Though incoming freshmen are top of their high school classes, the rigors of pursing a Biological Sciences degree can be very challenging and difficult to navigate. The Enhanced Academic Success Experience (EASE) initiative intends to promote academic success for the 1st year students in the Ayala School of Biological Sciences. EASE is comprised of cohorts of no more than 30 first year students who take their Biology and Chemistry courses together throughout their 1st year at UCI. Each cohort will have a dedicated EASE Peer Coach and Academic Counselor to provide added support and guidance. In addition, cohorts will receive further assistance through a weekly EASE seminar. EASE guarantees its participants priority enrollment into Biology and Chemistry courses throughout their 1st year.
Past EASE participants enjoyed:
Who qualifies for EASE?
Biological Science majors in their 1st year at UCI who are eligible for Chem 1P.*
EASE’s cohorts are arranged by chemistry placement, therefore, once placed into a cohort, students cannot change their courses. The ALEKS “Preparation for Chemistry” learning module will be required as a placement method into Chem 1A in the Ayala School of Biological Sciences. This initiative aims to provide an enhanced educational experience that will offer additional support to students, fostering a closer connection with the students, faculty, and staff of the Ayala School of Bio Sci.
*Due to scheduling limitations, Athletes and Honors students will be exempt from this initiative.
What is the EASE Seminar?
The EASE Seminar is a one, 50 minute session a week. It is led by an EASE Peer Coach, which is an upperclassman Bio Sci student. These students will help provide support in Biology and General Chemistry courses. They have a background in tutoring and have excelled in the courses themselves. In addition, the EASE Peer Coaches serve as guides to all campus resources and opportunities.
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If you qualify, you will be notified at SPOP (Student Parent Orientation Program.)
You will receive your EASE course schedule during your SPOP session. At SPOP, you will enroll in 1 additional course for Fall quarter.
For Winter and Spring Quarter:
You will receive more information in Bio Sci 2A regarding Winter quarter enrollment. The Biological Sciences Student Affairs office will remain in close communication and will guide you along the registration process.
Contact the Directors:
Kristin Fung & Alejandra Gutierrez