The BIOS Program 2022

The Biology Intensive Orientation Session (BIOS) is a rigorous academic program designed to enhance student success in life science majors. The program dates for 2022 are Saturday August 27 through Thursday September 1.

BIOS immerses students in college-level biology coursework, and encourages interactions among academically like-minded students in the week just before the Fall semester.

The BIOS experience includes lectures, discussions, writing and test experiences and engagement in a group project for presentation. Students are also embedded in campus life and become familiar with dorm living, dining halls, the layout of campus.

Most importantly students meet each other, work together on challenging projects, and have a chance to develop friendships and study groups that can last for their entire college career and beyond.

Enrollment in BIOS requires concurrent enrollment in BIOL 151, Introductory Biology of Life Science Majors or BIOL 161H, Quantitative Biology of the Cell. All first year students in life science majors can enroll in this required course. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required after acceptance to the program (this money will be applied toward your BIOS fee upon participation). Acceptance letters will be mailed around the end of July. Full payment (minus any financial assistance) will charged by the UMass Bursar.

For more information about BIOS, please contact Susan Clevenger (, 413-545-2287).