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The 2020 Biology Intensive Workshop is completely full. 

we have closed registration early. 

Thanks for your interest in our program, and best wishes for a great fall semester.

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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 virtual this year (online only) on August 17-19, 2020.

Tentative plans are for the workshop to consist of six 90-minute “live” synchronous sessions taught via Zoom.

Workshop participants will be invited into a temporary Canvas course with all workshop materials and resources provided.

This is a optional, complementary workshop for students enrolled in BIO 311C in fall is designed to help you understand UT's course expectations and format for fall.


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. 

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

Five of the sessions will include a 30-minute lecture from an Introductory Biology professor, followed by an interactive breakout session about the lecture topic as well as a useful learning strategy, led by a graduate teaching assistant.

Two sessions (4 & 6) will include taking a short college-level practice test (questions from BIO 311C exams) and discussing the answers afterwards.

During session 5, you will be in a break-out room talking with your fall 2020 BIO 311C instructor and classmates. This is always a popular feature of the Workshop!

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.

Tentatively*, the sessions will be:


Session 1. Monday evening August 17, 7:00-8:30 pm [possible alternative: all sessions on Tues and Wed]

Session 2. Tuesday morning August 18, 10:00-11:30 am

Session 3. Tuesday afternoon August 18, 1:00-2:30 pm

Session 4. Tuesday afternoon August 18, 3:00-4:30 pm

Session 5. Wednesday morning August 19, 10:00-11:30 am

Session 6. Wednesday afternoon August 19, 1:00-2:40 pm


 *Changes that occur will be sent via email to all registered participants and updated on this website.

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 2020.


2) You will be registered in BIO 311C for fall 2020 by July 24th. You must not have credit for that course.


3) You must have completed a UT Austin freshman orientation session no later than July 24th.  


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

In order to register for the Biology Intensive Workshop, please go to this link and fill in the Survey.

Recall that program requirements include: you must be an entering freshman at UT Austin who will be taking BIO 311C in fall & you must complete freshman orientation before July 23rd, 2020.

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

  • Your UT EID and email address


  • BIO and CH courses you plan to take in the fall


  • CNS programs you may be in (e.g., TIP, WINS, HSS)