Preprofessional Biology

The Biology majors combine the faculty and resources of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to prepare undergraduates for careers in the biological sciences, advanced study in professional and graduate schools, productive citizenship and leadership, and lifelong learning. The program is comprehensive and flexible, emphasizing the diverse forms, processes, and systems of life. Students in the program complete required and elective courses that promote critical thinking through the investigation and understanding of principles and unifying themes that govern living systems. The Biology major offers a broader approach to biology than is available through a major in botany, zoology, or other specialized biological sciences majors.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

The Department of Biology studies life at all levels from molecules to the biosphere to understand the evolution, structure, maintenance and dynamics of biological systems. Our teaching and research provide the integrative and conceptual foundations of the life sciences.
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220 BARTRAM HALL
GAINESVILLE FL 32611-8525
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Curriculum

The B.S. | Preprofessional Biology specialization is designed for students preparing for admission to medical, dental, optometry, veterinary, or other professional schools. Students in this track should contact the biology advisor or the Academic Advising Center in 100 Farrior Hall for specific requirements. 

The biology degrees develop fundamental knowledge of animals, plants and microorganisms. The degrees and specializations are tailored to meet the needs of preprofessional students, those students preparing for graduate studies in biology or specialized areas, and those seeking careers in education, the allied health professions and interdisciplinary fields such as environmental or biotechnology law, science journalism, and bioscience management.

Bachelor of Science

The CLAS Bachelor of Science in biology offers two specializations.

Bachelor of Science | Integrative Biology

Designed for students preparing for graduate studies in biology or specialized areas such as ecology, evolution, genetics, molecular biology, physiology, and systematics.

Bachelor of Science | Preprofessional Biology

Designed for students preparing for admission to medical, dental, optometry, veterinary, or other professional schools.

Bachelor of Arts

The CLAS Bachelor of Arts in biology is a flexible degree that is best suited for students interested in a career in education, the allied health professions, and interdisciplinary fields such as environmental or biotechnology law, science journalism, and bioscience management.

Coursework for the Majors

The B.S. biology specializations require significant introductory coursework and credits in general biology, calculus and/or statistics, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. The B.A. requires less preparation in mathematics, chemistry and physics. Students who are uncertain about the program that best suits their goals should consult a biology advisor for information and curriculum planning. Students can also individualize their curricula with additional life science courses from other departments, colleges and units at UF.

Relevant Minors and/or Certificates

UFTeach Program

There is a severe shortage of qualified secondary school biology teachers in Florida and nationwide. Students interested in becoming part of this high-demand profession should see a biology advisor or the UFTeach advisor. UFTeach students complete the UFTeach minor in science teaching with their B.A. or B.S. in biology and have the coursework and preparation for professional teacher certification in Florida when they graduate.
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Research

All biology majors are encouraged to participate in research. Research experience is valuable on many levels: it diversifies the college experience, teaches how scientists apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to real world questions, provides the opportunity to work with and get to know researchers who are the best in their field, enables participation in cutting edge scientific questions and techniques, enhances the student's resume/CV when applying to graduate or professional school and, finally, it is essential to help the student determine if science is an appropriate career choice.
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CLAS biology majors may participate in research for course credit, as a scholar (e.g., University Scholar), as a volunteer, or, in rare cases, as a paid research assistant.

Required Foundation Coursework

All coursework for the major must be completed with minimum grades of C.

Required Foundation Coursework
BSC 2010
2010L
Integrated Principles of Biology 1
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1
4
BSC 2011
2011L
Integrated Principles of Biology 2
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2
4
CHM 2045
2045L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHM 2046
2046L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CHM 2210Organic Chemistry 13
CHM 2211
2211L
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
MAC 2311Analytic Geometry and Calculus 14
MAC 2312Analytic Geometry and Calculus 23-4
or STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
Select one option:8-10
Option A
Physics 1
and Laboratory for Physics 1
Physics 2
and Laboratory for Physics 2
Option B
Physics with Calculus 1
and Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 1
Physics with Calculus 2
and Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 2
Required Core Coursework 1
BCH 4024Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology4
BSC 4936Critical Analysis of Biological Research2
Select one:3-4
Genetics
Genetics
Molecular Genetics
Select one of the following:3-4
Basic Biology of Microorganisms
and Laboratory for Basic Biology of Microorganisms
Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Function
Select one:4-5
Human Physiology
Cellular and Systems Physiology
Physiology and Molecular Biology of Animals
B.S. Preprofessional Electives
Additional approved life sciences courses (Minimum; a maximum of 6 credits of approved research may be applied to this requirement)12
Total Credits67-73
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This degree requires a minimum of 28 credits in core courses. Any additional credits remaining after completion of the required core coursework must be met by taking courses from the approved B.S. preprofessional electives in the biological sciences.


Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5

  • Complete CHM 2210 with a 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

  • Complete a minimum of 2 of the remaining Biology major 3000/4000 level required core courses

Semester 7

  • Complete a minimum of 2 of the remaining Biology major 3000/4000 level required core courses

Semester 8

  • Complete BSC 4936 (Capstone)
  • Complete all remaining Biology major 3000/4000 level required core courses 

Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H, or S).

Additional Life Science courses may not count as 3000 level or above electives outside of the major. CHM 2211, CHM 2211L, PHY 2054, PHY 2054L, PHY 2049, and PHY 2049L may count towards 3000 level or above electives outside of the major.

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
BSC 1920 First Year Introduction: Biology at UF (recommended elective) 1
CHM 2045
2045L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
4
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 4
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits15
Semester Two
CHM 2046
2046L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory (Critical Tracking)
4
Select one: 3-4
Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (Gen Ed Mathematics )
Introduction to Statistics 1 (Gen Ed Mathematics )
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Elective 3
 Credits13-14
Semester Three
BSC 2010
2010L
Integrated Principles of Biology 1
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
4
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry 1 (Critical Tracking) 3
State Core Gen Ed Composition 3
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Biological, Physical, or Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
 Credits16
Semester Four
BSC 2011
2011L
Integrated Principles of Biology 2
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
4
CHM 2211
2211L
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
Elective (or Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences if Quest 2 course is not GE-S) 3
Gen Ed Humanities 3
 Credits15
Semester Five
Select one: 3-4
Genetics
Genetics
Molecular Genetics
PHY 2048
Physics with Calculus 1
or Physics 1
3-4
PHY 2048L
Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 1
or Laboratory for Physics 1
1
Gen Ed Composition 3
Foreign language 5
 Credits15-17
Semester Six
BCH 4024 Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 4
PHY 2049
Physics with Calculus 2
or Physics 2
3-4
PHY 2049L
Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 2
or Laboratory for Physics 2
1
Foreign language 5
Elective 3
 Credits16-17
Semester Seven
Select one: 3-4
Basic Biology of Microorganisms
and Laboratory for Basic Biology of Microorganisms
Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Function
Approved electives 6
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 6
 Credits15-16
Semester Eight
BSC 4936 Critical Analysis of Biological Research (Critical Tracking) 2
Select one: 4-5
Human Physiology
Cellular and Systems Physiology
Physiology and Molecular Biology of Animals
Approved electives 6
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major) 3
 Credits15-16
 Total Credits120

