CURRICULUM

A typical course schedule for a BioFIRE student intending to major in the Biological Sciences is shown below. Students intending to pursue other majors enroll in the required BioFIRE courses (UNIV 100, FIRE 120, BSCI 279B) and the courses required for their academic program.

Year 1: Fall Semester

UNIV 100*           The Student in the University 1 credit

FIRE 120*            FIRE Semester 1 3 credits

BSCI 160             Principles of Ecology and Evolution 3 credits

BSCI 161*           Principles of Ecology and Evolution Lab 1 credit

CHEM 131          General Chemistry 3 credits

CHEM 132*        General Chemistry Lab 1 credit

MATH 135          Discrete Mathematics for Life Sciences 4 credits

 *Special sections reserved for BioFIRE students

Year 1: Spring Semster

FIRE 1xx              FIRE Semester 2 3 credits (course number varies, depending on research stream)

BSCI279B           BioFIRE Spring Colloquium 1 credit

BSCI 170             Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology 3 credits

BSCI 171             Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab 1 credit

CHEM 231          Organic Chemistry 1 3 credits

CHEM 232          Organic Chemistry 1 Lab 1 credit

ENGL 101           Academic Writing 3 credits

 

Year 2: Fall Semester

FIRE 2xx             FIRE Semester 3 3 credits (course number varies, depending on research stream)

BSCI 207            Organismal Biology 3 credits

CHEM 241          Organic Chemistry 2 3 credits

CHEM 242          Organic Chemistry 2 Lab 1 credit

MATH 136          Calculus for Life Sciences 4 credits

Gen Ed               (as appropriate) 3 credits

 

 
 

ACTIVITIES AND TRADITIONS

 

 Moving in to Easton Hall

Moving in to Easton Hall

MovE-in weekend activities

On move-in day the BioFIRE staff and second-year students are on hand to greet the incoming cohort and help them get settled into the BioFIRE dorm, Easton Hall. Later than day we hold a welcome dinner, which allows us to get to know one another. The following day, we take a field trip to the National Museum of Natural History in  Washington, D.C.

 
 Hiking Cunningham Falls near Catoctin Mountain National Park

Hiking Cunningham Falls near Catoctin Mountain National Park

fall retreat

Among the most memorable of BioFIRE traditions is the Fall Retreat, which for the past few years has taken place at Camp Round Meadow in the Catoctin  Mountain National Park. The Fall Retreat occurs during the second weekend in September, and gives BioFIRE students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to get to know each other while enjoying outdoor activities in a beautiful natural setting. Retreat activities include hiking, making s'mores around the campfire, playing ultimate frisbee, and participating in team-building activities.

 
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DISSECTION LABS

One of the favorite fall semester BioFIRE activities is a dissection lab. Students learn proper techniques for holding and using surgical instruments, then use those techniques to dissect a variety of different animal organ systems.