Being a First Year Student in the College of Science and Mathematics

Welcome to the College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM)!

Pursuing a major within the College of Science and Mathematics allows students to prepare to become the innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges our nation, and our world, face both currently and potentially in the future. 

It will be important as a new, first year student to make sure that you are attending to all the things you need to do in order to be successful!

  • Be prepared for the demands of college level work. Strategies that may have worked very well for you in high school might not always work as well in college. It is important to recognize if you need to make adjustments at the first sign of difficulty.
    Tools for Success
  • Keep in mind that a semester is only 15 weeks long – you cannot afford to put off anything!
  • Be proactive about keeping your work organized and your time well managed.
    Weekly Schedule (Template)
  • Make a concerted effort in all of your classes to know your professors, and make good use of faculty office hours to discuss the course, your performance in class and how you are doing overall.
  • Understanding course prerequisites and course sequencing is extremely important. The decisions you make regarding course selection for each semester should be made collaboratively with your department academic advisor to make sure you are meeting the correct requirements and are on track to graduate.
    Academic Advising for CSAM Students