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 (course number varies, depending on research stream)||3 credits|
|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 (course number varies, depending on research stream)||3 credits|
|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
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.
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.
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.