Wildcat LEAP


Jumpstart your Academic Year with Wildcat LEAP

The Summer 2021 Wildcat LEAP program provides an opportunity for new Wildcats to establish an early connection and familiarity with the university, while also having a chance to begin academic coursework early or improve placement scores to ensure a fantastic first year at Arizona.


Students will choose from two academic options as part of their LEAP experience: For-Credit Courses or Non-Credit Skill Bootcamps

All students involved in either for-credit courses or non-credit skill bootcamps will have an opportunity to engage with university resources by attending lectures from campus leaders, connecting with cultural centers, and gaining familiarity with D2L prior to the start of the fall 2021 term.  These experiences will help lay a foundation for success as a Wildcat.

For-Credit Courses

Various university departments offer both general education courses and introductory courses for specific majors or areas of study.  Students will want to take a credit offering will be limited to one course as part of the program.  This course will count in GPA and will be applicable to degree programs. 

Non-Credit Skill Bootcamps

Experiences designed to improve math or writing placement, but without grade point average or transcript implication. 

These bootcamps are typically between $100 and $150, for the Summer 2021 Wildcat LEAP participants will have the cost covered.  


Applications are now closed.  If you have applied and have questions, please contact us: wildcat21@arizona.edu

Non-Credit Skill Bootcamps

Dates: June 14 to July 9, 2021

Live Online Time Options: 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. (all times local to Tucson, Arizona)

This online three-week intensive bootcamp is designed to provide incoming students with an opportunity to improve your math placement, and solidify your math skills.  Success in your first math and/or science course is a top factor in completing and succeeding in your major.  Students will select one time for all meetings during the three-week priod.

You will receive live online support and individualized math tutoring, placement advisement and connection to other campus activities and resources.  You will also have the opportunity to take the placement exam at the end of the experience.

This experience is offered at no cost to the student.

Dates: August 9 to August 13, 2021

The online Writing Boost! Program will include dedicated writing time, workshops covering common concerns about academic writing, and tutoring with a WSIP specialist. It is the perfect refresher for students preparing to start at the university in fall 2021.

Students will participate in writing workshops, and receive individual online tutoring as part of Boost!

This experience is offered at no cost to the student.


For-Credit Coursework

CHEM 100P – General Chemistry Primer (1 unit) 7/26 to 8/13

A prelude to General Chemistry (CHEM 141, 151, or 161), this course will help you develop the skills and rigor necessary for success in a college science course.  It provides foundational coverage of atomic and molecular structure, energy, stoichiometry, and other topics central to understanding chemical properties and reactions

CLAS 150C1 – Pyramids and Mummies: The Pharaoh and Ancient Egyptian Society (3 units) 7/12
to 8/11 Online

General Education Tier 1. Pyramids and Mummies focuses on the person and role of the king in ancient Egypt, exploring questions about individuals and their role(s) within and shaping their society. In ancient Egypt, the pharaoh was simultaneously a religious, political, economic, and legal institution. This course illuminates and critically examines the duties of the pharaoh and the lives of the individual men and women who occupied this exclusive class, which was perhaps the most powerful monarchy in human history.

CLAS 160D2 – Classical Mythology (3 units) 7/12 to 8/11

General Education Tier 1. The myths, legends, and folktales of the Greeks and their origins. All readings in English.

ECOL 195M Intro to Biological Sciences (1 unit) 7/26 to 8/13

The purpose of this course is to educate freshman College of Science biology majors in the diversity of biological sciences represented by academic units at UA (including EEB, BMB, MCB, RNR, NUSC, MICR, ENGR, PSIO, PCOL, and ENVR) and to have them engage this content through the lens of contemporary societal topics. Students will make connections with faculty members (through a speaker series) and their peers (through preceptor-led discussions).

ESOC 150B1 Social Media and Ourselves (3 units) 7/12 - 8/11

This course is designed as a gateway to understanding how social media sites influence and are impacted by our selves, as well as the role of social media in our relationships. This course with its focus on social media sites in particular, will examine the various implications and functions of social media in contemporary times. The study of new media takes place across disciplinary divides and from multiple theoretical perspectives. This course will thus explore social media research from across academic traditions. With a focus on both theory and practical applications, this course gives learners opportunities to think intellectually about how mobile technologies and being online impacts daily living, personal health, individual success, and interpersonal relationships.

MAS 150B2 Social Justice (3 units) 7/12 - 8/11

Course focuses on issues of social difference, self-identity, and social status as these are reflected in scholarship about social justice, and applied to social justice issues in the local, national, and international stages.  The course has two distinct foci: understanding different leadership styles and preparing to conduct original research to address social and economic inequalities.

NSC 101 Introduction to Human Nutrition (3 units) 7/12 to 8/11 

Current concepts and controversies in human nutrition. Carbohydrate, protein, lipids, vitamins and minerals in nutrition; and the relation of nutrition to health throughout the life cycle.

NSC 170C1 Nutrition, Food and You (3 units) 7/12 to 8/11

Only for students who have not taken N SC 101 (Introduction to Human Nutrition). Nutrition, Food and You covers the principles of human nutrition. Topics include digestion, absorption, metabolism, vitamins, minerals, life cycle nutrition and food safety.

RELI 160A1 – Gods, Goddesses, and Demons: Divinity in South Asia (3 units) 7/12 to 8/11

General Education Tier 1. This course is an introduction to multiple concepts of the divine in South Asia. We will explore the different ways that the religious traditions of South Asia understand supernatural beings and forces. In order to do this we will read portions of primary texts in translation, examine iconography, and watch rituals as they unfold. In addition to learning about the South Asia traditions, we will put those conceptions of the divine in conversation with those rooted in a European context, forcing
you to learn to think critically about the ways people from different cultures view the world around them.

RELI 160D4 – Introduction to World Religions (3 units) 7/12 to 8/11

This course explores the diversity of religions and religious experiences across the globe. Religions to be examined include, but are not limited to, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, as well as indigenous traditions.

Contact wildcat21@arizona.edu for additional details