First-Year and Transfer Students

STEM Immersion

STEM Immersion

WISCIENCE prepares low-income, underrepresented, and first-generation college students for success at UW–Madison through an immersive, STEM-focused orientation program the week before they begin classes.

| first-year undergrad |


Transfer STEM Immersion

WISCIENCE prepares transfer undergraduate students for success at UW–Madison through an immersive, STEM-focused orientation program.

| transfer undergrad |

Exploring Biology – INTEGSCI 100

A first-year course focused on the core concepts in biology (evolution; transformation of energy and matter; information exchange and storage; structure and function; systems biology), professions in biology, and the foundational skills and knowledge needed for successful academic and post-graduate careers in biology.

| first-year undergrad, credits 2 |

BioHouse Seminar: Biology for the 21st Century – INTEGSCI 110

Focused on developing skills in cooperative learning with peers and visiting scientists; integrating information across disciplines; communicating science; careers in biology; and, illustrating how biology can help solve society’s pressing issues.

| undergrad, credits 1 |

Exploring Service in STEM – INTEGSCI 140

A discussion-based seminar introducing first-year STEM students to the world of public service from the perspective of both the university and its community partners. Classroom activities and direct campus and off-campus experiences are included. Service opportunities include STEM outreach, sustainability, and public health. Involves approximately 1 hour per week of public service.

| first-year undergrad, credits 1 |

 Exploring Research in STEM  – INTEGSCI 150

Offers an overview of the research process and opportunities to build skills in reading scientific literature. Understand different approaches to science and to be flexible in thinking about gathering evidence or solving problems. Supports articulation of research interests, identifying potential research mentors, and writing professional emails to secure research opportunities. Explore STEM careers and pathways that can come from engaging in research.

| undergrad, credits 1 |

Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership & Mentoring – INTEGSCI 230

Students will build practical peer leadership and mentoring skills, while evaluating and reflecting on personal experiences among a group of peers who challenge and learn from each other as they explore leadership. Class activities are designed to develop critical thinking around student development issues and provide strategies for integrating discussions of diversity, ethics, social justice, community, and civic responsibility into leadership experiences.

| undergrad, credits 2 |

Service with Youth in STEM – INTEGSCI 240

Teaches students about community engagement experiences, focusing on building community partnerships, understanding organizational missions and community needs, assessment of informal science outreach experiences, and issues related to scientific literacy and access to science.

| undergrad, credits 2 |