Biology Connections, a freshman residential learning community offered for the first time in Fall 2014, is specifically designed for first-year students majoring in biology. The community provides students the opportunity to live and engage with other students who have similar academic and co-curricular interests. Students live together in Stuart Hall—centrally located near academic buildings, dining, and the student union—and take two common courses, BIOL 131–Ecology and Adaptation and UNIV 100–Introduction to Higher Education. As an added bonus, students are also guaranteed enrollment in BIOL 160—Introductory Seminar in Biology. Biology Connections helps students develop a supportive network of peers and professors right from the start.
To qualify for participation in Biology Connections, a student must be planning to major in biology and commit to living in Stuart Hall. An invitation to participate in Biology Connections will be mailed to students in May and students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once accepted, a student will be enrolled in BIOL 131, BIOL 160, and UNIV 100 during orientation.
- Intentional living-learning community with specialized biology-related programming
- Living with other biology majors in Stuart Hall
- Pre-registration for three classes (BIOL 131, BIOL 160, and UNIV 100) prior to Quest
- Free tutoring for science and math classes
- Mentoring from successful upperclassmen biology majors
- Academic advisor located in your residence hall
- Out-of-class activities to build community at Radford University