The liberal arts and sciences form the intellectual core of the university. They are also the traditional basis for higher education. The college’s program offers breadth and expert knowledge in many specialized areas. More than 23 departments and 15 academic centers and institutes extend from African studies to zoology. The teaching faculty, more than 600 strong, are active scholars working to create new knowledge through research.
Liberal Arts and Sciences courses foster creative thinking and critical reasoning while introducing students to a broad range of knowledge and experience. In an increasingly technical society, it is more important than ever that tomorrow’s leaders possess an intellectual foundation based on a well-rounded and comprehensive education, one that will serve them well throughout their lives.
The LS classification applies
to all students pursuing liberal arts and sciences degrees as well as students
in the first three terms who are undecided about their major.
Overview of the College (CLAS)
Students select a major and enter the college when they begin UF. Students selecting a CLAS major should start planning their major early in their UF careers by speaking with a general adviser in 100 Academic Advising Center (AAC) and a department adviser in the major department.
Three temporary majors are provided to facilitate exploration of academic alternatives for students who are undecided about a choice of major: 1) Undecided—humanities and literature; 2) Undecided—social and behavioral sciences; or 3) Undecided—sciences and/or engineering. Students select the undecided category that most closely fits their academic interests.
The AAC, with the Career Resource Center, offers choosing a major workshops each semester. In addition, students meet individually with an adviser to discuss majors. Students can reside in "undecided" registration categories for the first three terms only, and must be admitted to a major other than "undecided" before registering for the fourth term.
CLAS provides its students with a semester-by-semester academic plan they can follow to graduation. The plan for each CLAS major appears later in this section. The semester-by-semester plan is an ideal schedule, many students will not follow it exactly. However, during the first five semesters, all students must complete certain minimum requirements each term known as the critical tracking criteria. The critical tracking criteria may include preparatory courses for the major (known as pre-professional courses), minimum grades in those courses (pre-professional grade point average, GPA) and a minimum cumulative UF GPA. The critical tracking criteria for each major are included in the semester plan for that major.
Students are given feedback each semester regarding progress in their majors (i.e., completion of the critical tracking criteria indicating that they are on track). If a student is off-track for a semester, the student must meet with an adviser in the AAC to determine what is needed to get back on track. Students who are off-track for two consecutive semesters must select a new major, one more appropriate to their interests and skills.
It is to the student’s advantage to begin work on the foreign language requirement during the first year, unless the department indicates otherwise. This is true especially for students continuing with study of a language previously studied.
Majors and Minors
|MAJOR||OVERALL GPA AT END OF SEMESTER 4||DEGREE
|Applied and Professional Ethics||no||yes|
|Communication Sciences and Disorders||2.8||B.A.||no|
|Computer and Information Sciences||2.0||B.S.||yes|
|East Asian Languages and Literatures||2.0||B.A.||yes|
|Interdisciplinary Studies*||3.0||B.A. & B.S.||no|
|Latin American Studies||*||yes|
|Mathematics||2.0||B.A. & B.S.||yes|
|Medieval and Early Modern Studies||*||yes|
|Microbiology and Cell Science||2.0||B.S.||no|
|Statistics||2.0||B.A. & B.S.||yes|
|Teaching English as a Second Language||no||yes|
* Examples of majors available through Interdisciplinary
Studies: biochemistry and molecular biology, biological illustration,
cell and developmental biology, film and media studies, medieval and early modern studies, near eastern languages and
cultures, neurobiological sciences, women’s studies or an individually designed major.
** Offered as an interdisciplinary studies major through the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics
Students who wish to transfer directly to UF from a Florida public community college must have completed the A.A. degree and met the minimum standards for admission to the major (as stated in UF’s Integrated Student Information System (ISIS) at http://www.isis.ufl.edu to be considered for admission to this college). These standards include completing all prerequisite courses and achieving the minimum overall and pre-professional GPAs required.
Space is very limited in the college for applicants transferring from four-year, private or out of state institutions. Such students will be held to a higher standard for admission. Once admitted, transfer students are responsible for meeting with their major department and an adviser in 100 AAC to ensure that their transfer credits are evaluated for the UF degree.
