Biology Boot Camp Heads Outdoors

August 21, 2015

A week before 635 other freshmen checked in at University Campus, 50 young people planning to major in biology at Saint Leo University took part in the annual Biology Boot Camp. The six-day program began on Sunday, August 15, and delivered a well-rounded schedule of events to help students develop the good habits that will help them succeed in a challenging major.

As in previous years, students attended sessions on note-taking and learning styles, in addition to lessons from the foundation courses they will take. Social events and study sessions are both introduced into the program in a way that demonstrates a healthy balance and good time- management skills. In addition to lectures from Boot Camp director Dr. Audrey Shor and fellow biologists Dr. Cheryl Clauson and Dr. Christopher Miller, students also heard from guest speakers and other departments in the university. Eleven upper-level biology majors served as mentors.

A new option added this year was an afternoon outing to the Withlacoochee River (Pasco) County Park, an expanse of about 400 acres only 12 miles away from campus. There, students were able to try their hands at kayaking, learning to use Global Positioning Systems, geocaching in the woods, and simply walking the trails and observing the Central Florida ecosystem (pictured). Dr. Miller also explained the significance of the area’s rivers—including the Withlacoochee—to the region’s aquifer and water supply. The effects of recent heavy rains was apparent in the high water levels found at the river.

Biology is offered through the School of Arts & Sciences, and students who major in biology can choose a general course of study, an ecology track, or a biomedical and health sciences track. Another option is the major in biology with a minor in education for a career in teaching. Biology is also offered as a minor. More information can be found at: /academics/schools/school-of-arts-sciences.aspx.