BioLaunch Cohorts

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Building Communities in the College of Biological Sciences

Part of the BioLaunch mission is building communities. Getting to know fellow CBS students who share your housing or transfer experience makes it more likely you will form collaborations and friendships with your CBS peers.

Each cohort is named after a branch of the modern phylogenetic tree of life. Biological sciences continue to improve our understanding of life diverging from conventional kingdoms, domains and super-groups to be recombined and renamed over time.


All First Year CBS Transfer Students

An amoeba is any organism or cell that moves and feeds by extending out its plasma membrane. The extensions of their plasma membranes are known as ‘pseudopods’. In all Amoebozoa, the primary mode of nutrition is phagocytosis, in which the cell surrounds potential food particles with its pseudopods, ‘false foot’, sealing them into vacuoles within which they may be digested and absorbed.


All CBS freshmen living in Mahogany, Pine, Potter, Scrub Oak and Sequoia Halls

Similar to Bacteria, the Archaea Domain and Kingdom are single-celled prokaryotic microorganisms. They were initially viewed as extremophiles living in harsh environments, such as hot springs and salt lakes, but they have since been found in a broad range of habitats, including soils, oceans, and as part of the human microbiota. Archaea in plankton may be one of the most abundant groups of organisms on the planet.


All CBS freshmen living off campus and those in Campbell, Currant and Hawthorn Halls

These microscopic prokaryotic microorganisms were among the first life forms to appear on Earth and are present in most of its habitats. They live in symbiotic and parasitic relationships with plants and animals. The vast majority of the bacteria in our bodies are found in our gut and are beneficial. Most are rendered harmless by the protective effects of the immune system.


All CBS Freshmen living in Laben, Live Oak and Wall Halls

The Kingdom Plantae includes all types of eukaryotic, multicellular, photosynthetic plants. Most of the organism in this kingdom is autotrophs, which synthesize their own food with the help of solar energy. The history of life on earth and the survival of many organisms depend on the success of plants.


All CBS freshmen living in Campo, Indio, Malcolm, Miller, Nova, Paloma, Rienda, Ryerson and Thompson Halls

Rhizaria are amoeboids with variously supported pseudopods. Many produce shells or skeletons making up the vast majority of protozoan fossils. Alveolates are protists. Stramenopiles are algae, ranging from the giant multicellular kelp to the unicellular diatoms, the primary component of plankton.


All CBS freshmen living in Thoreau, Emerson, Madrone, Redwood, Sereno and Talara Halls

This supergroup is separated into two: the Amoebazoans and the Opisthokonts. The amoebozoans contain only protists while the opisthokonts include the fungi and animal kingdoms plus some closely related protists. It is the most diverse group of eukaryotes, largely thanks to the extreme diversity of insects in the animal kingdom.