BUSP Curriculum

Students in Lab

BUSP is a two year program and requires a two year commitment, including two weeks during September before the start of the sophomore year. Students accepted into BUSP enroll in a balanced program of rigorous coursework that has been developed specifically for students interested in pursuing biology degrees.

The curriculum has two universal components (Academic and Advising), which all students participate in, and one supplemental component (Research). To participate in the supplemental research component, BUSP students must submit an application at the end of winter quarter during their freshman year.

Academic Component (Universal)

Freshman Year: Mathematics and chemistry form the core of the first-year curriculum for all BUSP students. BUSP students must complete the BUSP Chemistry Intensive course in the fall prior to taking CHE 2A in winter quarter. BUSP provides special co-classes that supplement regular math and chemistry courses. All classes emphasize working in small groups for problem-solving and study-skills that carry-over into later years. Students also enroll in special seminar courses that prepare them for success in Introductory Biology, and a lab skills course that prepares them for a research internship.

Summer Following Freshman Year: In the month of September, BUSP students participate in a special two-week Biology Boot Camp workshop (no fees and available to all BUSP students). This workshop is designed to enhance their performance in the Introductory Biology Series that they will take the following fall quarter.

Sophomore Year: Students enroll in the Introductory Biology Series and participate in small study groups that offer course-related expertise. They also complete the Introductory Chemistry Series, and participate in co-Organic Chemistry workshops to support their success in the Organic Chesmistry Series.

Advising Component (Universal)

BUSP students meet regularly with a BUSP staff advisor throughout their freshman and sophomore years. The adviser offers academic advice as well as personal advice. The former includes course planning, guidance regarding course-load, and graduation planning. BUSP students also meet with BUSP peer advisors for additional support.

Research Component (Supplemental)

Working in a research laboratory provides students with the opportunity to experience first-hand the exciting research programs at UC Davis, as well as the opportunity to interact with faculty, graduate students and advanced undergraduates who are actively involved in research.

During their sophomore year, students register for a year-long seminar course designed to enhance scientific skills and professional development. The course includes presentations by guest speakers from science-based professions and campus resource units.

Freshman Curriculum

FALL QUARTER

WINTER QUARTER SPRING QUARTER SUMMER (Sept.)
BUSP Chemistry Intensive CHE 2A
Plus co-CHE 2A
CHE 2B
Plus co-CHE 2B
Biology Boot Camp*
Math
consistent with placement
Plus co-MAT
Math
consistent with placement
Plus co-MAT
Math
consistent with placement
Plus co-MAT
 
BIS 98
Effective study techniques for success in biology courses
BIS 11
Preparation for BIS 2 series
BIS 11L*
Development of basic lab skills; Progress toward lab placement
 
Elective/General Education Elective/General Education Elective/General Education  

Sophomore Curriculum

FALL QUARTER WINTER QUARTER SPRING QUARTER
BIS 2A
(plus small group study sessions)
BIS 2B
(plus small group study sessions)
BIS 2C
(plus small group study sessions)
BIS 98 (1 unit)* BIS 98 (1 unit)* BIS 98 (1 unit)*
CHE 2C (Plus CHE 2C workshop) CHE 118A (plus Organic CHE workshop) CHE 118B (plus Organic CHE workshop)
Elective/General Education Elective/General Education Elective/General Education

* Courses required for students who supplement their BUSP experience with the Research Component.