SCI 101 is a First Year Experience (FYE) program designed to help students make the transition to college life by providing opportunities to explore, discover, and connect with the university and its resources. The course syllabus is focused on three themes whose learning outcomes enable the students to navigate their college careers successfully at UNLV. The first third of the course provides students with a tool kit of necessary college skills including note taking, test taking preparation, organization, and stress management. The middle third of the course focuses on research skills and critical thinking. Students participate in projects designed to advance their library literacy, research methods, public speaking, and technical writing. The final portion of the class focuses on university resources including academic and career advising, university academic standards, and student involvement. SCI 101 began as a pilot program during the spring 2007 semester. SCI 101 is the required FYE course in the College of Sciences for all freshman and transfer students with less than sophomore status.