Multiple Majors/Multiple Degrees

You may be interested in learning and applying for double majors, triple majors, or dual degrees. This page will help you, and it is broken out into the following sections:

CLAS Double Major and Dual Degree Guidelines

Students who are interested in studying two disciplines may choose to pursue a double major, a dual degree or a second major*. The two disciplines may not extensively overlap. Each double major/dual degree/second major application will be reviewed to ensure that the student will complete a minimum of 15 credits of coursework exclusive to each major that will not count toward the other major or any minors or certificates.

Approval to pursue an academic goal such as a double major, dual degree or second major does not guarantee that the goal will be supported/funded by the student's financial aid and/or scholarships or that the student will not incur an excess hours surcharge. Students should review all approved academic plans with the Financial Aid Office and consult their Excess Hours screen to ensure they know what, if anything, will be funded or incur a surcharge.

Approval to pursue a double major/dual degree/second major does not guarantee the student will be granted both upon graduation. To be certified to receive the majors/degrees, all requirements must be met for each and at least 15 credits exclusive to each major (not applying to the other major or any minors or certificates) must have been completed. To earn a double major, dual degree or second major, a student must be certified for and graduate from all undergraduate programs of study at the same time.

Review the list of major/degree combinations that will not be approved due to extensive overlap. For the International Studies major, see the special note below.**

Eligibility for Double Majors, Dual Degrees and Second Majors

All students seeking a double major, dual degree or second major in CLAS must:

  1. Already be admitted to one of the majors and have between 45 and 96 hours (not including AICE, AP, IB, dual enrollment, or overseas study credit).
  2. Meet the minimum UF GPA (specified below) required to pursue a CLAS double major, dual degree or second major:
    • 3.5 for students who want to complete two LS majors and BOTH majors are overenrolled (see list below),
    • 3.0 for students who want to complete two majors/degrees and no more than one is an overenrolled LS major (on the list below),
      Overenrolled Majors in CLAS
      Biology (all tracks)
      Chemistry (all tracks)
      Criminology
      Economics (An Economics major is not possible in conjunction with a Business or Accounting major)
      Psychology (all tracks)
  3. Meet all Universal Tracking term 5 requirements for all CLAS majors, before submitting their application. If one of the majors is outside CLAS, applicants must get approval from the appropriate department and college for that major. The only exception is students wishing to add an Economics major. Students may be approved if they meet the Universal Tracking Term 4 requirements for Economics, and must successfully complete ECO3101 in their first term after approval for the double/dual.
  4. Meet all other CLAS progression standards for both majors and demonstrate the potential for success in both majors (successful completion of major and major-related courses without excessive W's, grades less than C, or multiple repeats).
  5. Be able to complete the degree in a timely fashion (typically eight post-high school fall/spring semesters for students who entered UF as Summer B or Fall freshmen, eight post-high school spring/summer semesters for students who entered UF as Innovation Academy freshmen and four fall/spring semesters for students who entered UF as transfer students after completing four or more post-high school fall/spring semesters elsewhere).
  6. Have clearly articulated and purposeful reasons for which the double major, dual degree or second major is appropriate.
  7. Not have been previously denied admission to that major as a transfer student.

* A "second major" is an option when a student completing a degree in another college wishes to complete a second major in CLAS rather than a dual degree. Second major students need only complete the major requirements for the second major. They do not need to complete the CLAS degree requirements in addition to the major requirements.

** Because the International Studies major requirements can be met with courses taken from many departments, double majors, dual degrees, and second majors that have the potential for significant overlap will not be approved until the student has completed a minimum of 12 credits of coursework exclusive to the INT major as well as meeting the additional standards listed above. Students are encouraged to create a plan of study and have it reviewed by both major departments and the AAC, but may not officially be approved until the 12 credits of coursework exclusive to the INT major is complete.

CLAS Double Major, Dual Degree or Second Major Application Process

Students who meet the above guidelines may apply by completing the appropriate application:

Students should read the instructions on these forms carefully. Assuming the application has the appropriate departmental approvals, you may see an AAC advisor for CLAS approval. If you choose to submit the form without seeing an advisor, the AAC will process the double major/dual degree/second major application in 5-7 business days during non-peak times or 10 business days during peak times.

For additional information, please see an advisor in 100 AAC.

