Exploring Biology (Option 2)

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Exploring Biology
Lecture 1, 2:25–3:15 M; Discussion 302, 3:30–4:20 M
Bodies, Disease, and Healers: An Introduction to the History of Medicine
Lecture 1, 9:55–10:45 MW; Discussion 307, 9:55–10:45 F
Lecture 5, 9:30–10:45 TR

Thinking about majoring in a bioscience field?

Explore the exciting opportunities in bioscience at UW–Madison in this FIG. In Integrated Science 100: “Exploring Biology” you will:

  • gain a broad view of the careers and opportunities that can come with a bioscience major;
  • learn skills and ways of thinking that will prepare you to succeed when you enroll in your first biology course;
  • meet new friends and mentors who share your interest in biology;
  • pick up great tips and advice on how to get the most out of being a bioscience major; and
  • gain a new perspectives on the big picture that is biology.

Join our enthusiastic instructional team for this great introduction on how to take control of your biology experience at UW! In this first year seminar, you will have the chance to work with a peer mentor: an upperclassman at UW–Madison who can share the student perspective of navigating classes and the Wisconsin Experience. You will get connected to bioscience events, opportunities, and people at UW–Madison.

Quotes from Integrated Science 100 students:

  • “The course made a large impact on what my future could possibly hold.”
  • “This course was very helpful to me as a freshman.”
  • “I learned skills which will be useful in other college courses.”
  • “I enjoyed learning about majors, extracurriculars, research, and future jobs in the scientific field.”
  • “It was a good transition from high school to college and helped me think further about my major.”

History of Science 212: “Bodies, Disease, and Healers: An Introduction to the History of Medicine” — A survey of different conceptions of how the body as a site of sickness has been understood from antiquity to contemporary medicine. Includes consideration of the origins and evolution of public health, the changing social role of healers, and the emergence of the modern "standardized" body in health and illness.

Math 112: “College Algebra” — The main focus is preparation for continued work in mathematics, especially in the various calculus sequences. At the same time, Math 112 incorporates instruction in quantitative reasoning skills so that it satisfies the UW’s Quantitative Reasoning A general education requirement. This course also prepares students to take Chemistry 103: “General Chemistry I” in upcoming semesters, required for numerous bioscience majors.