How do I get Started?

If you are graduating from High School

You may begin your academic career by completing an Associate of Arts program at a local community college. Work closely with your high school counselor and apply for admission early, since there are deadlines for admission. The Associate of Arts degree provides courses equivalent to those offered to freshman and sophomore students at the Gainesville campus of the University of Florida.

When selecting courses at the community college, you should work closely with your academic advisor and select those courses which meet the specific admission requirements of the Environmental Horticulture Department, the Entomology and Nematology Department or the Forest Resources at the University of Florida. A list of the required courses may be obtained from the Academic Programs Office at the University of Florida - Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center at (954) 577-6371.

Upon acceptance into the University of Florida, you will be able to complete the junior and senior level courses required for a Bachelor of Science degree without leaving south Florida. All Environmental Horticulture, Turfgrass, Entomology and Geomatics courses will be taught by University of Florida faculty located at the Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie, or using distance education technologies.

If you already have an Associate of Arts Degree

You are ready to apply for admission to the University of Florida. Obtain an application form at the University of Florida Web site.

To be accepted, you should have an Associate of Arts Degree, which includes the following requirements:

  1. At least 60 semester hours of academic work exclusive of occupational courses (Associate of Science courses) and required physical education courses.
  2. An approved General Education program of at least 36 semester hours.
  3. 18 - 21 credits of Science.
  4. 8 credits of General Biology for science majors or 4 credits of Botany and 4 credits of Zoology.
  5. 4 - 7 credits of General Chemistry.
  6. College Algebra and Trigonometry.
  7. Two years of a high school foreign language or one year of a foreign language at the college level.
  8. A GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 system with a GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 system in all science and math courses for those persons wishing a degree in Entomology.
  9. Satisfactory completion of the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST)

If you have any questions about these requirements, check with the Academic Programs Office at the University of Florida - Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center at (954) 577-6371.

If you already work in the industry and want to enroll in selected courses

You may enroll in any course which interests you without first submitting a formal application to the University of Florida. You may take the course for credit as a non-degree student or audit. Auditing the class provides you with all the same information and materials, but you are not required to take exams. Courses taken as audit provide you with an opportunity to learn, but do not accrue credits toward a degree.

To enroll in a course for credit or to audit a course, simply contact the Academic Programs Office at the University of Florida - Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center at (954) 577-6371. Formal registration times are scheduled prior to each semester, but registration paperwork may be completed prior to these scheduled times. All paperwork must be completed prior to the first week of classes.

To be classified a Florida resident for tuition purposes a student must have resided in Florida for one calendar year prior to registration. The student needs to bring proper documentation to validate Florida resident status. Documentation may include but not be limited to a valid Florida driver’s license issued more than one year prior to class registration, a voter identification card, or a vehicle registration.
Course Fees

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Check with the Academic Programs office for general fee information. In selected courses an additional lab fee may be assessed. Checks and money orders made out to the University of Florida are accepted. It is the student’s responsibility to see that fees are mailed to the University of Florida office of Student Financial Services prior to the fee payment deadline. Statements will not be mailed out.