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Learn More About Biology Boot Camp

    Biology Boot Camp: A Biology Major Prep Intensive

    Department of Mathematics & Sciences

    Dates: Friday, August 9 - Thursday, August 15    |     View Schedule
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              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 life and 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. To simulate the time constraints of a real college schedule, the students’ days will be packed full of activities, lectures, and workshops addressing study skills and student life discussions led by our faculty, staff, counselors, current biology students, and recent biology alumni. Students will become embedded in campus life and have an early opportunity to become familiar with residence hall living, the dining hall, and the layout of campus all before the upper level students return to campus.  Students will also begin to forge important friendships among fellow biology majors. The end-result is a well-rounded program that allows students a sneak peek at college life and course work at Saint Leo.

              All new, incoming biology students at Saint Leo University are invited to participate in the Biology Boot Camp. This year’s session will be held Friday, August 9, through Thursday, August, 15. Registration is available at, with a deadline of July 15.  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.

          Although not required, the Biology Boot Camp is highly recommended for incoming first year biology students. In addition to the benefits already mentioned, this year our Boot Camp will include 5 quantitative sessions designed to review essential quantitative skills that will be utilized in the first semester biology course, BIO125, and which were assessed in the math placement exam taken during the summer. As you may already know, BIO125 Biological Principles I, holds a math placement/prerequisite of Basic Algebra (MAT003). Students not meeting this criterion upon entering Saint Leo must delay enrollment in BIO125 until this prerequisite is met. Because we understand that students often score higher on assessments following review of key concepts, we have both built this review into our Boot Camp program and are offering all of our Boot Camp students the opportunity to be assessed on math skills at the end of Boot Camp.

              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!

    Quick Facts

    Participants of the Biology Boot Camp Will: 

    • Learn essential college study skills
    • Get a jump start on the Biology course content
    • Review key quantitative skills
    • Optional math assessment
    • Receive a 1-year subscription to the online resource and the textbook used in the first two biology courses, BIO 125 and BIO 126
    • Receive a student response handset, "iclicker"
    • Meet faculty, staff, current students, and biology alumnae
    • Become familiar with the biology laboratories
    • Begin to form lifelong friendships


    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, meals, the first and second semester textbook, a 1-year subscription to the textbook’s online educational resource, an iClicker, Boot Camp swag, and additional materials that will be utilized throughout the program and into the freshmen year. Payments will be available on or after July 1.

    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: Will Boot Camp include study sessions?
    A. Yes, study sessions will be held daily with peer mentors to review and implement the study strategies and materials 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 here  to process your payment. 

    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 User Name

    • User Name is usually firstname.lastname
    • It is the same login user name assigned to you for your Saint Leo University web mail account. 

    To Obtain your Password

    • If you are a NEW student and have not yet accessed the portal and eLion, you may find these 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 email the help desk at

    For questions in the meantime regarding the Biology Boot Camp, please contact your admissions counselor or Nicholas Macchio by email at

    Registration for Biology Boot Camp is now closed. 

    If you have questions about your registration, please contact or call (352) 588-8283.