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The Biology Intensive Workshop is an option for students that will prepare you for BIO 311C courses this fall. 

Since 2012, the College of Natural Sciences has offered a Biology Intensive Workshop for entering freshmen prior to the beginning of fall classes. Students experience college lectures and exams, participate in discussion sessions, practice study skills in breakout sessions and get the chance to network with peers and faculty.

The Biology Intensive Workshop is an optional complementary workshop for entering CNS freshman who are registered in BIO 311C by July 21, 2021.

Workshop activities

Workshop participants will be invited into a temporary Canvas course with all workshop materials and resources provided. The workshop is designed to help you understand UT's course expectations and format for fall.

Online sessions will include get-acquainted activities and introductions to UT resources for learning biology.

The workshop includes lectures from Introductory Biology professors, followed by interactive breakout sessions about the lecture topic as well as a useful learning strategy. Lectures will be on BIO 311C topics such as membrane structure and function, weak chemical bonds in cells, proteins & cell traffic, DNA & mutations, energy transformation in cells.

You will join a Zoom meeting talking with your own fall 2021 BIO 311C instructor and classmates. This is always a popular feature of the Workshop!

You will take short college-level practice test (questions from BIO 311C exams) and discuss the answers afterwards.

Workshop schedule

The 2021 Biology Intensive Workshop will have two components, the second optional.

1. Online Zoom Workshop

Wednesday August 18, 9:30-12:15 and 1-4:30 on Zoom, using Canvas

  • Lectures by BIO 311C faculty and practice problems in breakout groups
  • Zoom meeting with your fall BIO 311C instructor and classmates
  • Introduction to resources and tactics for success in BIO 311C
  • Short exam and exam feedback

2. Optional In-person session on UT campus

Tuesday August 24, 1:00-4:30 pm (day before classes begin)

  • Work in small groups with BIO 311C classmates on case studies & problems, practice quizzes
  • Limited seats: restricted to students who participate in the entire August 18 program and who are taking BIO 311C  face-to-face (not web-based sections)


Please email Dr. Ruth Buskirk, rbuskirk@austin.utexas.edu with any additional questions (after reading through all of the information on this site), and please put 'Biology Intensive Workshop' in the subject line. 


You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the Biology Intensive Workshop:



1) You must be an entering freshman at the University of Texas at Austin in Fall 2021.


2) You must be registered in BIO 311C for fall 2021 by July 21st and you must know your class unique number.


3) You must have completed a UT Austin freshman orientation session no later than July 21st.  


4) The Biology Intensive Workshop can be taken on a computer, a tablet, or your smartphone.


Our online technology requirements are:

  1. Webcam
  2. Microphone
  3. Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browser



Students registered for the August orientation session cannot attend Biology Intensive Workshops.

Online registration for the Biology Intensive Workshop is available during the period July 15 – August 11th (or until filled).


Apply Online

In order to register for the Biology Intensive Workshop, please go to this link when you have the required information and fill in the survey.

Recall that program requirements include: you must be an entering freshman at UT Austin who will be registered in BIO 311C in fall & you must complete freshman orientation before July 21st, 2021.

To fill in the registration survey, you will need this information:


  • Your UT EID and email address
  •  Unique number of BIO 311C class in which you’re registered
  • Chemistry course you plan to take in the fall (if any)
  • CNS programs you may be in (e.g., TIP, WINS, HSS)