Are you planning on registering for Foundations of Biology in the coming year? BIOBOOST will help you navigate the challenges of this course. Foundations of Biology is a rigorous course designed to fully prepare students for more advanced biology courses and for the biological sciences section of professional school admissions tests such as the MCAT and DAT.

BIOBOOST is developed to give you a head start. It will take place during New Student Orientation Week, August 21-25, 2017. While you are settling into your new “home away from home”, meeting new friends, and learning how to navigate your way around our campus, we want to also introduce you to some strategies for academic success in biology.

We know that you want to succeed, and we are rooting for you! However, we also know that the start of college sometimes poses challenges. We would like to help you overcome these challenges as soon as possible so that you can hit the ground running when the semester starts.

BIOBOOST Program Features
• Foundations of Biology lecture and test preview
• Study skills and test-taking training
• Peer and faculty mentoring
• Free iClicker2 unit, the audience response system used extensively in class (a $60 value)
• Service activities to develop community

Why you should participate!
• Develop strategies for studying and test-taking BEFORE you start class, and BEFORE it impacts your grade.
• Learn how to best navigate the academic challenges of college life.
• Get to know other students with similar goals and aspirations.
• Because you want to succeed and reach your career goals, and we want to help you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to apply?
Yes, if you will be a new AU student taking BIOL 165–Foundations of Biology.

When should I apply?
As soon as possible. Date of application will be considered when determining acceptances.

When will I know if I’m accepted?
The first round of decisions will be made on June 1st, with further decisions made on a rolling basis until Aug 1st.

What if I’m not accepted, or change my mind?
If you are not accepted, or if you are accepted and change your mind before Aug 1st, your check will be destroyed or returned. No refund will be provided after Aug 1st.

What will I need for BIOBOOST?
Your course textbook (Urry et al, Campbell Biology, 11th edition, plus Mastering Biology (Pearson 2016), ISBN 9780134454665, available at the AU bookstore) and iClicker2 (provided by BIOBOOST)

Whom do I contact if I have questions?
Dr. Robert Zdor,, 269-471-3243

Apply early, as space is limited!