Exploring Biological Sciences Course

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BIS 005 and BIS 198

The Exploring Biological Sciences course (BIS 005 for freshmen and BIS 198 for transfer students) is a low-intensity, one-unit, pass/no-pass, seminar-style class designed to familiarize you with the College of Biological Sciences through coursework and esteemed guest lecturers.

  • Gain firsthand knowledge about research opportunities and career paths from professors and researchers sharing their journeys
  • Build your professional skills: you'll create a LinkedIn profile and draft letters of interest to grow professional networks with your peers and faculty and researchers across campus and help identify research opportunities


We have made a number of exciting changes to the course and will upload the syllabus for these classes in late August.  In the meantime, you can sign up for one of these classes by contacting the BioLaunch Program Coordinator at biolaunch@ucdavis.edu.