CLAS Triple Major/Degree Guidelines

Students who are interested in studying three disciplines may choose to pursue triple majors/degrees. The three disciplines may not extensively overlap. Each triple major/degree application will be reviewed to ensure that the student will complete a minimum of 15 credits of coursework exclusive to each major that will not count toward the other majors or any minors or certificates.

Approval to pursue an academic goal such as a triple major/degree does not guarantee that the goal will be supported/funded by the student's financial aid and/or scholarships or that the student will not incur an excess hours surcharge. Students should review all approved academic plans with the Financial Aid Office and consult their Excess Hours screen to ensure they know what, if anything, will be funded or incur a surcharge.

Approval to pursue a triple major/degree does not guarantee the student will be granted all majors/degrees upon graduation. To be certified to receive the majors/degrees, all requirements must be met for each and at least 15 credits exclusive to each major (not applying to the other majors or any minors or certificates) must have been completed. To earn triple majors/degrees, a student must be certified for and graduate from all undergraduate programs of study at the same time.

Review the list of major/degree combinations that will not be approved due to extensive overlap. For the International Studies major, see the special note above.**

Eligibility for Triple Majors/Degrees

All students seeking a triple major/degree in CLAS must:

  1. Have selected at least one CLAS major that is considered under-enrolled if all three majors are in CLAS. The following majors are considered under-enrolled:
    • Astronomy
    • Botany
    • Classical Studies
    • East Asian Languages and Literatures (Chinese and Japanese)
    • French
    • Geography (including Environmental Geosciences)
    • Geology (including Environmental Geosciences)
    • German
    • History
    • Jewish Studies
    • Math
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Portuguese
    • Religion
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Statistics
    • Sustainability Studies
    • Women's Studies
  2. Have earned between 45 and 96 hours (not including AP, IB, dual enrollment, or overseas study credit).
  3. Meet the minimum UF GPA (specified below) required to pursue a CLAS triple major/degree:
    • 3.5 for students for whom two of the LS majors are overenrolled,
    • 3.0 for students for whom no more than one of the majors is an overenrolled LS major.
  4. Meet all Universal Tracking term 5 requirements for all CLAS majors, before submitting their application. If any of the majors is outside CLAS, applicants must get approval from the appropriate college for that major.
  5. Meet all other CLAS progression standards for all three majors and demonstrate the potential for success in all three majors/degrees (successful completion of major and major-related courses without excessive W's, grades less than C, or multiple repeats).
  6. Be able to complete the degree in a timely fashion (typically eight post-high school fall/spring semesters for students who entered UF as Summer B or Fall freshmen, eight post-high school spring/summer semesters for students who entered UF as Innovation Academy freshmen, and four fall/spring semesters for students who entered UF as transfer students after completing four or more post-high school fall/spring semesters elsewhere).
  7. Have clearly articulated and purposeful reasons for which the triple major/degree is appropriate.
  8. Not have been previously denied admission to that major as a transfer student.

CLAS Triple Major/Degree Application Process

Students who meet the above guidelines may apply by completing the appropriate application. The appropriate application depends on whether all programs confer the same degree or whether one or more confers a different degree:

Although the forms have room for signatures from two departments (and two colleges if a dual degree), the student MUST include in the program plan the requirements for ALL three programs. In addition, students must include (on the back of the form or on an attachment) the same approvals for the third program:

Students should read the instructions on these forms carefully. Assuming the application has the appropriate approvals, you may see an AAC advisor for approval. If you choose to submit the form without seeing an advisor, the AAC will process the triple major/degree application in 5-7 business days during non-peak times or 10 business days during peak times.

For additional information, please see an advisor in 100 AAC.

Commonly requested major/degree combinations that are not permitted (this list is not all-inclusive, consult with an AAC advisor to verify that your intended major/degree combination is acceptable).


Major Major/Degree
Biology (AG/LS) Animal Science
Botany
Food Science-Nutritional Sciences
Microbiology
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Zoology
ChemistryChemical Engineering
Economics-LSBusiness Administration*
International StudiesSee note above **
Microbiology (AG/LS)Biochemistry
ReligionJewish Studies
ZoologyAnimal Science

*Although ECO-LS has enough unique hours to BA, CBA does not permit this combination.

Revised 10/26/12

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