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Biology Bootcamp

Bio Bootcamp is an intensive one-week program specifically designed to help first-year students make a successful transition to college, develop skill and strategies for success and take the stress out of the first semester at UWF.

Bio Bootcamp is an intensive one-week program specifically designed to help first-year students make a successful transition to college, develop skill and strategies for success and take the stress out of the first semester at UWF. This program is open to any students enrolling in Biology I (BSC 2010) for the fall 2018 semester.

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Bio Bootcamp benefits will include:

• a head start on Biology I course content
• lecture outlines, laboratory exercises, and sample exams
• discussion and group activities designed to improve student success
• an introduction to the rigors of college-level coursework
• improved course performance compared to students who do not participate
• writing and study strategy workshops 

Program Directors: Drs. Alexis Janosik, Erica Taylor, and Peter Cavnar

Move-In Date: August 19, 2018

Application deadline: May 4, 2018
Acceptance notifications: May-June 2018
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Additional Information

For Students

All University of West Florida (UWF) first-year students who will be enrolled in BSC 2010 for the Fall 2018 semester are eligible for Biology Bootcamp participation.

Requirements for Biology Bootcamp participation:

  • Must have completed New Student Orientation and registered for BSC 2010 prior to Bootcamp kickoff.
  • Must have purchased the required textbook and the student response clicker for this course. These items are absolute requirements for participation. You may purchase the text and clicker at the UWF Bookstore or from another vendor. See the FAQs for details on the materials needed, which are available from the UWF Bookstore.

Unfortunately, space is limited and we must cap the number of participants at 50. Selection of participants will not be based on academic achievements, but by a process that reflects our student body composition.  We assume that all students who are admitted into this University have the potential to be highly successful college students and that all students will benefit from Biology Bootcamp.

Students who register will be informed whether or not we are able to accommodate them not later than June 30. The remaining applicants will be placed on a waitlist.

For Parents

We will have a special session for parents that addresses some of the questions about Biology Bootcamp and first-year experiences in general. This program will be held from 3:00 - 4:30 pm on the Sunday of Biology Bootcamp check-in.

We aim to:

  • Tell you what will happen during Biology Bootcamp
  • Answer questions about how you can help your student during their first semester at UWF
  • Discuss what you can do if your student has problems while at UWF

We will send more information about this program to parents of registered students.

Bio Bootcamp 2018 Schedule

Click below to find an example of a Bootcamp schedule. The schedule is subject to change based on program logistics and Argo Arrival participation.



Sunday, August 19, 2018


Move in


Argo-Bio Student Check-in and Parent Orientation


Trip to Bookstore

Becoming a College Student Session 1 “Metacognition”


Mastering Biology Overview and Introduction to Biology, First Content lecture, “Biological Chemistry”


Pizza Party Social


Study/Free Time

Monday, August 20, 2018




Content lecture 2 “Water and Carbon”


Biology Building Tours




Becoming a College Student Session 2 “Note-taking and Summary Exercise”


Content lecture 3 “Macromolecules”


Free Time and Dinner


Group Activity 1: Biological Chemistry


Study/ Free Time

Tuesday, August 21, 2018




Exam 1


Content lecture 4: Cell Structure and Function”




Becoming a College Student Session 3 “Case Study and Critique”


Exam 1 discussion


Content Lecture 5 “Biological Membranes:




Group Activity 2 “Movement Across Membranes”


Study/ Free Time

Wednesday, August 22, 2018




Groups 1-3: Lab Exercise



Groups 4-6: Becoming a College Students Session 4: Research and Citation

Content Lecture 6 “Mitosis and Meiosis”




Groups 4-6: Lab Exercise


Groups 1-3: Becoming a College Students Session 4: Research and Citation

Content Lecture 6 “Mitosis and Meiosis”


Free Time/ Dinner


Group Activity 3: “Mitosis”


Study/ Free Time

Thursday, August 23, 2018




Exam 2


Content Lecture 7 “Cellular Respiration”




Becoming a College Student Session 5 “Writing the Lab Report”


Exam 2 Discussion


Content Lecture 8 “Photosynthesis”




Group Activity 4 “Energy Utilization in the Biosphere”


Study/ Free Time

Friday, August 24, 2018




Final Exam


Becoming a College Student Session 6 “Reflection and Metacognition Review”


Final Exam Discussion and final tips


Lunch and Awards Ceremony


Release to Orientation Activities

  Additional Activities: Biology Bootcamp students will participate in Argo Welcome Week events during the week of Biology Bootcamp.

Housing/STEM Living Learning Community (LLC)

Early Move-In for participants of Biology Boot Camp will be on Sunday, August 19, 2018.

Housing and Residential Communities will send you information about Move-In via UWF email with directions on move-in times. Note: if a participant completes registration but is unable to attend all camp programming, s/he will not be allowed to move in early or participate in Biology Bootcamp.

