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Dream of solving the great challenges in human health and disease? Marvel at the building blocks of life and how research moves the world? Aspire to work with animals? Students who join the Discoveries in Biology Learning Community broaden their knowledge and awareness of emerging problems and innovative solutions in the life sciences, a first step in developing a career path.


  • First-time beginning students admitted to the College of Science with a Biology major

Residential Component

  • Optional. The location of learning community housing will be determined based on the incoming size and needs of the learning community. 
  • A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community. Once a housing contract is completed, you will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. Applications received by the priority deadline will be considered first. 
  • If you want to be placed with a preferred roommate and be admitted to a learning community with an optional residential component, both you and your roommate must apply (and be admitted) to a learning community with an optional residential component. Students admitted to learning communities with a required residential component cannot be paired with students admitted to learning communities with an optional residential component.
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  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying to a learning community. If you have questions about housing, contact University Residences ( at


Fall Semester Only

Associated Courses and Information

BIOL 11500 - Biology Resource Seminar

BIOL 12100 - Biology I: Diversity, Ecology, and Behavior

Every fee eligible student involved with a learning community (LC) at Purdue will be assessed the $200 LC fee to their university account.  These funds support activities and travel, signature LC events, housing assignments and/or course registration and instructor stipends.

Events and Activities Included:

  • Tour of IU School of Medicine-Purdue Campus
  • Volunteering at the "Mad Scientist Lab" at Boo at the Zoo
  • Behind-the-sciences vet-themed tour of local zoo
  • Private luncheon with your Biology professor
  • Biology exam review sessions
  • Board/card game night

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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