Change of Major after Semester Four
Students who change majors after semester four should apply to do so before acquiring 96 hours (including current enrollment). In addition, students must:
Postbaccalaureate status (6LS) is for students who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to continue their studies in this college without seeking immediate admission to the Graduate School. These students can apply for postbaccalaureate study in the college in one of two ways:
Priority to pursue a second bachelor’s degree is for those who have met the critical tracking criteria for the fifth semester in the intended major.
Students wanting to pursue the prerequisites for a health professions program must have completed at least one year of general chemistry with excellent grades to be considered for postbaccalaureate admission. Those students who lack the necessary courses should take them at another institution before applying for postbaccalaureate status in CLAS.
The first priority of the college is to meet the educational needs of undergraduate and graduate students. Therefore, postbaccalaureate admission is necessarily limited, and meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission.
Once admitted, all 6LS students pursuing a second bachelor’s degree or prerequisites for admission to a health professions program:
Students seeking postbaccalaureate status under the second option—prerequisites for graduate study—should contact the graduate coordinator in the department with questions about admission and academic regulations.
Upon admission to a CLAS major, the student should contact a department adviser and explore the department’s web site. The faculty member’s primary role is to give advice about a major and its requirements. Students with questions about college and degree requirements should see an adviser in 100 AAC. General non-confidential advising questions may be answered by e-mail (refer to web site).
Students are responsible for ensuring that they understand the major and degree requirements and for planning a program of study that completes those requirements in a timely fashion (see the semester-by-semester plan for each major and the satisfactory progress section below). To help students track their progress, the college mails degree audits to students in the fall and spring semesters. The degree audit identifies all requirements for graduation and indicates the requirements that have been met and those that still need to be completed. Any questions about degree audits should be raised with the department adviser or an adviser in 100 AAC.
The college awards more than 75 scholarships and fellowships annually ($250,000 in assistance). Please refer to the college’s web site or visit 2014 Turlington Hall for a brochure. The honors program office in 140 Tigert Hall also has scholarship information.
Students interested in attending professional school (medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine or law) after completing the bachelor’s degree are encouraged to seek advising from the Office of Health & Legal Professions.
Students can attend workshops to learn more about preparation for and admission to professional school. Contact 100 AAC to learn more or to make an appointment with a pre-health or pre-law adviser. Handbooks are also available on the AAC web site.
Special Support Services
The college’s Office for Academic Support and Institutional Services (OASIS) coordinates and directs support and enrichment services for all minority students (African American, Asian American, Hispanic American and Native American) enrolled in the college. Refer to the Student Services section or 200 Walker Hall for more information.
The Career Resource Center employs a counselor especially for CLAS students. The counselor helps with preparation for interviews and internships, conducts interview seminars and provides information on careers for liberal arts and sciences degrees. Students should contact 392-1601, 100 JWRU, or www.crc.ufl.edu. There also is a satellite office in the AAC.
Students interested in academic credit for work experience in their major should consult their department regarding internship credit. Many departments have a course number for this purpose. Alternatively, students may receive credit for IDS 4940, which allows up to three credits (S/U) for off-campus work experience.
Additional information is available from 2014 Turlington (392-6800). Information about internships in Gainesville, Washington, D.C. and other sites is available from the Career Resource Center. Scholarships for internships at The Washington Center (in Washington, DC) are available.
In most departments, students can conduct research under the direction of a faculty member. Many departments have a course number for this type of credit. Consult a department adviser for information about faculty research areas or search the honors program database for faculty research interests: www.honors.ufl.edu. Information about special funding for undergraduate research is available in 2014 Turlington.
Students wishing to become certified as secondary school teachers must start by completing requirements for a liberal arts and sciences degree in the appropriate subject area. Detailed information regarding certification is available from department advisers or the AAC. Students may also confer with the assistant dean in the College of Education, 134 Norman Hall, 392-0721.
Students in the college are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs administered by the UF International Center. Scholarships are available. Students can meet requirements such as general education, CLAS distribution, foreign language, certain courses in the major, summer term enrollment and UF residency. Credit hours earned while studying abroad are not considered when excess hours fees are imposed.
UF has programs overseas for undergraduates for a semester, a summer or an academic year that provide a wide range of academic and cultural experiences. For example, students can learn about East Asian civilization in Japan, study ancient sites in Rome, live in a kibbutz in Israel or explore Mayan ruins in Mexico. At the same time, they earn academic credit.
