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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers the following degree programs:
The Bachelor of Arts (120 hours) will be conferred upon 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, 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, physics, 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.
First -Year Students
First-year 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 categories are provided to facilitate exploration of academic alternatives for students who are unsure about a choice of major: 1) Exploring Humanities and Letters 2) Exploring Social and behavioral science, or 3) Exploring Sciences and/or Engineering. Students select the exploring category that most closely fits their academic interests.
The advisers in the AAC help students select an appropriate program of study. Students can reside in "exploring" registration categories for the first three fall/spring terms only. Students must be admitted to a major other than "exploring" before registering for their fourth term.
Detailed information about admission requirements for each CLAS major can be found at www.advising.ufl.edu/transfer/. Transfer students are admitted for a specific major and are expected to pursue that major to graduation.
Students who wish to transfer directly to UF from a Florida public community college must have completed the A.A. degree and met the same standards for admission to the major that native students meet to be considered for admission to this college.
Space in the college is very limited 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 required to attend orientation and 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.
Transfer students with 60 or more credit hours are expected to graduate in the major to which they are accepted. Changing majors after transferring may not be possible.
Change of Major
Major Changes in Terms 1-4
Major Changes After Term 4
Students wishing to change to a major in CLAS should meet with an adviser in the AAC. They must submit a program plan identifying the courses they intend to complete for the new major as well as a statement explaining their educational goals. The department offering the desired major must support the studentís admission to the major. Students can only pursue the major to which they have been admitted.
Every student is expected to make satisfactory progress toward graduation each semester. Students who fail to make satisfactory progress may be required to seek advisement, denied further registration or mandated to meet specific conditions in order to continue in the major and/or CLAS.
Universal Tracking for CLAS Majors
Students in terms 1-5 are required to meet the critical tracking criteria for their majors in each of the first five terms. The critical tracking criteria for CLAS majors are listed in the major information that follows in this section of the catalog. CLAS counts all attempts of critical tracking courses when calculating pre-professional GPA for a major. For more information about Universal Tracking policies, consult the Academic Advising portion of this catalog.
Additional CLAS Progression Standards
All CLAS students must meet the following standards or may be denied further registration:
Each semester, the university e-mails students informing them of their registration appointment for the next term. Upon receipt of this e-mail, students should consult their degree audit on ISIS (www.isis.ufl.edu). The degree audit outlines the requirements for the degree and indicates whether or not a student has met each requirement. Students should use their degree audit to plan a program of satisfactory progress each term.
It is to a studentís advantage to begin work on the foreign language requirement during the first two years, unless the major department indicates otherwise.
CLAS offers several additional ways, beyond the major, that students can pursue their academic interests. Students may opt to pursue a minor, certificate, double major, dual degree, second major or combined bachelor's/master's program.
Each of these supplemental programs of study is described below. The college must approve a studentís pursuit of any of these options.
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. Minors offered by CLAS are listed at the front of this section and described in the appropriate department sections of the catalog.
College Requirements for Minors: Requirements for individual minors are available from the departments.
Students can obtain a minor or a certificate in African studies, Asian studies, classical studies, gerontology, Jewish studies and linguistics. Students should consult an adviser in the appropriate department for the requirements for each certificate. Students can obtain certificates in African American studies, environmental studies, Greek studies, humanities and agriculture, Latin American studies and Russian and East European area studies. These are described after the majorsí sections.
Double Major, Dual Degree and Second Major
To earn a double major, dual degree or second major, a student must be certified for and graduate from all undergraduate programs of study at the same time.
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 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences electives for the other major and vice versa.
A student completing two majors that have the same degree, i.e., B.A. or B.S., will receive a single degree. The transcript will identify the degree and the two majors.
Dual Degree: To complete two majors for which the degree is different (one 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.
A student completing two CLAS majors that have different degrees or major and college requirements in two different colleges will receive two degrees. The transcript will identify each degree and the appropriate major.
Second major: Students may opt to complete a second major in CLAS rather than a dual degree. In this case, only the major requirements for the second major need to be completed, not the college requirements.
A student completing major and college requirements in one college and major requirements only in CLAS will receive a degree from the first college. The transcript will identify the degree from the first college and the majors from both colleges.
Students applying for a double major, dual degree or second major must:
To apply for a double major, dual degree, or second major, students should obtain an application from 100 AAC. They must submit a program plan identifying the courses they intend to complete for both majors, as well as a statement explaining their educational goals. Students approved for a double major, dual degree or second major must follow the program plan outlined in their application or the approval for the supplemental program of study is voided. Students can pursue a double major, dual degree or second major only if approved by the college.
Combined Bachelorís/Masterís Program
The combined bachelor's/master's programs allow students to complete two degrees more quickly. 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 botany, geography, geological sciences, history, mathematics, political science, religion, sociology and statistics.
Some graduate courses taken while an undergraduate count toward both the bachelorís and masterís 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.
Postbaccalaureate status (6LS) is for students who have a bachelorís 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 as follows:
The first priority of the college is to meet the educational needs of undergraduate and graduate students. Therefore, postbaccalaureate admission is necessarily limited.
Students seeking postbaccalaureate status to pursue prerequisites for graduate study should contact the graduate coordinator in the department with questions about admission and academic regulations.
CLAS has significantly limited non-degree registration. It is only considered on a case-by-case basis for students enrolling for the purpose of teacher certification, UF employees utilizing the Employee Education Program, and transient students who are place-bound in Gainesville (provided the courses are not offered at another local institution). Students wishing to take courses for any other reason are encouraged to pursue them at other institutions.
CLAS students are advised about their major requirements by the department offering the major. Students are encouraged to explore their departmentís Web site and meet with a departmental adviser periodically to review their progress.
The CLAS Academic Advising Center (AAC) helps CLAS students understand college and university degree requirements and regulations. In addition, the AAC helps undecided students identify potential majors. The Office of Health and Legal Professions Advising (OHLPA) provides guidance to students interested in pursuing professional study in health care and law upon completion of the bachelorís degree. The Learning Services Center, mentioned above, is located in the AAC next to the lobby on the first floor.