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PinklySmoothPinklySmooth Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
edited June 2013 in University of Florida
What's the difference between biology-AG and biology-LS and which one is the best for a pre med student?
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  • aares1aares1 Registered User Posts: 400 Member
    For pre-med it's LS - Liberal Arts & Sciences. The other is agricultural.
  • rs0525rs0525 Registered User Posts: 133 Junior Member
    They are two different colleges within UF. LS is the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and AG is the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences. Either way, you should obviously choose the pre-professional track if you want to major in biology and go to med school. Let me outline the differences for you:

    LS:
    -College-specific requirement - intermediate foreign language OR exam score that will give credits for such classes.
    -Gen Ed requirements: 3C, 6M, 9S, 9H, 6B, 6P, a science lab, 3 N, 3D

    AG:
    -College-specific requirements: 1 class each in economics, public speaking, & technical writing (see ISIS for classes than you can take for these requirements)
    -Gen Ed requirements: 3C, 6M, 6S and 9H OR 9S and 6H, 12 B and P combined, 3N, 3D

    In the last year or two, you will have to take 12 credits of upper-division life science electives to finish your degree. Each college has different approved electives, which can be found here:
    Compare CALS and CLAS Approved ALS Electives Pre-professional Majors » Biology Major » University of Florida

    Also, I'm not entirely sure if this is true, as I thought of it after selecting AG as my college, but in case I want to do any research within my college at UF, AG is smaller than LS, so getting a spot in research should be a little easier, as a result of decreased competition. There's also been some hearsay that AG has better research opportunities.

    In the long-run, nobody will care which college you choose. Either way, you get the same degree. It's a matter of which path you want to take to getting your Biology degree. It shouldn't make a difference to your ambition of going to med school in the long run. I've explained to you why I chose AG, but it's up to you to choose which path suits you better. Good luck choosing, and good luck freshman year! Study hard, especially for chem! :)
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