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The Biology Intensive Workshop is an option for students needing to prepare for BIO 311C courses. 

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.

Students are invited to respond to a Registration Survey for the survey, and are contacted around August 1st, via email from Canvas, with specific workshop schedule information and Zoom links. Be sure to reserve a place, in our workshop Canvas site, in each session you wish to participate: 

Below are examples of courses taught in 2022:

Lesson 1:  Protein structure and function, Dr. Buskirk

Lesson 2: Biological membranes, Dr. Fritz

Lesson 3: DNA and mutations, Dr. Latham

Meeting 4: Meet on Zoom with your BIO 311C instructor

Meeting 5: Getting the most out of your major: events, opportunities and resources in the BIO community, Dr. Partridge.

Meeting 6: Small group problem-solving sessions: get to know your classmates, Dr. Buskirk

Thank you, from Ruth Buskirk



The Biology Intensive Workshop is an optional complimentary workshop for entering CNS freshmen who are registered in BIO 311C.

Workshop activities

Workshop participants will be invited into a temporary Canvas coourse with all workshop materials and resources provided. The workshop is designed to help freshmen entering BIO 311C to understand UT’s course expectations and to introduce you to UT resources for learning biology.  The workshop will include lectures, helpful learning strategies, and breakout groups for problem-solving. You will take short college-level practice quizzes (questions from BIO 311C exams) and discuss the answers afterwards.  

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 2023.


2) You must be registered in BIO 311C for fall 2023 by July 19th and you must know your class unique number.


3) You must have completed a UT Austin freshman orientation session no later than July 19th.  


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.



Apply Online



Registration for the Biology Intensive Workshop will be open in July. 

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 19th.

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)