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Learning Communities

Several Learning Communities provide new students the opportunity to take classes with a cohort of peers. Information on available communities can be found at https://learningcommunities.unt.edu/freshmen.

Biology Learning Communities provides a cohort experience for academic success to biology and biochemistry majors who do not receive the FOCUS Scholarship. Students who elect to participate in these cohort communities will receive reserved seats in course sections with their peers. Participants will have science lectures, recitations, and laboratories with the same group of students, providing a small group "feel" to large enrollment introductory courses.

Who is eligible?

Students who meet the following requirements may enter into a biology community:

  • Must be a first-semester, new freshman at UNT
  • Must declare a major in biology or biochemistry
  • Placement into specific communities will be determined by math placement level.

What are the benefits?

Biology Learning Community participants will be assigned to a cohort group of approximately 24 students. Cohort members will enroll in the same sections of their science and mathematics courses through at least their first year of college. Instead of finding yourself as 1 student in a class of 200 in an introductory science class, you will be part of a smaller group within that course through enrollment in a common lecture, recitation, and laboratory section with your fellow cohort members. Cohort members will also have access to additional mentoring opportunities. In addition, participants who remain in good standing with the program will receive reserved seats in course sections for the spring semester.

To receive these benefits, participants must:

  • Enroll in all assigned cohort sections (participants must be in all sections to participate in a cohort) each semester
  • Remain in good academic standing (2.5 minimum grade point average in major and overall)
  • Maintain a declared major in biology or biochemistry
  • Attend mentoring sessions

What is the application process?

Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis by application (see additional information at the link below). There are limited seats available.

https://learningcommunities.unt.edu/freshmen/biology-communities

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