Department of Mathematics and Sciences

Dates: Saturday, August 11, 2018 – Thursday, August 16, 2018   //  Click here to view the Biology Boot Camp schedule.

The Department of Mathematics and Sciences faculty and staff are thrilled that you have chosen to pursue an undergraduate degree in biology. Biology is one of our most popular major on campus but, it is also among the most challenging disciplines to pursue.  Students often find that the study habits that worked for them in high school are not sufficient to realize the high grades they are aiming for in college level biology coursework. In addition, many of our students have dreams of attending medical school, graduate school, law school, pharmacy school, and other professional programs. Earning a seat at these programs has never been as competitive as it is today. To help our students realize their academic and professional goals we have established Biology Boot Camp, a pre-semester primer geared at helping our new students better adapt to the demands of undergraduate learning, and guiding them to success.

The Biology Boot Camp is a rigorous, non-credit bearing academic program designed to enhance our new and incoming students’ success in the biology major. The program will occur the week before the fall semester begins and is an all-inclusive experience immersing students in college-level biology coursework.  The curriculum of the program includes content lectures and test experiences that will help students apply new study skills immediately in real time – but it doesn’t stop there. To simulate the time constraints of a real college schedule, the students’ days will be packed full of meetings and additional lectures addressing study skills and student life discussions led by our faculty, staff, deans, counselors, current biology students, and recent biology alumni. Students will also become embedded in campus life and have an early opportunity to become familiar with residence hall living, dining halls, the layout of campus, and begin to forge important relationships among fellow biology majors. The end result is a well-rounded program that allows our students a sneak peek at college life and course work.

All new, incoming biology students who are scheduled to take BIO 125 Biological Processes I (cellular biology) at Saint Leo University are invited to participate in the Biology Boot Camp. This year’s session will be held Saturday, August, 11 through Thursday, August, 16. Registration information is available below, with a deadline of July 30.  Due to the typically high interest in this Boot Camp, and the large size of the incoming class, we will be limiting attendance to the first 75 students who complete the registration process.

We are confident you will agree that the essential skills you will acquire during this program will be an invaluable component of your undergraduate career.  We look forward to working with you as you progress through the Biology Program. Once again, welcome to Saint Leo University!

To view the Biology Boot Camp Schedule, click here.


QUICK FACTS

Participants of the Biology Boot Camp will:

  • Learn essential college study skills
  • Get a jump start on the Biology course content
  • Receive the BIO 125 and BIO 126 textbook
  • Receive a student response handset, “iclicker”
  • Meet faculty, university staff, current and former students
  • Become familiar with the biology laboratories
  • Begin to form lifelong friendships
  • Gain an edge on their competition

FAQs

Q: Is there a cost to attend the Biology Boot Camp?
A. Yes, there is a $275 fee to attend the Biology Boot Camp. This fee includes the registration fee, which covers room and board for the week, and textbook and iClicker materials that will be utilized throughout the program and into the fall and spring semesters.

Q: Can I use financial aid to cover the expense of the Biology Boot Camp?
A. No, financial aid cannot be used to pay for the registration fees of this program.

Q:What is a study hall?
A. The study halls are times that students will be meeting with their learning groups and peer mentors to review and implement the study strategies learned in lecture and at the workshops. Students will have the opportunity to practice these new habits and see subsequent benefits on each learning assessment.

Q: Will I get to move directly into my fall housing assignment?
A. Yes, you will move into your fall residence hall assignment when you arrive on campus for the Biology Boot Camp.

Q: Do I need to bring linens from home?
A. Yes, your residence hall room will not have sheets or towels. You will need to bring your fall bedding, etc.

Q: I plan to commute to Saint Leo University in the fall. Do I have to stay in the residence halls for the Biology Boot Camp?
A. No, students who will not live in the residence halls throughout the academic school year will not stay in the residence halls for the Biology Boot Camp.

Q: Will meals be provided during the Biology Boot Camp?
A. Yes, students will have meal cards for the purchase of meals during Boot Camp.


How to Confirm Your Spot in the Program

Are you ready to make your payment to secure your spot in the program? Click on the following link to process your payment eLion.

If this is your first time logging onto eLion you will have to follow the prompts to retrieve your password. Once successfully logged on, click on the eLion link at the top left center of your screen. Select current students. A new screen will appear. Select Pay on My Account to issue payment.

  • To obtain your Username
    • User Name is usually firstname.lastname.
    • It is the same login user name assigned to you for your Saint Leo University webmail account.
  • To obtain your Password
    • If you are a NEW student and have not yet accessed the portal and eLion, you may find helpful instructions on how to access here.
    • New eLion users or students who have had their eLion passwords reset will be prompted to create a new password after logging in – please do not forget your password!
  • Need more help in accessing eLion? Contact the UTS Helpdesk at (352) 588-8888 or helpdesk@saintleo.edu.

For questions in the meantime regarding the Biology Boot Camp, please contact Nicholas Macchio by phone at (352) 588-7157 or by email at nicholas.macchio@saintleo.edu.