Biological Sciences Residential Learning Community

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Are you amazed with the living world? Enthralled by plants, animals, microorganisms, cellular or molecular mechanisms, forensics, pathology, healthcare or just life in general? Then the Biological Sciences Residential Learning Community might be right for you. Students in this RLC will have opportunities to interact with faculty, staff and community members who are actively involved with the study of life, in its various forms. Additionally, students will spend time exploring biological processes and functions, as well as learn of internship, research, and career opportunities in Biological Sciences.

What is a Residential Learning Community?
It is an awesome opportunity to live in a freshman hall with other students (20-30) who share your academic major or interests. You will be able to attend social and academic programs together, interact with faculty outside of the classroom, and get to know an upper division Community Mentor (student) who shares your major or career path.
What are Common Courses?

Students participating in the Residential Learning Community program benefit from taking one or two classes together with others in their community. These “courses in common” allow RLC members to attend class together and form study groups around those classes. For this RLC, those courses include:

Fall semester:

  • BIO 181 – Unity of Life I: Life Of The Cell : This introductory course emphasizes the unifying molecular and cellular principles of all life on earth. 

Spring Semester:

  • BIO 182 – Unity of Life II: Lives of Multicellular Organisms: This introductory course emphasizes the unifying organismal principles of life on earth. 
Why do I want to participate in an RLC?
Over and over again, we hear from our RLC students that being a part of the RLC program helped them find future friends and experience a smoother transition to college their freshmen year. By participating in an RLC, you will learn about campus resources and become more involved in your university experience. And this involvement has consistently led to RLC students remaining at the university in greater numbers, and more RLC students successfully graduating from the university.
How do I sign up?
Simply select your preferred Residential Learning Community on your online housing application. If you qualify for and are selected to participate in that RLC, we will assist you by placing you within the RLC of your choice in a freshman hall, and matching you with a roommate within that same RLC. That’s it! You can relax knowing your housing space and roommate selection are being taken care of for you.