BioHouse Learning Community

BioHouse Learning Community Group photo

Cole Residence Hall | 67 residents (all double rooms; coed mixed floors)
Sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), College of Letters and Science, and the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE) | $200 learning community fee

If you’re interested in the scientific study of living things – whether it’s plants, animals, health, microbiology, evolution, neurobiology, soil, food genetics, bioenergy, or anything else biological – BioHouse can nurture your passion for science and connect you to other young scientists. Along with your BioHouse community, you can explore majors and careers, meet researchers on campus, find out about the latest discoveries and issues in biology, and learn what’s on the cutting edge.

BioHouse is a network that will connect you to resources and opportunities. That can be helpful when you’re trying to adjust to the rigor of college classes. Decide among the 30-some biology-related undergraduate majors, and find a mentor for undergraduate research. You can be part of a community of faculty and staff who are there to help and other students who have similar academic challenges and goals. First-year students are encouraged to pair the BioHouse experience with MadBiology Bootcamp, a free three-day orientation to the biosciences at UW-Madison before the start of fall semester.

Program Goals:

  • Introduce each student to the myriad of biological sciences majors, academic resources, and extracurricular activities
  • Facilitate each student’s appreciation for the diversity of the biological sciences community with peers, faculty and staff
  • Introduce each student to the five core concepts of New Biology in the 21st Century
  • Enhance students’ appreciation for their potential opportunity to contribute to society


Contact: MaryRuth Kotelnicki (Program Coordinator)