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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.

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: No longer accepting applications. 
Acceptance notifications: May-June 2018
Questions? Email Bio Bootcamp.
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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.

Itinerary

Details

Sunday, August 19, 2018

9:00am-12:00pm

Move in

12:00pm-2:00pm

Argo-Bio Student Check-in and Parent Orientation

2:00pm-4:00pm

Trip to Bookstore

Becoming a College Student Session 1 “Metacognition”

4:00pm-5:00pm

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

5:30pm-7:30pm

Pizza Party Social

7:30pm

Study/Free Time

Monday, August 20, 2018

8:00am-9:00am

Breakfast

9:00am-10:30am

Content lecture 2 “Water and Carbon”

10:30am-11:30am

Biology Building Tours

11:30am-1:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm

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

2:30pm-4:30pm

Content lecture 3 “Macromolecules”

4:30pm-6:30pm

Free Time and Dinner

6:30-8:00pm

Group Activity 1: Biological Chemistry

8:00pm

Study/ Free Time

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

8:00am-9:00am

Breakfast

9:00am-10:00am

Exam 1

10:ooam-12:00pm

Content lecture 4: Cell Structure and Function”

12:00pm-1:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm-3:00pm

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

3:00pm-3:30pm

Exam 1 discussion

3:30pm-5:00pm

Content Lecture 5 “Biological Membranes:

5:00pm-6:30pm

Dinner

6:30-8:00pm

Group Activity 2 “Movement Across Membranes”

8:00pm

Study/ Free Time

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

8:00am-9:00am

Breakfast

9:00am-12:00pm

Groups 1-3: Lab Exercise

9:00am-12:00pm

 

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

Content Lecture 6 “Mitosis and Meiosis”

12:00pm-1:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm-4:00pm

Groups 4-6: Lab Exercise

1:00pm-4:00pm

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

Content Lecture 6 “Mitosis and Meiosis”

4:00pm-6:00pm

Free Time/ Dinner

6:00pm-7:30pm

Group Activity 3: “Mitosis”

7:30pm

Study/ Free Time

Thursday, August 23, 2018

8:00am-9:00am

Breakfast

9:00am-10:00am

Exam 2

10:00am-11:30am

Content Lecture 7 “Cellular Respiration”

11:30am-1:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm-3:00pm

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

3:00pm-3:30pm

Exam 2 Discussion

3:30pm-5:00pm

Content Lecture 8 “Photosynthesis”

5:00pm-6:30pm

Dinner

6:30pm-8:00pm

Group Activity 4 “Energy Utilization in the Biosphere”

8:00pm

Study/ Free Time

Friday, August 24, 2018

8:00am-9:00am

Breakfast

9:00am-10:00am

Final Exam

10:00am-11:00am

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

11:00am-12:00pm

Final Exam Discussion and final tips

12:00pm-1:30pm

Lunch and Awards Ceremony

1:30pm

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!

APPLY FOR HOUSING

Payment

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 biologybootcamp@uwf.edu.

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?

General Biology I (BSC2010) and General Biology II (BSC2011) require the following material:

Solomon/Martin/Martin/Berg - Bundle: Biology, Loose-leaf Version, 11th + MindTap Biology, 2 terms (12 months) Printed Access Card | 9781337881463 
Solomon/Martin/Martin/Berg - MindTap Biology, 2 terms (12 months) Printed Access Card for Solomon/Martin/Martin/Berg's Biology, 11th | 9781337393119 

These materials will be available for purchase when you arrive at the UWF bookstore or you may purchase them on your own. We highly recommend students who will be taking both General Biology I & II in addition to General Chemistry I & II (required for all Biology majors) 

choose to purchase MindTap through Cengage Unlimited – a digital subscription service (think Netflix or Apple Music) which can save you a lot of money. With Cengage Unlimited you can access ANY Cengage materials you are using across ALL of your courses AND a library of 20,000 eBooks, study guides and reference materials. 

Cengage Unlimited costs $119.99 for four months, $179.99 for twelve months or $239.99 for twenty-four months. 

You also get a free print rental when you activate MindTap You’ll pay just $7.99 for shipping. You may also have the option to purchase a looseleaf version of your textbook, which you can keep. As a bonus, when your subscription ends, you can choose up to six eBooks to retain in your virtual locker for an additional twelve months. 

You can purchase access to Cengage Unlimited in the college bookstore or at www.cengage.com.

 

Will the class work/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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