First-Year Experience Curriculum

Current Courses:

University 101: Introduction to University Life
Now specifically offered for students in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), University 101 is designed to enhance first-year students’ personal and academic transition from high school to university life. The purpose is to make students’ first semester at Chico State a productive and successful semester, to help them get involved in the life of the University and the Chico community, and to give them a good foundation for the rest of their college career. Note: This class is only offered during the Fall semester.

University 105: Self, Identity and Sustainability
This GE writing intensive course provides students with an in-depth study of identity formation processes, emphasizing especially the effects of college on identity development. The course emphasizes intellectual exploration and experimentation, conversation and creative problem solving with peers and mentors, and the production of written and visual texts to engage and inform a broad audience. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Communities of Practice on and off campus, create short videos, and more. Projects will be displayed at the end of the semester at the Sense of Place Exhibit.

University 202: Peer Mentor Training
This course in Peer Mentor Training provides students with an opportunity to interview for and work in programs that provide mentoring and other support to first-year students at the University. Through reading, writing, engaging discussions, and hands-on activities they gain insight on how to better notice, understand, and support the learning of those they mentor. Credit/No credit grading only.