Make new and supportive friends while learning things that matter to you. Find your Freshman Learning Community, and select from a set of courses that are connected by a common theme or goal.

  • Make friends quickly, and develop deeper friendships through participation in small communities (maximum class sizes: 16 and 22).
  • Benefit from a stronger network of support that always includes professors who want you to succeed. 
  • Enhance individual development and growth.
  • Achieve a solid foundation that transforms your college experience and your academic performance.
  • Satisfy two to four core courses that fulfill degree requirements.

Registration

Registering for a learning community is easy. Register at GGC's new student orientation, Bear Essentials, where mentors answer your questions and help you through the registration process. Or feel free to inquire by emailing Learning Communities@ggc.edu. You can also add additional courses to your schedule that apply to your program of study.

Select Your Freshman Option

Apocalypse

Are you fascinated with the end of the world?

Millions of Americans watch “The Walking Dead.”

Planet X has recently been in the news and the news isn’t good. It represents a supposedly disastrous collision of a large planetary object with the earth sometime in the early 21st Century. 

The movie “2012,” based on the Mayan calendar and the end of the world, grossed $166 million and is now a regular on cable television.

The world became engrossed with Y2K hysteria.

“It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I feel fine)” was a hit single by R.E.M. back in 1987.

In this learning community you will read, write and discuss various cultural conceptions of apocalypse and analyze society’s fascination with the end of the world.

ENG 1101 and GEOG 1101

Biology and Information Technology

Learn the ecology, behavior and evolution of a small voracious insect known as the antlion. These insect larvae are unique in that they build pits to lure and trap prey.

You'll learn scientific fundamentals throughout the semester by using everyday technology and software to develop a hypothesis, conduct research, manage biological data and disseminate your findings in two classes – Principles of Biology (BIOL 1108) and Introduction to Computing (ITEC 1001).

Chemistry

In this unique CHEM 1212K / GGC 1000 class pairing, you'll not only cover the appropriate chemistry content, but also transform your learning habits. The additional assistance and support you'll receive from the GGC 1000 component of the curriculum provides you with a strong learning foundation that will be useful in upper-level classes.

The general premise of this learning community is to develop your critical subject knowledge and the essential tools necessary for academic success. This class is designed for students retaking CHEM 1212K. Those with fewer than 30 credits may use GGC 1000 in place of one PHED activity course. 

Chemistry / Mathematics (Algebra)

Algebra applications intertwine with the study of chemistry, and a fundamental mastery of each skill extends understanding and relevance to the other.

In this Freshman Learning Community, faculty from the two courses – College Algebra (MATH 1111) and Principles of Chemistry I with Lab (CHEM 1211K) – collaborate coursework to strengthen skills required to succeed in both. You and your classmates apply essential algebraic skills to chemistry coursework, and chemistry concepts provide a platform toward a deeper understanding of college algebra coursework. 

Students can show mastery of each course objective by passing regular quizzes. You'll even get to retake them until you've mastered it. These multiple opportunities will enhance your understanding of how each subject area plays a role in the other.

Chemistry / Mathematics (Pre-calculus)

Physical scientists studying the natural world depend on the language of mathematics. And the study of chemistry frequently relies on concepts learned in college algebra and pre-calculus courses – topics like trigonometric functions, probability and statistics, logarithmic and exponential functions, matrices and linear algebra, fitting of data, and more.

In this Freshman Learning Community, you and your classmates simultaneously strengthen mathematics and chemistry skills through interdisciplinary projects designed by the faculty teaching the two classes – Principles of Chemistry II with Lab (CHEM 1212K) and Pre-calculus (MATH 1113).

English as a Second Language

English for Academic Purposes (EAP Segue)

This learning community is for students who place into corequisite Segue English and for whom English is not their first language. Your English classes are designed to help develop your abilities in college-level writing and critical reading. You'll also take GGC 1000 First-Year Seminar to build your time management and study skills, explore majors and careers, and more.

EAP 0999, ENGL 1101* and GGC 1000

Film

In this learning community, faculty collaborate to help you understand and clearly communicate ideas about film (in general), specific films and filmmakers.

Intro to Film (FILM 1005) introduces the language and aesthetics of cinema. You’ll study basic elements of film grammar from shot construction to editing to sound. You’ll also examine aspects of film history and theory, as well as independent, international and Hollywood cinemas. Throughout the semester, the course focuses on detailed analysis of films and looks closely at the ways in which the elements of cinema create meaning.

