BioLaunch: First-Year Experience Program

BioLaunch students visit Lake Tahoe during a water quality sampling field tri

Get Involved with the Life Sciences Community at UC Davis

The BioLaunch program helps freshmen and transfer students develop a sense of community, build life science skills and find research opportunities within the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences.

The BioLaunch program has four parts:
  • A fall welcome celebration, which will introduce incoming students to their classmates 
  • BioLaunch Mentor Collective peer mentoring: exclusive to incoming undergraduates in the College of Biological Sciences, the program matches new and returning students for academic and social support
  • Exploring Biological Sciences course: Exploring Biological Sciences BIS 005 (freshmen) and BIS 198 (transfer students). This one-unit, pass/no pass course introduces incoming students to on-campus resources and opportunities for experiential learning.
  • Exclusive event access, like opportunities to attend seminars hosted by world-renowned researchers and faculty


With the BioLaunch program, you’ll find your home in the College of Biological Sciences and UC Davis and explore resources that'll place you on the path to success.