Biology Core Curriculum

College of Letters & Science

Regular Admissions to Biocore


Biocore offers two application options:

  1. Regular Admission: This option is available for all students taking Chem 103/104, Chem 109/109H or Chem 115 who would like to begin Biocore sophomore year. Usually apply to Biocore during spring or summer to start Biocore in Fall. See details below.
  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 first year 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. Please see Freshman Admission page for details.

Students wishing to enroll in the Biocore Program through regular admission usually apply spring or summer prior to fall enrollment. However, Biocore continues to accept applications right up to the start of classes (space permitting). We encourage you to apply.

Prerequisites are:

  • Math 221 (first semester calculus or equivalent)
  • Chem 104, 109, or 115 (first year freshman chemistry)
  • Chem 343 (organic chemistry) previous or concurrent (fall) registration with Biocore 381


Before filling out an application, please be sure to have an up to date student record transcript in .pdf form, as well as a personal statement (see below for prompt). We ask UW students to submit a student record for their transcript which can be obtained from the registrar’s office here: https://myinfo.wisc.edu OR by logging into My UW, open up Student Center, click on My Academics, click Request my student record.

Personal statement (no more than 400 words) addressing the following: 
Describe something that inspires you or something that you have learned recently (e.g. hobby, watching or participating in an athletic performance, community service, learning from a new friend, a book, article, piece of music, TED talk). 

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 Fall 2017 Application -Here Note: If you plan to take Biocore, do not take Biology 151/152. Apply early (before January 3, 2017 with notification by January 17) if you plan to take 152 in Spring 2017 alternatively to your acceptance to Biocore.

Regular Deadline has past but there are still spots available for Fall 2017. Apply now! We review applications on a rolling basis all the way up to start of Fall classes.

You can check out a sample Biocore application - Here NOTE: This is just a sample, Do not fill out this application