Enhanced Academic Success Experience Initiative

The Enhanced Academic Success Experience (EASE) initiative intends to promote academic success for the 1st year students in the 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.

Benefits Enjoyed by Ease Participants

Smaller Classrooms

You will take courses with the same 30 students.

“I liked how I always knew someone in my class before I had it and how everyone was friendly with each other.  UCI is a big school and it’s nice to feel like you know a couple of familiar faces” – Student from 2014-2015 Cohort

Guaranteed Enrollment

Get access to courses before the normal enrollment windows open.

“You don’t have to worry about signing up for your core bio classes.  The times are usually really good and structured well in the week.” – Student from 2014-2015 Cohort

Connect with Students

Make friends, create study groups, and have a closer connection to the Biological Sciences School of Bio Sci.

“I have made amazing friends in my cohort. EASE has helped me find my ‘people’ at UCI that I can have fun with as well as study and learn from. EASE gave me a ton of resources” -Student from 2015-2016 Cohort


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 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 Biological Sciences School of Bio Sci.

*Due to scheduling limitations,  Athletes and Honors students will be exempt from this initiative.

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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Bio Sci 93Chem 1BChem 1LC
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If you qualify, you will be notified at SPOP (Student Parent Orientation Program.)

Next Step:

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.

Have more questions?

Contact the Directors:

Kristin Fung & Alejandra Gutierrez



EASE Student Spotlight!


2nd year Bio Sci major

2017-2018 EASE member


Why did you choose Bio Sci?

I chose to be a Bio Sci major because I am pursuing a career as a Pediatrician and I am also interested in Biology. Although a difficult major, Bio Sci taught me to be persistent and to never give up no matter the challenge.


What did you like best about the EASE initiative?

I love how EASE created such a nice and small Bio Sci family! The program was great at easing (haha) the stress of transitioning from High School to College as well as making friends! A majority of the friends I made in college was through the EASE program and we all treated each other as a family. We would help and support each other as we all went through our first year of college together. I honestly don’t believe I would be where I am now if it weren’t for the support and care from EASE!


What UCI Involvements are you a part of?

Currently I am the co-internal affairs chair for the Red Cross Club at UCI and I am also the publicity chair for AMSA (American Medical Student Association) at UCI. I was also a member of the badminton club, a mentee for the SPOP mentorship program, and a Celebrate UCI Ambassador.  


What is the best advice you’ve received from your EPC this past year?

“Treat yo self!” This was basically my motto my entire first year thanks to my wonderful EPC, Stephanie. It reminds me to just take a step back, slow down, and take it easy. Sometimes I just forget to take care of myself and that was really detrimental to both my health and my academics. Stephanie would always remind our cohort to really make sure that we take great care of ourselves, especially in our first year where everything is new and unknown. This was advice I gave to incoming Freshmen too!


What has been your most memorable or significant experience thus far at UCI?

SPOP is by far my most memorable experience at UCI! I made some great memories and I met some incredible people who I still look up to as my mentor and friend. It was an incredibly fun and unique experience for my first time at UCI. The program really influenced my perspective of UCI and I am so glad that I was able to experience it!