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Off-campus Academic Programs

Recognizing the needs of nontraditional students, the university established Bachelor of Science degree programs that are available off campus in Apopka, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Pierce, Homestead, Milton and Plant City.

As a unit of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), the college offers several off-campus degree programs.

  • Apopka — Landscape and nursery horticulture
  • Fort Lauderdale — Entomology and nematology, geomatics, golf and sports turf management, and landscape and nursery horticulture
  • Fort Pierce — Environmental management in agriculture, food and resource economics and horticultural sciences
  • Homestead — Landscape and nursery horticulture
  • Milton — Golf and sports turf management, landscape and nursery horticulture, and natural resource conservation
  • Plant City — Agricultural education and communication, geomatics, landscape and nursery horticulture, and natural resource conservation

Students must first earn an A.A. degree from a Florida public community college or other accredited institution, complete specific prerequisite courses, meet a specific GPA and apply for admission to UF. Once accepted, students can pursue a Bachelor of Science without moving to Gainesville.

These students are also eligible for UF and CALS scholarships. UF faculty members teach and advise all students, and upon completion of the program requirements, UF confers the degree.

These programs are also available to the general public as continuing education courses.

Preprofessional Programs

Several CALS majors have specializations that help students complete the preprofessional requirements for admission to the colleges of Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine.

  • Specializations in animal sciences, biology, botany, entomology and nematology, food science and human nutrition, microbiology and cell science, and wildlife ecology and conservation prepare students for programs in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine.
  • Food science and human nutrition majors are eligible for the Junior Honors Medical Program.
  • Students preparing for law careers can select any major in the college.
  • Qualified students can apply to the Honors BS/DMD program in the College of Dentistry after one semester of their freshman year at UF. This program helps highly motivated students complete the bachelor’s degree and D.M.D. in a shorter time than the two traditional programs. Participants major in microbiology and cell science or food science and human nutrition’s nutritional sciences specialization. Both majors provide the science foundation required for dental school. Additional information is available from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences or the College of Dentistry.