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Biology Living-Learning Community

The Biology Living Learning Community (BioLLC) is a group of Biology/Biochemistry intended-majors who live and learn together. The purpose of the Bio Living-Learning Community (BioLLC) is to help our intended biology and biochemistry students succeed at ECU, in the major, and in their careers. You will be housed together in in the beautiful campus dorm of Gateway East, and placed into classes together for your freshman year, to facilitate studying as group.

The BioLLC promotes diversity, prioritizing admission for first-generation and under-represented minority (URM) students.

Benefits of being part of the BioLLC:

• living together in a group with a common academic purpose in beautiful Gateway East
• having a Resident Advisor that shares their major;
• Hand-picked, common course sections, many with lower instructor to student ratio in courses,
• Active learning courses,
• Additional academic support (embedded tutoring, extra study sessions….),
• Community programs (field trip to the beach, ropes course, BBQs….),
• assigned mentor,
• Specialized academic advisors,
• Regular interactions with Biology faculty and staff, particularly Dr. Callis-Duehl, the BioLLC director and introductory biology instructor for BioLLC students.

Requirements: You must...

• Be a Biology/Biochemistry intended major
• Live in Gateway East your freshman year with other BioLLC students
• Take BioLLC courses and sections (If you change out of a BioLLC course, you may be removed from the program)
• Participate in monthly BioLLC programs
• Maintain a good academic standing at ECU
• Follow the BioLLC code of conduct

Freshmen students may not fully understand what they need to do to succeed in college or in a competitive degree program, even when they are good high school students (GPA over 3.0). The BioLLC participants will focus on academics first, but by providing a community living environment, students will also be asked to participate in group development and team building activities that will help them to succeed. We are convinced that when academics is the first priority for students, and they live in an environment with a supportive atmosphere, they will learn how to prioritize other activities such as recreation, leisure and friends and family obligations. This prioritization will help them succeed in coursework and outside the classroom. The BioLLC will guide students to what they need to do to succeed, like fully using ECU's existing support structures, such as tutoring, and developing small study groups.

To be eligible for the community, this survey must be completed by March 15. Decisions of acceptance will be made by March 31. All applications are considered confidential and will only be seen by the BioLLC coordinators. For questions about the BioLLC, please contact the director Dr. Kristine Callis-Duehl at callisduehlk15@ecu.edu.

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