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Admissions to Biocore for Freshman

Biocore offers two application options:

  1. Regular Admission: This option is available for all students (those taking Chem 103/104, Chem 109/109H or Chem 115) who would like to begin Biocore sophomore year. Apply to Biocore during spring semester Freshman year. See regular admissions page for details.
  2. Freshman Admission: Biocore typically begins in the sophomore year, however Biocore offers a freshman start for a small (~10) cohort of well prepared, highly motivated students. This option is available for students who have credit for Chem 103 and Math 221 via AP (score 4+), IB or transfer credit and have been recommended for Chem 109/109H/115. Students need to apply prior to SOAR- see prerequisites and details below.

Prerequisites for Freshman Admission are:

  • Biology: Two years of HS Biology coursework
  • Chemistry: Two years of HS Chem, with the second year being AP Chem or Advanced Chem. Concurrent enrollment in Chem 109/109H/115.
  • Math: Anticipate having credit for Math 221 (first semester calculus) via AP, IB or transfer credit

Before filling out an application, please be sure to have an up to date high school transcript in .pdf form, as well as a personal statement (see below for prompt). 

Personal statement (no more than 400 words) addressing the following: 
Describe what inspires/motivates you to learn (e.g. something that you have learned recently - for example a hobby, participating in a performance, learning from a new friend, a book, piece of music, TED talk),  your preparedness for honors biology coursework, and your learning goals for Biocore.

Tips on writing your personal statement: 

  • It doesn't need to be grand-- just something that has inspired you.
  • Make it personal. This is your chance to tell us about your challenges and growth as a learner.
  • Tell us something new other than what we can deduce from your transcript or other information in your application.
  • Avoid excessive metaphor or imaginary description. This may confuse the reader and not be what you intended.
  • Emphasize the positive.

Biocore Freshman Admission Application -Available Here

Note 1: If you plan to take Biocore, you should NOT enroll in Biology 151 or 152.

Note 2: If you are not admitted to start Biocore as a freshman, you may be considered for pre-admission, thereby reserving your spot to start Biocore during the fall of your sophomore year.