Studying abroad, however, is more than academic. Students establish new friendships, become more fluent in a foreign language and learn about the history and traditions of the country in which they study. By immersing themselves in a foreign culture, they expand their understanding of people and of themselves. They also gain valuable experience for a career in a variety of fields such as education, business or the arts.
For more information contact the UF International Center at 123 Grinter, 392-5323, or refer to their home page at www.oisp.ufl.edu. Well before going abroad, students should obtain a checklist of preparations for overseas study from the international studies office or the undergraduate coordinator in their department. This preparation ideally begins in the freshman year.
The college offers a variety of opportunities for independent and seminar honors work to those undergraduates who have demonstrated appropriate qualifications.
Superior students should take initiative in planning undergraduate and graduate programs. They should consult the honors coordinator in their department about requirements for the baccalaureate degree with honors, high honors or highest honors.
For graduation with honors, a student must attain a 3.5 overall junior/senior level average. Some majors have additional requirements. For graduation with high honors or highest honors, the student must attain an overall junior/senior level 3.5 GPA and in addition, submit a thesis, a research project or other creative work. Upon evaluation by the department or other responsible group, the student will be recommended for high or highest honors. One copy of the thesis and an abstract must be delivered to the graduation coordinator in the AAC at least three days prior to graduation.
Anderson Scholars: Each fall at a convocation ceremony, the college honors outstanding juniors, designated Anderson Scholars. These students receive certificates of highest distinction, high distinction or distinction, based on maintaining a 4.0, 3.9 or 3.8 overall grade point average average respectively, during their first two years at UF with a twelve-hour course load each semester.
Anderson Scholars are named in honor of James N. Anderson who served as the first dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (1910-1930) and after whom Anderson Hall is named. He was also a professor of Greek and Latin.
Dean’s List: At the end of each fall and spring term, the dean recognizes outstanding academic achievement by publishing the names of students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 on a minimum of 14 hours, exclusive of hours taken under the S-U option and grade changes.
Phi Beta Kappa: Phi Beta Kappa is a scholastic honorary society for students of high academic achievement within a broad liberal education. Election is by invitation, not application. Students meeting minimum standards are considered automatically during the term prior to graduation and again in the first term after graduation.
Graduating seniors in the college are elected with these minimum standards: a 3.65 UF GPA and, in case of transfer work, in all collegiate work attempted. Students must have completed at least 45 semester hours of graded work in courses related to the liberal arts and sciences at this university.
The society also is interested in the diversity of the student’s intellectual curiosity. A student must have a liberal spread of letter-graded courses in the arts and sciences outside the major and a sound overall record. The society has established fixed criteria for computing course spread.
In evaluating the soundness of the student’s overall record, some less quantifiable factors are used. Strong candidates will be above the stated minimum in either spread or GPA. Preferably some of the required language courses are taken for a grade. Honors and advanced-level course work and research are viewed favorably.
Some students are elected to membership early during the first term of the senior year. These students must have at least a 3.85 GPA and an academic record creating a strong presumption that the spread and other criteria for election will be met by graduation.
The society also considers superior students graduating from other colleges who are recommended by their college deans and who have completed a program including a major, recommended electives and language comparable to that required of
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students.
Students with questions about eligibility should contact Dr. G. H. Myers, 392-0931.
Center for Written and Oral Communication
The William and Grace Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication offers a range of courses focusing on the communications skills students need for their majors and future careers. Students interested in business, education, law and medicine can learn oral communication skills essential to success in these professions. A variety of speech communication courses are offered.
Juniors and seniors can also learn communications skills in Writing in the Discipline (ENC 3254), which focuses on writing in a single discipline (anthropology, communication sciences and disorders, neurobiological sciences, psychology and sociology). The course addresses the form, content and style of professional articles as well as how to prepare grant proposals, letters of application to graduate programs and potential employers and oral presentations of research.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Council (CLASSC) is composed of student representatives from each of the college’s departments, as well as student representatives with freshman and sophomore classification. CLASSC specifically is concerned with enhancing the academic environment in the college. It places students, by application, on several faculty/student committees, including the Advisory Committee on International Studies, the College Curriculum Committee and College Petitions Committee.
