First Year Experience I: Science and Mathematics, Fall 2018 (SCI 110.1010)

Lectures: 5:30pm-6:20pm, Monday in SLH 3 (map) unless otherwise noted on the schedule below.
Syllabus: Click here to download (PDF). (Updated 27 Aug 2018)

Office Hours: Wed 3:30-4:30pm, Th 9:45-10:45am, or by appointment, in 220 DMSC

Website: This course uses WebCampus ( in addition to the instructor's website for the course at

Software resources: Installation instructions for R and Rstudio, LaTeX and TeXstudio, Maxima.
Getting Started with LaTeX: You might find my LaTeX Resources page useful.
Homework Template: Want to turn in homework that looks like this PDF? Download this zip file and open the TeX document in TeXStudio.

Tentative Schedule

Week Topic/Speaker Notes
1: 8/29 Syllabus, NevadaTeach, Computing Resources
2: 9/3 Labor Day (No Class) **Campus Closed**
3: 9/10 Software & Computing Resources
4: 9/17 Building Rapport with Faculty 101,
Study Skills & Resources
Building Student-Faculty Relationships -
How to Talk to Professors -

Self Assessment: study-skills-self-assessment.pdf
College Success (eBook):
Other Resources:
UA: Learning to Learn (incl. instructor resources;
5: 9/24 DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library Tour Meet at the library [not SLH!] in Mackay Science, at the north end of the quad
6: 10/1 Writing & Speaking Center (Maureen McBride)
Math Center (Danelle Clarke)
7: 10/8 Office of Student Conduct Combined sections meeting in JCSU Theater
8: 10/15 TRiO and McNair Scholars Programs
9: 10/22 Financial Aid; Nevada Money Mentors (Amy Nelson)
10: 10/29 Title IX Office (Darcie Dayton-Wilcox) Combined sections meeting in JCSU Theater
11: 11/5 Undergraduate Research (Scott Mensing)
12: 11/12 NO CLASS -- Campus closed for Veterans Day
13: 11/19 Student Panel
14: 11/26 College of Science Poster Competition JCSU Ballrooms
15: 12/3 Career Studio
16: 12/10 Class Discussion
Final: 12/14
5pm: COS Video Competition Judging (DMSC 110)