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Program at a Glance

College of Sciences
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The Zoology and Pre-veterinary Track is designed for students seeking entrance into a veterinary medical program or graduate school in an animal biology related field. In addition to core Biology courses in Genetics and Evolutionary Biology, this track emphasizes courses in Physiology, Animal Behavior and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy. Additional courses in Mammalogy, Ornithology, Herpetology and Ichthyology will broaden the student’s experience. Moreover, electives such as Vertebrate Evolution and Ecology, and Zoo & Aquarium Management as well as lab courses in Anatomy, and Embryology/Development will prepare students to succeed in veterinary school or any graduate program in animal biology. Students can also acquire hands-on experience and earn independent study credit through established connections with organizations such as the Central Florida Zoo, Back To Nature, and the Birds of Prey Center of Maitland

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Co-op credit cannot be used in this major.
  • Major Requires 13 credits of the Biology Core and 22 credits of the Biology Track for a total of 35 upper-level credits.
  • All tracks within the Biology Major must complete two (2) upper-level labs from those listed below (A Lab and B Lab).
  • All tracks within the Biology Major must complete at least one (1) Plant Class and one (1) Animal Class.
  • The Departmental Residency Requirement is fulfilled by completing at least 10 hours of the 22 hour Track, and by completing at least 22 hours of the 35 total upper-level credits (3000-4000 level courses) with courses offered by the UCF Department of Biology.
  • Students seeking a double major must satisfy the requirements for both majors and must take no fewer than 40 semester hours of upper division restricted elective course work appropriate to the combined areas of specialization in the two majors.
  • Courses designated in Common Program Prerequisites are usually completed in the first 60 hours.
  • A "C" (2.0) or better is required in all courses meeting Common Program Prerequisites, Biology Core Requirements and the Biology Track.
  • Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all courses counting as the Major GPA; which includes Common Program Prerequisites, Biology Core Requirements, and the Biology Track.
  • All prerequisites of courses taught within the College of Sciences will be enforced.
  • No more than 4 semester hours of Independent Study, Directed Research, Thesis, and Internship credit, may be applied toward major requirements.
  • Upon reaching junior standing (60 hours), Biology majors are expected to have completed the following courses and associated laboratories. These classes are prerequisites for advanced science classes and students entering the major without these classes will be unable to register for most of the advanced courses.
    • BSC 2010C - Biology I
    • BSC 2011C - Biology II
    • CHM 2045C - Chemistry Fundamentals I
    • CHM 2046 - Chemistry Fundamentals II
    • CHM 2046L - Chemistry Fundamentals Laboratory
    • CHM 2210 - Organic Chemistry I
    • CHM 2211 - Organic Chemistry II
    • CHM 2211L - Organic Laboratory Techniques I
    • PHY 2053C - College Physics I (or PHY 2053 and PHY 2053L)
    • PHY 2054C - College Physics II (or PHY 2054 and PHY 2054L)
    • STA 2023 - Statistics
    • MAC 2233/2253/2311C - Calculus

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

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