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First-semester freshmen at the university will be admitted to the college when they declare a major. At that time, their college classification will become AG (Agricultural and Life Sciences), FY (School of Forest Resources and Conservation) or NE (School of Natural Resources and Environment). Students will maintain the AG, FY or NE classification as long as they continue to meet or to exceed the tracking criteria for the major.

Students who fall below the minimum progression standards will not be allowed to continue in the major. These students must meet with an academic adviser within the college to determine an alternative major.

Students Other Than Freshmen

All UF students other than first-semester freshmen must apply to a major in this college. Students should first meet with an adviser in their major of interest. Students will be admitted to the major if they meet or exceed the universal-tracking criteria. Other specific admission requirements vary by major. Students will be admitted to the major if they meet or exceed the universal-tracking criteria. Other specific admission requirements vary by major.

All applicants must have completed two sequential courses of foreign language in secondary school or 8-10 semester hours at the postsecondary level, or document an equivalent level of proficiency.

Students should contact the undergraduate adviser for their major when they are admitted to the college. They should complete the course requirements for the major in the semester designated in the catalog and on their degree-tracking audits.

Juniors and seniors should have completed all courses listed for the first four semesters of their curriculum. Any student who has not completed these courses must do so the first semester of the junior year.

The college recommends that each student consult an academic adviser in their major each term before registering to ensure that appropriate courses are taken in the appropriate sequence. Students who do not enroll in appropriate courses may not be allowed to register the following term.

Readmission to the College

CALS students who have been dismissed from the university for poor academic performance can petition UF and the college for readmission after one semester.


A transfer student from a Florida public community college must have an Associate of Arts degree (or 60 hours for students transferring from private institutions, four-year institutions or institutions outside of Florida) and satisfy the admission requirements for the intended major to be eligible for admission to the college. Community college students should consult an adviser to ensure completion of the required courses for admission to UF, the college and the major.

Transfer students from other universities and non-Florida public community colleges should complete the first two years’ requirements for the major before transferring to UF and to this college.

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Student Responsibility

Students are expected to assume full academic responsibility for registering for and completing the proper courses and for fulfilling all requirements for the degree. Students must consult their advisers each semester to plan and to get approval for their courses.

College Probation

A student whose overall grade point average falls below 2.0 is placed on college probation. The associate dean will notify the student that he/she is on probation and must remove all deficit points in two semesters or face college suspension.

During college suspension a student cannot register as a College of Agricultural and Life Sciences student.

College Retention Program

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences works individually with students on college probation to provide them an opportunity for academic success at the university. The retention program identifies obstacles that could prevent academic success, provides structure and mechanisms for success and connects students to administrators, faculty and staff who are committed to helping them.

Critical-Tracking Criteria

Students who do not complete the appropriate number of tracking courses each semester -- and/or do not have the required tracking GPA -- will have a hold placed on their record to prevent advance registration. They must meet with an adviser in their major to determine whether they may continue in that major.

Drop Policy

Students can drop courses during the drop/add period without penalty. Thereafter, courses can be dropped only by college petition in accordance with the deadlines. Drops requiring college petition are subject to the following rules:

  • After the university’s drop deadline, students must first meet with an academic adviser in their major, and then submit a petition to the college office.
  • Students who withdraw from UF (drop all courses) must go to the Dean of Students Office, Peabody Hall, Room 202, to meet with an adviser.

General Education

Courses that satisfy general education requirements are listed by category. In some cases, the courses listed do not complete the general education requirement and students must take another course. The courses listed represent the most expedient way to fulfill graduation requirements. However, students can satisfy degree requirements with alternative course sequences.

Students should evaluate their current chemistry skills before registering for chemistry courses with a short Chemistry Readiness Assessment (CHRA).

A Calculus Readiness Assessment (CRA) also is available for students to evaluate their math skills.

The college requires all students to complete an oral and written communication requirement in addition to the general education requirements. In majors where an equivalency is permitted, students should see their advisers for approved alternative courses. When majors list specific courses, students must select courses from the list.


By prior arrangement with an adviser and with supervision, a student may receive credit for practical work experience relevant to the major. Credit is earned at the rate of one credit per month of full-time work and cannot exceed three credits in any combination of work experience. A written report must be submitted before a (S or U) grade will be issued. Academic units offering this option list the course number 4941. Minimum criteria and general guidelines are available from the undergraduate coordinator for the major.

College Honors Program

The CALS upper division honors program is for students who have completed 60 or more hours and have a 3.75 or higher overall GPA.

The honors program builds upon existing courses in the student's chosen curriculum. All participants must complete ALS 4921, Honors Colloquium, a college-wide course that satisfies the writing component required by the college. In addition, two classes approved in the major must carry an honors designation. These courses can be current honors courses or regular courses enhanced by an honors contract. With approval of the program coordinator, graduate-level courses can also qualify as honors courses.

Courses on the transcript are identified with an honors designation. Students who complete the program successfully are designated CALS Honors Scholars and receive a Scholars Medallion.

Students in the program who have the necessary grade point average and a desire to graduate magna cum laude or summa cum laude must complete an honors thesis. Thesis projects are scholarly activities in teaching, research or extension activities that involve guided independent work by the student. Thesis projects must have clear objectives and expected outcomes.

Students who are not in the CALS upper division honors program can still graduate magna cum laude or summa cum laude, provided they have the necessary GPA and complete the honors thesis. For additional information, contact the honors program coordinator.

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