students standing in a prairie field
students posing in a labratory

Biocore is UW Madison’s Honors biology program for undergraduate students who wish to discover and reach their academic potential within a small, supportive biology education program.  (click here to learn more)

News and Announcements

Biocore Applications for Fall 2021 will be available on Dec 11, 2020!

Spring Biocore TA Applications are now Available – due Nov. 13th, 2020

  • Application:  Teaching_Assist_App_s21
  • Return application to Carol Borcherding ( by November 13th, 2020

CONGRATULATIONS to UW Madison/ Biocore Honors Certificate Graduates- Class of 2020! See new Wisconsin Honors Commencement for graduates’ photos and memories.

Congratulations Biocore Class of 2020! See graduation slideshow (5/1/20)

Biocore applications open now for Fall 2020!

Biocore Newsletter Fall 2019! (12/11/19)

“The Observer” – Jaffna Mathiaparanam, Biocore’s new mural! (10/8/19)

Freshman Interest Group (FIGs) course “Becoming a Scientist: Doing Biology Research” taught by Biocore team this Fall 2019 (5/30/19)

Biocore 50th Anniversary– See prairie walk and open house slide shows. What a great celebration it was! (12/18/18)

See the Message Board! Biocore Alumni & Friends 50th Anniversary Greetings  – (5/15/18)

Biocore in the News!– Probing the ‘Why’ of Science (10/17/17)

What do students say?


Biocore Class of 2016
B.S. Biology with Neurobiology option, May 2017


Tong: “I really loved having the ability to do science and take ownership of projects.”

Sean: “For me, the big thing was getting to know the faculty really well and getting to know your fellow students.”

Biocore Class of 2014 (Sean) & 2015 (Tong)
Sean, B.S. Biochemistry, December 2014; Tong, B.S. Chemistry, May 2015