Biology Integrative Orientation Experience (BIOME)

The Biology Integrative Orientation Experience, or BIOME, is a social and academic program designed to increase student success for Biological Sciences majors at Mizzou. Students live and learn with other incoming students who share a passion for biology. Together, participants explore their major and the Mizzou campus and learn how to succeed in college, all while helping each other integrate into college life before their first semester begins. BIOME is held the week prior to the start of fall classes each year.

    Benefits of BIOME

    • Students get a jump start on biology and chemistry classes
    • Students attend lectures from faculty who teach first-year science courses
    • Students enhance their studying and test-taking skills
    • Students talk to scientists about their current, groundbreaking research
    • Students build relationships with faculty, advisors, and fellow biology majors
    • Students move into their residential hall room early

    Who Is Eligible?

    BIOME is open to any incoming MU freshmen who have declared BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES as their major. All interested students must submit a BIOME application and be selected for the program. Space is limited.

    Students have the option to participate in only the BIOME workshop held before fall classes or participate in the full BIOME FIG (Freshman Interest Group). Joining the FIG includes the added benefit of co-enrollment in fall classes with other BIOME students.

    Parent/Guardian Orientation

    We also offer a special orientation session for parents/guardians that addresses the goals and scheduled activities of the BIOME program as well as the freshman year in general. The session is designed to inform parents/guardians about what will happen during BIOME, answer questions about how parents/guardians can help students during their first semester at MU, and discuss what parents/guardians can do if their student has problems while at MU.

    Contact

    Carol Martin
    Division of Biological Sciences
    Tucker Hall, Room 3
    Columbia, MO 65211-7400
    martinc@missouri.edu

    (573) 884-1830

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