In English Composition I (ENGL 1101), you’ll study narrative structure in the film "Big Fish," explore research related to Wes Anderson’s thematic content, and review Anderson’s "Fantastic Mr. Fox."

First Generation College Students

Grizzly First Scholars (G1)

This learning community supports the transition from high school to college for first generation students enrolling in corequisite English or math courses. You may identify as first gen if neither of your parents have earned a bachelor's degree.

The learning community’s corequisite courses are paired with GGC 1000 First-Year Seminar, which assists in developing skills that support academic success. You will meet faculty and staff who were also first generation college students and have access to a dedicated student success advisor and peer mentors who will help you navigate your first semester of college. Finally, you will participate in a service-learning project and engage with the local community.

  • ENGL 0999, ENGL 1101* and GGC 1000
  • MATH 0999, MATH 1111* and GGC 1000
Benefits
  • Dedicated student success advisor to help you develop a student success plan and navigate your first semester of college
  • Student success workshops to help you sharpen your academic success skills, including time management, note-taking, goal setting and study skills
  • Dedicated tutors to support your academic success
  • Engagement with faculty and staff who were first generation college students
  • Participation in a service-learning project that will allow you to engage with the local community and build your resume
  • Opportunity to showcase your work during a concluding poster session

Food Culture in America

Can you smell a particular entrée just by thinking about it? Are you worried about getting enough carbs and proteins? Do you care about where your food comes from?

You'll form your own unique perspectives on food through courses on writing and the history of food in the United States, and you'll discover and access information sources that support a successful college career, no matter the topic.

Explore your own relationship to food and the collective cultural and social relationship to food in American history through a semester-long experiential food project.

And in the process you'll learn fundamental ways of thinking about, finding, evaluating and using information, which is especially important in today's flood of information sources.

ENGL 1101, HIST 2112 and GGC 2000

Gaming

Learning is easier when you're engaged.

You're more likely to remember and easily recall information when material is delivered through serious games – games designed for a primary purpose other than entertainment.

Learn about the scholarship of human-computer interaction and the concept of gamification – the psychology of gaming in a non-game context – and how these are used to create serious games.

You will explore the differences between serious games and e-learning and the controversies that surround them.

ENGL 1101 and SOCI 1101

History of American Music

Learn about the last 150 years of US history through the lens of popular music.

You'll examine how music chronicles and even influences the historical context in which it is created by studying bands and artists like Robert Johnson, Billie Holliday, Jack White, Outkast, Elvis Presley, Madonna, Taylor Swift and Kanye West.

You will rock; you will roll; and you will write and learn about it all.

ENGL 0999, ENGL 1101* and HIST 2112

Language

"Welcome! Bienvenue!"

Your college journey is just beginning, and who knows what other fantastic voyages are waiting? With college education and foreign language training, you can go far, literally, but you may want a little extra support getting there.
 
This set of three courses taken together is designed especially for incoming first-year students. They provide focused French and English language instruction plus first-year support in small, diverse classes.

You'll take Elementary French (FREN 1001), Foundations for English Composition (ENGL 0989) and First-Year Seminar (GGC 1000), all with a focus on developing the skills you need to be successful in college.
 
Prefer small classes? Never studied a foreign language before? Looking for the keys to college success? This learning community is the first step to becoming a global citizen and succeeding at GGC.

Student Success

Providing Access to Student Success (PASS)

These learning communities are for students who enroll in Access Math, Segue English, and/or foundations math and English classes. Your courses are supported by dedicated tutors in the classroom and a Student Success Advisor who serves as your mentor. Some learning community sections also add in GGC 1000, the First-Year seminar.

  • ENGL 0999, ENGL 1101* and (MATH 0999 and MATH 1111*) or (MATH 0997 and MATH 1001*)
  • ENGL 0999, ENGL 1101* and GGC 1000
  • ENGL 0989, MATH 0989 and GGC 1000
Benefits
  • Dedicated student success advisor to help you develop a student success plan and navigate your first semester of college
  • Student success workshops to help you sharpen your academic success skills, including time management, note-taking, goal setting and study skills
  • Dedicated tutors to support your academic success