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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

Freshman Admissions

Students who wish to major in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation as incoming freshmen apply directly to the UF Office of Admissions. Additional information about freshman admissions, including application deadlines, can be found at the UF Undergraduate Admissions Website. Freshmen who choose this major must also choose between two specializations – the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Specialization or the Preprofessional Specialization.

Prospective freshman applicants who visit Gainesville can schedule a tour of the campus and make an appointment with Ms. Claire Williams (ccwillia@ufl.edu) in WEC Student Services to learn more about undergraduate student opportunities in the major.

Transfer Admissions

Students who wish to major in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation as third-year transfer students apply directly to the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) for admission. Please refer to the CALS Undergraduate Prospective Students Website for general information and transfer application instructions. Transfer students who choose this major must also choose between two specializations – the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Specialization or the Preprofessional Specialization.

Transfer applicants may apply for admission for any semester of the academic year – Fall, Spring, Summer A/C or Summer B. Applicants must apply no later than the established deadline for transfer admission published on www.admissions.ufl.edu/ugrad/appdates.html. Transfer applicants to the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation major must meet the following requirements before transfer to UF:

  1. Obtain an Associates of Arts (AA) degree from a Florida public community or state college. Students transferring from private institutions within the state, state universities in Florida, or institutions outside of Florida must have at least 60 semester hours of transferable credit. Vocational course work is not accepted.
  2. Complete two years of sequential high school foreign language courses or 8-10 hours of sequential college-level foreign language courses.
  3. Have at least a 2.0 GPA at each higher education institution attended as calculated by UF.
  4. Complete all Critical Tracking Courses required for the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation major prior to transfer to UF with a minimum 2.50 GPA in these courses. Note that all graded attempts for these courses are calculated using UF’s grade point system (see https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/grades.aspx for more information); there is no grade forgiveness. Our Critical Tracking Courses are:
    • MAC 2311 -- Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1
    • STA 2023 -- Introduction to Statistics 1
    • BSC 2010 and BSC 2010L -- Integrated Principles of Biology 1 and Lab
    • BSC 2011 and BSC 2011L -- Integrated Principles of Biology 2 and Lab
    • CHM 2045 and SCH 2045L -- General Chemistry 1 and Lab
    • CHM 2046 and CHM 2046 L – General Chemistry 2 and Lab (required for the Preprofessional Specialization only)
    • ECO 2023 - Principles of Microeconomics

Please note: These C ritical T racking C ourses must be completed before transferring to UF. Critical tracking course equivalencies and additional admissions information for the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Science can be found in the Transfer Guide.

Prospective transfer applicants who visit Gainesville can schedule a tour of  the campus and make an appointment with Ms. Claire Williams (ccwillia@ufl.edu) in WEC Student Services to learn more about undergraduate student opportunities in the major.

Change of Major to Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Current UF students who are considering a change of major to Wildlife Ecology and Conservation are strongly advised to make this change early in their undergraduate career. Students may discuss a change of major to Wildlife Ecology and Conservation with Dr. Bill Giuliano (docg@ufl.edu) or Ms. Claire Williams (ccwillia@ufl.edu) by appointment.

Current UF Students should review requirements for the major and their intended specialization using Degree Shopping on ISIS. Both a 2.00 overall UF GPA and a 2.00 upper division UF GPA (if applicable) are required. Students must also achieve a 2.50 Critical Tracking GPA in the major.

In addition, current UF students who were originally admitted to UF as third-year transfer students are required to have met WEC Critical Tracking criteria at the time of their admission to UF in order to change into the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation major.

For additional information about the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation major and specializations, please visit our webpage.