BIMS

First Summer SOAR

by gwilson on Jun.20, 2009, under Uncategorized

welcomefroshposter2The first of three Summer Orientation And Registration (SOAR) sessions is coming up this week.  Over 120 incoming freshmen will come to campus Thursday for two days of introduction to McMurry’s freshman culture, meeting with faculty associated with their chosen majors, and signing up for courses.  About 10% of those students will be Biology Department majors.  For them, the decisions on course selection will be among three typical freshman sequences:  Anatomy & Physiology I for Nursing and Life Science majors; Botany (and possibly Unicellular Organisms) for Biology majors, and Introduction to Scientific Research (and possibly Unicellular Organisms) for BIMS majors.

Those with an interest in a pre-professional field (medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, pharmacy, etc.) will sign up for a new pre-health professions seminar to introduce them to the expectations of professional schools and give them practical experience in doing those things that make a student competitive for the admissions process.  Our incoming BIMS students will take Introduction to Scientific Research (ISR) to hone their critical thinking skills as they learn to look at the world, ask important questions, and design experiments to find answers.  It is a new world for those whose high school science courses were pretty much “same old, same old” approaches to science.  As I’ve explained in earlier posts, BIMS is a refreshingly new approach to teaching science that whets the appetite and engages the mind to learn how life works in new and lasting ways.

More on SOAR in the weeks to come.

1 Comment for this entry

  • gwilson

    After the first SOAR, it seems one of every ten students headed to McMurry in the fall has an interest in the BIMS program. Fully 10% of those registering signed up for the first course in the BIMS program – BIMS 1300 Introduction to Scientific Research, a Critical Thinking category class. Even more signed up for BIOL 1301 Unicellular Organisms. Genetics is completely full and Microbiology is nearing capacity.

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