College Requirements and Regulations
Each term when planning their programs, students are urged to review the information presented in the liberal arts and sciences section of the catalog. Failure to read, understand and follow the guidelines presented here could cause significant hardship and delays in academic progress. In addition, students are expected to review the degree audit they are mailed each term and discuss any discrepancies with an adviser. Students are expected to inform the Office of the University Registrar of any changes of address to ensure that degree audits and other university communications reach them. Clarification of college requirements is available at 100 AAC.
The college requires its students to use a computer for class assignments. Students must have or be able to
Refer to the university’s home page at www. ufl.edu or to the CIRCA home page at www.circa. ufl.edu/computers for general computer information as well as a link to the college’s web page for specific requirements for each program.
Normal Course Loads: The normal load in this college is 15 credit hours, and all students are expected to carry a normal load. Loads above 17 hours must be approved by the associate dean in 100 AAC. This exception may be made for final term graduation candidates with a 2.8 or higher UF GPA.
Adding: Published courses may be added any time during drop/add.
Dropping: Courses may be dropped during drop/add without penalty. After the drop/add period, a course may be dropped until the published drop deadline. All such drops are subject to the following restrictions:
Courses dropped by a full term withdrawal do not count toward the number of unrestricted drops students are permitted. Students are encouraged to discuss with an academic adviser how a full term withdrawal will affect their academic standing and discuss with a financial aid adviser how it will affect their financial aid. Students wishing to withdraw from all courses after the withdrawal deadline can submit a college petition before the last day of classes consistent with the guidelines listed in the dropping courses section.
Petitions: Students who feel they have an extenuating circumstance that prevents them from adhering to a college regulation can petition for a waiver. Petitions are considered weekly on a case-by-case basis by the CLAS Petitions Committee. All petitions must include a statement explaining the hardship and documentation supporting the claim. Information is available at 100 AAC; instructions are on the general petition form.
Registration in Graduate Courses: Advanced undergraduate students with excellent academic records can register for graduate courses (5000 level and above) with permission of the department adviser. Refer to the later section on combined bachelor’s/master’s programs.
Correspondence Work: A student cannot register for correspondence courses while enrolled in the college unless the associate dean for student affairs grants special permission. The student must have a cumulative 2.5 UF GPA and may not apply more than six semester hours toward any certificate or bachelor’s degree. CLAS students may register for only three hours of correspondence at a time.
Attendance: The university and this college recognize the right of the individual professor to make attendance mandatory. After due warning, professors may suspend students with failing grades from individual courses for excessive absences.
CLEP: Students beginning in the fall or spring term who plan to apply for credit via CLEP must do so before enrolling, or at the latest, before the end of their first term of enrollment at the university. Students who begin in the summer must apply for credit before the end of their first fall term. CLEP credits may not be used to fulfill general education requirements or college distribution requirements.
Students in this college may use CLEP subject area examinations in Spanish, French and German to exempt the language requirement. (Refer to foreign language requirements in the College Requirements subsection.)
B.A. and B.S. Degrees
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers the following degree programs:
The Bachelor of Arts (120 hours) will be conferred for students who fulfill degree requirements with majors in anthropology, Asian studies, classical studies, communications sciences and disorders, criminology, economics, East Asian languages and literatures, English, French, German, history, Jewish studies, linguistics, philosophy, political science, Portuguese, religion, Russian, sociology and Spanish.
The Bachelor of Science
(120 hours) will be conferred upon students who fulfill degree requirements
with majors in astronomy, botany, chemistry, computer and information sciences,
microbiology, physics, psychology and zoology.
The Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science will be conferred upon those students who fulfill the requirements for the degree with majors in geography, geology, mathematics, quantitative sciences, statistics, or interdisciplinary studies. Students should consult the undergraduate coordinator in their major department to discuss the appropriate curriculum for each of these degrees.
Double Major: To complete two majors for which the degree is the same (both Bachelor of Arts or both Bachelor of Science), students must first be approved to pursue a double major. Courses used for one major can fulfill electives for the other major and vice versa.
Students applying for a double major must
Dual Degree: To complete two majors for which the degree is different (one is a Bachelor of Arts and the other a Bachelor of Science; or if one major is in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the other is in another college), students must first be approved to pursue dual degrees. Courses used for one major can be used to fulfill electives for the other major and vice versa. Students applying for a dual degree must:
A student completing major and college requirements in one college and major requirements only in another college will receive a degree from the first college. The transcript will identify the degree and the majors from both colleges.
A student completing two majors that have the same degree, i.e., BA or BS, will receive a single degree. The transcript will identify the degree and the two majors.
