Student LLC Research

Designed to encourage academic success, the LLC program is focused on research-themed Living Learning Communities. As an LLC student, you have the opportunity to work with research faculty and peer learning coaches on a first-year research project. Participating in research, having access to resources and support, and developing a strong sense of community can really improve your Tech experience.

Learning Communities

Below is a list of LLC's

testWatershed: ENVE 189L-01

Open to all majors. MATH103 and above.

Students work on project design and development, build and deploy field instrumentation to collect data, and analyze data using MATLAB and other software. This is an excellent choice for Earth and Environmental Science, Petroleum, Environmental, and Civil Engineering, and Chemistry majors with a focus on water in the environment.

Full STEAM Ahead: HIST 121L-01test 

 Open to all majors. HIST 121-01 Co-Requirement.

STEAM brings hands-on experience to the humanities! The 3 cr. lecture in the fall semester will fulfill a humanities requirement and the 3 cr. lecture in the spring will fulfill a social sciences requirement. We will build pre-steam machines while investigating the history of science and technology, visit research labs on campus, and finally chose a modern technology to research and present at the Student Research Symposium.

mobile groupAndriod Apps: CSE 189L-01

 Open to (mostly) CSE/IT majors. MATH103 and above.

Mobile Computing focuses on the structure of Android based applications and the structure of mobile applications. Students coming in at MATH103 or MATH104 will also take CSE107, students coming in at MATH131 or above with previous programming experience will also take CSE113.

Geology Rocks!: ERTH 189L-01geo work in progress

 Open to all majors.

This LLC will focus on geology and field-based geologic research. Students will learn basic geology, how to apply the scientific method to the interpretation of geologic features, and will participate in individual and group research projects using data they collect. There will be numerous field trips, including trips to the local mountains and White Sands National Monument. Students must have basic camping gear and must be capable of moderately strenuous hiking on uneven ground.

climate group with balloonClimate and Sustainability: PHYS 189

 Open to all majors. MATH103 and above.

Sustainability focuses on understanding Earth’s climate and energy future. This is a great option for students needing additional credits in the fall semester. Taken together, the lecture and lab qualify as the 4 cr. lab science GED requirement. Students apply math and physics concepts to understanding climate, deploy field and lab instrumentation to collect data, analyze data using MATLAB.

Space Vehicles: Course Number TBA.rocket ship

Open to all majors. MATH103 and above.

In this course, you will get exposed to key components that make space exploration possible. The components of space vehicles (satellites, robots, and space probes) that make space exploration possible are control, actuation, communications and remote sensing. You will gain exposure to these concepts using a project-based approach with weekly activities that culminate in a final project founded on integrating the state-of-the-art in space applications.

 Apply to be in a learning community! 

Here's How:

Step 1: Please download an application form.

Step 2: Open it in a PDF editor or print it. Fill out ALL the available fields.

Step 3: Save the completed form as a .pdf, scan it into your computer, or a take a picture of it.

Step 4: Email your completed form to

Step 5: You're all done! Someone will be in touch with you soon regarding your application!


How are members of the LLCs selected?

Once a student's application is received and math placement scores are obtained, spaces for that LLC are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis with placement on an additional waiting list if necessary.

How will I know my application/acceptance status?

You will receive all notifications regarding your application by email using the addresses you have provided on your application.

What if I want to change my preference for LLC but I already turned in my application?

You may change your LLC preference before the fall semester begins by emailing OSL (, however, acceptance into a different LLC will depend on eligibility and available space. You may be put on a waiting list for the new LLC if no spots are available at the time of the switch. No switches in LLC will be done once the fall semester begins.

I have other questions that are not listed here.

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