Imagine your freshmen year at Cal Poly Humboldt:

Surrounded by Humboldt’s stunning natural beauty, you connect representations of the world in local Native American art with ideas about patterns and structures in math and computer science. You immerse yourself in problem solving, listen to renowned mathematicians at Kieval lectures, or gather a team of friends to compete in the LumberHacks Hackathon or the Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

Welcome to Representing Realities, one of Humboldt’s Place-Based Learning Communities. As a freshman majoring in Math or Computer Science, you’ll automatically be part of this year-long program to interact with the world of math and computation. You’ll also build connections with students who are as passionate about modeling the world around us as you.

What you get from Representing Realities:

  • Classes That Count. Enroll in program-specific sections of major and general education (GE) courses. These courses will demonstrate the link between the three majors as well as relate them to the place where you are choosing to live and study for the next four years.
  • Instant Connections. Join a community of first-year students who are engaged and excited about studying math and computer science.
  • Hands-on Learning. Gain practical experience through field trips, projects, and research.
  • Support Network From Day One. Work closely with professors, peer mentors, Humboldt staff, and professionals who will help you grow academically and personally.
  • Science 100. Take a 3-unit GE course that covers college basics (such as campus resources and study habits) and what it means to be a mathematician or computer scientist.
  • Native American Studies. Take a 3-unit GE course that expands the way you see the world and exposes you to Indigenous knowledge systems and values.
  • Optional Themed Housing. Live with other Representing Realities students! It’s a great way to meet people and make friends.
  • Humboldt Immersion. Begin your semester exploring connections to the local region, as well as the languages of problem solving and modeling, a few days before the semester starts.

Representing Realities at Cal Poly Humboldt



Place-Based Learning Communities at Cal Poly Humboldt