To apply for a dual degree students should obtain an application in 100 AAC. They must submit a program plan identifying the courses they intend to complete for both degrees and a statement explaining their educational goals. Students may pursue a dual degree only if they are approved by the college.
Graduation Under a Particular Catalog
Students are placed into the catalog year for the academic year they entered UF unless they request to follow the academic requirements in effect when they initially enrolled in a Florida public community college or other Florida state institution. This request is possible only if they have maintained continuous enrollment, defined as registering for and completing at least one course for one term in an academic year. An addendum to this section describes requirements for catalog years 1992-96. Students following catalog years before 1992 should obtain a degree requirements handout in 100 AAC.
Applying for a Degree
Seniors must file formal application for a degree in the registrar’s office early in the term in which they expect to graduate. The university calendar will provide the deadline for a current term degree application.
Students should request a degree audit from the AAC before registering for the term in which they plan to graduate to determine the college requirements that still need to be fulfilled. The department can also check to verify completion of requirements for the major.
Additionally, seniors who plan to graduate should convert all I*, N* and H grades to letter grades no later than the fifth week of the final semester. Seniors are responsible for ensuring that all grade changes are submitted properly and are recorded in a timely fashion.
CLAS Degree Requirements 1999-2000
The college has eight requirements to satisfy for award of a degree: hour, grade point average, residence, basic distribution, elective, foreign language, preparation for the major and major requirements.
STRUCTURE OF A CLAS DEGREE
These degree requirements are included in the 120 hours for graduation.
2) Grade point average
4) Basic distribution
6) Foreign language
1) Preparation for the major
2) Major requirements
Hour Requirement: All CLAS students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 acceptable semester hours for the degree.
Up to 30 hours earned in a UF overseas study or exchange program may be applied to this requirement. Students can petition to have more hours accepted.
Grade Point Average Requirement: Students must achieve an overall average of C in all work attempted at the university.
Residence Requirement: The last 30 hours applied to the degree must be completed in residence in the College of Liberal Arts and Science. In extenuating circumstances the last three hours may be waived by petition.
Participation in a UF study abroad or exchange program is not considered a break in residence.
Basic Distribution Requirement: To ensure that students gain a rich and varied general education, the college asks students to complete the following distribution requirement:
|Mathematical Sciences||6 credits (including 3 credits with a math prefix)|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences||9 credits*|
|Physical Sciences||6 credits*|
|Biological Sciences||6 credits*|
|Science Laboratory||1 credit (*must include six credits
of international and
diversity studies in the 30 credits)
Electives are defined as courses taken outside the major or major department.
The degree program must include 18 hours of electives at the 3000 level
or above. Several 2000-level natural science or mathematical science courses
beyond the entry course in a sequence can contribute to the 18-hour requirement.
Eligible courses are CHM 2211, 2211L; PHY 2054, 2049, 2056L; MAC 2234,
2312, 2313; MAP 2302; and CGS 2532. Course selection will depend on goals
and interests, and some students may use electives to pursue a minor or
a double major.
Foreign Language Requirement: CLAS students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. Foreign language is an important component of a liberal education. Study of foreign languages provides access to the cultural and intellectual heritage of cultures other than one’s own. Such study also provides a new perspective on the structure and complexity of the English language.
Students in this college have a unique opportunity to study the following languages at the university: Akan, American Sign Language, Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Modern Greek, Norwegian, Polish Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Shona, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish and Yoruba.
Students who have studied French, Spanish, German or Latin in high school and wish to continue these languages should consult each semester’s Schedule of Courses, the Academic Advising section of this catalog or the department for information regarding placement into the appropriate language course.
Proficiency in a foreign language is considered to be the level of skill a student attains upon completion of a beginning language sequence at UF. Students do not need to earn a certain number of hours to complete this requirement. It can be met in ONE of the following ways.
Progression to Graduation
Preparation for the Major: Students should familiarize themselves with requirements for the major or majors in which they are interested. Information about preparation for the major as well as the universal tracking plan for the major is in each department’s section of this catalog. In addition, most CLAS departments have home pages on the Internet (refer to the college’s home page).
