Exploring Biology (Option 1)

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Exploring Biology
Lecture 1, 2:25–3:15 M; Discussion 301, 3:30–4:20 M
Algebra and Trigonometry
Lecture 1, 9:30–10:45 TR; Discussion 307, 1:20–2:10 MW
Religion in Sickness and Health
Lecture 1, 11:00–11:50 MW; Discussion 310, 12:05–12:55 F

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.”

Math 114: “Algebra and Trigonometry” — This is a course on the mathematical fundamentals required for success in Math 221: “Calculus” or Math 221: “Calculus and Analytic Geometry.”

Religious Studies 102: “Religion in Sickness and Health” — This is an excellent companion course for students interested in the health sciences. Questions covered in this course include:

  • What is religion? Sickness? Health? How can we understand their relationships?
  • How do religious peoples understand and live in sickness and health?
  • How does physical well-being connect to spiritual well-being?
  • How does medicine connect to meaning-making?
  • How does looking at religion in sickness and health provide insight into its roles in different cultures and contexts?

From Southeast Asia to the Caribbean, Africa, and the Mediterranean, we’ll approach these questions using perspectives from anthropology, history, sociology, legal studies, and the medical sciences, among others. And we’ll come home to Wisconsin and the United States to examine these questions as well.