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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

CALS Pre-Health

Professional schools are looking for students who have clearly demonstrated knowledge of their intended health profession, a commitment to serve others, and scientific curiosity. The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences provides a pre-health professional advisor dedicated to our students, in collaboration with the UF Academic Advising Center Pre-Health office.


Contact A Pre-Health Advisor 

Kathryn Ivey
Schedule Appointment

What Should I Major In? 

Professional Schools want you to pick a major in something you find interesting! It does not have to be science related, as long as you complete the prerequisite courses required by the schools. UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences offers several majors that align with the pre-requisites for health professional schools, such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. This includes tracks within:

  • Animal Sciences 
  • Biology 
  • Entomology and Nematology 
  • Microbiology and Cell Science
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Wildlife Ecology and Conservation 

You are encouraged to choose a major that interests you or fits into your parallel path of career options. Family, Youth and Community Sciences is an excellent social science major that aligns with many human health interests.

Topics of Discussion


  • Year One
    • Major choice
    • Profession exploration
    • Course sequencing/balance
    • Professional development overview

  • Year Two
    • Professional development
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Test preparation
    • Parallel path planning

  • New Transfer Student
    • Adjustment to UF
    • Course sequencing
    • Test preparation
    • Professional development
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Growth year discussion

  • Year Three
    • Personal statement
    • School choice

  • Year Four
    • Application
    • Mock interview
    • Growth year planning

Professional Development

All CALS students are encouraged to explore professional development and learning opportunities beyond the classroom. To make sure these experiences are accessible to all, CALS students have the unique option to apply for funding support through the VP Promise, an initiative that allows students to explore their interests through research, study abroad, internships and more by providing financial assistance. Learn more about the VP Promise or apply for funding using the VP Promise application.