Satisfactory Progress: Every student will be expected to make satisfactory progress each term. The college will monitor students to ensure they are making satisfactory progress. Registration will be denied to students who fail to make satisfactory progress, which includes:
Minors and Certificates
The minor affords a traditional, well-accepted way to recognize that a student has completed a significant body of work outside the major. Students may wish to follow-up on long-time personal interests, to satisfy intellectual curiosity generated by introductory courses, to differentiate their program of study from those of fellow students or to enhance their opportunities for employment or for admission to graduate or professional schools.
The following minors currently
are available in this college; most are described in the majors section:
|Applied and Professional Ethics||Jewish Studies|
|Arabic||Latin American Studies|
|Botany||Medieval & Early Modern Studies|
|Computer & Info Sciences||Portuguese|
|East Asian Languages
|Geography||Teaching English as
a Second Language
|German||Zoology (see Linguistics)|
College Requirements for Minors: These requirements are available from the departments.
Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program
Outstanding advanced undergraduate students can apply for admission to this program. Departments can verify whether they offer a combined degree program and can provide a description. Currently, CLAS offers combined degree programs in history, mathematics, political science, sociology and statistics. Several additional programs are in the planning stages.
Some graduate courses taken while an undergraduate count toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and shorten the time required for both degrees. Students on financial aid should check with that office. In general, students on financial aid should retain their undergraduate status as long as possible. The program requires admission to the Graduate School.
Interdisciplinary Studies Majors
An interdisciplinary major may be designed and initiated by a student whose academic or professional goals are not met by a department major. The IDS major is a restricted admissions program and requires a 3.0 GPA. At least two faculty members from different departments must help plan the program, and they also must agree to supervise the program to completion. At least one of these faculty members must be in this college.
Each interdisciplinary program must be approved by the college Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies and include at least 20 credit hours of 3-4000 level course work taken in two or more departments. All other college degree requirements (e.g., foreign language, basic distribution, electives, etc.) must be met. The student must also take at least seven credit hours of IDS 4906 (or equivalent courses) under the direction of one or both of the supervi-sory faculty members and produce a senior thesis.
Baccalaureate honors, high honors or highest honors also are available to interdisciplinary majors. Requirements are the same as for department majors, with the additional provision that high or highest honors must be recommended by two members of the student’s supervisory committee (including the principal supervisor), who will affirm that the student conducted an individual project in IDS 4906 (or equivalent).
Students should begin planning an interdisciplinary program early. They should stay in their current major and apply to IDS by semester 5. Late application may result in denial of admission to the program. Students interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary major should contact the college office in 2014 Turlington, 392-6800, or view the IDS information at www.clas.ufl.edu/ ids.
Students may design their own major, or follow one of the tracks below or in the majors chart at the beginning of the college section. More information about biochemistry, film studies and women’s studies appears later in the course descriptions section.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Applicants with a good background in basic chemistry and biology can pursue advanced-level work, including required courses in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, research in biochemistry and molecular biology and other electives in biochemistry and molecular biology, botany, chemistry, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacology and zoology.
Graduates will have excellent backgrounds for research in a variety of the basic medical sciences and will be qualified for graduate and professional school programs.
For further information about
the biochemistry program, refer to the department course listings (refer
to Index). Questions about the program may be directed to Dr. Robert Cohen,
ARB, R2-252B, UF Health Science Center, 392-4050.
Biological Illustration: This program provides a broad program in biological illustration to students preparing to work with museums; university botany, zoology, entomology, anthropology or medical departments; and botanical gardens or research organizations.
Enrollment is restricted because of the tutorial nature of much of the instruction. The program admits only a few well-qualified students each year. Contact Dr. Ronald Wolff, 411 Carr, 392-1298.
Cell and Developmental Biology: Students interested in cell and developmental biology can conduct creative and independent research in intracellular transport and localization, cell interactions in development, inter-cellular adhesion, extracellular matrix, secretion, cytoskeleton, postranslational modifications of proteins, cell surface recognition, endocytosis, regulation of water transport and reproductive biology. For information and required courses, contact Dr. Tom Hollinger, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, UF Health Science Center, 392-3569.
Film and Media Studies: The interdisciplinary B.A. in film and media studies is intended for students seeking a liberal arts approach to audio-visual studies, including work in criticism, theory and history of film and video media, along with basic production experience. The program is adaptable to a broad range of media applications, including experimental, documentary or scientific concentrations and mainstream popular culture. Contact Dr. Robert Ray, English Department, 4008 Turlington, 392-0777.