AGR 4320Plant Breeding3
ALS 4161Exotic Species and Biosecurity Issues3
ALS 4162Consequences of Biological Invasions 13
ALS 4163Challenges in Plant Resource Protection 13
ANS 3006
3006L
Introduction to Animal Science
and Introduction to Animal Science Laboratory
4
ANS 3319CReproductive Physiology and Endocrinology in Domestic Animals4
ANS 3440Principles of Animal Nutrition4
ANT 4531Molecular Genetics of Disease3
ANT 4552Primate Behavior3
ANT 4554CPrimate Evolution3
ANT 4586Human Evolution3
BMS 4136CHuman Histology4
BOT 2710CPractical Plant Taxonomy3
BOT 2800CPlants in Human Affairs3
BOT 3151CLocal Flora of North Florida3
BOT 3503
3503L
Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants
and Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants Laboratory
5
BOT 4621Plant Geography2
BOT 4935Special Topics1-4
BSC 1920First Year Introduction: Biology at UF1
BSC 2862Global Change Ecology and Sustainability3
BSC 3402Theory and Practice in the Biological Sciences2
BSC 3911Entering Research in Biology1
BSC 4821CEvolutionary Biogeography3
BSC 4910Individual Mentored Research in Biology0-3
BSC 4912Advanced Mentored Research in Biology0-4
BSC 4930Special Topics in Biology1-4
ENY 2890Using Insect Research to Understand the Nature of Scientific Engagement3
ENY 3005
3005L
Principles of Entomology
and Principles of Entomology Laboratory
3
ENY 3563Introduction to Tropical Entomology3
ENY 3564LTropical Entomology Field Laboratory2
ENY 4161Insect Classification3
ENY 4210Insects and Wildlife3
ENY 4453Behavioral Ecology and Systematics3
ENY 4455CSocial Insects3
ENY 4660
4660L
Medical and Veterinary Entomology
and Medical and Veterinary Entomology Laboratory
3
FAS 4202CBiology of Fishes4
FAS 4305CIntroduction to Fishery Science3
FOR 3342CTree Biology3
GLY 3603CPaleontology4
HOS 3305Introduction to Plant Molecular Biology3
HOS 4304Horticultural Physiology3
HOS 4313CLaboratory Methods in Plant Molecular Biology2
HUN 4221Nutrition and Metabolism3
HUN 4445Nutrition and Disease: Part 12
HUN 4446Nutrition and Disease: Part 23
MCB 4203Bacterial Pathogens3
MCB 4304Genetics of Microorganisms3
MCB 4320CThe Microbiome3
MCB 4403Prokaryotic Cell Structure and Function3
MCB 4503General Virology3
NEM 3002Principles of Nematology3
PCB 3023Essential Cell Biology3
PCB 3109Cancer Biology3
PCB 3134Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Function3
PCB 3601CPlant Ecology3
PCB 4043CGeneral Ecology4
PCB 4085Genetical Ethics1
PCB 4233Immunology3
PCB 4522Molecular Genetics3
PCB 4553Population Genetics4
PCB 4674Evolution4
PLP 3002CFundamentals of Plant Pathology4
PLS 3004CPrinciples of Plant Science3
PLS 3223
3223L
Plant Propagation
and Plant Propagation Laboratory
3
PSB 3002Physiological Psychology3
PSB 3340Behavioral Neuroscience3
PSB 4434Neurochemistry, Pharmacology and Behavior3
PSB 4504Developmental Psychobiology3
PSB 4654Chemical Senses and Behavior3
PSB 4810Neurobiology of Learning and Memory3
WIS 3553CIntroduction to Conservation Genetics4
WIS 4203CLandscape Ecology and Conservation3
WIS 4443CWetland Wildlife Ecology4
WIS 4501Introduction to Wildlife Population Ecology3
WIS 4547CAvian Field Techniques2
WIS 4554Conservation Biology3
WIS 4601CQuantitative Wildlife Ecology3
WIS 4945Wildlife Techniques3
ZOO 3513CAnimal Behavior4
ZOO 3603CEvolutionary Developmental Biology4
ZOO 3713CFunctional Vertebrate Anatomy4
ZOO 4205CInvertebrate Biodiversity4
ZOO 4232Human Parasitology3
ZOO 4307CVertebrate Biodiversity4
ZOO 4403CMarine Biology4
ZOO 4472CAvian Biology4
ZOO 4926Special Topics in Zoology1-4
1

Only one of ALS 4162 and ALS 4163 can apply toward ALS credits.


Biology is the study of the many diverse forms, processes and systems of life. These studies range across all levels of the biological hierarchy, from the simplest to the most complex life forms, across all environments on the earth and across recent and evolutionary time that interconnects ancestors to their descendants.

To understand this vast diversity, the field of biology correspondingly relies on integrative and comparative approaches for the resolution of the general processes, principles and unifying themes that govern living systems. Biology is therefore very interdisciplinary and biologists rely on knowledge from the physical sciences and mathematics, as well as from across the disciplines and subdisciplines of biology for advances and breakthroughs.

The biology major is administered jointly by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Achieve a passing score for all content subsections of the Major Field Test for Biology. Content subscore areas are molecular biology and genetics, organismal biology, evolution, ecology and population biology.
  • Achieve a passing score on the analytical skills assessment indicator of the Major Field Test for Biology.
  • Achieve a passing score on the bioethics module quiz in BSC 4936. The content of the module and quiz are reviewed and approved by a faculty committee.
  • Achieve a passing score on the scientific literacy paper assignment given in BSC 4936. This paper is graded using a faculty-developed rubric.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Identify, describe and explain the basic terminology, concepts, methodologies and theories used within the biological sciences.

Critical Thinking

  1. Analyze biological information and develop reasoned solutions to problems using the processes and applications of scientific inquiry.
  2. Discriminate ethical behavior from unethical behavior in scientific research.

Communication

  1. Communicate knowledge, ideas and reasoning clearly and effectively in written or oral forms appropriate to the biological sciences.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4
AGR 3303 or PCB 3063 or PCB 4522 R R R
ANS 3319C or BOT 3503 or HOS 4304 or PCB 3713C or PCB 4723C R R R
BSC 1920 I I I
BSC 2010 I I I
BSC 2011 I I I
BSC 4936 A A A A
MCB 3020 and MCB 3020L, or PCB 3134 or PCB 4674 R R R

Assessment Types

  • Major field test for biology
  • Bioethics module
  • Scientific literacy paper