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Exploring Biology Class
Explore core concepts, exciting bioscience topics and campus opportunities in Exploring Biology, a course for first-year students interested in majoring in the biosciences.
Course Number: 
Fulfills Requirements: 
First-year seminar
LAS elementary level
Breadth, natural science
Spring 2020 Schedule: 
Not offered Spring 2020
Integrated Science 100: Exploring Biology

In Exploring Biology you will:

  • learn skills and ways of thinking that will prepare you for success in future biology courses;
  • gain new perspectives on broad topics and current research in biology;
  • explore opportunities and careers that can come with a bioscience major;
  • pick up great tips and advice on how to get the most out of being a bioscience major; and
  • meet new friends and mentors who share your interest in biology.

Quotes from Integrated Science 100 students:

  • “I learned about different aspects of biology, but also things about my campus and the resources that are available.”
  • “This course allows you to explore major biological themes and the different paths you could take if you continue to study biology or any other science.”
  • “The relationships that I built in the class are ones that I expect to keep in the future.”
  • “I learned skills which will be useful in other college courses.”
  • “I learned of the countless activities on campus and how to get involved. I met some very kind and interesting people.” 

This course is taught by a team of dynamic instructors with diverse backgrounds in the biological sciences to introduce students to a wide range of topics. Peer mentors, upperclassmen at UW–Madison, will also share the student perspective of navigating classes, co-curricular opportunities and the Wisconsin Experience. Students will get connected to bioscience events, opportunities, and people at UW–Madison. Note: This course is designed to be taken before the introductory biology series and is not an introduction to biology course.  

Optional FIG Opportunity

Exploring Biology is part of the First-year Interest Groups (FIG) Program, which creates learning communities by connecting students who are enrolled in a cluster of classes together.

Cara Theisen

Director of Professional Development in Teaching & Learning
Contact Info

(608) 890-4497


445 Henry Mall

Room 114B

Madison WI, 53706

Currently I am course director for:
Exploring Biology (Integsci 100)
Secrets of Science (Integsci 375)