LEAP (Life Science Early Awareness Program) is a living-learning community program for first-year students in the Life Sciences in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering. Students majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Health & Human Sciences, Environmental Science or Science Undecided are eligible to participate in LEAP. Enrolling in a science course together, along with the residential component, and other co-curricular experiences are designed to create a fully integrated learning experience and further the student's interest and success in pursuing careers in the life sciences. 

To be considered for participation in LEAP, complete the LLC portion of the LMU Housing application before May 7th, 2021. No applications will be accepted after May 7. All applicants will be notified in mid-May via LMU email account to confirm their spot. There is no program fee associated with being part of the LEAP community for 2021-22. 

If you have any questions about participating in a living learning community, contact Dr. Sandra Luca at sluca@lmu.edu.

  • SCEM 190:  Exploring the Natural Sciences
    The SCEM 190 course offered in the fall will serve as an introduction to areas of study and career opportunities within the natural sciences.  It will also provide community members with the knowledge and skills essential to becoming successful students in the sciences at LMU.  The class sessions are highly interactive and designed to help community members plot a path for success at LMU. Additional program events will take place during the Spring Semester.

  • All students enrolled in LEAP will live on the same floor in Del Rey North. LEAP is planning to welcome students for a 2021-22 living learning community, in accordance with county and university guidelines. LEAP participants will move-in with the rest of the freshman cohort on dates designated by the LMU Housing Office for Fall 2021.

    By living and taking classes together, the community members will have an opportunity to form bonds and friendships to tackle the challenging, yet rewarding coursework that lies ahead. All co-curricular activities related to LEAP will be subject to local health authority guidelines for Fall 2021.

  • We are hopeful that we can host community and LA-based excursions in the future. In the past, this pre-college program included trips to some of Los Angeles' well-known nature science centers and areas of ecological interest, such as the Griffith Observatory, California Science Center and the Aquarium of the Pacific. All co-curricular programs will be subject to local health authority guidelines for Fall 2021.

"Coming to college can be stressful, but LEAP is there to support you through the transition! Being able to have a group that I was a part of before classes even started gave me a head start on navigating my way through new friendships. These experiences allowed me to have a better transition into college and opened up a variety of opportunities throughout my college career."

- Amenah Awawdeh

LEAP Participant
Health and Human Sciences Major

"Not only have I learned a lot of new academic information, but I’ve learned a lot about myself. LMU has come to feel much more like a home-away-from-home than I ever expected."

- Emmett Barnes

LEAP Participant
Biochemistry Major