  11. Learn about scholarships for Science and Math majors.

How can you participate in SLC?

Students become a member of the SLC when they enroll in the SDV 101 – Orientation to Science. All science majors are required to take SDV 101.

Student Success

The members of the SLC have historically:

  • Had a higher rate of transfer to four-year colleges.
  • Had a higher rate of acceptance to professional schools.

What if you change your major?

General education classes taken in the science curriculum are also required in other programs. Science faculty advisers will assist you in changing your program of study.

Enroll in SDV 101 for science majors and be a part of this exciting community of learning at SWCC!

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