Your participation in Biology Bootcamp will give you preferential selection in STEM LLC. If you are a STEM LLC member for the 2018-2019 academic year, you will reside in Presidents Hall. If you do not have a confirmed housing contract for the 2018-2019 academic year, your housing assignment is Martin Hall during Biology Bootcamp.

Not interested in Biology Bootcamp but would like to reside in UWF’s STEM LLC?

Follow the link below to apply for STEM LLC in President’s Hall. Housing is still available. Assignments are made in a date-received order, so apply today to secure your spot on campus!



There are no fees for the program. You must purchase the textbook and class clicker.  These are required and you will have an opportunity to purchase both during the first day of Bootcamp from the UWF Bookstore. 

Financial Aid

The same criteria applied by the University of West Florida incoming students apply for Biology Bootcamp financial assistance. If you have a completed FAFSA application on file with the University and are eligible for financial aid it can be used to cover the cost of the course and required textbook. 

Having a need for financial assistance during your time at UWF will in no way affect our selection process. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read our FAQs below. Click on the corresponding arrow to find the answer. If you have any additional questions, email us at

Will we eat on campus and will meals cost extra?

First-year students living in the dorms at UWF for Biology Bootcamp will not incur the cost associated with meals.  If you will not be living on campus your first year, it is important that you notify us when you register for Biology Bootcamp and you will be covered with a meal plan at no additional cost to you.

How should I dress?

August in Florida means high temperatures outside and in many buildings, very cool temperatures inside.  Bring a jacket or sweatshirt. You may also want a rain coat or umbrella. Also, there will be a laboratory session during which you will be required to wear close-toed shoes and long pants.

Will I be in one building for the entire Bootcamp?

No! Part of the experience of Biology Bootcamp is to familiarize you with the campus. You will be learning, eating, and socializing all over campus. Choose your footwear wisely. It’s a very big campus!

Will I need to find my way to events on my own?

No, you will be in small groups, each with a graduate student and an undergraduate student mentor, for the entire week.

Will I have to participate in all the sessions for the week?

Yes!  Your success at UWF can be helped significantly with your enthusiastic participation.

What materials do I need for Biology Bootcamp?

All students will need a copy of the textbook used in BSC 2010/2011 (Campbell Biology Eleventh Edition by Lisa A. Urry, Michael L. Cain, Steven A. Wasserman, Peter V. Minorsky, & Jane B. Reece; any print or digital version is acceptable) and a Turning Technologies ResponseCard NXT. Time will be dedicated for the purchase of both of these items from the University of West Florida Bookstore on Sunday before Biology Bootcamp.

How you choose to purchase these materials is up to you, but we recommend purchasing at the UWF Bookstore, which is located on the UWF Pensacola Campus, to be sure you have the correct materials. If you choose to purchase the text or code online from another seller than the UWF Bookstore or Pearson, please be sure to use the EXACT ISBNs listed below in your search. You must have the 11thth edition text, and your access code MUST say “Modified MasteringBiology” and be for the 11th edition of the text.  Do not buy a used access code as it will not work!

Campbell Biology with Modified MasteringBiology, Eleventh Edition
Lisa A. Urry · Michael L. Cain · Steven A. Wasserman · Peter V. Minorsky · Jane B. Reece

Hardback text with Modified MasteringBiology Access Code
ISBN-10:      0134683463
ISBN-13: 9780134683461 

Loose-leaf (A la carte) text with Modified MasteringBiology Access Code
ISBN-10:      0134724879
ISBN-13: 9780134724874 

Modified MasteringBiology Access Code with eText (this is a physical access code package)
ISBN-10:      013444728X
ISBN-13: 9780134447285 

Modified MasteringBiology Instant Access with eText
(available only online from Pearson directly)

Modified MasteringBiology Instant Access without eText
(available only online from Pearson directly)



Will the classwork/exams during Biology Bootcamp affect my BSC2010 grade?

All lectures, laboratory exercises, and exams are intended to prepare you for your first semester at UWF. None of the work during the Bio-Bootcamp is intended to be for a grade, only for practice. However, participation in the Bio-Bootcamp will have a positive influence on your BSC2010 grade because it will give you a head start in that course.

Will the Biology Bootcamp appear on my transcript?

Although the Bio-Bootcamp is mean to prepare you for BSC2010 it is not an official course and will not appear on your transcript. Participants in the Biology Bootcamp will have the option to earn credit for Biology Skills (BSC2844), a mandatory course for students in their first year.

I am a transfer student, am I eligible to participate in Biology Bootcamp?

No, Biology Bootcamp is intended for first-year students to better prepare them for the college transition into the Biology major. However, transfer students are eligible to participate in the STEM LLC and starting in summer the Biology Department will be hosting a 4-week paid summer research program targeted to transfer students (Contact Dr. Peter Cavnar for more information).


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