International Studies: Undergraduate students design a concentration that focuses on international issues or an area of the world, ranging from Europe to Africa and Latin America. Students draw on disciplines such as history, geography, modern languages, economics and political science to design the core of a major, which culminates in a thesis. Through such experience, students acquire a thorough knowledge of cultural, economic, political and social interrelationships. In planning the major, students should take advantage of UF’s study abroad programs. Contact Dr. Halina Stephan, Department of, Germanic and Slavic Studies, 263 Dauer, 392-2101, or the Honors Program office in 140 Tigert, 392-1519.
Medieval and Early Modern Studies: This major focuses on medieval and early modern European culture and its influences on the modern world. Students examine the distinctive forms of cultural organization in these periods, obtain knowledge about medieval and early modern communities (monastic, chivalric, peasant, early urban) and familiarize themselves with some of the world’s greatest literature.
Students are encouraged to seek historical perspectives that can contribute to current discussions about ethnicity and nationality, colonialism, technologies and their effects, gender and sexuality and the characteristics of historical and fictional narratives. This IDS major involves critical thinking, textual analysis and creativity, and is excellent pre-professional preparation for careers in law, journalism, government services, medicine, library science, international work and teaching. Contact Dr. Will Hasty, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, 254 Dauer, 392-2101.
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures: This is a new IDS major. Students design a concentration that focuses on an Arabic or Hebrew language and culture. Students acquire knowledge of relationships among language, literature, politics, religion, arts and economics. The program culminates in a senior thesis. Contact Dr. Aida Bamia, Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures, 392-2422.
Neurobiological Sciences: This major studies the characteristics and functions of the nervous system. Core courses ensure that students acquire a background in basic sciences, biology and brain science. Both elective courses and completion of an independent research project, supervised by one of the 45 faculty within the Center for Neurobiological Sciences, allow students to specialize in area(s) of particular interest to them. These areas can include neurochemistry, neurophysiology, neuroembryology, neuroplasticity and brain/ behavior relations. Concentrations are available in behavioral neurobiology, cellular and molecular neurobiology and cognitive neuroscience.
Many graduates continue their study in neural sciences, including graduate school, professional school in health sciences and the pharmaceutical industry. Contact Dr. Neil Rowland, Department of Psychology, 359 Psychology, 392-6639.
Women’s Studies: The women’s studies program is an interdisciplinary forum for the study of gender, its function in cultures and societies, and its intersection with race and class. The program has a faculty of internationally recognized scholars in a variety of disciplines. It employs feminist and other theoretical approaches and methodologies.
A major in women’s studies requires 28 credit hours, as follows: 18 credits of approved courses, the core course WST 3010 (3 credits), three credits of WST 4905 and four credits of thesis (IDS 4906). The thesis project should be designed with a member of the women’s studies faculty and the program director. Contact the director of women’s studies, Dr. Sue Rosser, 115 Anderson Hall, 392-3365.
Majors and Minors
A major consists of a concentration of course work in a specific department or program. The number of credit hours required for a major will vary from department to department, but in no case may the number of hours be fewer than 24 hours nor more than 40 hours.
No courses in the major in which the grade earned is below C will count toward fulfillment of the major; no courses in the major may be taken under the S-U option. Work in the major taken in the freshman or sophomore years or transferred to the university from another institution is included when evaluating the student’s record. However, all transfer credit in the major must be approved by the department.
A typical semester-by-semester program of study for each major is included. This plan is a guide to help students develop their program of study. It includes requirements for general education, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the major. Most students will vary from this plan in several ways, as described below. Students should note carefully the following information. Refer to the general College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for more details:
|GE =||General education|
|M =||Gordon Rule computation and GE mathematical sciences|
|H =||GE humanities|
|S =||GE social and behavioral sciences|
|P/B =||GE physical and biological sciences|
|I =||GE International/diversity focus|
African and Asian Languages and Literatures-Chinese
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Computer and Information Sciences
Film and Media Studies
Germanic and Slavic Studies-German and Russian
Latin American Studies
Microbiology and Cell Science
Romance Languages and Literatures-Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Previous College Requirements
Students with catalog year
from Summer B 1992 until the beginning of Summer B 1996 may follow these
The requirements are the same as the current ones with the following exceptions:
Basic Distribution Requirement: